Godless in the garden


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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2018 at 12:26am

Loam/Daniel, your blossoms and developing pawpaw tree looks very promising. I am curious about the taste of the fruit when it ripens; please keep us informed. 

Your photos and comments enrich my day. 

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 11, 2018 at 11:02pm

We still get scallions from the Egyptian Walking Onions, when in season.  I was thinking something was eating those too, and they are stronger than regular onions.  So I have them in a more protected place in raised beds.

A few years ago, I planted this cactus in a container with a lily.  It gets no special care at all, just whatever the lily gets.  I noticed it was blooming.

The pawpaw trees might actually produce this year.  If so, this will be a first.  Here they are so far.  Probably 2 to 3 months to ripening, a guess since I've never had them get this far before.

Comment by Patricia on July 11, 2018 at 9:45pm

They must have some serious bad breath! 

Rick planted onions too, but he hasn't said how they're doing.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 11, 2018 at 8:29pm

Either deer, or rabbits, or both ate some of my onions last year, and almost all of them, this year.  i was very frustrated.  There were about a hundred plants.  They also ate garlic leaves for a while.  I didnt think they would need extensive fencing, and never got around to putting in the big security fences I use for tomatoes and beans and fruit trees.  Next year I intend to - home grown onions are a nice crop. 

Comment by Patricia on July 10, 2018 at 1:27pm

I'm surprised the wild life would go for the onions.

I eat zucchini raw all the time. I've taken to eating some sort of vegetable with my breakfast egg, & that is one of them.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 10, 2018 at 8:23am

Randy, zucchinis must be among the most prolific summer vegetables.  We eat a lot of fritters, salads, grilled zucchinis, and others.  I have shredded zucchini, and drained it, then frozen for winter use in various things.  I posted a couple of recipes, sor of, in the food group to share.

I'm glad your sweet corn is doing better!  That took some effort on your part, getting them straightened up again.  My first batches of sweet corn are starting to show tassel.  The last batches are only about 6 inches tall.  We'll see how long that makes the sweet corn season.

I'll have to try them raw with hummus.  I also like the Asian style peanut sauce.

My peppers are doing lousy this year.  I don't know why, they are just not growing.  I will have to plant in a different raised bed next year.  I also didn't get onions, because rabbits or deer continually ate the tops and pulled up plants.  Maybe 3 onions made it out of a hundred sets.

But I can't complain.  Most things are doing like gangbusters.   It's now Asian plum season, and those are so juicy and flavorful!

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.


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