Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 10, 2018 at 6:49am

A movie should be made about "how zucchini took over the earth". I have about 6 of them in my fridge. And you can't give them away! I made a zucchini sausage casserole the other day which was yummy. Eating them raw with humus is also good.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 9, 2018 at 8:15pm

That's right about moles bringing up mineral rich soil, or at least how I think of it.  The do cause some damage here, especially to whatever is getting the best attention.  It's why I quit mixing compost in the soil when I planted trees.  Wherever I water seedlings, they also seem to disrupt the bed.  But I work around it, and they eat bugs, slugs, worms, maggots, larvae, insects. 

Getting lots of blackberries.  Randy, your wild ones probably have better flavor.  I have an older domesticated one, thorny, called Ebony King.  The berries are smaller, but have a richer and sweeter flavor than the new big thornless hybrids.

Some lilies.  Moles or voles or something eat the bulbs when I grow in ground, but in containers they turn out nice

Some zukes oif course.  Deer ate the leaves of several plants, so now I have them netted.    The weird one is probablyo a hybrid of squash, zucchini, and pumpkin.  I save seeds from the next generation, each year, and since they are open pollinated, it's becoming a Heinz 57.  This one is quite tasty, crisp, and very nice grilled with a vinagrette marinate.

Comment by Patricia on July 9, 2018 at 2:04pm

I'm just pleased things are much better this year after last years evac & garden losses. Rick got a first hand look at the wildfire devastation all around here from the airplane. He said it was as far as the eye could see in every direction....it rather shocked him just how damn close it came!!!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 9, 2018 at 10:43am

"Split the strawberry for dessert"--so funny! Isn't it nice to have somebody around to split it with?! Hurray for Rick (and you).

I didn't grow cauliflower this year as I seldom have much luck. B. sprouts to well, however. And, I have 7 cabbages to deal with. Yikes! 

Just picked some wild blackberries at my secret place next to a cemetery. Stained my shorts, got stuck (thorns), and probably got poison ivy, but it was worth it!.

Then, when I got home (from golf), I harvested rhubarb and gooseberries to combine in a pie this afternoon. Never tried that combination before, so we'll see.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 9, 2018 at 9:26am

Patricia, Im very happy it went well with Rick!  Im amazed at how well medical procedures can go, when they go well!  I would be like him, direct into to garden!

Those veggies are awesome!  I want to figure out a better system to grow cauliflower and cabbage, without cabbage moths.  Maybe the Brussrls sprouts will fill that gap - looking good do far.

Out to water now.  Hot and dry this week!

Comment by Patricia on July 9, 2018 at 1:24am

We had the broccoli with supper, split the strawberry for ''dessert'',

Blanched & froze the beans, will also freeze peas, & cauliflower will go for supper tomorrow. Soooooo good!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 9, 2018 at 1:13am

Rick, these look wonderful! Plump, freshly picked, ready to go in salads, as side dishes, or for preserving. They are beautiful specimens of broccoli, beans, peas, cauliflower, & strawberry.

Comment by Patricia on July 8, 2018 at 7:07pm

Rick just got home & was almost straight out to the garden.....

broccoli, beans, peas, cauliflower, & the first strawberry.....

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2018 at 9:35am

Randy, remember when Daniel said he liked the mineral-rich soil the moles bring to the surface. When I see a new, and one of many mole holes, I think of Daniel and mineral-rich soil. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 8, 2018 at 7:14am

Neat photos, Daniel! The tigridia is beautiful.

My sweet corn stand looks much better. It was worth the effort.

Saw evidence of my first mole of the year. Set a spring-loaded trap and caught him in one day! That never happens. I also "caught" a cardinal in a cage trap. Poor thing was frantic.


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