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I wish my blackberries were that big. But, mine are wild. We planted some chestnut trees on the farm this past spring. I haven't checked to see how they're doing. PS: I love Rufus' name!
Heard a NPR piece this morning about poison ivy. Hard to believe that most people can't recognize it. It is ubiquitous around here. In fact, I have a little bit on my hands, despite being very careful when I see it.
Put up my electric fence around sweet corn over the weekend. What a chore: posts to dig, wire to string, etc. Hope it keeps the 'coons out.
Thanks Joan. He's a handful! And he already gives a lot of joy.
I think I let some collard greens go to seed last year. The bed was full of volunteer collard green plants, this Spring. I saved enough plants to make a row. Cabbage worms don't bother these, at least not much.
The first of my Columbia Star blackberries. These are a modern hybrid, of the Western type blackberry. Thornless, trailing type. The flavor is very good, but not the flavor that I rave about (unlike Illinois Everbearing mulberry)
These are the female flowers on a chestnut tree. They are the first ones, that I have ever seen. I posted the male flowers, previously. I wondered if the Chestnut trees that I planted will bear in my lifetime. All I want is a taste! Looks like that could happen.
Welcome to Godless in the Garden, Rufus! I look forward to sharing your growing-up years.
Daniel, you look great! Your eyes are bright and your smile sparkles.
Randy, I know what it's like in hot Indiana summer! Humid, too. Good time to be inside.
My little helpet's name is Rufus. He's a trouble maker so I have to put him inside while Im gardening.
Today is busy and not much is needed in garden, so It's in auto pilot for the day. Not much in the vegetable department yet. Swert cherries just finished.
Randy, this town is overrun with squirrels and they love peanuts. I put cage traps out baited with peanuts. Perhaps chipmunks could be caught the same way.
And your puppy's name, Daniel? Great photo. You're looking good.
I finally got my collards and onions weeded. Now I need to put up an electric fence to keep the 'coons out of my corn patch.
Raspberry season is now over (finally!). Japanese beetles have decimated the patch--mostly the leaves. But the new "Fall" shoots are looking good. Season # 2 will be upon me soon.
It's suppose to get really hot for the next week or so. Gardening will have to be done in spurts.
One more thing: Does anybody have any suggestions to rid my property of chipmunks? They're everywhere.
Joan, if you have any photos of those treasured irises, they would be wonderful to view!
I pampered my bearded irises, and they responded with bacterial rot and fungal disease. I gave up on them, and planted in a neglected area at the woods edge, just because i hated to throw them away. So now they flourish. This year, I will add some more new ones. Bearded irises are a favorite!
Yesterday was nice, in the garden. That's good, because now I have to work in it when my new friend is napping. He gets into too much mischief too quickly, for me to be distracted.
Joan, I've tried row cover for cabbage moths, but they still got under the covers. Those tiny creatures can wreak havoc! We are getting lots of collard greens now. I wondered why they were so puny, then I saw the ducks pulling at the leaves and eating them. Then racoons ate two of the ducks, and the third is in protective custody now with the chickens. And the collards started growing like crazy. Ditto, brussels sprouts.
Here's a daylily that started blooming. I bought it from an inexpensive mail order house, maybe 19 years ago. It was puny, never did well. I transplanted it several times. For some reason, it finally came into its own this year.
Here's my new kitchen garden assistant. He will keep me company in the yard and garden, once he settles down.
Loam Gnome, cabbage flies were terrible in my Spokane garden and they attacked all brassica. I finally resorted to row covers. I have no luck at all at growing brassicas at L&L Acres. I need to get on the internet and see if I can find local people growing in greenhouses and at this new U.S. growing zone.
Your daylily is lovely; dividing its roots and gaining more of it that color is a project I enjoy. Just now, I am digging, dividing, and spreading my Grandmother Denoo's beautiful blue iris and my paternal Aunt Melda's violet one.
That is 3 heads of broccoli, & they aren't in the greenhouse Joan. They are in the garden itself along with the cauliflower, corn, radishes, & onions. Tomatoes are also outside next to the house..
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