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Comment by Loam Gnome on June 13, 2018 at 10:06am

We have lots of spiders too!  And hummingbirds, who eat flies.  The carnivorous plants are just for fun. 

I havent been able to grow parsnips or cantaloupes either.   Too cool for cantaloupes.  There is a variety called Minnesota Midget that made a few softball sized ones, a few years ago.

After a few days of unseasonable rain and coolness, it's expected to be in the 90s tomorrow.  Should be a growth spurt then.  Tomatoes, sweet corn, looking good.  Potatoes blooming.  Garlic looking good.  Beans growing now.   I'm happy.

Comment by Loam Gnome on June 13, 2018 at 9:54am

Hi Patricia,

I'm always trying something different.  I decided that I like the pitcher plants best, partly because of size.  This venus flytrap is very cool to look at, but quite small.  It is fun to catch a fly and place it into the jaw-like leaf.

My friend has a nursery and grows thousands of these in Oregon, shipping them all over the country.   In May, we went together on a buying trip to California, where there are a handful of nurseries that grow and supply them too.  Very interesting.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 13, 2018 at 9:51am

I prefer spiders to catch my flies!

Parsnips: I love 'em, but can't seem to grow them. For one reason, I tried planting my own harvested seeds, but then read that they don't germinate. So I discovered! I planted a packet of seeds, but they never germinated either. I bought and planted another packet. I'm waiting now. I used to have success--same with cantaloupe--but not any more. Don't know what the deal is.

Otherwise, except for weeds and rabbits, the garden looks pretty good. 2" rainfall 3 days ago really helped. (Not with the rabbits.)

Comment by Patricia on June 13, 2018 at 12:38am

Very different looking, Daniel. I had a Venus Fly Trap years ago,,,interesting plant.

Comment by Loam Gnome on June 12, 2018 at 10:26pm

Randy, you've got your family working hard!  And they will have a beautiful heritage, when the trees are mature. 

Since they are unusual, here is my collection of carnivorous plants.  Most are American pitcher plant (Sarracenia), native to the Southeast USA although the red leaf grows much further North.  So far they have been easy to grow.  They are perennials, so i don't expect full size for another year or two.  The are outside, in full sun, in basins containing about one inch of water.  They can't tolerate much mineral content, so I give them saved rainwater.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 9, 2018 at 6:47am

Welcome Gnome! We need a little infusion around here.

Let's see if I can add a photo of "my girls" who do the transplanting while I drive the tractor.

The second photo shows several things: newly planted trees (flagged), a couple of transplanted rows, greenhouses, etc.

Comment by Patricia on June 8, 2018 at 11:08pm

The Chilliwack area outside of Vancouver BC, is well known for corn, but Soda Creek has it beat by far. It even freezes well too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2018 at 10:56pm

Patricia, the Soda Creek Sweet Corn sounds yummy; wish they would reveal the variety they grow. 

I'm still looking for extra-early sweet corn. Our growing season is far too short. 

Comment by Patricia on June 8, 2018 at 7:21pm

Just outside of Williams Lake, a farm grows the absolute best corn we've ever tasted, but they won't tell what kind.


People who drive can pick their own, but our local stores bring it in for purchase too, so we can get it in town. I haven't tasted one better.

Comment by Loam Gnome on June 8, 2018 at 7:09pm

I think some new sweet corns are better in Northwestern  climate than most of the older types. I read that sweet corn just plain doesnt grow here so didnt try for many years.  I have good success with Trinity planted earlier and Bodaceous when the soil is fully warm.  I think both are se type.  I tried Mirai which is synergistic, too sweet and no corn flavor.  I have not tried a sh type.

 types of sweetcorn


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