Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 13, 2014 at 10:56am

Woo Hoo! New Sunjoe tiller arrived late Thursday via UPS.  I had purchased three salvias on sale and wanted to get them in before expected rain and so decided to give it a try yesterday.  

As a YouTube review by a 62 yrs. woman indicated, it is designed more for a guy but, what the hey it works for me.  Turned soil into to wonderful fluffy mixture.  Used it on existing bed so no weeds/roots. It will be interesting to see how it works on completely untilled soil.  

Between using a chain saw to remove last of existing cactus roots and trying out my new rototiller my muscles are a wee bit sore this morning. :)  

Looking forward to turning my entire backyard into a edible landscape! 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 10, 2014 at 7:27am
Squash vine worms, plus squash bugs, have caused me to pick my winter squash. Holy cow, but I have a lot! I haven't dug up potatoes (sweet and Yukons) yet. Nor carrots. It's been a "green eating" summer, and will be a "yellow/orange eating" winter.
Oh, and a big surprise to see new asparagus sprouts this time of year! Must be all the rain we've had.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 7, 2014 at 12:24pm

Berthold,  LOLOLOL  yep, sounds like my two.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 7, 2014 at 12:20pm

@Joan - ... do they get along nicely? 

Well, once for about five minutes they did. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 7, 2014 at 12:13pm

It's funny how we can grow something in one area and it dies in another. Five years a go I was growing large spaces of zinnias like gangbusters on 4 acres about 15 mi north of SA. I should say it was out in the open. I wanted the same here and it just isn't going to happen given my conditions. :(

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2014 at 12:06pm

Randy, what a bummer! Chasing after a dog at night.

Bertold, What a wonderful little dog family you have. Looks like loads of personalities ... do they get along nicely? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2014 at 12:00pm

Oh my goodness Barbara, what a task. I surely would advise black plastic. You might want to try a small section with your tiller and see how it works for you. I know that will take time, but you will find out if I am wrong and we both learn something. 

One option is to call your county extension agent for advice, or talk to other gardeners.

Jeez, I would hate to take on the whole back yard in one season. That would be like trying to eat a whole elephant at one sitting. I have been working my ground for 40 years and have made some major design changes. I started by pulling out every living thing on a 50' x 50' patch for a vegetable garden and planted the rest in grass. In honor of my son, Craig's, wedding and groom's dinner, I had the whole back yard stripped and turned into a meditation garden. That was 18 years ago. Now, I am slowly replacing a few trees, shrubs and perennials with vegetables. As life changes, my needs for a garden design changes. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 7, 2014 at 11:56am

@ Joan - I don't grow zinnias because of the mildew.

I know what you mean. Despite literally dousing them in fungicide, I still had several just whither away. I also had a patch of cosmos turn brown and croak. I guess it's kind of like hollyhocks and rust. Is there nothing that can be done?

Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 7, 2014 at 11:55am

Joan, there is no such thing as too much information when it comes to gardening. :)  So I definitely want/need any ideas.  

Thanks for comment on the  patio - yes, morning cup of coffee was actually the reason I created the space, and a late evening glass of wine is nice too .. while the dogs go do their business in the yard. 

The red flags in the picture are utility lines; phone, electric and cable. The flags determined the dimensions of my bed and future plantings in the area. All lots in this subdivision are zero-lots, all houses are built exactly on property line and there is a 5' easement. With only 12' between the houses we all have to be friendly. The subdivision was built in 1986 and there is no HOA and people pretty much do as they please, there is an ORANGE house across the street, and quite a bit of chain link fencing, and yes storage buildings are common.  The only limitation I have put on myself is no perm plantings, i.e. trees and shrubs close to fence, etc. If I can't cut it to the ground in case of repair/maint to houses,  and have it still live I'm not planting it.  So perennials are my go-to plants. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 7, 2014 at 11:53am

Thanks Barbara. Adorable and obnoxious at times, but almost always fun.


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