Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 31, 2015 at 9:52am

Randall, with all the standing water and soggy ground in my small space and all the mosquito potential I can't begin to imagine what the farmers must be going through.

Joan, with your water drainage, swales are perfect to slow the water down. I hope you are able to take pictures of your efforts as I would like to see them. 

Don, you said it was okay to cut the vines - article Spud suggested said each plant needed 10 feet to support actual fruit. I was standing in garden with scissors prepared to start cutting and realized they still hadn't reached 10' although they have grown outside my actual garden area - ditto with everything I planted in my small hugelkultur bed. With all the rain we've had I envision them growing across the lawn, up the privacy fence and over into my neighbor's yard!

I realize I simply don't have the room to grow vining veggies, squash, melons, cucumbers unless I put in heavy metal upright supports such as cattle grating.  I put in a wooden trellis, and several large tomato cages for the cucumbers and with all the rain I can't even see the supports - the fvines completely cover them.  This year has definitely been a learning experience. 

Back to the drawing board.  I'm amazed that someone could produce 6,000 lbs. of food on the same amount of space that I have.  

Chris, my radish tops grew like crazy, the actual radish not so much.  The ground was actually muddy around them.  However, bunnies love the tops! :) 

Clearing weather with sunshine is forecast for this week and just in time for all my drought tolerant plants that are all gasping from too much water - a new salvia that I was excited about growing simply died after a great start. Today is treatment day for the powdery mildew rearing its ugly head. 

I can't believe I've just said anything about too much rain.  The good thing is more sunshine is on the way - and my rain barrels are full.  

AND - next week I attend a seminar on Fall Planting. 

Gardeners are the most optimistic people on earth! 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 31, 2015 at 7:31am

We also got deluged with over 2" of rain yest. My yard and garden drains well, but surrounding farm fields have standing water in every ponding area. I feel sorry for the farmers--crops ruined. We have (and I pay dearly for) extensive tile drainage networks, but they can't handle so much water is such little time. 3 days under water kills corn and beans.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2015 at 11:10am

Looks like our work day is rained out. (See Hang with Friends, "Today is a big day of the family joining together to clear out the underbrush of the forest, ")

An extremely heavy rain burst out. The soil here is very sandy with only little patches of clay. The ground percolates water as fast as it comes down. We created flow patterns to the rain-run-off, keeping it as high on the hill and flowing for as long as possible before it leaves the property. 

Today is a big day of the family joining together to clear out the underbrush of the forest, 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2015 at 11:01am

Daniel, that is one remarkable family and garden:

Grow 6,000 pounds of food on 1/10 of an acre per year, in Los Angeles. 


Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2015 at 10:41am

Chris, two radishes! I'm impressed! I planted seeds in pots, seed starter flats, and in the ground. The only thing showing is radishes and they are a long way from eating size. 

Comment by Plinius on May 30, 2015 at 9:30am

Harvest home! The first two radishes!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 30, 2015 at 9:12am

Congratulations Randall. 

I hadn't planned on planting any potatoes in my small garden, but I found one with a few leaves growing in my truck full of compost, so I placed it in the garden in a pile of the compost.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 30, 2015 at 7:16am

Got him!  At least one (mole).

Comment by Randall Smith on May 29, 2015 at 7:14am

Daniel, persimmon blooms come late. But I do have apricots! I sprayed them--hoping to keep them worm free. And I have almonds, but no nectarines. Ah, the whims of nature.

My garden mole is driving me crazy! I've caught 3 in the act, but there are at least 2 more pillaging the underground. Must have been a family at one time. And my $20 trap has yet to earn a penny. I just use the old fashion shovel.

Oh yes, and I received a perfect inch of rain two days ago in an isolated T-storm that missed just about everybody else. My godless garden says HA!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 28, 2015 at 7:56am

The rain makes pulling weeds easier ... and our area lakes are once again filling to capacity.  A few days of sunshine should bring on more fruiting in my garden. :) 

Daniel, Ning's bee meadow of last year is the inspiration for mine.  With all the rain, I have plenty of plants just no blossoms yet. 


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