Godless in the garden


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.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

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Comment by kathy: ky on May 25, 2017 at 10:44pm
My milkweed are about three feet tall already. And my orange butterfly weed are blooming.
Comment by kathy: ky on May 25, 2017 at 10:42pm
Randy, we're under another cold, wet, front too. There's been a lot of rain this winter and spring.
My milk weed came back after I thought it was dead too. And it's spreading. Hurray!
Comment by Daniel W on May 25, 2017 at 12:47pm

Our strawberries are blooming but berries will be a few weeks.  Slugs and birds usually take their tax before we get them, but who knows?  Might get somel

Spud, I am in the process of removing accumulated stuff.  It's the process of uncountable small decisions of "I might have use for this some day" or "this is potentially too good to throw away".  Now I want clean and neat, and clear out the clutter.  It's been ongoing since I retired, and I get frustrated, but when I look back, it's a big change..  I have a garage that is next. 

We need a photo of greenness, so here is a  milkweed plant that I started from seeds in 2015.  They bloomed in 2016.  I thought they were dead, but now they are shooting up rapidly.  I also moved 2 of the plants last fall.  I think those really are dead.  Apparently, milkweed doesn't tolerate moving.

Second photo is from last july.  They are really fragrant, and bees like them.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 25, 2017 at 11:22am

You're lucky, Randy. Strawberries are late here this year.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 25, 2017 at 8:13am

I finally turned-on my outside water yesterday & gave the garden a good soak.  The valve is in the basement, way back in a tunnel in the dirt, plus I have the tunnel littered with junk, so it's hard to get to.  Before I turn it off in the fall, I'm going to get rid of all the junk I've got stored in there.  It's mostly worthless anyway.  It's going in the garbage cart.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 25, 2017 at 8:07am

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 May 25, 2017 at 7:14am

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 kathy: 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.

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