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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.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 2:47pm

Spud, those are nasty seeds. Terrible for animals. 

Foxtail grass can kill your dog

Watch out for killer Foxtail Grass

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

Nasty things!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 1:07pm

Daniel, pleased is the word.  I've let most of the weeds go to seed, so I'll have to hoe them when the seeds pop-up, but at least I've been keeping the foxtail grass from going to seed this year.  I let them drop seeds years ago and I've been fighting those plants for several years now. 

Comment by Daniel W on August 1, 2016 at 12:35pm

Spud, I really like when I clear out old vegetables or weeds and see the result.  You must be pleased.

Comment by Daniel W on August 1, 2016 at 12:32pm

Randy, I shouldn't be so negative.  My proximal neighbors are nice, although they do worship at the altar of the Roundup god.  A couple of the others on the private road have spoken and not said anything bad.  The ones who replaced the ones who moved to Minnesota seem nice and they do have raised beds for vegetables.  Maybe with time they can see the benefits of someone growing trees and fruits and vegetables and flowers and avoiding pesticides.  Who knows? 

As for the Roundup Nazi, Ning says he is smoking cigarettes every time he drives by, so maybe he will get lung cancer and die soon (Ning's words).   I would like to make a peace offering to him, maybe a couple of cartons of unfiltered Camels.  Sprayed with Roundup.  :-)

By the way, there are proponents of "living mulch" who say that vines and other plants shade the soil, which improves the soil bacterial and fungal life while keeping down weeds.  In the Northwest, mulches can be negative - they foster growth of slugs the size of school buses, for one thing.  But I do mulch around the fruit trees and in the flower border.  Currently, borage has grown and flopped all over some areas, and that keeps weeds down to a minimum there and feeds the honeybees.  They love borage.

Kathy, maybe you are developing a Mediterranian climate like mine.   It can be nice.  For one thing, around here if you don't water, the lawn goes dormant for the summer and you don't have to mow.

Planted seeds for fall harvest:

Chinese radishes - mild, crunchy, grow the size of turnips.

Turnips - old seed packets.

Chinese cabbages, old seeds might not grow.

Regular radishes - old seed packets.

Kohlrabi - mostly old packets..

Carrots - old packets.

Cilantro - seeds saved from last summer.

Basil - old packets.

Lettuce - old packets.

Most of these have germinated.  They germinate fast in summer heat, but need twice daily water shower so tiny seedlings dont dry out.  This is potentially a big harvest of good, unusual, and no-cost or low-cost vegetables for this fall and winter.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 12:30pm

I've been a lazy gardener this year.  For one thing, I let the weeds in the back garden and alley garden get humongous.  Today, I pulled them all out of the back garden.

My legs were sore for a while after that project, but it looks so nice back there now.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 11:10am

Thanks Kathy.  I'll take some!

Comment by kathy: ky on August 1, 2016 at 10:58am
Spud, no rain ?? Have some of ours. Rain everyday. Flash floods. A town just east of us got 4.5" in 45 minutes. And it continues...
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 10:35am

Randall, I've noticed besides vine vegetables keeping the weeds down, my strawberries and raspberries do also.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 1, 2016 at 10:15am
Daniel, I read your garden blog reply. I say to hell with your neighbors. Keep doing your own thing. Unlike you (and Don), I don't dare share photos of my garden. With sprawling vine vegetables, it looks horrible. Actually, it's not. The coverage (shade) keeps the weeds down.
 

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