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Comment by kathy: 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 kathy: 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.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 5, 2016 at 6:55am

Great photos, Daniel. I'll check out your blogspot info when I'm done here.

This has been the wettest summer I've seen in a long time. I hand  weeded for several hours yesterday, finding it difficult to shake off the soil from the roots. Weeds have crowded out my chard. But, the garden is cleaner than in previous years. Beats sitting around like your slug, Joan! (And I'm sure you're not one.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2016 at 12:15am

Oh! but those pampered ears of corn will taste so good. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2016 at 7:04pm

Daniel, do mothballs work for you. Laura had dozens all around their mowed area and I just threw a few mothballs in each one, covered the hole with their excavated soil and the moles disappeared. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2016 at 6:54pm

Oh! Kathy, your news just makes my day! I love to learn of your progress with the hugelkultur, and getting it to grow things. I surely want to know how your volunteers turn out. 

Daniel, your garden produces such lovely things. You even have a house hummingbird! Now, how smart does one have to be to get that treat? You inspire me!

Has your corn developed ears? We have such cold days, only a few hot days. It is great to work in the cool air, but not so good for corn. 

Daniel, do you use your cell phone to type your messages? You have another skill I don't have. 

I'm a pure slug and enjoying every bit of it. I don't even feel guilty. 

Happy 4th dear friends. 

 

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