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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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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.

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Sequester water

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W on Saturday. 1 Reply

Tomato Growing Topics & Tips

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky Jun 20. 3 Replies

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Comment by Plinius on July 9, 2016 at 9:26am

And now the question for the real gardeners:

in the middle my famous tayberry, rescued from a dumpstore last year. As you see it's almost 3 metres high and won't stop there, but only one branch has started to flower so far. Should I prune the other branches, or let it grow on until the neighbour calls for help?

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on July 6, 2016 at 9:15pm

New form of bacteria discovered

I doubt this is immediately relevant to our gardens but I'm not sure where else to put it. Enjoy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2016 at 3:03pm

Kathy, I live in the city, and don't like the spraying that's done here.  I grow things to eat next to the alley, so I get rid of the weeds between my plants and the alley, as soon as they appear, so my produce doesn't get sprayed.

Comment by k.h. ky on July 5, 2016 at 2:00pm
I just spoke to a neighbor and he's having blooms drop from the squash and cukes to. Not much fruit setting.
I'll google sexing the plants and try to determine how and hand pollinate as you suggested Daniel. It certainly won't hurt to try it. The Joe Pye came back from last year but it's not thriving. Only the three original plants returned. One is trying to bloom but if the rain continues I doubt it will make it. Milkweed is my new project. I get upset about all the random (to me) clearing of'weeds' by the county. Indiscriminate spaying of herbicides and the unnecessary cutting anything that's within twenty ft of the roads. No wonder bees and butterflies are disappearing. It's sad.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2016 at 12:31pm

Randy, just a quick thought, I am late for a Drs appt. 

I toss my weeds with dirt hanging on them into an old wheelbarrow that has holes in it and then use water to blast dirt off. Kind of like placer mining. 

Another technique is put them in a wheelbarrow and let them dry out and then knock off the soil. 

Comment by Daniel W on July 5, 2016 at 11:54am

Kathy, if you know the male and female pumpkin flowers, you can break off a male flower and brush the anthers on the stamen in the female flower.  Being obsessive, I do that all the time.   Sometimes for a while all of the flowers are one sex or the other, then there is no pollination until the plant starts producing a mixture.  They seem most likely to shed pollen and be receptive to pollen in the morning.  If the flower has already closed up, I cut or tear it open to do the deed.

Kathy, I only got one Joe Pye Weed to grow, but it came back bigger this year.   That and milk weed were my two perennial native bee plant projects last year.

Comment by k.h. ky on July 5, 2016 at 10:43am
Thanks all. The moles seem to hit the plants hardest when the ground starts getting dry. I think under the plants is the best chance of finding food during dry spells.
Daniel, your Joe Pye weed is looking better than mine. Mine seems to have a leaf curl thing going on. Probably from all the rain. Looks like what the volunteer peach tree gets. It has one ripe peach hanging on it.
The volunteer pumpkins aren't setting plants but continue to bloom like mad. I wonder if the lack of fruit is due to the wet weather and humidity. I enjoy watching them for any changes.
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2016 at 9:54am

Kathy, that's great news about your living soil.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2016 at 9:51am

Daniel's corn makes me hungry.  I'll plant some next year.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2016 at 9:49am

That slug looks pretty lively to me.  And very cute.  Another one I saved.

 

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