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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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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 Daniel W on October 13, 2016 at 12:28pm
Spud, the move has been part of the long term plan since my cancer diagnosis 3 years sgo. It probably wont be for a couple more years, which is fine. Moving would add another 30 min each way to Ning's commute, some of it dangerous in winter. Both places were abandoned bank sales at the bottom of the real estate bust,and needed a lot of work, are paid for, so costs are not too bad. I have been gradually moving trees and shrubs to the Battleground place for 3 years, and now it's time to finish putting in low maintenance, inexpensive upkeep landscape that still looks nice tor eventual sale.
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2016 at 9:56am

I don't know if the bunny will survive the winter, and I don't think I want to take care of it, so I will try to give it to someone.  

A few days ago, I saw the mailman checking it out.  He was intrigued at how tame it was.  I ask him if he wanted it, but he didn't.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2016 at 9:53am

The black bunny is still here.  Up until a week ago, all I saw it eating were the composting pears, but the last week, I've seen him eating some weeds also.  There are some low, ground-cover type weeds with very small leaves that the bunny seems to like.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2016 at 9:50am

The first freeze here was yesterday morning.  The low was 28° F, 4 degrees below freezing.  

I had just harvested the last of the muskmelon and the ripe cherry tomatoes.  Some of the tomato plants are still alive, and no frosts are predicted for the coming week, so I may get some more.

Some of my raspberries are still producing, but most are almost through.

My old blackberries are still trying to produce, but not doing a good job of it.  I don't expect any more from them.

My new blackberry plant has not produced anything edible, but is adding quite a few new canes.  However, some of the leaves are yellow.  I'm going to add some sulfur to acidify the area to see if that's the problem.  It may need some iron also.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2016 at 9:38am

Daniel, I didn't know you were selling one of your places.  I'm interested in any details you can provide.  Did you talk about it on "Growing Greener...."?

I've not been reading GG for quite a while because in transferring everything from the old computer to the new, I didn't get that site transferred.  I corrected that today.

Comment by Daniel W on October 13, 2016 at 9:18am
Spud I dont have much success with asparagus either. I think it takes a few years to really establish. I have a few plants in 3 locations. If I have a chance I want to consolidate them in one bed this fall and see what happens.
Comment by Daniel W on October 13, 2016 at 9:03am
Randy, voles are really destructive here. They eat the roots and bark of fruit trees, especially apples and figs. They can kill s three year old tree in a week of chewing. They favor the lower foot of trunk, so I make hardware cloth sleeves which usually help. probably wouldn help sweet potatoes tho.
Comment by Daniel W on October 13, 2016 at 8:59am
During the past couple of weeks I havent been doing much in my vegetable garden and orchard. I removed deer cages from 2 of my tallest fruit trees, to use on smaller ones. Deer browsing is usually limited to the lowest 5 feet. Had some sweet corn yesterday.

Meanwhile, un-gardening the old place to make it more appealng to potential buyers. Most want lawn and a few specimen bushes / trees. It's heavy work, took out a koi pond and hauled the rocks to my counrty place, hauling dirt around to smooth the contours for easy maintenance. I wont have the energy and strength next year.
Comment by Randall Smith on October 13, 2016 at 6:52am

I continue to dig sweet potatoes (with a shovel). It's a labor of love--except when I run across vole damage. The little critters will voraciously consume a softball size potato in no time. Poison bait doesn't deter them. I guess that's why I plant so many starts (44). There's enough for everybody.

It also irritates me when I slice into or through a sweet potato. I try so hard not to, but inevitably, I manage to do so. Perhaps last night's rain will soften the ground enabling easier digging and less damage.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 5, 2016 at 7:51am

I don't know what your asparagus problem is, Spud. Wish I could share some of my bounty.

"Worms" really devastated my brocolli, collards, and kale the past 2 weeks. I didn't spray them, and suddenly, they were virtually devoured. I hand picked hornworms off the tomatoes, but the greens' worms were too small and numerous to detect and pick.

I've begun digging sweet potatoes. So far, they look good.

 

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