Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by kathy: ky on June 5, 2015 at 10:14pm
My butterfly weed is in full bloom. And the second one isn't far behind. Beautiful, bright, orange color. Now if I could figure out how to keep the caterpillar stage alive and provide them a place to morph into butterflies. The websites I've found have been almost useless on that front.
I should say useless, to me, because of the large area involved.
Comment by Randall Smith on June 2, 2015 at 7:12am

Don, sure! I certainly have plenty of asparagus. Prepared any way suits me. I never tire eating it.

Comment by Don on June 1, 2015 at 1:05pm

Would anybody with an abundance of asparagus like an easy cream of asparagus soup recipe?  Good way to use it up when it's fresh.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 1, 2015 at 12:32pm

Yeahhh for the butternut squash!  Booooo on fire ants.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 1, 2015 at 9:57am

I too get excited when I "unearth" worms as it gives me hope for my soil. 

I have itchy fire ant bites this morning - but, I also found one small butternut squash!  Yeahhhh!  There is so much truth in Gertrude Jekyll's statement. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 1, 2015 at 7:58am

He counted them?

I love finding earthworms when gardening.  I was very happy to see the large number of earthworms in the soil when I planted my asparagus roots. 

I planted them in the area that I modified 2 years ago to plant watermelon in.  I killed a large number of worms when I did that, but the ones that survived have multiplied & replenished the earth. : )

Comment by Randall Smith on June 1, 2015 at 7:30am
Just finished "The Monk in the Garden", the story of Gregor Mendel (and his rediscovery 30 years later). Talk about your dedicated gardener! He didn't eat his peas--he counted them.
"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust." Gertrude Jekyll, 1843-1932
Comment by Idaho Spud on June 1, 2015 at 7:12am

After updating my operating system, some things didn't work including getting images from my camera to the computer, but I finally got that working, so here's something I thought was neat.

It's the longest earthworm I ever remember seeing.  It was 10 inches or more when I fist saw it, with who knows how much still in its burrow.  By the time I got my camera, it had started to retract into the burrow.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 31, 2015 at 1:30pm

Daniel, I think my main problem is I planted too many squash seeds and once they started growing I was loathe to pull any out.  :) Then I thought tall tomato cages would work to support them. Both errors in judgement. I can see how although I'm getting the small pickling cucumbers I would probably get more given how many vines I have, if they all had equal access to sun - then the rain, cloudy days, and need I mention ants,  etc. Well.  I decided to simply trim everything back and see what continues to grow. (Oh yes, discovered I really should have worn gloves while doing it.)  So I now have severely trimmed back vines growing in main beds, and really long - 10' vines growing along ground at front of perennial beds. Will see which setting they prefer.

Next year I'm going to try sweet corn, it stays where it is planted.

I too planted marigolds from seed - I have never seen marigolds as tall as mine are, about 18" so far - just now begining to put out blossoms. 

Joan, living in a subdivision with privacy fence has its own rules - i.e. don't plant large things, shrubs, etc. closer than 3' to fence, don't hang things from fence, and for heavens sake don't grow anything on the fence. :)  Everything I have planted is a perennial that I can trim back to ground level and will still survive in the event work has to be done on fence.  I have one antique rose bush that the previous owner planted - I keep it trimmed so it doesn't touch the fence. 

Everytime I hear the rumble of thunder, see the flash of lightening and then hear the downpour of rain ... I think "nitrogen for my plants" - and yep, large leafy radish tops!  :) 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2015 at 11:23am

Ian, thanks for the video! I shared it with my family team. 


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