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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 15, 2014 at 3:00pm

Nice garden and house Randy.  Does that field of corn way in the background of the "second" garden belong to a neighbor?

Comment by Randall Smith on July 15, 2014 at 7:52am

Photos don't do justice, but here's a few. The first (hopefully) is my "second" garden with tomatoes, squash, strawberry plants, and raspberries in the background (and woodshed).

The next two are of my main garden. What can you identify?

The last photo is my front entrance.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2014 at 8:00am

Joan, funny you should ask--I was thinking yesterday I should take some photos to share. I'll just do that. 

I have both an old brick lined well and a cistern (filled by previous owner). I have a water softener plus need to run my drinking water through a filter. I should have my well checked out, but "if it ain't broke...."

My red raspberries are gone for the "spring crop". I'll get a fall picking, however. I don't even attempt to tie them up. I like the natural ("rampant", as Spud says) look (plus, I'm too lazy).

And I hear you, Spud, about the corn. EVERY year, high winds knock the stalks over about this time! Aggravating.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 14, 2014 at 7:10am

Talking about falling over, at a place I used to live, I had lots of organic matter in the soil, so it was very soft and easy to work with.  

My corn got to be 8 foot high when a huge rainstorm came with lots of rain and high winds.  Knocked those corn stalks flat.  

They remained flat, but kept growing, with the new growth going upward again.  If I remember right, I still got a fair amount of corn from them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 14, 2014 at 7:04am

Joan, I've not been pruning and taking care of my raspberries like I should, and so they run rampant.  But I'm getting better at it.

Why do yours fall over?  Mine don't tend to do that.  My best guess is that you have more friable soil than me and it's probably also more moist.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2014 at 9:02pm

Daniel, what is the process for clearing out the sand and iron deposits? I guess that the problem is in the pipes ... or is it in the tank? Remember the old cisterns of earlier days? with windmills drawing water from the well? I don't remember the maintenance on that equipment, but I assume there were lots to do to keep it running efficiently. 

The chores never end, do they! In some ways it is nice because by being in the garden a lot, and paying attention to what is happening to the different processes, one can almost have a conversation with plants and wildlife. Even the well tank talks to you. 

My arborvitae look much happier tonight. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2014 at 8:54pm

Randy, I bet your tongue is purple and there is a big smile on your face. Would love to have some blackberries ... just not enough room on my place to grow more. 

Our summer is scorchingly hot! I thought my arborvitae were getting water from soaker hoses, but it turns out, the water wasn't getting through. So, I pulled up the old hose, except where they were too entangled with roots, and laid down a new hose yesterday. The poor shrubs looked so thirsty and the green began turning brown. So, I got out there at 5:AM and got the task done before 10. 

Your garden sounds very lush. Do you have any photos to share? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2014 at 8:49pm

Spud, in the autumn, I cut out all the raspberry stocks that bore fruit that summer and tie up the new growth so that I can pick berries standing up. Sadly, my raspberry frame failed this year and they are laying on the ground, bearing lots of fruit, but impossible to get to. I will leave these berries for the birds and squirrels and eat from the stocks that remained tied up. My construction was too weak and I will have a fellow build a stronger frame for next year. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 13, 2014 at 1:15pm

Oh, that's the problem!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 13, 2014 at 7:56am

I've only seen 1/2 inch of rain in the last 65 days, so I have to keep watering with the city water, which has chlorine, a lot of hard water chemicals, and worst of all, it's alkaline, so I have to add sulfur to my garden periodically.  However, now that I'm using more organic matter, I may be able to stop adding sulfur.

 

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