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Comment by Loam Gnome on September 17, 2018 at 3:35pm
Randy, I'm also sad about your trees. Maybe it was something about this summer?

I lost a hybrid plum this summer. If I would have watered it, I think it would have survived. All of the leaves are crinkly and brown. Last year, I thought I lost a ginkgo, which died from the top - about 12 feet tall - down to what I thought was ground level. I did not immediately (or ever) remove it. It grew a new tree from about 1 foot above the ground, and by now is about 9 feet tall. It's kind of amazing. I don't know what did that. Maybe your trees will make a come-back?
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 17, 2018 at 12:58pm

Sad about your trees Randy.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 17, 2018 at 7:22am

Wow, that's too bad, Spud. We've had a unusually wet summer. I bet next year, we'll switch positions.

I'm a little bummed out seeing a pear tree die. And next to it is a grim looking persimmon tree. Wonder if it's the soil. Something's killing them. Two newly planted fruit trees aren't faring too well, either. "Suckers" at the base of them are the only evidence of life.

Garden wise, I've cleaned out all my corn stalks and weeds. Potatoes and onions are dug up. Sweet potatoes have another month. New leaves on collards and kale look promising. No worms! I planted snow peas a couple of days ago, but I don't imagine they'll grow to maturity before our first frost.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 17, 2018 at 5:33am

Most months get around 1 inch.  

June gets an average of 0.98 inch.  It did this year, but it was in the first half.  The second half of June had no rain.

July gets an average of 0.63 inch.  None this year.

August gets an average of 0.59 inch.  None this year.

September gets an average of 0.83 inch.  None so far this year.

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 16, 2018 at 6:32pm

Spud, what is the typical pattern for rain im your area?

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 16, 2018 at 2:01pm

Hasn't rained here, more than a few drops, since June 18th.  That's 3 months, and none in the forecast for next week.

Comment by Loam Gnome on September 16, 2018 at 11:19am

Joan, thans for the borax ant bait.  We have lots of ants and I have a box of borax in the laundry room.  Gotta try that!

I never thought of turnips as ground cover.  Interesting!  Weeds grow so fast here, I wonder if I can just use the weeds?

Raining hard now.  I wonder if I can scrounge up one more batch of tomatoes to dry?  Most are splitting or rotting now.  After this, maybe I can pull them out and plant garlic?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2018 at 1:06am

Growing Soil

The Science of Soil Health: Soil Feeds Plants  and Vice Versa

I use clover, alfalfa, turnips, and radishes for ground covers. What do you use? 

Comment by Patricia on September 14, 2018 at 1:28pm

I never had any more come into the house, Joan. They had been coming in under the kitchen door in the corners, so I spread the corn starch in the corners of the doorsill outside. I don't know if that worked, or they just disappeared, but I didn't have any more come in.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2018 at 6:15am

Thanks Joan.  I'll try that borax bait.


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