Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Daniel W on June 4, 2017 at 10:31pm

Joan, you havd an ambitious growing project going!  Im looking forward to your updates!

Comment by Daniel W on June 4, 2017 at 10:30pm

Spud, nice avocado tree!  And we coud all use a good forecasting stone like that.  :-)

Yesterday I planted the 3rd batch of sweetcorn.  I plant every 2 or 3 weeks may and june.  The 1st batch germinated very poorly, only 6 plants.  I transplanted them into a group to clear up the bed for the next planting.  The 2nd batch had good germination.  I imagine this nect batch will also do well.  Also germinating some Chinese beans to grow for Ning.  I saved seeds from last years crop, that came from decade old seeds.

Rabbits are eating my Zinnias!  Four oclocks, marigolds, cosmos seedlings looking good.  But damn those rabbits!

Randy, when I ordered sweet potato starts, they arrived rotting too.  Must be a common problem. Your strawberries dwarf mine!  Mine are like marbles!  But very tasty.

Looks like there will be some horticultural blackberries this year.  Despite rabbits and deer.  Ebony King has a handful of developing berries.  I think it takes 2 years to get a taste and 3 years to get a decent crop.  There might be later blackberries from Prime Ark Freedom - thornless plants that bear on new canes.  There id one vigorous new cane, and one pokey one, from the 2 plants that survived the winter.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 4, 2017 at 8:19am

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 4, 2017 at 7:28am

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 4, 2017 at 7:28am

Talking about shipping plants, my Avocado tree arrived yesterday, after 5 days in transit (FedEx).  I was surprised that it still had leaves because they warned me that Avocado trees drop their leaves at the least sign of stress.  Of course, it still may drop them.  

In any case, next time I'll try to find a tree or plant source closer to me, so the plant is not in transit so long.  I should have thought to ask them if they could ship it air, which I would pay $30 extra for.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 4, 2017 at 7:18am

I think I'm done planting and replanting my garden. The finale was sweet potato starts--about 40 of them, some of which will never make it.

I got them from the thousands my SIL ordered for the farm. Unfortunately, they were wrapped in plastic, overheated in transit (UPS), many turning into black mush. Nate was livid and is trying to get the situation rectified. We'll see.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but we need rain!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 1, 2017 at 7:07am

Joan, that's a good list of veggy seeds. I'm glad you're still puttering around--and enjoying the fruits of your labors.

I usually spend about 2 hours a day puttering my garden--hilling potatoes, removing weeds, planting and replanting (rabbit or chipmunk uprooted a cantaloupe plant yest.), picking up pebbles, etc. The latter is never-ending since, as I've mentioned before, my garden is the site of a former barn. I'm now waiting for my replanted sweet corn to pop up. I'll soon be watering, too.

Did I mention how big my strawberries are? Golf ball size! I'm freezing them (and asparagus) today.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2017 at 3:46pm

We have huge salads every night with lettuce, parsley, chives, cilantro, beet greens, spinach, and whatever is ready for the table. 

The tomato plants tower over my head and seem loaded with blossoms; no fruit yet! The green beans climb up and over the inside of the geodesic dome and have flowers but no beans. I think the soil is too rich in nitrogen. I ordered a soil-test and don't have the results yet. 

Cucs all died or didn't sprout; old seed. 

There are now two toads in the greenhouse, and they greet me every morning as I putter away, scaring me half out of my wits. I like them in there, and hopefully, they will take care of the flies and mosquitos. 

I need to get a mosquito spray; can anyone recommend a brand?   

The three dog, Dominic, Zeek, and Spaz, accompany me to the greenhouse each morning and get a thorough brushing after I complete my chores. They have learned to wait for their turns. I have a bucket full of hair. 

When I lived in Alaska, a friend gathered her Samoyed dogs' hair, had cloth woven and made a suit out of it. These dogs don't have long enough hair to weave.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 31, 2017 at 3:29pm

Daniel, I am just getting the hang of greenhouse gardening. Some of the lettuce crops that I started in the home have grown their life-cycle, I think, and I can start some other seeds in the greenhouse that will mature before the first frosts... 

Beans, ContenderKentucky WonderTopcrop

Beets, Detroit Dark Red

Cabbage, Premium Late Flat DutchGolden AcreMichihili

CarrotsLittle FingerScarlet Nantes

CornPeaches and CreamIncredibleSugar Buns

CucumbersSpacemaster 80MuncherMarketmore 76

Herbs: basil, oregano, thyme and sage. Italian BasilGreek OreganoDill

MelonsSuggested variety: Sugar BabyCrimson SweetHales Best

PeasSuggested variety: Sugar AnnOregon Giant

Summer SquashSuggested Varieties: CocozelleWaltham Butternut

Comment by Daniel W on May 31, 2017 at 3:19pm

Kathy, astilbes are really nice.  I bet it's a pretty sight.

I didn't know you were on 2 acres, same as us.  Even with the house and garden, and trees and chicken yard, it's quite a bit to mow.  We made some mistakes with spacing, otherwise we could use the riding mower for more than we do.  I'm going to move some fencing and think about how to make edges more riding mower friendly for the future.

Isn't it great when you convert hard clay dirt into nice garden soil!  You can almost hear the earth say "thank you!".

My tomatoes are looking a little peaked.  It's soon after transplanting, but it's possible I gave them too much lime.  My soil is very calcium deficient and very acidic, which I'm thinking is why there was so much blossom end rot last year.  I added lime to prevent that, but maybe too much?  Or maybe it's just adjusting to outdoor life after sprouting and growing them indoors.

This is the first daylily that I've grown from flower to seed to plant to flower.  I play mad scientist and transfer pollen from flowers or one color, to stigmas on flowers of another color.  Then let the seed pods ripen, take out the seeds, and grow them.  Lots of them grow, but then slugs and rabbits destroy most of them.  This is the first that has made it to bloom.  It's nice, a little odd petal shape but the first flowers are not always how the later ones will look.  I"m not certain, but I think this is the progeny of an old rust and gold colored heritage variety called "Frans Hals", and another old pink variety called "Luxury Lace".


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