Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Loam Gnome on July 17, 2018 at 2:24pm

Randy, you are right, gardening is not easy!  It tries the body and the spirit at times, although I think both my body and mind are in much better shape, because of gardening.

You are getting some great produce now!  Indiana has great soil and climate for many crops.  In different ways and different crops, so is SW Washington State where I live.

I decided to scale back some aspects of mine.  For one thing, I had 16 raised beds, spaced so two swipes with walking lawnmower kept the grass cut between them.  That was a mistake, because moles make giant hills there that make it hard to mow, and I'm tired of mowing.  So I've been removing most of those, and when done there will be 6 raised beds, spaced so I can just mow with riding mower.  That will help.

Fortunately, many things in my yard are maturing.  The fruit trees need less work as they grow taller.  I saw that another branch was pulled down by deer, despite my pruning them high.  I hope that is not a continuing trend.  Might have been heavy plums, loading it to within reach.  

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 17, 2018 at 2:19pm

Patricia, those look wonderful!  Do you know the variety?

I started a new bed of strawberries this year.  They have a few berries now, but kind of dried out from the heat.  Maybe better in fall.

Comment by Patricia on July 17, 2018 at 12:52pm

The first strawberries.....I be goin' to town to get us some whipping cream!!!

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 17, 2018 at 8:10am

Jotham, what are you growing in your garden?

Comment by Randall Smith on July 17, 2018 at 7:19am

Joan, gardening is not easy, no matter what age you are. I'm sure you know not to overdo it. Just be happy you still can!

I filled two freezer bags with green beans yesterday. I also pickled (dill) a couple of zucchini. Cucumbers are next after they ripen a bit. I grow my own dill.

Glad you could join the discussion, Jotham.

Love your frog, Daniel!

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on July 17, 2018 at 4:19am

20C at 6:00 am here. Our high yesterday was 30C with a humidex of 36C. I'm lucky to have a well that never runs dry (it's a spring outlet from a 100 acre bog). But 25C is newfie boiling point. not liking this temperature. And we still have 3 weeks to go before what is normally the hottest time of year.

Comment by Patricia on July 16, 2018 at 9:19pm

Its 32*C (89.6*F.) now at 7:15 pm, but no idea what it was a couple of hours ago. I hate this.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2018 at 9:06pm

Our high today was 89°F and the low is expected to be 55°F. This hot spell seems to be forecasted for the next ten days. I'll have to water judiciously so that we have enough water in the well to take care of the household. 

I ate a cucumber out of the greenhouse yesterday, and the green beans are delicious! Wish I had planted more and created sturdier supports. I'll do better next year. 

@Loam Gnome, your daylilies look so pretty! You do a beautiful job of choosing crosses. I'm going to give that a try. Your Friendly Frog looks nice and cool. They are a nice surprise in the garden, especially when I reach down into a jungle of green and a frog looks back at me or jumps out of the verdant salad garden. 

Comment by Patricia on July 16, 2018 at 6:02pm

UGH! Too hot!

Likely looking to cool off too.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 16, 2018 at 5:49pm

It was over 100 here yesterday, mid 90s today.  Some things got sunburned.  Zukes and sweet corn love it if you can keep them watered.

this littke critter was by the water hose, same color.

Some daylilies.

Another daylily, a cross I made between a narrow pedal pink daylily and a wide pedal yellow daylily. 


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