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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 Daniel W on July 5, 2016 at 11:54am

Kathy, if you know the male and female pumpkin flowers, you can break off a male flower and brush the anthers on the stamen in the female flower.  Being obsessive, I do that all the time.   Sometimes for a while all of the flowers are one sex or the other, then there is no pollination until the plant starts producing a mixture.  They seem most likely to shed pollen and be receptive to pollen in the morning.  If the flower has already closed up, I cut or tear it open to do the deed.

Kathy, I only got one Joe Pye Weed to grow, but it came back bigger this year.   That and milk weed were my two perennial native bee plant projects last year.

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 Daniel W on July 4, 2016 at 7:27pm

Joan, thanks for the photo complements.  I enjoy sharing them. 

I have not tried mothballs for moles.  My neighbor sits in his lawnchair with a 22 and shoots them when they work their way up.

The corn has new ears with silks.  According to the gardening websites, it takes about 3 weeks after silks appear to have sweet corn ready to eat.  I shake each tassel to release the pollen and help fill out the ears.  There never was a more pampered corn plant.

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 Daniel W on July 4, 2016 at 6:57pm

Kathy, I have a like/dislike relationship with moles.  They do a great job with breaking up hard soil.  I had garden beds that started out as hard sod.  I covered with black plastic last winter, to kill the grass.  In early spring when I removed the plastic, the moles had pulverized the soil into a fine bed.  Digging was very easy.  On the other hand, they seem to love any new fruit trees that I plant, making their tunnels and mole hills among the roots.  Then voles come in and eat all of the roots, killing the trees.  I line the bottom of my raised beds with chicken wire, to keep moles from tunneling into the beds.

 

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