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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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Welcome to Eden!

If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2017 at 1:10pm
Comment by Daniel W on April 12, 2017 at 10:32am

Bead, keep up the experimenting and reports!  Very interesting to read!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2017 at 3:19am

Bead, you do a wonderful job of paying attention to problems and finding solutions early! That is the trick of good gardening, look at plants and take action early. 

I appreciate the photos you send, and clearly, the problem was high humidity. Your remedy is perfect in principle, and in practice. 

At this rate, you will be able to have fresh produce all year long, if you want, and you can try new things. You are on your way to a splendid hobby. Good gardening is not luck, it is paying attention and taking action early. 

We had snow yesterday and beautiful sun today. Ah! Spring! 

Comment by Daniel W on April 11, 2017 at 10:48pm

Comment by Daniel W on April 11, 2017 at 10:47pm

Morels are heaven.  I love them.  They don't seem to grow here.  When I was a kid in rural southern Illinois, we went mushroom hunting every spring.  My mother breaded and fried them.  So good!

It was the first week of May for us too.

Planted some seeds.  It seems late, but I think I usually start them too early, and things sulk in the chill.  I'm doing the usual, some old reliable tomato varieties, and some new novelties.  Need to find where I put the peppers seeds.  I have packets for 2 types of collards, so will grow both.  The plants from last year's collards are still producing, and this time of year they have no cabbage fly worms, so no holes in the leaves.  They are crisp, mild, and good even uncooked added to salads.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2017 at 7:33am

Wow!  50 Morels.  If I lived close to you, I'd hurry right over and beg for a taste.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 8, 2017 at 7:15am

Yesterday, as I taking a tour around the yard, checking out buds and blossoms, I "tripped" over a little gray morel mushroom. I looked around and, holy cow, I found 50 more of the little boogers! Surprised me because: a) it's been very cold the past 3 weeks, and b) they're two weeks early (on average).

As a kid, it used to be mushroom season during the first week of May. Global warming, evidently, has moved the date up 3 to 4 weeks. By the way, the morels were found around my apple trees, sort of out in the open. Can't wait to fry them up!

Comment by Daniel W on April 7, 2017 at 1:39pm

Congrats Randy on your new tree!  May it prosper and grow fast!

Keep us posted on that azalea - I can't get them to grow here for some reason.  Rhododendrons do well here.

I planted a gogi berry last fall.  It is leafing out now, so survived the winter.  Kind of a puny plant but they say they are vigorous.  THEN, I found some packages of gogi berry at Home Depot for 4.95 so I bought one of those too.  Those were really puny, probably not worth buying.

My 2 hybrid chestnut trees came this week, and I planted them. 

I've concluded that I probably won't be planting many more trees.  Planted a small forest the past few years.  I finally cleared out most of my arborist chip mulch pile this week, and removed two native maple seedlings.  Didn't want to waste nice trees so I planted them in open spots in the woods on my property's edge.   Maybe one day they will grow tall and strong and their roots will keep the soil stable.

Stormy today.  I keep wandering around my plums cherrys and peaches looking into the flowers to see if tiny fruits will form.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 7, 2017 at 7:41am

Finally (!), my ordered trees, etc., came. It's been too cold and windy to plant them yet. Maybe this weekend. The Northern James pecan cost me $73! Hope I live long enough to get my money back, although at this point, I don't really care. 

By the way, my other tree is a Blue Damson plum ($22).I also bought a "Dynamite goji berry" bush. It looks small a sickly. I've tried growing one before and failed.

And, surprise! They sent a free azalea plant. It's blooming. I'm not sure if my zone (5) will support it.

Comment by Bead Bum on April 7, 2017 at 12:11am

Hi Joan,

Thanks much for the links and pointers (funny, I had been on the site for the 1st one earlier today!) Of course I just bought seeds recently but I think I’ll still check out the disease resistant varieties, like you suggested.

Since my 1st post some of the leaves developed even more, smaller brown spots, and last night I discovered a white substance on the surface of the clay pebbles of nearly all the pots, both totes. Argh! Disappointing for sure, but, at the same time I’m kind of glad this is happening early on, when I’m in the learning and experimenting stages anyway.

I believe I’ve identified the white substance as salt buildup, not a mold or disease, and most likely it’s related to the nutrient solution. We did have some problems with the scales when weighting that out and it wasn’t as exact as it should be. Another thing to remedy!

As for the brown spots, I’m thinking that may have occurred after the temp. in the grow room was too hot for a couple of days last week and I should have had a fan going to circulate the air in there sooner. Lettuce doesn’t care for heat, and add in the humidity, in a room as opposed to outdoors, and not enough air circulation. It’s easy to see how that would be entirely too hospitable for molds and diseases. So, good air circulation at all times, watch the temp. and humidity.

There are a couple of other mistakes I was making, like the way I was harvesting leaves (not enough).

The greenhouse mix is ready to harvest, which we’ll do tomorrow night and use with some of the romaine. For the next grow I’m aiming for much more accurate weighing of nutrients, and will plant bell peppers, swiss chard and one new lettuce variety.

Nice to meet ya’ll! And thanks again.
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