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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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Comment by Randall Smith on August 19, 2016 at 10:06am

Yes, Kathy, my raspberries (red) fruit twice a year, unlike the black. And yes, I've noticed rains have hit southern Indiana and Kentucky, but not up here (Laf. area). Luck of the draw.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2016 at 10:57am

Welcome Nightshade.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2016 at 10:48am

My raspberries produce in May/June on last years canes, then in August/September on this years canes.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 18, 2016 at 10:21am
Randy, it's odd that your raspberries are just coming in. Ours ripen by the first week of July. And you've not had rain? We've had so much rain tomatoes were ruined for everyone this summer. Flash flood warnings almost daily. It's probably our wettest summer on record.
Comment by Randall Smith on August 18, 2016 at 9:58am

I'm dehydrating Roma tomatoes right now. Last year they began to mold before they dried out. Not sure how to prevent that. I'm using my third dehydrator, thinking about buying another that would work faster. Any recommendations?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 16, 2016 at 6:58am

Thanks for that post Joan.  I've been reading about it after seeing your post, and it seems to be an excellent way to dramatically improve soil.  Here are some of the articles on the subject:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramial_chipped_wood
http://forums.seedsavers.org/forum/gardening/soil-mulch-compost/484...

http://www.dirtdoctor.com/view_org_research.php?id=69

http://www.mofga.org/Default.aspx?tabid=700

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 15, 2016 at 7:14pm

" ramial wood chips, which are wood chips made from the outer reaches of a deciduous tree. That means the smaller branches, including the leaves if possible, and not so much the trunk and thicker branches (the rule of thumb is nothing more than 2.5 inches thick).

"ramial wood chips fungal dominant soil. We want a soil that’s full of the beneficial fungi that help woody plants grow vibrantly and resiliently.

"The ideal soil for woody plants contains beneficial fungi and these ‘fun guys’ thrive with the addition of ramial wood chip mulches. This type of mulch has the optimum balance of carbon to nitrogen and higher nutrient content than other wood chips. This optimum balance is due in large part to the greater ratio of cambium and recently living cells vs. old dead wood cells. It makes sense that using wood chips made with more live tissue or recently-living tissue will have more nutrient value than chips made from older wood, which is mostly carbon.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2016 at 7:18am

Honey bees and quite a few other kinds of bees are always busy on my raspberries.  I'm always happy to see them also.  

I like bumblebees but don't see them very often, so it's an extra treat when I do.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 15, 2016 at 7:11am

Daniel, I suppose I don't have to freeze sauerkraut. I just do. It's probably like wine and should "keep". 

Both honey and bumble bees love my red raspberry blooms right now. I'm always happy to see honeybees.

It's actually raining today--the first in a month. Bring it on. I don't mind missing a day of golf (although I miss getting my walk/jog in).

Comment by Daniel W on August 14, 2016 at 8:50pm
Joan, my bees are doing great this summer. I think the losses in previous years were due to insufficient nutrition. Ask 20 beekeepers, and there are 20 answers, and they are all 100% certain. The mites are microscopic, so I dont know.

Randy, why do you freeze your sauerkraut? Doesnt the fermentation preserve it? That makes me think, I should make a batch!

Supermouse - yuck! stole a spatula - wow!

Omra plants are more than knee high now, no okra pods yet. if I could catch them at the right time, I would hand pollinate the flowers, like I do some of the squashes.
 

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