Gardening, Puttering and Adventure Thread, June 25

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Well, it is officially summer! Forecast here is 105 degrees. How about where you are?

The great spring photo above, of Gravenstein apple blossoms, is from Kindltot.

Edible Gardening

STRAWBERRIES ("Tribute") did their normal thing this May. My little 4' x 4' patch put out about a bowl full of berries every day for two solid weeks before petering out. They're allegedly everbearing, but after June 1 any berries they produce are too small and too few.

RASPBERRIES: My mixed bramble of everbearing raspberries is cranking out the berries right now on last year's canes. Later this summer I should get berries from the new canes.

GOOSEBERRIES: My Hinnonmaki gooseberry bush had a big crop this year and I was counting on making several gooseberry pies, but just as they started to ripen the chipmunks started stealing them. (Those are some brave little rodents to get up in a gooseberry bush, which is covered in thorns.) I grabbed the few berries that they missed and decided I had to do *something* to enjoy my mini-crop, so I smashed them and added some sugar and made sort of a compote, then put it on top of vanilla ice cream. It was really good! It reminded me of - well - gooseberry pie with vanilla ice cream.

All the best,
Cumberland Astro

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From Grimmy:

I'm no gardener, but I moved to a small acreage a few years ago, and just start planting berry/fruit shrubs and trees all over the place.

After getting back from my (second) deployment to Kosovo last fall, I
got solar panels on my roof, and decided to take out a few trees next
to my house. Jumping into a major project with no planning, I cut a
few down myself, (wisely had a pro cut down the bigger ones), and
started mulching the remains to start a raised bed garden.

Planted TONS of seeds indoors ahead of time, labelled with a bunch of
popsicle sticks I had laying around and Sharpie. The next day, I saw
they soaked up water and all the writing ran to the point of
illegibility, so half my garden is a mystery....and may remain so for
some time, as I may not be able to ID stuff until it's well formed!

Last fall I submitted a few pictures of medlar fruit from a couple of
my trees. This year, I have at least one young quince fruit growing,
and some aronia/chokeberries as well.

My asparagus grew long, but limp, indoors, and when planted outside,
it...fell apart? It looked like something was biting the tops off, but
not eating it? Very odd. My sister-in-law gave me a few asparagus root
stalks, so I just planted them in the same zone of the garden. Now, I
have new growth from the seedlings, and what looks like proper
asparagus from the rootstalk.

Ambitious:

Young quince:

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Asparagus:

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Ever heard of this pepper?

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Don't know if these mushrooms are wild or cultivated:

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Chard and cucumber:

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Violet cauliflower:

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Today's Adventure

Family-friendly, Rocky Mouth Falls Trail near Sandy Utah.

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Gardens of The Horde

PEONIES are somewhat new to me, but my wife asked me to plant them last year for cut flower purposes. They were semi-productive last year, but this year they provided us an abundance of stunning blooms.

Cumberland Astro

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Thanks for the great update and photos! Love the peonies!

Hope everyone has a nice Weekend. If you didn't see your photos here today, check again next week.


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Week in Review

What has changed since last week's thread? June 18, featuring Amaryllis, Olives and Mangoes in Israel, Wildflowers in the Oregon woods, Poison Oak and Poison Ivy, and Special Visits from Vultures.

Any thoughts or questions?

The comments here are closed so you won't get banned for commenting on a week-old post, but don't try it anyway.

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1 Wow, some real green thumbs here!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 01:21 PM (X7dk/)

2 I'll go fetch the others.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 01:21 PM (X7dk/)

3 Good afternoon Greenthumbs
Just watered the garden from the rain barrel, lots of flowers and green tomatoes and peppers but nothing produced yet

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 01:25 PM (2JoB8)

4 87 and thunderstorms this afternoon around here.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - On my phone, identifiers may vary at June 25, 2022 01:26 PM (NXDm5)

5 I installed a new inground sprinkler controller this morning. The old one was installed with the home build some 32 years ago and was only allowing me to manually water.... now I've got all kinds of wiz bang features that I'll likely never use because it's also got WiFi and an app where I can set the schedule with ease and it makes changes with the weather as well as having a rain sensor. Hopefully this means I'm covered.

Posted by: Inogame at June 25, 2022 01:27 PM (ftVvF)

6 Here near VNY 100° today, 102° Sunday, 104° Monday forecast.

Hope any RvW rioters get heatstroke.

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko Solutions at June 25, 2022 01:28 PM (i5XqM)

7 Willowed, but important, I think:

Whenever I read Vic's comment about the RAMIREZ cartoon I always hear it in my head as the Kurgan from Highlander. Anyone else?

Posted by: InCali at June 25, 2022 01:31 PM (IUxzY)

8 Love the photos. Those strawberries looked delicious. The apple blossom picture brought back an ancient memory. Rhode Island had/has many small properties that were planted with apple trees, some orchards going back centuries. The area had the best macintosh apples ever and in autumn back roads had a bunch of fruit stands. The ancient image is of apple orchards in spring, swatches of white blossoms among the new green growth and dark bark. Such a pretty sight, even to a little boy.

Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 01:34 PM (7EjX1)

9 Swiss chard and cucumbers. If you plant all those chard plants you will have enough to feed 5 families who *really* like Swiss chard!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 01:36 PM (X7dk/)

10 Such beautiful apple blossoms and peonies!

Those berries look so good. I never thought of pairing cheese with them.

In my garden, I tried out my new work gloves which were advertised as being machine washable. I gave them a real workout: picking up the eggshells and watermelon rind that the Midnight Monster strewed all over the yard when it opened and emptied the compost bin.

That lid is hard for me to get off, so I did NOT go outside to check when I heard the banging outside the bedroom window. My half-dreaming guess is that it was a bear-coon government experiment.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at June 25, 2022 01:37 PM (/+bwe)

11 93F now slated for 105F. A bit humid due to thunderstorms last night, they say we may have more tonight.

I'm back inside after prepping some steel for welding. I had to come in and cool off (not to mention change all my clothes because they were sopping).

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 01:39 PM (X7dk/)

12 Planted three little pumpkin seeds from a pie pumpkin. Nice growth, now the original has spread all over and the early growth thinned. Is that normal? It seems to be really large, but only three female blooms, all the rest are male.

Tomato plants green but getting a few brown leaves around the bottom. I water a bit each day because it's hot. Four plants in one area, some browning on interior leaves. Normal again?

Wife planted three okra plants, they're still small. Also bitter melon. Gotta keep that victory garden going....

Posted by: OrangeEnt at June 25, 2022 01:40 PM (7bRMQ)

13 Almost managed to kill the container of spearmint last week. Let it go an extra day between waterings and all but a half dozen leaves dried up completely. Seems to be recovering okay now though.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 25, 2022 01:41 PM (nC+QA)

14 The area has been getting some nasty, severe storms: torrential rains, high winds and flooding. Fortunately, our town has avoided the worst of it. So far, temperatures and humidity has been average for this time of year although that could change quickly. It's been good for the herbs and veggie seedlings we planted. Haven't even had to use the hose yet; rain has been sufficient to keep things happy.

Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 01:41 PM (7EjX1)

15 My half-dreaming guess is that it was a bear-coon government experiment.

I think one of those chased me once in a national park. Or maybe it was a badger/wolverine.

Posted by: KT at June 25, 2022 01:41 PM (rrtZS)

16 I think my Mom has a Hinnonmaki gooseberry. They are wonderful.

Posted by: KT at June 25, 2022 01:42 PM (rrtZS)

17 Interested to see how the quince and medlars come out.

Posted by: KT at June 25, 2022 01:43 PM (rrtZS)

18 Wife planted three okra plants, they're still small. Also bitter melon. Gotta keep that victory garden going....

Posted by: OrangeEnt at June 25, 2022 01:40 PM (7bRMQ)

How do you use the bitter melon? I've seen recipes where it's stuffed with minced pork, and made aqua fresca with it that I drank mixed with yogurt.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 25, 2022 01:44 PM (nC+QA)

19 New from the SyFy channel, Night of the Bearcoon.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 25, 2022 01:45 PM (u73oe)

20 Very slight chance of rain later. Very dry and no rain till late next week. Praying we get something

Posted by: A dude in MI at June 25, 2022 01:47 PM (/6GbT)

21 7 ... Oh yeah. I can't see the name Ramirez without hearing the Kurgan voice from Highlander. Clancy Brown did a great job with that voice. It's fun to do an impression of it.

Back to gardening and puttering.

Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 01:49 PM (7EjX1)

22 How do you use the bitter melon? I've seen recipes where it's stuffed with minced pork, and made aqua fresca with it that I drank mixed with yogurt.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 25, 2022 01:44 PM (nC+QA)

She just cuts it up, sautees and eats it with other vegetables. She uses the leaves too. I've never seen her eat them like zucchini or other like that. Makes it with Filipino sauces and stuff.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at June 25, 2022 01:49 PM (7bRMQ)

23 beautiful photos, all! Wish I was at that waterfall, it's blasted hot all over Texas this June.

Posted by: Tom Servo at June 25, 2022 01:52 PM (trdmm)

24 93 here in East Texas. Mowed for three hours today and still have about 3 hours tomorrow. Tractor starting running a bit hot and I was ready for beers.
Garden starting to struggle but blackberries are hanging in there. Great photos.

Posted by: 22LR at June 25, 2022 01:54 PM (LNo29)

25 First of three 90 degree days. Then it drops back to 70s and 80s. I went ahead and bought a smaller portable airconditioner. Hated to do it but I want to be ready if we get a couple of those really hot days next month.

And I have been ordering irises. Makes no sense as I will be moving but I just needed to do that. I'll put them in pots for now.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 25, 2022 01:55 PM (YynYJ)

26 I got one of those clear plastic bulb-shaped waterers last year because it was pretty, and I liked the idea of the plant getting the amount it needed without over watering.

I wanted a couple more but was between Wal-Mart trips. I realized I drink a lot of Gatorade and was getting a pile up if 20 oz. bottles since those are currently the best value. I put 5 holes in the cap, 4 on the edges and one in the center for a heavy wooden cooking skewer to act as an anchor. Filled with water they last anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 days depending on how hot and dry it is. So far they seem to be doing the job for my potted herbs.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 25, 2022 01:56 PM (nC+QA)

27 We got our first two veggies from the yard this week. A cherry tomato and a mild banana pepper. (Notice the use of singular.) They were both delicious and we hope they are the precursors of salads to come. The summer squash plants are putting out blossoms and show signs of setting veggies.

Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 01:59 PM (7EjX1)

28 I did NOT go outside to check when I heard the banging outside the bedroom window. My half-dreaming guess is that it was a bear-coon government experiment.
Posted by: NaughtyPine

Think of the adventure you missed!
You could have been a YouTube sensation and your family would could review your demise whenever the spirit moved them...

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 02:02 PM (Ut78G)

29 Posted by: Polliwog

Clever!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 02:03 PM (Ut78G)

30 We had 104F here a couple of days ago.

Posted by: vic at June 25, 2022 02:07 PM (mZwKe)

31 Getting my first tomatoes from the heirloom packet set I ordered, and planted one of each in containers. The little Gold Nugget cherry ones are delicious. Have had a couple of the medium yellow Taxi variety and am not a fan; they're too mild for me. I may make yellow tomato preserve out of those. Red cherry and plum ones coming next, then three large red varieties in Sept.

Also my black currant bush in a big tub has four clusters of fruit! Still green except a couple here and there turned dark. I ate one, and even though it was still sour it had a great flavor.

Posted by: skywch at June 25, 2022 02:11 PM (uqhmb)

32 We had 104F here a couple of days ago.

Posted by: vic at June 25, 2022 02:07 PM (mZwKe)

Yikes! Was the humidity high as well?

It hasn't been quite that hot here, since we get at least a bit of the breeze from the bay, but it hasn't rained at all ( okay, 6 raindrops doesn't count) this month. I think that's a first for June in the 8 years I've been in the area. Usually it's the end of July and a good bit of August before it really gets dry.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 25, 2022 02:12 PM (nC+QA)

33 Posted by: skywch at June 25, 2022 02:11 PM (uqhmb)

So jealous about the currents.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 25, 2022 02:13 PM (nC+QA)

34

Young Quince Heathbottom never imagined the adventures he would experience serving as cabin boy for Captain Ned...

Posted by: Victor Viagra at June 25, 2022 02:14 PM (5Yq7E)

35 We're having success with our grow bags. We have about thirty right now. Planted one of just about everything. Already harvested jalapenos, tomatoes, and squash.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 25, 2022 02:14 PM (u73oe)

36 Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 25, 2022 02:14 PM (u73oe)

Is that where you essentially take bags of potting soil, cut a couple of holes in them, and plant into the holes? Is there more to it that would be important for a beginner to know?

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 25, 2022 02:19 PM (nC+QA)

37 Duke,
Ditto Polliwog's question.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 02:22 PM (Ut78G)

38 Notsothoreau

Best of luck with your move !

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 02:26 PM (arJlL)

39 We even get a VNN Weather Report !

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 02:27 PM (arJlL)

40 Hiya KT !

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 02:27 PM (arJlL)

41 A few weeks ago, I planted some tulip bulbs and they seemed to rise up out of the dirt. So, I planted them deeper.

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 02:29 PM (arJlL)

42 Grow bags are made of canvas and come in various sizes. They are like mini raised beds. Wife ordered them online.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 25, 2022 02:29 PM (u73oe)

43 Is that where you essentially take bags of potting soil, cut a couple of holes in them, and plant into the holes? Is there more to it that would be important for a beginner to know?
Posted by: Polliwog

Found them at HomeDepot's site.
Fabric bags with handles that you add soil to and plant.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 02:29 PM (Ut78G)

44 Thanks, JT! Hope I survive it.

The grow bags I bought are made of landscaping material. I had some fingerling potatoes that were in old pots so I repotted in grow bags. Probably won't move those. I did buy a few more for the new place.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at June 25, 2022 02:30 PM (YynYJ)

45 Thanks Duke.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 02:30 PM (Ut78G)

46 That's it, AZ. Very easy to set up. Plus you can move them around easily.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 25, 2022 02:33 PM (u73oe)

47 fine-looking strawberries up there
nice work

Posted by: DB is well-positioned to maximize outcomes at June 25, 2022 02:35 PM (geLO8)

48 Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 25, 2022 02:33 PM (u73oe)

Goid to know. We're trying to figure out ways to grow more of our own stuff but keep forgetting that there are options beyond permanent beds in the ground.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 25, 2022 02:37 PM (nC+QA)

49 OT: channel surfing, came on some channel named Newsy. A lady on there was talking about how diffucult it is having children, and the need for gov't childcare options as 90% of households have at least one parent working.
I was thinking to myself, "10% of households with children have parents that don't work? Does that mean 10% of households are on Welfare? That's what's terrible!"

Posted by: jim (in Kalifornia) at June 25, 2022 02:38 PM (ynpvh)

50 Hey all! I love those wonderful spring strawberries. We were able to get some from the farmers market and gobbled them up in a couple of days. I have never tried growing them but would like to try. I have several tomato plants growing including a volunteer plant coming up by my back door. Not sure where than came from. We have a few green tomatoes so far and I am hoping the chipmunks don't start grabbing them like they did last year. It has been dry so I'm sure these are tempting. Possible rain this afternoon and thunderstorms tomorrow predicted. Fingers crossed.

Posted by: Mrs. Leggy at June 25, 2022 02:40 PM (Vf4Y7)

51 We're trying to figure out ways to grow more of our own stuff but keep forgetting that there are options beyond permanent beds in the ground.
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 25, 2022 02:37 PM (nC+QA)

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That's why we did it. Neither of us has much experience so this was an easy way to get started.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 25, 2022 02:40 PM (u73oe)

52 Also, it's cool to see something in the garden and know it'll be on the dinner plate in a couple of weeks.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 25, 2022 02:45 PM (u73oe)

53 Grimmy, that is great, Medlars and quinces are on my wish list for trees.

My raspberries died out from what I think was root canker, so I planted in thimbleberry and wild black cap raspberry, hoping they would be resistant. So far so good and I may actually get some black cap berries this year.

The Mock Orange is blooming now, as are my potatoes.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 25, 2022 02:46 PM (xhaym)

54 Don't know if these mushrooms are wild or cultivated:

Those mushrooms are not cultivated...they just suddenly sprang up in my garden in the last day or so! I made the soil from a mix of composted manure, mulch i made from trees I felled, bagged garden soil, and peat moss, so maybe something that was already in there? I've watered pretty frequently, and we've had quite a lot of recent rain, so that may play a part, too.

As they get bigger, I'll take a few more photos. Might help decide if I should keep them or remove them.

Posted by: Grimmy at June 25, 2022 02:50 PM (NCgXW)

55 I finally removed the dead hedges in front of my house. I plan on putting two large rectangle planters in their place. Went on line looking for planters . They are not cheap. Considered building my own out of composite decking material. Know what's more expensive than planters?

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 25, 2022 02:50 PM (MgJL2)

56 I absolutely love the peonies. They are gorgeous!

Posted by: CaliGirl at June 25, 2022 02:51 PM (h3dRk)

57 I absolutely love the peonies. They are gorgeous!

Posted by: CaliGirl at June 25, 2022 02:51 PM (h3dRk)

Peonies only cost a cent each!

Posted by: OrangeEnt at June 25, 2022 02:54 PM (7bRMQ)

58 Know what's more expensive than planters?
Posted by: Anti

The soil to fill them!

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at June 25, 2022 02:55 PM (Ut78G)

59 Yikes! Was the humidity high as well?

It hasn't been quite that hot here, since we get at least a bit of the breeze from the bay, but it hasn't rained at all ( okay, 6 raindrops doesn't count) this month. I think that's a first for June in the 8 years I've been in the area. Usually it's the end of July and a good bit of August before it really gets dry.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at June 25, 2022 02:12 PM (nC+QA)


Of course, it is SC

Posted by: vic at June 25, 2022 02:57 PM (mZwKe)

60 Know what's more expensive than planters?
Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 25, 2022 02:50 PM (MgJL2)

Gas used to go buy them?

Posted by: Joe XIden at June 25, 2022 02:57 PM (qyO0k)

61 Know what's more expensive than planters?
Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 25, 2022 02:50 PM (MgJL2)

Lowe's has some small and medium sized galvanized water troughs for between $50 and $#100.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at June 25, 2022 03:02 PM (7bRMQ)

62 Totally forgot
Wanted the horde opinion on tomatoes, caged or free roaming.
Usually cage but this year some of each. Oh well, next week if I remember

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 03:03 PM (2JoB8)

63 I've never had gooseberries. Didn't know they existed until just now.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at June 25, 2022 03:05 PM (KFhLj)

64 Weather in south Utah is cool, we're seeing floody t storms popping up. Took a moderate hike yesterday and it was nice. A lot of elevation gain starting at 6700 feet. I didn't die so that's cool.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at June 25, 2022 03:06 PM (DhTMi)

65 Lowe's has some small and medium sized galvanized water troughs for between $50 and $#100.
Posted by: OrangeEnt at June 25, 2022 03:02 PM (7bRMQ

Thanks . I considered it but I need something more decorative since it's curbside.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 25, 2022 03:10 PM (MgJL2)

66 Next year I'm planting snozzberries.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at June 25, 2022 03:11 PM (u73oe)

67 I've never had gooseberries. Didn't know they existed until just now.
Posted by: bear
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One of my ancients, back in Beverley England, was sentenced to two weeks hard labor, for stealing a pint of gooseberries.

Learning that, I have avoided developing a taste for them. I *have* however, been harvesting Serviceberries ( pic:
https://tinyurl.com/4fty8adk ) like mad.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 25, 2022 03:14 PM (pPheI)

68 First produce from the garden this week. Radishes. Nothing else will be ready until Aug or Sept.

Posted by: Ronster at June 25, 2022 03:16 PM (a1ewU)

69 49 Ackshually last I saw 56% of the households in this fine nation are getting govt handouts

Posted by: MAxIE at June 25, 2022 03:16 PM (twxj3)

70 One of the wild things that I keep my open for, when out walking, is Oxalis. Easy to spot about now because of the bright little blooms. I pick it when I find it, and add to regular salad greens.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 25, 2022 03:19 PM (pPheI)

71 '....I keep my open for...'


Eyes...'eyes open for...'

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 25, 2022 03:20 PM (gMoVp)

72 I have a bunch of wild gooseberries, elderberries, raspberries and mulberries in my woods. I picked a bunch of the mulberries last week, but haven't tracked the gooseberries before. Might have to go check them out.

Posted by: Grimmy at June 25, 2022 03:20 PM (NCgXW)

73 It hasn't come to that (yet), but there is a lot of Polk Sallet around here.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 25, 2022 03:21 PM (gMoVp)

74 Skip - caged, I think, and maintained within the cages. Just easier to take care of, and less likely to be sampled by rabbits, squirrels, and woodchucks.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 25, 2022 03:25 PM (ITEMS)

75 Grimmy at June 25, 2022 02:50 PM

Don't eat the mushrooms without expert advice!

Posted by: KT at June 25, 2022 03:25 PM (rrtZS)

76 AZ Moron, check out Arizona Worm Farm in the SW end of Phoenix. They want 60 a yard for pure screened compost, which seems like a good price to me around here. A yard is a Whole Lot of Compost but it's not like it goes bad if you pile it up.

You can rent one of those UHaul flatbed trailers with short sides for cheap. I know from experience the 5x9 will hold at least two yards. I also have a trailer, if you don't have the means to pull one.

Posted by: Gordon Scott at June 25, 2022 03:27 PM (1go4m)

77 I used to get the City of Minneapolis organics recycling compost, mixed 50/50 with black dirt, to fill beds. It was fairly inexpensive if one didn't mind driving 35 miles to get it. The UofM said the sample I sent was perfect for growing veggies, no fertilizer needed.

My ex says my ex garden yielded the first quart of strawberries. The two raspberry canes I planted about 8 years ago have run riot and are expected to have four harvests this year.

I got some comfrey roots from a gal in North Carolina and planted them 3 years ago. The ex has ignored them. They were intended to add some good deep soil minerals to the compost pile. Now there are a whole lot of comfrey. I told the ex to whack it down, and throw it on the pile. It'll grow back.

Posted by: Gordon Scott at June 25, 2022 03:28 PM (1go4m)

78 With that, I'm off to have coffee with two old Vets that I meet regularly, one aged 91, the other 92. I think that it is the only time that they get out, and have a chance to talk a bit.

Fascinating, in a way, to have idle conversation about the way things were 80 years ago.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 25, 2022 03:29 PM (ITEMS)

79 Thanks . I considered it but I need something more decorative since it's curbside.

Posted by: Anti doesn't matter at June 25, 2022 03:10 PM (MgJL2)

You can paint designs on them.

Posted by: OrangeEnt at June 25, 2022 03:29 PM (7bRMQ)

80 Hiya, JT!

Posted by: KT at June 25, 2022 03:29 PM (rrtZS)

81 Asparagus plants have to be 2 years old to produce much. I'd let those little guys grow out for a year and see what you get. Once they take hold you'll have more than you can eat.

Posted by: dartist at June 25, 2022 03:31 PM (+ya+t)

82 81 Asparagus plants have to be 2 years old to produce much. I'd let those little guys grow out for a year and see what you get. Once they take hold you'll have more than you can eat.
Posted by: dartist at June 25, 2022 03:31 PM

I had done a LITTLE research, and seen that advice. It makes some sense, because the plants I started from seed don't look like asparagus at all. The 3 root stalk things I planted later, though, have produced something very tall and spindley that at least LOOKS like normal asparagus.

Posted by: Grimmy at June 25, 2022 03:34 PM (NCgXW)

83 75 Grimmy at June 25, 2022 02:50 PM
Don't eat the mushrooms without expert advice!

Posted by: KT at June 25, 2022 03:25 PM

Bah! That's not the Moron way. What's the worst that could happen? Seriously, though, it would take a LOT to get me to trust a wild 'shroom enough to actually eat.

I'd be too afraid to end up on ChubbyEmu's YouTube channel of horrible medical mishaps. If you've never watched, link below is a great one...who knew drinking two liters of your first ever batch of moonshine in one night could have consequences? The internet kit said it was safe and fun!
https://youtu.be/4DQUrg0Yhu4

Posted by: Grimmy at June 25, 2022 03:39 PM (NCgXW)

84 63 I've never had gooseberries. Didn't know they existed until just now.
Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at June 25, 2022 03:05 PM (KFhLj)


Same, I may have heard of them but I thought they were something made up for a book?

Posted by: CaliGirl at June 25, 2022 03:40 PM (h3dRk)

85 Hiya, JT!
Posted by: KT

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 03:41 PM (arJlL)

86 Hiya Mrs. Leggy !

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 03:42 PM (arJlL)

87 Hot but been outside all day, 2 chapters read

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 03:42 PM (2JoB8)

88 My gramma made a delicious gooseberry pie. The only time I’ve encountered a gooseberry pie anywhere else was at a country diner in the Missouri ozarks. It was such a treat. For a while I could get canned gooseberries under the “Oregon” brand name, from which my wife baked me a birthday pie. Haven’t seen canned gooseberries in years.

Posted by: Cumberland Astro at June 25, 2022 03:48 PM (d9Cw3)

89 JTB one of my apple grafts is a Rhode Island Greening. I should have fruit on it in a couple of years.

I took grafting wood off of some trees in a very old orchard, the Greening was a very popular tree once upon a time.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 25, 2022 03:48 PM (xhaym)

90 Hot but been outside all day, 2 chapters read
Posted by: Skip

What are ya reading ?

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 03:52 PM (arJlL)

91 It hasn't come to that (yet), but there is a lot of Polk Sallet around here.
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc.

For Poke Salad Annie ?

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 03:53 PM (arJlL)

92 It hasn't come to that (yet), but there is a lot of Polk Sallet around here.
......
I have it all over the place here. I'd give it a taste if I HAD to.

Posted by: dartist at June 25, 2022 03:59 PM (+ya+t)

93 For those in Northern climes, there is a sweet red gooseberry named 'Poorman'.

Gooseberries cannot be grown everywhere because they are alternate hosts to White Pine Blister Rust (I think that's the name of the disease).

Posted by: KT at June 25, 2022 04:00 PM (rrtZS)

94 Poke Salad Annie
the fever's got yer Granny
evrybody says it was a shame
that yer mama was a-workin' on the chain gang

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 04:11 PM (arJlL)

95 I got back from a mini vacation, sprayed my noxious weeds the last 2 mornings. Now need to water the flower beds. I should emulate the ride manager and just get some metal or plastic flowers.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at June 25, 2022 04:33 PM (3cGpq)

96 89 ... Hi Kindltot,

I believe the RI Greening is considered one of the oldest varieties in America, going back to the 1600s. (That would follow. Newport was established about 20 years after Plymouth, MA. It always amused me that my home town and state began by folks who pissed off the Pilgrims.) Greenings were around at some of the roadside stands but macs were the bigger crop.

I hope your graft works. From my limited exposure, the old varieties offer a lot of flavor over many supermarket offerings. If I was a LOT younger and had the property, I would love to put in an orchard of the heirloom apples.

Posted by: JTB at June 25, 2022 04:51 PM (7EjX1)

97 For anyone interested in DIY, I just saw the most ridiculous DIY project I've seen. Some young guy on YouTube built his own freaking garage silicon fab to make his own microchips at home. Are they terrible? Sure, his homemade stuff is 40+ years out of date in terms of performance. The fact that he can do it at all is amazing.

Also, the Rube Goldberg lithography device he created is both ingenious and made out of surprisingly simple devices: take one cheapish HD projector picked up on sale, an old microscope, and do some tinkering (and add some seriously geared-down motors).

Very impressive.

Posted by: Locarno at June 25, 2022 05:07 PM (Vjom5)

98 That used to be how you got into manufacturing. You bought some second or third hand equipment and set it up in your garage. Then you got a friend at your old company to hook you up with a subcontract. Watch the bottom line and don't let Karen down the street know what you're doing.

Posted by: Gordon Scott at June 25, 2022 05:18 PM (1go4m)

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