Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Loam Gnome on August 6, 2018 at 7:19pm

wish I could!  she seems lonely.  very nice personality and tolerated Rufus's puppy antics!  But chickens, ducks, and puppy are all I can handle!

Comment by Patricia on August 6, 2018 at 6:59pm

I guess you'll have to adopt her for your dog!

Comment by Loam Gnome on August 6, 2018 at 6:28pm

they spent about 15 minutes kissing each other.  When we left, the poor coe mooed for a long time.

Comment by Patricia on August 6, 2018 at 5:53pm

That's so cute!

Comment by Loam Gnome on August 6, 2018 at 5:35pm

Joan,  you have garden challenges, but you really do live in an incredibly beautiful area.  That photo is just beautiful! 

I imagine the Canadian seeds would be more cold tolerant than those further south.

My friend's neighbor has goats and cows in their yard.  Not exactly a garden, but that's what they do.  My little friend Rufus enjoyed meeting the cow.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2018 at 10:25pm

Loam, I chose early, "short season" varieties, but we have some savage late and early frosts. We live on the north side of Mt Spokane in a system of ridges and valleys. I have seen two commercial greenhouses go out of business near Newport since I started coming here. The elevation of Newport is 2,142′ and we live up a valley of a watershed that flows into Priest River out of Priest Lake. It is an incredibly beautiful place. 

I choose Canadian seed companies for some of my seeds and get good results with zucchini and cucumbers. 

I will try your suggestions next year, using the greenhouse to start them and transplant them into the boxes when the soil heats up to 50°F.

Comment by Loam Gnome on August 5, 2018 at 9:06pm

Joan, I think you need a sweet corn variety that can handle cool spring and ripens early.  The first one that i plant makes small ears but is earlier than any other.  The seeds can handle a cooler soul.  I will look for the variety name so i tell you right.  The second one is also good for cool spring and early season, the name it Trinity.  the stalks are not as tall and the ears are smaller but it us sweet and has a true sweetcorn flavor.  It is possible to grow from started seedlings.  i have done that.  The main thing is get the seed germinated before it rots in the soil.

i love milkweeds.  they do well here.  i have not seen Monarch butterflies here however.  Bees and swallowtail butterflies love them.  I grew Asclepius syriaca from seed, needed 2 years to bloom. I forget the other species name, actually is prettier and bought as a container plant.  Deer dont bother mine.  Neither do rabbits.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2018 at 8:33pm

Monarch butterfly on a Milkweed (Asclepias)

The most common varieties are:

orange Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) 

pink Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) 

white Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

red Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) 

There are dozens of other varieties from which to choose.  They all have beautiful attributes. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2018 at 7:38pm

100% Open Pollinated

Milkweed grows easily and many call it a weed; it is anything but a weed, it is the major food source for Monarch butterflies. It is a beautiful plant, tolerates drought conditions, and self-sows. You do not have to replace the seeds each year, the plants reseed themselves. They come in red, orange, and yellow making a showy display in the summer garden. 

This is a welcome caterpiller in the garden, it feeds on the milkweed plant and then produces the most lovely of butterflies. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2018 at 5:03pm

I envy you corn growers, my corn crop never produced corn silk last year and this year, all I got was tall grass, a total failure. Next year, I will try pre-sprouting corn in Jiffy pots in the greenhouse and planting the seedlings in the raised beds and in the small patch I prepared beside the greenhouse. I doubt we will have enough well water to support these experiments, but it is worth a try. I love corn, freshly picked and cooked within minutes. 

If you have any ideas, please share them with me. I live in former USDA zone 5, changed to zone 6A. We have a short growing season, colder than Spokane, and I don't believe we are in 6A. I plan for 5B. 


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