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Godless in the garden

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2017 at 1:34pm

Kathy, your description of snakes in your garden makes me shiver, even as I realize some can be beneficial. We have rattle snakes in NE Washington state. We lived in Texas for several years. The thought of the children, who were small at the time, playing in forests and creeks gave me nightmares. We had coral snakes that hid under rocks and in crevaces. Another danger they faces was Recluse spiders. Laura had one of their bites and we had to have a surgical procedure to cut out the spreading necrotic tissue. 

Maria Gimbutas fed her garden snakes milk. She told incredible  stories about the mythology of snakes in Old Europe. 

Marija Gimbutas Language of the Goddess

You said, "Rattlesnakes are endangered species in ky."

I respond with a, "Good News!"

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 11:19am

My 2 weed digging forks.  I've had the top one for I don't know how long.  Perhaps 40 years. 

The bottom one, as you can read, I purchased from WinCo 2 weeks ago for $2.  It has a curved piece of metal on the bottom that doesn't allow it to sink into the soil as much and lets me pry the weeds out easier. I used it yesterday for the first time on those dandelions, and it seems to work better than my old one.  Of course the old one works better when I want to go deeper.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2017 at 11:06am

Daniel, I envy you the ability to plant such seeds this early in the year. Even in Spokane, we don't plant them until the snow is off Mt Spokane and Mica Peak. That will be late May. I might sow some old seeds to see if they will make it through the late frosts. 

I plan to get the equipmenyt for making tunnels. They will protect from those unexpected late frosts and later from insects. I will grow my brassicas in the raised bed so that we have plenty of space in the greenhouse for tomatoes, peppers, etc. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 10:55am

Racking up those frequent flier miles.

Comment by Daniel W on May 4, 2017 at 10:44am

Ducklings at one week.  I looked at the package.  I thought they were local, but in reality they were sent by US Mail from a hatchery in New Mexico.  So these ducks have already flown a thousand miles. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 4, 2017 at 9:11am

There ard often garden snakes around.    I would be nervous around big snakes.  Ours are very small.

Comment by Daniel W on May 4, 2017 at 9:10am

Using dandelions for food and animal feed, I have almost run out!  There are still some, and those go to the chickens and ducklings.  The most lush get added to salads. I dont mind a little bitterness.

Yesterday it was 80F!  Wow!  Tomato plants are in 4 inch pots now.  Maybe next week plant some.   Might plant collard greens and mustard greens today.

Plums and cherries set a lot of fruit.   We will see about the others.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 7:42am

I forgot to try them when the weather was cold.  One of you peeps said they would taste less bitter at that time.  I'll try to remember to try some this fall and next spring.

Comment by Plinius on May 4, 2017 at 12:06am

Eat them, Spud! There are many dandelion recipes on the web!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2017 at 4:34pm

Dandelions have taken over my neighborhood this year.  I've never seen so many.  The girl across the street has a lawn that's almost more yellow than green.  She mows them down every couple of days, but they pop-up again in a day.

I've been fighting them in my garden, and today, I pried-up the last of them from my garden.  They'll come up again from the roots, but if I keep them from growing too many leaves, they should die after a while.

I think they're pretty, but they're a scourge.

 

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