Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2016 at 12:17am

Kathy, blues in the garden have not been easy for me to find. I look forward to you and me getting acquainted with our cameras and transporting photos to A/N. I continue to have problems. I signed up for a class to learn more. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 19, 2016 at 8:15pm

I'd love to see those photos!

I've usually found it easier to remove the memory card from the camera and read it directly on my computer. Before I had a computer with card reader slots, a USB plug-in memory card reader did the trick. The card shows up as a "Removable disk", and the pictures are usually in folders like DCIM > 100NIKON (or similar).

Folks might have better advice in the group "How To Do It!"

Comment by kathy: ky on June 19, 2016 at 6:54pm
I wish I could get the camera to transfer photos to this site. My older hydrangea, that I bought for .50 about twelve years ago, has so many brilliant blue blooms, I'm afraid it will break under the weight of them. I almost removed it last fall. It had not bloomed well for the past four years. A small start from it has gotten almost five ft tall and has as many blooms as it's mother plant. I suppose it was all the early rainfall that did it. Whatever the reason they are the brightest shade of blue I've ever seen on hydrangeas.
Comment by Randall Smith on June 18, 2016 at 6:30am

Despite the fact we have many deer around these parts, they don't bother with my yard and garden. My SIL just hit a deer with his truck two days ago! And I saw my first Japanese beetle yesterday in my red raspberry patch. NOOOO!  I have to cover my sweet potato starts with coffee cans overnight to prevent rabbits from eating them down to the ground.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 17, 2016 at 1:50pm

Chris, I am glad to learn you turned a wretched task into an opportunity to participate with neighbors to solve the water problem. There is nothing like a strong sense of community, especially during difficult times. 

Comment by Don on June 17, 2016 at 1:20pm

I understand, Larry.  Deer can certainly be a scourge in some places.  I expected that sort of trouble when I first put the garden in in the summer of 1979.  I bought cedar posts and fencing, my father came to visit with his posthole digger, and we built a good fence.  But I got to hate trying to mow around it--and it became pretty clear eventually that I didn't need the defense, so after a couple of years i took it down.  

Comment by Larry Martin on June 17, 2016 at 1:10pm

Love your garden, Don.  Mine needs a fence.  I'm on 6 acres against a church camp, with 10 acre neighbor lots, all wooded, in central NC.  The deer kill an unfenced garden but don't bother jumping over a 4 foot fence.

My bigger problem right now is japanese beetles.  They really hurt the grape and apple leaves.  I have to select for plants that can make it through the bad season.  I may try BT this year.

Comment by Don on June 17, 2016 at 11:54am

I think it's more that there is a great deal of hospitable territory--woods and fields--where the deer can find plenty to eat and won't feel too nervous.  Most of my friends with gardens in town and in more populous areas don't fence their gardens either.  It's not at all like eastern Long Island, or parts of Connecticut, and so on, where wild land exists only in pockets and where the deer can't help but encroach on people's yards..  

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 17, 2016 at 10:51am

That's interesting Don.  It sounds like if a person is far enough away from other people, they won't have as much trouble with wild animals eating their garden.

Comment by Don on June 17, 2016 at 10:29am

Yes, there are many deer hereabouts--also moose, bear, coyotes, and so on.  The nearest house is 1/4 of a mile from us to the south and no one at all for more than a mile in the other four directions--just a 600-acre tree farm and lots of open field and hardwoods.  The deer seldom bother the garden during the growing season.  Even when they happen to venture into it, they stay only long enough to eat the tops of a Brussels sprout or two.  They're skittish, and they don't like to be too close to a house.  Besides, there is plenty for them to eat out in the surrounding wild, where they feel safe.  Late in the fall--November, generally-they may visit at night for any carrots i may have missed, but that's all.  Last week, however, a woodchuck did find the garden.  That seldom happens, but when it does the chuck will keep coming back till he's eaten everything.  I waited and watched for him and then shot him, a hard deed I've resorted to only half a dozen times in the 40 years I've been gardening here.


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