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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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Welcome to Eden!

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 Joan Denoo on August 4, 2017 at 2:24pm

Yes, I wear orthopedic shoes and orthotic inserts prescribed by my podiatrist, and even with all that support, my foot made a popping sound, and I felt something, but it was not painful. The next morning, it was excruciating. I exercise it daily, as instructed. It gets less painful every day, and now the doctor told me to start putting full weight on it and start walking. 

I keep the wheel chair handy and take a few steps down the hallway with my cane in hand. IT HURTS! And it is getting better. 

I understand athletes get this because of the stress they put on their bodies. I don't know how they can go back to their sports so soon. It must hurt them as badly as it hurts me. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 4, 2017 at 12:00pm

Bertold: What does "robustitude" mean? I tried online but got the Urban Dictionary definition and I know it ain't it.

Hollyhocks can grow to 9 feet tall !?

Randall: I mow once a month and spread out in days like every third day. On a hot day I'll wait until after 6 pm when it cools down. Because of mowing so much grass the blades are sharpened twice a month and the wheels are adjusted to high. This way the most clovers are left uncut and the grass continues green. It take abt hour and half to complete one portion of the yard and there are about 7 portions to cut. I leave the field next to the stream alone for the wild animals.

   I wear arch supports and ankle braces often. I understand Joan's ankle and foot pain. Joans foot is much more deliberating disease  than mine. So I go slow when mowing the grass. My wife insist on buying a riding lawn mower but I am holding out. I fear to getting lazy and if I stop walking the disease will progress faster.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 4, 2017 at 8:14am

Hollyhocks remind me of my mother.  She grew them in St. Anthony Idaho when I was young, but didn't grow them when we moved to Pocatello.  I guess she loved Iris' more.  She had a huge number in the back yard.  In the front yard, she had more of them along with pansies, and by the front porch, bleeding hearts.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 4, 2017 at 7:56am

I also like "rebustitude".  

I can't ever remember being stung by a bee or wasp.  I may have in my childhood because we sometimes messed with nests.  I have lots of wasps under my eaves, steps of ladders, and other stuff, but they're the kind that are fairly peaceful.  I've accidentally disturbed them quite a few times, but never been stung.  I let them stay because they're good for the garden.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 4, 2017 at 7:11am

"Robustitude". Great word, Bertold! Nice photo, too. I've sprayed epsom salts twice, but haven't seen any visible "uptick".

Joan, good luck in gathering seeds. Hope your foot/ankle improves.

Daniel, do I have to remind you to take it a little easier? This gardening and yard work is suppose to be fun, not hard work. After all, will it really matter 20 years from now?

Thomas, "ouch" with the bee stings. I've been zapped twice this spring with wasps. I'm impressed you push mow. How long does it take?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 3, 2017 at 11:23pm

Kathy, as I mentioned earlier, this hollyhock is a biennial that's morphed into a perennial. Also, a hat tip to Daniel because I tried his epsom salts tip on various plants, and unless it's my imagination I think there's a noticeable uptick in robustitude.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 3, 2017 at 11:15pm
Joan, there are some drying under the carport now. They came ( through a friend) from the original plant that mine started from. When Traitor dug it out it was late fall and the blooms were long gone.

Bertold I've never seen such a leafy hollyhock. Here they spike a lot of very long blooms but the plants are much thinner with the leaves near the bottom.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2017 at 11:01pm

Bertold, your Hollyhocks show off beautifully against your home and shrubs. A nice match. Yes, my grandmother had them too, on the west side of the chicken coop in the alley. I should go back to that house and see if they are still growing there; if so, I will ask the owner for some seeds. They may not be from her plants, but, close enough. 

Kathy, did you save the seeds from your hollyhocks? They are very easy to grow from seed. 

I plan to go to my home in Spokane and gather seeds to try to grow here at L&L Acres and to send to anyone who wants what I harvest. I will let you know what I can gather. I won't be doing much digging of plants with my foot and ankle still giving me lots of pain. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 3, 2017 at 10:37pm

We had some black hollyhocks once, and they led to endless joking because of the blooms' uncanny resemblance to a certain part of our black cat's anatomy when her tail was up, nudge nudge wink wink.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 3, 2017 at 9:12pm
Thomas, I'm one of the few who hasn't had a bee attack but I don't do the mowing. Spiders are my foe. I've had two that became so swollen with infection they had to be lanced and packed. Disgusting​business.

Bertold, the hollyhocks are wonderful. I had some black ones that were striking but my Rottweiler dug it out going after a mole. He got the mole but killed the hollyhocks : (
 

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