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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 Joan Denoo on July 11, 2017 at 11:01pm

Laura and Larry tell me the greenhouse tomatoes develop nicely and do not begin to show any color. Larry has water timers for the beds and tomatoes get plenty of regular water, but not soaked. I don't know what else survived; probably kale, possibly dill and cilantro.  

That soil is so rich it is a joy to get my hands into. I hope my foot heals enough so I can go out there and do a big of digging.   

I started some corn in the greenhouse hoping to extend the growing season. Unfortunately, I didn't get the seedlings planted out in the raised beds Larry & Travis made for me in the meadow.   I don't know how they are doing growing up in the greenhouse.  

Travis built a brick walk from the greenhouse to the shed so that I didn't have to walk in the mud. Our very wet spring did not cause my any problems. Since my foot gave out on me, I don't go outside except on the driveway. I don't want to get grass and sand on my wheelchair mechanisms.

The strong young men took me to the greenhouse on July 4 and that was a very special treat for me.  

Comment by Daniel W on July 11, 2017 at 10:57pm

Joan, our old patch of bamboo was contained.  We dug 2 feet down, making a trench about 6 feet in diameter, and put in a heavy plastic barrier.  It works, but doesn't seem necessary.  Last year, I took starts from the old patch, for the Battleground property.  I had to use a demolition saw to cut into the ground to take starts.  The new plants survived, and grew very nice tall shoots, 10 feet tall, this year.  I don't have them contained.  If they grow further afield, I'll just cut them off with pruning shears.  They are not a bother at all, make a good plant for chicken yard, and have so many uses.

The collard greens do so well here.  I have them mixed with squashes, not planned but the plants get along so far.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 11, 2017 at 10:48pm

Daniel, do you have your bamboo contained or do they grow freely? Are they a bother to manage? I like the look of bamboo in the garden and they last surprisingly long. I buy the long ones and as the ends that go into the dirt weaken, I saw them off and use on shorter plants. I get years of use out of mine. 

Comment by Daniel W on July 11, 2017 at 10:37pm

Today, I hoed the sweet corn patch, and gave the Chinese beans some bamboo poles for climbing.  We grow the bamboo, there is plenty to use.  The beans are from NE China, I recovered the variety last year from 15 year old seeds.  Last year, those old seeds had a few percent germinating, this year the progeny germinated 100%.  Ning has nostalgia for these beans, they are uncommon in China except his province near N. Korea.

Persimmons, making fruit.  Randy, they are probably way behind yours, because of our cool, late Spring.  But last year, the Asian persimmons produced just fine, later than almost any other fruit.  They were a real treat.  Add to those this year, an Indiana variety called "Yates", that gets bigger than most other American persimmons, and doesn't need a pollinator.  This is its first year to produce, and might make a dozen or so.

Yates persimmons, starting to form.

Saijo, a super sweet Japanese persimmon, that made about 5 fruits last year, now with a couple dozen forming.  These get the size and shape of a big Roma tomato.

Im leaving these blackberries on the brambles for another day or two.  I picked the first ones too early, and they were too puckery for me.  Variety is "Ebony King".

From what I read, blackberries don't really take off and produce until their third year.  This is the second year for these, so I'm happy to get a taste.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 11, 2017 at 5:49pm

Thomas - It was actually my first time up there. There was a lot of information in the visitors' centers about the recovery of various life forms.

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 11, 2017 at 5:30pm

Bertold,

Do you go to St Helen's once in a while? I think it is an amazing opportunity to photo document the return of life since the eruption in 1980.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 11, 2017 at 2:25pm

Daniel, that's a beautiful rock garden and sun room.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 11, 2017 at 2:05pm

Spud, I was also surprised to learn that 57 people had been killed. I hadn't remembered it was that many. It was a phenomenal amount of destruction in a very short time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 11, 2017 at 1:58pm

Bertold, beautiful flowers with volcano in background.  It triggered me to read about the volcano on Wikipedia.  I didn't know it was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States.[2] Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24 km) of railways, and 185 miles (298 km) of highway were destroyed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 11, 2017 at 12:32pm
 

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