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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.

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 Randall Smith on July 11, 2017 at 10:31am

Great photos (as usual).

Just caught a mole tunneling, grabbed a shovel, and flipped it out. Dot (dog) grabbed it and took off. Dead or alive now?

Picked all my gooseberries, but there's not enough for a pie. So I think I'll mix blackberries with them. Should be good.

While mushrooming last spring, I came across several wild gooseberry bushes in the woods. So two days ago I returned to see if there were any. Much to my disappointment, I found only one.

And last week, I went to my local blueberry farm to pick blueberries. The mosquitoes were awful, as were the Japanese beetles, but the berries were good. I picked $19 worth (@ $2.39/lb). I've about given up growning my own bushes. The pickin' place is only 8 miles away, so it's not like I'm driving a hundred miles or anything.

Daniel, I've been eating my SIL's sweet corn for a week now! Mine is just now tasseling.

Comment by Daniel W on July 11, 2017 at 9:47am

Yesterday I dug about 10 pounds of red skin potatoes.  And a few onions.  Time for some potato salad! 

Sweet corn is looking better than I expected.  Maybe late august?

Harvested the first of the garden blackberries.  Too soon - they were quite tart!

Comment by Daniel W on July 11, 2017 at 9:44am

BB, thanks for the beautiful wildflower meadow of Lawetlat'la (to the Cowlitz people, or Mt. St Helens to those of us who came later).  What a beautiful place!  The volcano always makes me feel a sense of awe that could be mistaken for religious.  Maybe, religious awe is really mistaken for the wonder of great things and places.

We have butterflies, hummingbirds, and dragon flies now.  They are too fleeting for me to photograph.  Milkweeds are about to bloom among the daylilies.

The bright sun tends to wash out the colors, but here is my rehabi;itated front border / rock garden.  This spring I let grass and weeds take over, a big mistake.  Now it's back to maintenance by puttering, much more to my liking.  I may replace a few of the less bright colored daylilies with some more flashy ones.  It's mostly daylilies, sedums, sempervivum, with a few milkweeds, some Chinese chives, and a couple of cacti.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 11, 2017 at 7:59am

Joan, many thanks for the info on hazel nuts.

We haven't planted anything specifically to attract butterflies.Besides other perennials (mostly ligularia and pulmonaria) we have mainly hosta, impatiens, petunias and dahlias.

The day St. Helens blew I was returning from a visit to friends in Vancouver BC. As I got south of Olympia on I-5, the road all of a sudden got slippery. At first I didn't get what was going on, and I finally realized the mountain had blown. It was my first time ever in Longview. The freeway was slowing down so I got off to take the bridge over to Oregon and Hwy. 30 into Portland.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 11, 2017 at 4:26am

Berthold, A wonderful sight of a western tiger swallowtail! Do you grow any plants to attract them? 

Randal, no, I missed your story on raccoons. There are large patches of time when I missed reading my mail. Ah! found it!

"I'll tell you, 'coons keep me awake at night thinking about the troubles they've caused me over the years and how to rid my life of them. For me, they are NOT cute." 

What are your options?

Ignore them?

Live Trap & move them?

Dead Trap & skin them?

Shoot them?

Learn to live with them?

Sorry, I don't know how to train them to behave themselves.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 11, 2017 at 3:47am

Bertold, I have never used hazelnut shells for mulch and have read of their successful use. I found this site that gives you the pros and cons.

Problems With Hazelnut Shell Mulch

Mt St Helens! What a beautiful sight. Where were you where she blew?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 10, 2017 at 4:27pm

Went up to St Helens finally

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 10, 2017 at 4:14pm

We seem to have tons of western tiger swallowtails this year.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 10, 2017 at 3:53pm

Nice photos, Daniel.

Black walnut mulch wouldn't be good, but hazelnut should be fine.

My compost pile now consists mostly of grass. There's little "brown matter" to alternate with. I may have to get some woods soil to mix in. Did anybody read my comment in the "Wildlife" group regarding raccoons?

Comment by Daniel W on July 10, 2017 at 8:13am

BB, I have not heard of hazelnut shell mulch, but it sounds good to me. 

 

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