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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 Joan Denoo on June 28, 2015 at 9:00pm

Daniel, these peaches look exactly like the peaches I remember as a child and have not had since. I love the taste and to think you have so many now. So, the answer was to move it into a protected place. 

I love daylilies! They bloom as though they were proud to be on stage! The colors of your two radiate life. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 28, 2015 at 8:20pm

It took me 15 years of trying to get a good crop of peaches.  By decent crop I mean more than 5, and of those no badly damaged ones.

Last fall I dug up one of the dwarf peach trees, planted in a container, and kept it out of the Pacific NW winter rains that carry a devastating fungal disease.  This year, no disease.  I've been keeping it on my deck.  Despite merciless thinning of baby peaches, they were heavy enough to break one small branch yesterday.  So I cut it off and pick those peaches.

I thought they were too firm, but on slicing they were just slightly so. Slightly tart, good yellow clingstone flavor. Heavenly! Daylilies are blooming now. I thought I didn't like them, but when I see some at the store on the too-dried-out-and-droopy-to-sell $1 table, I give in and buy them. Actually, I like them more every year. They are tough and sturdy and really very nice flowers.


Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 26, 2015 at 8:42am

Necatrines eaten = squirrels.  grrrrrr. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 26, 2015 at 7:59am

Randall, well you are getting something for your efforts.  I guess I am too - I'm growing future shade! :)

Comment by Randall Smith on June 26, 2015 at 6:59am

Barbara, I don't know which is worse: having your nectarines eaten by some critter, or not having any to begin with (my case). And it hurts to see my apricots dropping from worms--plums, too. At least I have apples, peaches, pears, and persimmons.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 25, 2015 at 2:37pm

Spud, not a clue about the culprit. One day I was excited that the nectarines were growing and looked healthy. Next day just pits on the ground, completely clean pits.   Re the ants: until now I've just tried the baking soda/aspartame. I'm about to get serious.Once the cucumbers are finished I'm reclaiming the bed.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 25, 2015 at 2:20pm

Barbara, perhaps you should try molten aluminum on the fire ants.

Do you have any idea what ate your nectarines? 

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 25, 2015 at 2:16pm

Sounds like you live in a swamp Randall.  I could use some of that rain.  I've had none for 9 days, and then only a tenth of an inch.  Very little for the last month.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 25, 2015 at 12:04pm

Shoulda, coulda, woulda.  Brand new tree, only 3 nectarines on it. I thought about bagging them as Daniel has written about.  Now I know why he does it. Better luck next year, eh?

Comment by Plinius on June 25, 2015 at 10:01am

Perhaps you could pick them when unripe and let them ripen in the kitchen?

 

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