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Comment by Loam Gnome on July 15, 2018 at 8:14pm

Patrucia, you got that right!  The hens are standing around with their wings spread out wide, to cool off!

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 15, 2018 at 8:11pm

Randy, cone flowers.  There is something called corn flower, I think, but the cone shaped flower of Echinacea gives the name.  That's my theory, anyway.

Comment by Patricia on July 15, 2018 at 8:11pm

Very unpleasant in my books!

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 15, 2018 at 8:09pm

Today was too hot in the garden.  102F.  Not humid but still...   I did mow in the am, and a lot of watering.  Summer's here!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2018 at 7:09am

Daniel, thanks for the info on blackberry species. I'm going to look them up. My wild ones just don't measure up.

"Corn" or "cone" flowers? I always say cone. Am I wrong?

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 13, 2018 at 2:14pm

Randy, you are right.  Echinacea is cornflower.  I think they are native in your area, but not here.  They are nice to look at, pollinating insects seem to love them, and deer and rabbits leave them alone.

Today I dug up the first of the garlic.  There are some nice heads in there.  I also dug some potatoes. 

Here are some more blackberries.

Prime Ark Freedom. - A very new introduction from Arkansas State University.  Once established, this cultivar sends up canes in Spring that bear fruit in the same fall (Primocane), but also bears on year-old canes, now.  I like these more than the Columbia Star - juicier, and more berry flavor.  Some people don't like the seeds.  I don't mind the at all.  Very vigorous and no thorns at all.  none.

Columbia Star - A trailing type, the Western type of blackberry.  Also a very modern cultivar, I think form Oregon State University but I could be wrong.  Not bad, also totally thornless and I think the seeds are the same as Prime Ark Freedom.  Some people say these have smaller or few seeds. 

Ebony King - old cultivar, supposedly thornless (but not really.  but less than the invasive blackberries).  Most days I think these have better flavor than the other two.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 13, 2018 at 6:17am

Echinacea must be the proper name for coneflowers. I have plenty of them.

As an aside, I'm not a Martha Stewart fan. Ugh.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 12, 2018 at 11:35am

Randy, that's thoughtful of you to plant them for others, since you don't care for them.  I don't know if I do or not - I just like growing stuff.

Gooseberry/rhubarb - nice!  I can't grow gooseberries here.  Some kind of bug strips them bare and kills them.

Joan, I thought about electric fence.  I think I'm at a stage were I need to streamline and cut back some.  After this, I have a shed to build, then I think that's all I want to do, construction-wise.  I've learned most of the plants that get eaten by herbivores, and when.  I just need to be diligent and make better choices.

Here are some flowers those animals don't touch.  Just starting blooming. 

Echinacea - grown from seed 2 years ago.  I read they don't like the Pacific Northwest winters, but here they are.  I might plant some more again.

I keep having to divide and replant the Crocosmia.  They do really well here.  Nothing eats them, and they don't need watering.  Hummingbirds love them.

I plant zinnias and marigolds in rows, like vegetables.  Martha Stewart would scoff, but I like them this way.  Just starting to bloom.  They also don't need water and the herbivores don't bother them at all.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 12, 2018 at 9:08am

One of these days, we'll have pawpaws. I planted about 20 trees, not all of which made it. I won't be eating them, however.

A solar powered fence is a good idea. My regular electric fence is a pain to set up. It's for sweet corn, not hens.

My gooseberry/rhubarb pie is delicious! A perfect combination of tartness with sweetness.

What should have been a quick job of freezing broccoli turned out to be lengthy. My heads were so wormy, it took me several hours to soak (in salt water) and pick out dead "worms". I'm sure I didn't get them all--added protein, as they say.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 12, 2018 at 5:04am

Daniel, have you thought of using solar-powered fencing around your growing plot?

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Here is one video showing someone using it. 

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or search for "How to install an electric fence for chickens."

There are many other videos on this subject. 


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