Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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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....

Comment by Randall Smith on August 30, 2017 at 6:59am

It's been a very disappointing season for vining vegetables. No melons of any variety, no pumpkins, and 5 acorn squash. My tomato plants have either died or look horrible. I don't know the reason--perhaps the weather. But I suspect it's more than that because, in the case of  squash, they get worse every year. And yes, I rotate.

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 30, 2017 at 1:31am


I had a torn rotor cuff in my right shoulder (one of the many body parts that is falling apart)  I first had corticosteroid injections. It helped but it only lasted about three weeks. After 6 months of therapy the doctor decided surgery was the best option. The first 5 weeks after surgery was painful. It took me 7 months to recover and about 14 months to get complete mobility. I still have restrictions like reaching up and behind but not much pain. Gets worse in cold ,damp weather. I still get injections for the lower back and I hate it. The injections are not so bad.. it is the steroids that makes me nauseous, weak, and irritable for about a week. For some people steroids isn't a problem but for me it is a dread.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 29, 2017 at 10:20pm
Don, I've considered the surgery but I've had far to many prior surgeries to even think about having another. Unless there's no other recourse.
Joan, I manage household chores ok as long as it's not anything that requires heavy lifting or raising my arms upward any distance. Which I can't do. Gardening isn't bad with the same restrictions. Pulling weeds isn't​ to bad. Anything that I can't manage we have friends who help or we hire someone to do them. This is the first year that weeds have been out of control but that's due more to all the rain and being unable to get them while they are small.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 29, 2017 at 1:45pm

Giant pumpkins are amazing.  The largest one was 2,624.6 lb.  I hope to get a chance to see one of those behemoths some day.

If I do, I'll be tempted to ask "But how does it taste?"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 29, 2017 at 12:50pm

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1,469 lb pumpkin!


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