Godless in the garden


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Comment by Plinius on June 5, 2016 at 7:12am

I've just mopped the storage in the cellar. Yesterday a big thunderstorm with heavy rainfall - over 20 cm. Much rain trouble in this area because the water didn't drain away soon enough, and a lot of water went over the threshold to the cellars. All the neifgbours came down and mopped together.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 5, 2016 at 7:02am

My prayers have been answered! Just kidding. But we did get 1.3" of rain yesterday Yippee! The day before, I planted 44 sweet potato starts. I'll lose a few (or more), so let's say 3 dozen should suffice. With the rain, they might all survive.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 29, 2016 at 6:39am

Boy, do we need rain. It's been feast or famine this year. My downspout water containers are nearly emply already. Strawberry plants are withering, berries small. Asparagus has slowed way down.

I planted popcorn seeds yesterday, my final seeding. Sweet potatoes starts should come in this week. That'll be all that's left to plant. Then, sit back and wait--except for the neverending weeding.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 20, 2016 at 6:56am

I actually ate a tomato already this year, albeit from my SIL's greenhouse! I also have blooms on my own plants.

I've had to replant corn, beans, and peas. The cold, wet spell we had wouldn't permit germination, and the seeds rotted (I'm guessing). Disappointing. I must be patient.

Comment by Daniel W on May 19, 2016 at 10:30pm
Tomatoes have flower buds on them. Yay!
So do some of the potatoes.
And the favas have little beans.
What a great time of year.
Comment by Daniel W on May 17, 2016 at 11:46pm
Randy, welcome back!
Hope the corn looks better soon. Mine is growing, even though corn is not supposed to do well here due to the cool summer.
Now you've done it! I need to go out tomorrow and harvest some rhubarb for pie too! Maybe some rhubarb jam as well?
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2016 at 10:24am

Daniel, I've not tried roasting okra.  I'll try that next time.

Too bad you had to quit posting about bees.  It's amazing and sad how many people believe conspiracy theories.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2016 at 10:20am

Hope your tooth is better Plinius.

It sounds like you get quite a bit out of your small garden.  I don't think I've eaten a tayberry, but it sounds delicious.

Comment by Plinius on May 12, 2016 at 6:56am

Sorry I didn't answer, Spud! I've on antibiotics for a tooth problem, and the medicine made me completely brainless...

My garden looks rather good - not that I could spend a lot of time on it - but the perennial plants grow like mad. Some are thinking of invading the neighbours. I'm looking forward to the tayberry harvest, and in the meantime I sowed and planted beets, chards, lettuce, tomatoes and flowers for the salad. I already harvested rosemary and mint and I think I found some leeks. The cats harvest only grass...

Comment by Daniel W on May 10, 2016 at 2:25pm
BB, I was discouraged to lose my last beehive during the winter, so started over again in April. The new ones seem to be happy for now, and everywhere I go there are honeybees foraging for nectar and pollen.

Last year I was on a fruit growing website - mostly hobby people like me, and a couple of nurserymen. I posted about how to support bee populations by growing trees that supply pollen and nectar when fruit trees do not, how to grow a wildflower meadow for the same reason, and other things that support bee foraging.

I was met with some positive comments, but the negatives overwhelmed me. They said the bee decline is a myth, it is govt propaganda, it is anti-chemical company fear mongering, they see bees in their neighborhood so it cant be true, etc. So I gave up. I had also posted about some other topics, had the same response, so left the site entirely.

Not I don't have an online site about growing fruit - the old gardenweb was bought out by Houzz and it's basically a commercial site to support ads and corporations, and the home orchard society site is not very busy. But, by not going there anymore, I don't have to see derision of people who actually care about these things and have methods to ameleoriate the issues, however small.

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