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Godless in the garden

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 10:35am

Randall, I've noticed besides vine vegetables keeping the weeds down, my strawberries and raspberries do also.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 1, 2016 at 10:15am
Daniel, I read your garden blog reply. I say to hell with your neighbors. Keep doing your own thing. Unlike you (and Don), I don't dare share photos of my garden. With sprawling vine vegetables, it looks horrible. Actually, it's not. The coverage (shade) keeps the weeds down.
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 31, 2016 at 11:52am

Joan, I'm with you, being amazed at the gardeners here, and glad for their experience.

My hugelkultur mounds are only a year old, so I don't know yet how much water they save.  I'll let you know when I determine it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2016 at 11:31am

A hat tip to all you gardeners and the experiments you conduct. 

Don, your gardens always amaze me, so neat, weed-free, and lush! 

Daniel, such excellent harvests you produce. What you sow you reap, big-time! Delicious meals from your food garden must make you feel very proud! 

Randy, my heart goes out to your daughter and her family after their catastrophes. Their newsletters continue to sound optimistic. I  like your water sequestering processes. 

Spud, your watering strategy makes good sense. Those saved dollars can go elsewhere. Do hugelkulturs help cut down your watering bill?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 31, 2016 at 10:36am

I haven't see any rain for 2 months.  I think it's been drier than usual here, but not much.  We get very little rain in the summer. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 31, 2016 at 7:53am

Spud, are you in the middle of a drought? I still use water from my big tubs that collect roof runoff. It's not as easy, but cheap! I haven't had to do it too often since it has been a relatively wet summer.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 1:40pm

I think my problem is two-fold.  I've added more soaker-hoses to the garden, which delivers more water per hour, and forgot how long I've let the water run in the past.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2016 at 1:32pm

This month's water bill from the city was a shocker!  It was 2 or 3 time the normal cost.

That made me open the city's meter hole and check the usage.  I watered my garden and found that I had been using too much water.  I took the gallon usage, converted it to cubic feet, calculated how much I should use to water to the depth that my plants roots went to, and found that I should be using 1/2 to 1/3 as much as I have been using.

Comment by Daniel W on July 22, 2016 at 10:02am
Randy, I cut diwn about 2/3 of the blackberry thicket before the weather got too hot for me. I plan to resume cutting late summer /early fall. I did leave some blooming brambles in place for berry picking.

Rained today. Unusual around here in summer. Hoping for some good sweet corn soon.
Comment by Randall Smith on July 22, 2016 at 8:24am

Welcome, Dorothy, to our little group! I read your comment on Daniel's forum discussion. Regarding tomato worms, I check my plants every day. Those little devils can do some serious damage!

 

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