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Godless in the garden

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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 Daniel W on October 15, 2017 at 3:19pm
Kathy, elephant ears are such beautifil plants. I enjoy tropical plants. Caladiums too, but I cant grow them here either. Each place has its own joys and challenges.

I googled on vole hole but cant link right now. Lots of them here.
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 Daniel W on October 15, 2017 at 10:26am

I think Randy's right about voles.  They hollowed out a half dozen potatoes this year.  Fortunately there were potatoes to spare, and Im still eating them every day, 5 months after harvesting them.  On the other hand, last year I think slugs hollowed out a turnip.

Most of the apples are done.  My trees are small, not a lot of apples and quite a few were bad.  Yellow jackets get into a few, and hollow them out.  It's startling to pick an apple and suddenly a bunch or yellow jackets are crawling on my hand.

Joan, my step counter is worn like a watch.  It motivates me, and is rewarding to see how many steps I take, just doing gardening, chores, and projects.

Fire started now in wood stove.  Coffee brewing.

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 Daniel W on October 14, 2017 at 9:23pm

Joan, what a wonderful memory, you with your dad slicing turnips with his pocket knife.  I carry a pocket knife too, more for sentimental reasons because my dad and grandfathers did, than because I need to.   They do come in handy sometimes, such as for slicing turnips.

That turnip recipe with ginger sounds good!  I think turnips are a forgotten food these days, but delicious, healthy, and easy to start in summer and grow for fall and winter.

I ordered another chestnut tree for fall planting.  I read some varieties bear nuts in 2 or 3 to 5 years.  The ones I planted last winter will be in their second year next year.  If that "3" is accurate, they could be bearing in 2019.  That's not so far away!  I doubt they would bloom next year, but if they do, that would be even nicer.

My step conter counted 21,000 steps today, just spreading tree chips and digging.  Gardening is excellent exercise!

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

YUMMY!

 

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