Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2017 at 1:12pm

Daniel, Charlie, inspecting baby chicks? They are not ducks because of the bill shape. They don't look like chicks!

I give up.

Charlie looks as though he has a caregiver feeling toward them.  

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.


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