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Comment by Randall Smith on Saturday

I still plant seeds one by one, although I sometimes get lazy and simply scatter them out.

It's good to hear from you again, Spud. Hope you're doing alright.

Comment by Idaho Spud on Thursday

I like that seed planting machine.  Now I just need enough land to use it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Wednesday

This gardener reveals his skills of successful gardening by taking us into his laboratory and using his microscope to explain natural processes and into his garden to demonstrate his methods. I like his style and the ways he uses science as he works with nature to get good crops.  

Comment by Randall Smith on July 8, 2019 at 6:32am

Thanks, Joan. Good info. I still have some seeds from a Spring pack. I'll plant them in August.

Two seeds that proliferate each year are dill and sunflower. I'm awash in dill plants. I harvest the seeds of both, but too many get scattered about. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2019 at 11:28am

Randy, I Googled "parsnip horticulture" and found this piece from the Chicago Botanic Garden, Parsnips: Patience Pays Off

Another article from the University of Arkansas, Parsnip:

"Plant seed in early March or August in a deep, well­prepared, fertile soil. Parsnip seed is short­lived. You must obtain a fresh supply each year. The best parsnips are grown in the fall."

And, the old standby source, The Farmer's Almanac" also recommend using fresh seed. 

I looked for soil pH but found nothing about it so assume it is not a significant factor. The good news is, a fall planting seems to be a good option, so don't give up, just get fresh seeds and try, try, again. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 4, 2019 at 9:42am

Hmm, my photo is gone. But the star is there.

Imagine a gallon bottle with an inflated balloon attached. That's my home-made raspberry wine container (actually 2) doing its thing. I had such a good red raspberry season, I hated to see them go to waste. Black raspberries and blackberries are also plentiful this year. 

Strangely, no peaches, however. You never know.

The regular garden is doing okay. I just wish I knew the secret to getting parsnips to germinate. I've planted 3 packets with only about 5 plants resulting. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2019 at 1:42pm

I harvested one potato hill last night and will have a lovely meal to go around them. Sadly, my peas are not ready to harvest. Peas and potatoes for the 4th of July is an old family custom from my grandmother's garden.

We have another cold snap just now; the high today is predicted to be 63°F.  

Comment by Randall Smith on June 20, 2019 at 6:50am

Strawberry season is over--a bumper crop because it's been so wet. Now time for raspberries. It never ceases to amaze me how fruits and vegetable "come on" in progression of readiness.

Now, it's asparagus, lettuce, peas. When they're done, on comes green beans, kale, collards. After than, broccoli, corn, carrots. Later, in the fall, root and vine crops are ready (potatoes, squash). Throughout the summer, something is ready all the time.

So, how does your garden grow? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2019 at 11:26pm

Randy, those strawberries look delicious! The strawberry patch here at L&L's is overgrown with grass and weeds. I know what I have to do to make them worth growing; just haven't done it yet. You inspire me to get at it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2019 at 11:24pm

Growing Sweet Strawberries

Strawberries perform best in well-drained, fertile and slightly acidic soils, in compost-enriched, sandy soil.

Planting strawberries in raised beds ensures for better drainage.

Locate bed where they receive at least eight hours of sunlight, essential for producing sweet strawberries.

Plant strawberry plants at least 12 inches between plants. Overcrowded plants tend to produce smaller yields of sour strawberries.

Plant strawberry beds in fall to ensure plants have enough time to establish good root systems.

Mulch plants with straw to help insulate growing strawberries.

In cold regions, additional protection may be needed.

Do not allow strawberry plants to set fruit in the first year. Pickoff blooms as they appear to force more energy into producing stronger daughter plants. 

Keep about four to five daughter plants (runners to each mother plant; clip away the rest.


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