Godless in the garden


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Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 24, 2015 at 12:50pm

Thank you Don! <heading to garden with scissors!>

Comment by Don on May 24, 2015 at 12:44pm

Yes, you can, Barbara--and you should.  You can cut the vines to encourage (or to limit) fruiting.  In fact, that's what gardeners who grow blue-ribbon state fair specimens routinely do. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 24, 2015 at 10:34am

I have a question:  I have butternut squash and acorn squarsh growing in several areas and since we've had so much rain for the past month they are growing like gangbusters.  Can I simply say - enough! and cut (trim) them off.  Can I force them to stop putting out runners and instead start producing fruit?  Since they are seeds from grocery store produce I've wondered if they will ever stop growing runners and start producing actual fruit. Or if I cut them off will they die?

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 24, 2015 at 10:26am

Randall, you would be amazed at how much poop two little rabbits produce every night - they eat pretty much at night - and I get my reward every morning.

Everytime I eat a cucumber from my bushes I'm amazed with the flavor and crispness!  Now I know what y'all have been talking about home grown flavor!  My little veggie garden will definitely need to be enlarged next year. 

Spud, my sentence structure was poor - the nectarine tree is 5 months old, and the little necatarine fruit is stunted - not the tree itself. :) 

I don't feel so all alone with all the rain and mud since it appears others are getting it too. It thundered with lightening and rain for the longest time last night - like a huge system was stalled over SA.  

Yep, my computer is old but I keep hoping it won't die just yet - I refuse to buy a new one until this one is dead, dead, dead. I'm saving for a trip to Ireland next Spring and every time I want to purchase something I compare it to my need to save for my trip.  :) 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 24, 2015 at 7:08am

Wow, Spud, impressive!  I hate working in the mud. But, you won't be sorry when you're finally able to reap the benefits of all your hard work. I love my asparagus, strawberries, red and black raspberries, etc. It's worth the effort.

Barbara, with 40 acres, my SIL would have to acquire a lot of rabbit poop to fertilize the soil!!  He could use horse manure, but that requires a manure spreader. He does have a huge compost pile. I'm not sure how he dispenses it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 24, 2015 at 6:47am

I like all the rain I'm getting this spring, but it makes a muddy mess when I'm planting all the things I got from UPS.  

Yesterday, I dug trenches for the 25 asparagus roots, but only planted 2 before heavy rain started, so I'm going to get out in the mud this morning and plant the other 23.  Don't look forward to it, but if I had to go to church, that would be a million times worse!

Tomorrow, I plan on putting the strawberries, raspberry, and blackberry in the ground.  That will be everything I received from UPS.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 24, 2015 at 6:37am

Barbara, I've forgotten.  How old is your nectarine tree?

Wow, 11 years is ancient for a computer.  I thought mine was ready to die at almost 8 years.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 22, 2015 at 9:14am

Randall, Good for your son that he is willing to take on job of creating new healthy soil.  Are there no rabbit meat producers near him who want to get rid of poop?   Or he could raise his own and wouldn't have to buy fertilizer. 

'Russian Comfrey' is a good nitrogen fixer - can feed to animals although my bunnies aren't interested.  Good for 'chop and drop' system.  It will spread though so you have to be careful about breaking off roots. I'm going to use as mulch in the veggie garden next year.  According to instructions the first year you don't harvest it just let it get established.  

Don .... beary interesting :)

Spud, my little nectarine tree produced one nectarine, but rain and some cold nights stunted it and I doubt it will get much bigger.  

Joan, be glad your computer still has enough strenght to do things on its own.  Mine is now 11 years old and gasps if I want to do anything short of email and A/N.  

Comment by Randall Smith on May 22, 2015 at 7:13am

Joan, after 150 years of conventional farming (corn, then soybeans), my son-in-law is trying to transform the soil "permaculturally" (new word!). He had it tested and was dismayed to find it totally depleted of essential minerals. Restoration is costly (fertilizers). And following the "chop and drop" method takes years to re-establish soil fertility. It's tough on Nate, an impatient guy. Thanks for the info.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2015 at 1:04am

"Chop and Drop" a splendid way to garden! 


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