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Picked the first mulberries of the year today. They are a favorite. Second photo is paw paws developing on a tree I planted in 2012. If they ripen this fall, they will be my first paw paw crop. Third photo is tomato patch. Ir's looking good. First tomatoes are probably still a month away.
Thank you Joan. It's fun growing them for the first time. They seem to be flourishing, so I guess they have plenty of flies. They don't tolerate fertilizer salts in their roots, but they can get a boost from very dilute foliar fertilizing, so I am doing that. I also sometimes swat a fly or stink bug, and feed them that.
@ Loam Gnome, your beautiful carnivorous plants offer so many color varieties, sizes, shapes, and textures, they must be fun to grow. Do you have enough flies for their appetites?
Rick has several cantaloupes in the greenhouse, & so far they are all growing. The fruit has always been very juicy & sweet so he's encouraged now to do them every year.
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.
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.
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.)
Very different looking, Daniel. I had a Venus Fly Trap years ago,,,interesting plant.
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.
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.
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