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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on Thursday

Randy, it sounds like you get produce before I do.  My strawberries are still small and green, and you had asparagus long before me.  

The asparagus were large enough to eat some this year, but I gave-up watching for them, and they were hidden among the raspberries, so they were sprouting leaves before I noticed them.

Comment by Randall Smith on Thursday

My strawberries are coming on strong. It's a new patch, so the berries are extra large. Robins like them, too. I can't remember strawberries ripening this early--and it hasn't been a warm spring.

I lost another blueberry bush. I keep trying, attempting to get the soil acidity right and all. It's like me trying to grow melons (all varieties). They simply won't grow. Crazy and frustrating.

Yesterday, I weeded my onions and carrots, and put empty dog food bags down between the rows (to keep the weeds down). It looks ugly, but nobody else sees my garden.

My three baby bluebirds have left the box. I saw the 3 of them sitting together on a branch with the parents nearby. Cute. They still "protect" the box. I'm not sure if any of them use it at night. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 22, 2017 at 4:10pm

Kathy, that's a weird egg.  Sometimes we get hen eggs with anomalies, including very thin shells.  But not no shell at all!

Spud, sounds like you are already into summer.  Thanks for comment about meditation garden.  I can see that as a place to spend a lot of time and already do.

If the flower buds are any indication, this looks like a good year for persimmons, and grapes.  Figs are looking good so far, too.

A couple of my less hardy figs were killed completely by the worst of the winter.  So, I won't try those varieties again.  That leaves the more resilient ones, better for this climate.

Mulberries look to be the best ever, too. 

Some plums look good, others not.  There should still be enough, unless something - weather, disease, bugs - gets them. 

I've planted all of my tomato starts, and peppers, and 2 tomatillos.  I think this week I'll start zucchinis and squashes.

One last flower, the first of the poppies to bloom.  I grew them from seeds, in about 2001, and last year moved some of the roots to the country place.  They seem to like it there.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 22, 2017 at 3:41pm

That bird must have had a calcium deficiency :)

Comment by k.h. ky on May 22, 2017 at 3:04pm
I took an egg out of the nest that didn't have a shell. It was in the membrane sac but there was no hint of any shell.

Thanks Spud, Bert.
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 22, 2017 at 2:14pm

Pulled a lot of cheap grass today before it started dropping those horrible seeds.  Not much rain here for a while now.  I need to turn my outside water on so I can give the garden enough water.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 22, 2017 at 2:07pm

Daniel, I very much like your meditation garden.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 22, 2017 at 2:06pm

Kathy, sorry for the tough time your having.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 22, 2017 at 7:53am

Kathy -- I'm also very sorry to learn of what you're going through and wish you the best.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 22, 2017 at 7:42am

I, too, have identical iris's and a rhodadendron, Daniel. So beautiful.

We had 3" of rain over the weekend. A tornado touched down 10 miles away! Farm fields are flooded. Fortunately, my one acre is on a mound, so water drains away. However, the water table is very high and my basement sump pump is getting a workout. My house water comes from the original farm well--over 100 years old. I keep wondering how much longer it will last. I don't know how deep the well is. It's never run dry.

After all the rain, I tried pulling garden weeds yest. It was too wet--soil clung to the roots and wouldn't shake off.

I also mowed half my lawn. The tractor started right up--a surprise since I've been having trouble getting it started. Battery and connections are good (after much work). I'm thinking it's the starter, but I'm no mechanic. It might be time for a new mower. The current one is 20 years old. Hmmm.

 

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