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Godless in the garden

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Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on July 18, 2018 at 12:51pm

Gardening is hard work. Us gardeners usually have grander plans than the body will allow. Also there are some things that are just to uncomfortable to spend much time at.

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on July 18, 2018 at 12:48pm

What am I growing in my garden? Mostly the traditional. This is my first year trying to grow my own transplants from seed. Because I didn't know what the soil should be like and I had little choice at the store, I had poor soil, that failed and so growing transplants experiment and research continues throughout the summer.
I have:

Potatoes (russet, red, and Yukon gold)

Carrot (coreless tuchon)

Turnip (purple top white globe)

Rutabaga (what will come of it, apparently my seed isn't viable and everyone was sold out when I went to buy some)

Beets (Detroit dark red)

Swiss chard (fordhook giant and bright lights)

Lettuce (Cimmeron and early great lakes)

Peas (saber, Oregon sugar II, and a snow pea)

Trying to get cole crops to grow but I haven't found the secret for those yet.

Butternut squash

Cucumber (National Pickling and straight eight)

Pumpkin (Dill's Atlantic Giant) 

Egg plant

Onions (red, yellow, and white)

Garlic

Tomato

Pepper (Apache)

Parsnip (another one where the seed didn't come. I have four of them growing.

That's it for the annuals.

Comment by Patricia on July 17, 2018 at 2:29pm

No idea Daniel other than early maturing. Rick has them in the greenhouse as well, rather than outside. Lots more coming too.

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.

 

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