Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Discussing all aspect of gardening.

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Comment by Randall Smith on Friday

I forgot to mention that I had goji berries this year for the first time. Actually, they aren't very tasty--rather bland, but they're supposed to be good for you.

I'm sorta glad my zucchini plants are dying. I've had enough. Curious as to how the pickling them tastes. Cucumbers are next.

I spent 2 hours cleaning out the "spring" raspberry canes. Not one of my favorite chores--like washing windows. I should have a nice fall crop. More wine to make?

Comment by Idaho Spud on Thursday

I was able to gather & eat about 30 apricots this year.  It appears that a lot of the flowers froze because I didn't think it was cold enough to mist them.  There were about 60 fruit, but the squirrels trashed 30 of them getting at the seeds.

I'll mist my tree at the first cold weather next spring, but the squirrels will be harder to defeat.  My best idea yet is to cover it with a mesh that lets in plenty of light, but has holes too small for squirrels to enter.  That worked on my cherry trees.

I hope I can find and easier deterrent because that one is a pain to implement.

This apricot must have better tasting seeds than my first one, because they mostly left it alone.

Comment by Loam Gnome on Thursday

I concur with Randy and everyone else here.  This group is why I'm on this site.  I can be among atheists and talk about our gardening, and not worry about politics and religion.  It's really rewarding.

Jotham, with your gardening, you fit right in here.  I need to check the climate in your area.  I wonder if it's similar to maritime Pacific Northwest, which is mine.

Randy, I have some plums that just had one fruit this year too.  Maybe that means next year will be a bumper crop!  Some apples are that way for me too.  And pears.  Have you made sauerkraut with your cabbages?  You are way ahead of me with sweet corn, but I have had a few tomatoes.

I'm off to do some volunteer shifts today, but wanted to show some of the carnivorous plants that I'm growing.  These are hardy cultivars of Sarracenia, the American pitcher plant, native to the Southeastern parts of the US. 

Spud, I never had a fort, but I basically hid from humanity, in my vegetable and flower garden.  And still do, in a way.

Joan, gladiolus are hardy here in maritime Northwest, but probably not further inland.  Even so, I dug mine up last year, let the corms dry out, and stored them like potatoes for the winter,  Doing so, I was able to plant them like a kitchen garden plant in rows, and divide the ones that had replicated. I also added some from Burpee - yet to bloom - and some boxes of gladiolus corms from the local store.  Those last were the rather dull looking ones that I was complaining about.  Some are looking OK.  I think I'll dug out the ones that were really disappointing, and compost them, leaving the ones that I like better.  I do think I'm getting a lot more bang for my gardening buck, with zinnias and marigolds so far.

Comment by Patricia on Thursday

Oh it grew back but I had gotten older, & it didn't grow back with the nice little nest in it that I had when I was 3-4-5-6-7-8- years old.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Thursday

Patricia, I hope you kept the lilac root. They can survive fires, droughts, neglect, and abuse such as that run-away car. As I drive south into the Palouse country, there are many abandoned homestead. Trees, lilacs, iris, and peonies often survive abandonment.

Comment by Patricia on Thursday

Yes, Spud, & I was so upset when a runaway car lost its parking brake, rolled  down the hill into the front yard, & destroyed the lilac tree.

Comment by Randall Smith on Thursday

This group is certainly the most active group of all! Fun to read. I concur with all the responses.

Jotham, your veggie list looks familiar! And I, too, can't seem to grow parsnips. $3.00 in seeds wasted. I didn't plant carrots or radishes this year for some reason.

One of my cabbages split open, so I harvested it and fried it up with sausage for supper (with white sauce on top). Enjoying my sweet corn and tomatoes, also.

Had an odd occurrence when I discovered just one red plum on my tree. I also had only one apricot. Weird. No peaches or nectarines, and few transparent apples. Bad spring, I reckon.

Comment by Idaho Spud on Thursday

Patricia, I can relate to you in your lilac fort.  I used to secrete myself in the tall alfalfa that dad raised for the rabbits.

Comment by Idaho Spud on Thursday

I like the gladiolas as well, especially the dark ones.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Thursday

Loam Gnome, your glads are lovely; they evoke memories of my grandmother's garden. She had to dig them up each fall and replant them in the spring. Are you able to leave yours in the ground over winter?

Laura stopped by lawn watering today because I am using too much well water. I am glad I didn't plant the raised beds; they would have died from thirst by now. 


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