Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 18, 2018 at 2:46pm

Cute frog.  One of my favorite animals.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 18, 2018 at 2:42pm

I've been lazy for 2 years and didn't plant anything new.  I finally got some ambition this year and planted Watermelon, Kohlrabi, 4 kinds of Muskmelon, Corn, Yellow Summer Squash, Tomatoes, and Peppers.  

I was 1&1/2 months late, so will probably not get much, but it is enjoyable to see them grow.

Two watermelon plants had insects attacking them viciously, so I spread diatomaceous earth around them and stopped that.  I've also used it to deter ants in my treehouse.  It does that, but not 100%.  I've used 10 pounds of the stuff and have another 10 pounds coming tomorrow.

I have most of my large pile of wood chips spread around.

I've been reading questions & answers, plus answering questions (and asking one) on the Quora site.  Yesterday, there was a question about dying that I answered immediately.  While proofreading my answer, I saw that it rhymed.  Reading it again, it gave me a peaceful feeling, so I though I'd post it here for what it's worth:

If you died “doing what you loved” what would you have died doing?

Taking care of my garden.

Planting new things. Watching the bees. Shuffling along, munching on peas.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2018 at 2:32pm

Jotham, your choice of seeds foretells some delightful tastes to come. I am harvesting green beans now and they are delicious; I eat them right off the vine. I ate a cucumber before it reached the house; the vines have many tiny ones coming on and dozens of blossoms.

You are at 49° north. I am at 48° N. You being on the East coast of the continent, and I on the West coast may make a difference in our weather patterns and growing temperatures. You also live close to the northern seas and I have Canada and Alaska north of us. 

Do you have a greenhouse, or do you start your seeds inside your home? What do you use for fertilizer? Do you grow organically? 

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)



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?


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