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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 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.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 1, 2016 at 8:27am

Wish I could grow asparagus.  One of the few green veggies I love the taste of.  I've got a large portion of my garden devoted to them, but they never get big enough to harvest.

Some of the ones I planted 2 years ago are looking promising.  Maybe next season, or next.

Comment by Don on October 1, 2016 at 8:16am

I always plant onion sets--quite reliable, no thinning needed.  Here we plant garlic toward the ends of October.  I usually mulch mine with my asparagus ferns.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 1, 2016 at 7:20am

My onions and garlic were a bust this year (as was chard, beets, and squash). So, I'm envious. This is the first year I froze corn ON the cob. It microwaves nicely. However, it takes up too much freezer space.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 1, 2016 at 5:39am

Oh!  I so much wanted to pick-up one of those ears and crunch into it!

Comment by Plinius on September 30, 2016 at 11:43pm

Beautiful harvest, Daniel!

Comment by Daniel W on September 30, 2016 at 8:54pm

Planted garlic today. First crop planted to harvest in 2017. That assumes the world won't end sooner than that. :-)

I think I bought these starts in 2001 and have been growing them ever since. The variety is Inchelium Red. It's an heirloom variety from the Colville Indian Reservation in Inchelium, Washington.

Comment by Daniel W on September 30, 2016 at 8:50pm
Today's Harvest.

The sweet corn variety is "Bodaceous." I give it a 10 out of 10. Earlier I had "Mirai" - too sweet and not such good corn flavor. This year "Bilicious" and "Trinity" were also good in my garden. "Trinity is a little sweeter and not as rich corn flavor, but is shorter season so good to plant for earlier harvest.

 

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