Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 14, 2015 at 8:25am

Kathy, I firmly believe 'every drop counts' when it comes to water so a big "Yes!" to you and your efforts. After 5 years we are finally out of the drought - we had enough rain these past months to cover the entire state of TX in 8" of water - something like 35 trillion gallons of water.

Summer heat is upon us and I've pretty much retreated inside. I finally found a plant which I think will survive the 120F heat on my patio area ... Azadirachta indica, Neem Tree. I have ordered some seeds and I'm going to attempt to grow them in pots. Amazing tree is used for many things. 

I have three cantaloupe! One is the biggest one I have ever seen. I placed a piece of cardboard under it and now to see if it survives until its ripe. Squash, squash, squash everywhere! I even have squash growing in my front yard. A lady asked me yesterday, "is that squash?" and when I told her yes, she was silent for a moment and then said "I don't think I've ever seen that before".  lol Wait til next year and I have other edibles growing. The squash was a test case and I merely planted some grocery store squash seeds around the base of my tree. 

The bunnies have a new home - there simply wasn't enough shade for them and the nasty old mesquite tree dripped on them too. They have gone to live in the country with chickens and goats. :) 

I had a local certified arborist come and talk with me about the trees; the mulberry was loaded with tent catepillars (my neighbor was not happy as he said they migrated to his trees) and as I said the mesquite tree was dripping like crazy, something I had not had before.  Also, so many people go through a semi-annual "chop and hack away at trees" and I wanted some good advice on trimming my trees.  The verdict: cut down the mulberry as it is 5" from the fence line and the utility company will just hack away at it too, and it will be a constant problem with the worms. It was small tree and I was able to do that. Kept a trunk and a couple small branches to hang bird feeders from.  Mesquite tree already has a metal rod in it and he said in a year I will need to have a metal cable put higher up to help support it, otherwise the dripping is what mesquite trees do, especially in wet weather. My trees were 'pruned' (topped) heavily a couple years ago, prior to my buying the house,  and he said to leave them alone and in the Fall of 2016 to call them and they would come and put cable in mesquite and do a proper pruning for everything else.

Ta daaaaa ... and in place of the mulberry tree I will be planting a fig tree, six feet from fence line come November. 

Cucumbers are my other success story - I've decided I like cucumbers sliced very thin and then add sour cream and dill, let sit until chilled and then enjoy. Granted more calories then plain. I gave several to neighbor as a "I'm sorry for the web worms". lol 

Bottom line: I've lost more plants to too much water than I have to heat and not getting enough water. :(  My neighbor has planted many veggies on the other side of the fence - on my side are heat loving drought tolerant and water hating perennials - and they are struggling from all the water that drains from my neighbor's over watering.  sighhhhhh. 

Keep up the good fight folks with with birds, moles, deer, et al! I don't know if I'm lucky I don't have those issues or maybe I just don't see any damage - yet!  I love reading about your efforts of battling them.  Randall, my holes are getting bigger so I don't know if my moles are eating well or if there is something else enjoying the fruits of my labor. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 14, 2015 at 7:20am
i have go cover bean plantings to protect from birds too. And rabbits and deer. I planned to build a portable frame for netting last winter but didnt.

Rabbits ate a few of the corn plsnts but I guess they didnt like them so left most for me.
Comment by Randall Smith on June 14, 2015 at 7:12am
Comment by Randall Smith on June 14, 2015 at 7:10am
Once birds get a taste of pea plants, they devore them. I've had to resort to netting on occasion. I'm considering not messing with them next year, but not because of birds or rabbits. They just get too tough and stringy to eat. I can't seem to pick them early enough.
My chard is finally growing. Spinach bolted almost immediately--major disappointment. Lettuce is great.
Comment by Plinius on June 14, 2015 at 12:44am

My Swiss chard was attacked by snails - they left nothing for me. But the herbs and three sorts of lettuce are doing well.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 12:41am

Daniel, I bet the birds have something to do with the no-show green beans. I will place wire chicken wire and see if I have better luck. That makes more sense than peas rotting. Not being there to check on them, I don't know. 

Comment by kathy: ky on June 14, 2015 at 12:39am
I have loads of blackberries that are going to have to be netted or the birds will make off with them.
Comment by Daniel W on June 14, 2015 at 12:34am
Joan, peas never grew well for me until one day I noticed birds in the pea patch. I cecided they wete eating the pea sprouts. After covering the pea bed with chicken wire, germination magically improved from about 10% to sbout 90%.

Swiss chard us one of the few greens thst do really well for me. Most cabbage family plants get too many caterpillers and get eaten to nothingness. The local bugs ignored the swiss chard crop.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 12:21am

Lovely greens and peas, Daniel. I planted spinach and peas before I left Laura's home and according to recent reports, it appears they rotted. Nothing came up, except radishes. I'll talk to Laura tomorrow and see if anything else came up. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 14, 2015 at 12:14am


I use grass clippings for mulch a lot.  Our summers are dry, so they persist for the summer.  They self-compost quickly in the winter. 

Barbara, you have a green thumb!  You are even able to grow trees from prunings, that you don't want to grow!

We have been eating swiss chard for a couple of weeks, grown in a barrel on the deck.

Today we had the first of the snowpeas.  They were easy to grow.  No attention after planting the seeds in April.


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