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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.

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Hope in the Middle of Big Ag

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Aug 3. 1 Reply

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 16, 2016 at 7:24am
My yard and garden is surrounded by fields of either corn or soybeans. When it's corn, I have to plant my sweet corn as far from the field as possible. Usually and fortunately however, sweet corn pollinates before field corn. Enjoyed your explanation, Daniel.
Nice looking garden, Don!
Comment by kathy: ky on July 15, 2016 at 8:58pm
Thanks Daniel. You are far from pedantic. Informative is the word I would use. And entertaining. Loved the example of cross breeding :) It was the rotation I had in my mind. Such as it's became anyway. Age is catching up with me.
Comment by Daniel W on July 15, 2016 at 8:47pm
The effects of cross breeding are seen in the plants grown from the seeds that follow. So, if you grow brussels sproiuts next to cabbages, the generation you are growing are not affected. However if those plants bloom at the same time, and you collect the seeds, then grow plants from the seeds, those plants might be hybrid between brussels sprouts and cabbages.

It's like if a white persom lives next door to a Chinese person, they wont start to look like each other. But if they get carried away over too much wine and flowers, their children might look like both parents, but not exactly like either.

The exception is corn. That is because the genetics shows up in the corn seed. So, if you grow white sweet corn next to yellow field corn, and the wind blows pollen from the field corn to the sweet corn, then some of the kernels on the white sweet corn plant will be yellow and starchy instead of white and sweet.

What can happen is if there is a disease of cabbages or insect pest of cabbages, that can affect the brussels sprouts and vice versa.

OK, enough of my being pedantic.
Comment by kathy: ky on July 15, 2016 at 8:38pm
Don, it's Kathy if you like. And that is a beautiful garden.
Comment by Don on July 15, 2016 at 7:58pm

k.h., that may be so--I have never worried about cross breeding, although for the past couple of years I have had a disappointing B. sprouts crop.  Few sprouts and too small.  Maybe that's the reason.  Here is the garden two years ago, with the sprouts close to the cabbages.  The gardeners I have consulted have not suggested as a possibly cause, but who knows?

Comment by kathy: ky on July 15, 2016 at 7:43pm
Daniel, have you tried DE a on top the soil beneath the cabbage plants? The crushed shells in the DE are supposed to kill the slugs.
Comment by kathy: ky on July 15, 2016 at 7:40pm
Don't, your garden reminds me of the ones my parents grew. Always weed free and thriving.
Question; I've always read that cabbage and Brussels sprouts shouldn't be planted close together because of cross breeding. Did I just remember it wrong?
Comment by Don on July 15, 2016 at 1:32pm

Thanks, Joan!  I love their innocent vigor and symmetry.  My green beans are looking really good right now, too.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 15, 2016 at 1:10pm

I agree Joan.  I've always thought that nature looks more beautiful than the finest painting, sculpture, or any man-made object.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2016 at 12:51pm

Don, your vegetables look more beautiful than the finest painting. 

Cabbage. Oil on canvas - 16 x 20 inches - 2013 by Jeffrey T. Larson

 

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