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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 6, 2017 at 7:48pm

I have had a glorious few days in the greenhouse and garden. We finally have some warm weather, heavy spring rains, flooding in the community. The greenhouse tomatoes are doing fine, but the peppers just are not sprouting. I am going to do the paper towel test today to see if the seeds are viable. I put in many different kinds over the past few weeks. Hope they don't all decide to sprout at once. The space for the hot peppers is at the opposite end of the greenhouse than the sweet ones.
Dominic and I have his grooming session on the front porch now that the morning temperature is comfortable. His black coat shines beautiful colors of brown lightly mixes in with black. We think he might be part German Shepherd; he was a rescue dog.
Laura and Larry pull slash from the forest and burn much of it. Burning will be allowed a few more weeks if the predicted weather holds true.
Daniel, you have the best of both worlds, chickens to keep the ground scratched and fertilized and ducks to eat slugs and bugs!
I have been watching videos by gardeners; one Daniel introduced us to many months ago, the other new to me:

Bill Mollison, Permaculture Lecture Series, On-Line
http://www.networkearth.org/perma/culture.html#Permaculture

Linda Chalker-Scott, Horticultural Myths
https://puyallup.wsu.edu/lcs/

I AM ORGANIC GARDENING
WHY No Till Gardening Works Best with living roots, Organic Vegetable Gardening for Beginners 101.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18HriHYr53A&list=PLUKzcNTgpg9Uk...


I Think I shared this one with you before.

These videos contain a lot of watching time. However, they provide valid and reliable information.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2017 at 1:55pm

Daniel, your ducklings make me smile. Do they eat the same food as chickens? Many of the permaculture programs show a flock of running ducks. 

Your garden will benefit and I understand running ducks don't pull plants out of the ground. I'm curious about that claim. 

Runner Ducks

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2017 at 1:34pm

Kathy, your description of snakes in your garden makes me shiver, even as I realize some can be beneficial. We have rattle snakes in NE Washington state. We lived in Texas for several years. The thought of the children, who were small at the time, playing in forests and creeks gave me nightmares. We had coral snakes that hid under rocks and in crevaces. Another danger they faces was Recluse spiders. Laura had one of their bites and we had to have a surgical procedure to cut out the spreading necrotic tissue. 

Maria Gimbutas fed her garden snakes milk. She told incredible  stories about the mythology of snakes in Old Europe. 

Marija Gimbutas Language of the Goddess

You said, "Rattlesnakes are endangered species in ky."

I respond with a, "Good News!"

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 11:19am

My 2 weed digging forks.  I've had the top one for I don't know how long.  Perhaps 40 years. 

The bottom one, as you can read, I purchased from WinCo 2 weeks ago for $2.  It has a curved piece of metal on the bottom that doesn't allow it to sink into the soil as much and lets me pry the weeds out easier. I used it yesterday for the first time on those dandelions, and it seems to work better than my old one.  Of course the old one works better when I want to go deeper.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2017 at 11:06am

Daniel, I envy you the ability to plant such seeds this early in the year. Even in Spokane, we don't plant them until the snow is off Mt Spokane and Mica Peak. That will be late May. I might sow some old seeds to see if they will make it through the late frosts. 

I plan to get the equipmenyt for making tunnels. They will protect from those unexpected late frosts and later from insects. I will grow my brassicas in the raised bed so that we have plenty of space in the greenhouse for tomatoes, peppers, etc. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 10:55am

Racking up those frequent flier miles.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 7:42am

I forgot to try them when the weather was cold.  One of you peeps said they would taste less bitter at that time.  I'll try to remember to try some this fall and next spring.

Comment by Plinius on May 4, 2017 at 12:06am

Eat them, Spud! There are many dandelion recipes on the web!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2017 at 4:34pm

Dandelions have taken over my neighborhood this year.  I've never seen so many.  The girl across the street has a lawn that's almost more yellow than green.  She mows them down every couple of days, but they pop-up again in a day.

I've been fighting them in my garden, and today, I pried-up the last of them from my garden.  They'll come up again from the roots, but if I keep them from growing too many leaves, they should die after a while.

I think they're pretty, but they're a scourge.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2017 at 4:29pm

Interesting post about snakes.  

 

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