Godless in the garden


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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 16, 2017 at 2:55pm
Comment by Thomas Murray on October 16, 2017 at 2:29pm

  Hi guys,

  A month ago I bought what appears to be a dying apple tree at Home Depot. So since it was at half price I bought it for $20.00? I can't remember exactly.  So I used an earth digger to dig out a hole and afterwards dumped a whole bag of fertilizer into the hole and plopped the apple tree on top of the fertilizer. I did not mix the fertilizer with the dirt. Then covered the rest of the hole with plain dirt and said a few magic words.      

  Two weeks later, some buds appeared and then some days later this,


   I am not sure what to make of this apple tree blooming in the mid-early Fall. But I am delighted the tree survived  In the background are the plum and pear trees.

  Wadda you guys think this strange behavior of my apple tree blooming in the Fall? The apple tree is Red Delicious.


Comment by Randall Smith on October 16, 2017 at 8:15am

Kathy, you might simply google voles. I usually find only holes, but in my sweet potatoes, I had mounds.

Caught my 3rd possum. I know mothers have large litters, so I may trap another 9 or so!

Comment by Patricia on October 15, 2017 at 7:56pm

We have banana trees here in BC. My brother in law has a business & they have spread out to many other businesses too. They do develop bananas but are not usable.

The trees have to be babied during the winter, & then my brother in law began making banana wrap ''coats''.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 15, 2017 at 7:41pm
Thanks Daniel. I'll take a look. Last time I tried I didn't have any luck finding any. Since our area of ky is sub tropical we can grow a lot of things we couldn't before. My neighbor has bananas on his trees but I don't think they ever make it to ripen. I'm not sure if they are even edible but they are attractive. But that's a devoted gardner. He takes his banana trees, some hibiscus and other plants into the basement
every fall.

I'm not into controversy but I wear my godless and ffrf shirts around here. I thought the one I mentioned might be over the top but it's way funny :)
They would be offended and never give it a thought that their perfect god could neither be put in a jar or die. That's what struck me as funny.
Comment by kathy: ky on October 15, 2017 at 10:37am
Randy, can you give me an idea of what a vole hole looks like? I find a lot of little holes in the yard. About the size of a quarter probably a little smaller. But they don't have any kind of mound around them. They're flush with the ground. I know I have voles because they eat the elephant ears I don't know what their hole looks like.
Comment by Randall Smith on October 15, 2017 at 7:42am

I'm in Daniel's corner when it comes to sticking with non-controversial topics. I've dropped out of several groups for that reason. Unfortunately, some of the groups I still belong to are inactive except when I post something. I was going to comment in the "Diet and Exercise" group today, but noticed I had submitted the last 4 or so posts and didn't want to appear to "dominate". So, I refrained. Same with "Learners coffee" group.

Now, on with gardening!

Joan, it sounds as though you had a vole do damage to your sweet potato. That's what they do. I've had about 10% eaten, mostly from some time ago judging from the scabbing over of the potatoes. I put mole bait poison in the vole holes, hoping they would eat it. And, I think they did, because I haven't found any recent activity. Or, perhaps my owl caught them!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2017 at 9:40pm

I have a step counter that gave me, and I have never used it. Do you slip it on your belt, or shoe, or where? I do a lot of stepping, but not nearly as much as you and Spud, spreading your chips. 

We continue to cut slash out of the forest and send it away to a recycling center. I can't use chips because of the fire hazard. I top the spread compost with sand as a fire prevention method. Learning about fire science is common here, all the schools teach it. Two of my great-grandchildren are enrolled now and they get assignments in fire prevention. 

Randy, did I tell you that the one sweet potato I planted in the greenhouse resulted in a beautiful vine that climbed the greenhouse wall, dipped into the pool and made a lovely water vine. When I dug up the sweet potato, it was hollow. The only thing left was the skin. 

I know we have moles in the pasture, and I thought we protected the greenhouse from invasion by such critters coming in from below ground level. 

The three toads that lived in the greenhouse through the spring and summer seem to have gone to other homes. I enjoyed seeing them, especially as they burrowed underground. Next spring, I will have the kids bring me a couple of toads from the marshy area on the acreage. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2017 at 9:02pm

Daniel, I understand your reluctance to get involved in a conflict. I honor your feelings and will keep my rants to other sites. I will not allow any of my stuff to get to you; if you want to read about my ravings, you know how to get them. 

I respect and admire you for your ability to send positive comments to us. I pledge to do the same; but not on my rant pages. 

Thank you for your beautiful photos you share with us. That turnip looks like a snack for a group, cut into wedges, bake.  

Roasted Turnips With Ginger

Peel and slice turnips into wedges. Toss with sliced fresh ginger, canola oil, salt, and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with honey and roast at 400° F until tender.

My best memories of turnips were as a child in the garden with my Dad. We chose a turnip to pick, he cleaned his pocket knife on the back of his pants and cut the vegetable into wedges. We had a salt shaker at the ready and snacked away.

Comment by Patricia on October 14, 2017 at 8:56pm



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