Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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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.

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. 

Comment by kathy: ky on July 4, 2016 at 6:05pm
My yard that has been covered and lying fallow has done wonderful things. Less than two years later and moles are breaking the red clay up to actual soil. Worms are working beneath the cover of dead leaves, straw and occasional compost that I've thrown on top of it. It's amazing what nature can do if given the chance. The spot has gone from a clay run off of water to a living thing.
Comment by Daniel W on July 4, 2016 at 6:02pm

A few more photos

Not sure if the hummingbird is clear.  They are a moving photo target.

Comment by Daniel W on July 4, 2016 at 5:58pm

Some photos from the yard.  The flowers, vegetables, and bees improve my attitude.

Comment by Daniel W on July 4, 2016 at 5:55pm

Oh, on growing things to make more biomass / take up CO2, I guess that's a benefit of trees regardless of which ones.  I like growing ones that provide a lot of bee nectar and pollen, or fruits, or nuts.  Good bee forage:  lindens - excellent honey; sourwood - not sure how well it does here, mine isslow growing.  Also excellent honey.  Probably a lot of other trees species.  American persimmon - native, slow growing.  Cows might eat the young trees, I don't know.  Deer do.  Nice tall growing shade tree if allowed to, and make fruit.

Comment by Daniel W on July 4, 2016 at 5:49pm

Joan, interesting articles.  For a moment, I thought those were deer.  NOooooooo!!!!!  Although cows would not be more gentle in my garden:-)

Kathy, I envy you growing sweet potatoes.  I made some sweet potato bread on friday.  Pretty good.  A little more tart compared to pumpkin bread.

It would be interesting to see if your pumpkins set pumkins like the ones they came from.  They often cross pollinate with various squashes, so the product of the next generation can be interesting.


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