Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 31, 2017 at 2:10pm

Randy, I forgot you had alkaline soil like me.  You probably have alkaline water like I do.  It is a constant fight.  Most of the things I grow like acidic soil.

I just purchased a meter to measure soil moisture.  It also measures light and pH.  I was surprised to measure a pH of 5.3 where my Avocado tree is growing.  That's quite acidic, so it may not be correct.  It's a cheap meter after all.  I'll have to check it's accuracy with a better test.

Comment by Patricia on August 31, 2017 at 2:06pm

We're pigging out on fresh corn too, & curmudgeon is a good thing!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 31, 2017 at 1:07pm

Daniel, I would be quite upset with a mean neighbor like that.  I don't have any that bad.

I'm thinking of taking some blackberry and raspberry starts and planting them in back of the house where they won't tempt people, then planting something not so tempting near the alley and sidewalk.

That should reduce the amount of annoyance I experience.

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 31, 2017 at 12:01pm


I support curmudgeon because I can't survive without it. I mean, being a nice older guy does have it's disadvantages..... and me wife thinks it cute.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2017 at 9:08am

Spud - that's not being a curmudgeon; it's just expecting normal considerateness and courtesy. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 31, 2017 at 8:52am

Or, am I just being too curmudgeonly?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 31, 2017 at 8:50am

Some of my blackberries are venturing out of my yard and growing in the alley.  Also leaning over the sidewalk.  Officially, they're on city property, but I get a little annoyed when adults pick large amounts of them without asking me.  Asking me first just seems like the neighborly thing to do.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 31, 2017 at 8:44am

Randy & Daniel, your talk and pictures of corn keeps making my mouth water.  Therefore, I plan on planting some next spring.  

I love fresh corn, so I'll find a good sunny spot for it, so when you make my mouth water next year, I can go outside and satisfy my craving.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 31, 2017 at 6:58am


It's just a backyard plot 40' x 60' big. It's on an old barn site, full of stones and fill dirt. I had it tested (Purdue) years ago and continue to test it myself. It's very alkaline, which I try to counter all the time.

Since I have access to my kid's vegetables, it's no big deal my garden suffers. But it's nice to be able to run out there and grab something just before supper--like sweet corn (which did well, by the way).

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 30, 2017 at 3:22pm


The issue with the vines, are you talking about a plot of land in your backyard or farming? I was wondering when was the last time you had your soil tested for nutrients....


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