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The Krink wrote:


Getting back to the "topic", I bought 8 packs of sunflower
seeds yesterday...the ones you plant. I got every variety
available and I cant wait to see my "envisioned" garden
in August/Sept. Incase you dont realize how many sunflower
types there are...Dwarf Sunflower, Dwarf incredible,
Summertime Mix F1, Autumn Beauty, Red Sun, Flash Blend,
Lemon Queen, Sunseed, is what I found at my local Ace
Hardware yesterday. Not always easy getting sunflowers
past the 2" stage. The slugs can make quick work of a
sunflower sprout. Yes my garden is going to be a sunflower
extravanganza

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Calvin wrote:

Seems good a place as any for a Gardening topic.

That plus a unblushing revelation of a love for so many different species of SunFlower from our own

Krink, who is planting a great Sunny Forest!!

Now if a Soup Mod will sticky this thing well be well underway!

 

Only thing left to properly baptise this beiattch is to have The Grand Master of Ceremony, The Master of Mirth,

The Sooth Sayer of Truth and Happiness, The Diplomat of "Lets all get along", The Sower of all things bright

and happy, Yes, Lets raise our voices together and chant 3 times....

 

TnK!!!!

 

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I'm in Calvin for anything to do with gardening. Got 20 years of gardening
experience and can be of some help.

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I remember when I was building my "permanent garden space" back
in 1994, I started with a 10-yard dumptruck load of good top-soil.
Well that was a good start but I needed more dirt as I was coming up
with more garden spaces. So I looked around me and asked the question
"where can I find free dirt?"...the woods. Since the woods bordered me
on 2-sides, it was come and get it. It was about then I learned how to
screen dirt. Built this 3'X4' frame out of 2X6's and some 1/2" wire screen
and let the party begin. I built this size frame to sit atop a wheelbarrow.
I'm sure I did 100's of wheelbarrow loads of dirt from the woods.
So I'm doing again some 20 years later...recycling dirt...mostly from
crumbling whiskey barrel containers. There is some useful dirt in those
things. I dug out space in my permanent garden to accomidate 2 (3)
new beds which had to be dug from a hard-packed area, an aisle-way.
It's one of those labour of loves screening dirt. A chance at "tilth".

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Unbelievable weather for May in the GPNW. Pretty much July-
August weather with the 4th 80+ degree day Saturday where
it got to 84 degrees. I need to throw in that some of these
temps were "chemtrail enhanced" for the most part. This
May that all of a sudden turned sunny and warm comes on
the heels of all-time wet April. I've been dealing with muddy
conditions in portions of my lawn. Working a lot of beds that
havent been worked in years were "very wet dirt" still.
Working "wet dirt" is almost every GPNW gardeners "only
choice". You usually got to "work it again" at some point.
My hands are a little stiff from breaking-up about a 1000
dirt clods. So its a good sign that I care enough about my
garden to want to be responsible enough to see it through
to its concliusion.

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I need to talk about "slugs"...the slimy kind. The GPNW's
worst garden friend. I've tried every method to keep
them from eating my newly sprouted plants. I got just
about every different slug in the slug book trying to
eat whatever I can get to sprout. I use "Deadline" in my
slug defense. The GPNW always gets "price gouged"
on "Moss-out" and "Deadline" slug stopper because
every store carrying it can almost name their price
knowing they are going to sell a lot. I still can rely on
nightly "slug patrol". Many years ago I started to associate
missing plant starts to slugs eating them in darkness
of night and since I stay up late into the AM hours,
just for kicks during a cig break, I'll take a flashlight
with me and see if there has been any "security
breeches". "Well well well" what do we have here?
A slug that thought it "could make it over my barrier".
Slugs can come out of anywhere. Once I planted some
pole beans in a 4'X4' square protected by my big solar
cones. Just happened a cluster of slug-eggs hatched
about the time my bean-sprouts surfaced. I was
dumbfounded as to how slugs could get passed the
solar cone right to the greenbean sprouts and make
every plant look like it had been hit with a shotgun
with so many holes. You need to take "slug precations"
in "slug prone areas"....really.

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Well I've seen the results of the "Corry's Snail and Slug Killer"
and I would suggest this product to anybody growing a garden
that has to deal with slugs. Slugs have been enemy number
one for the last 20 years in my garden. Takes a while as a
gardener to fully "grasp the situation" pertaining to slugs.
Slugs eat when its dark out so I go out on "Slug Patrols" with
nothing but a flashlight. Just about every night I find a slug
or two that managed slip by my defences. Scattering these
"Corry's pellets" around everything I'm trying to grow the
last month and nary a slug to found anywhere in my garden
is like UFB (unfucking-believable). It wipes out generations
of slugs...I dint think that was possible. With the weather
cool and showery/wet, I can sleep well knowing that my garden
isnt being eaten up by slugs.

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The Corry's pellets have really "given me a chance" to
compete with the slugs for the first time. Learn something
new every year. Once the sunflowers start "high-rising"
not much in my garden a slug would bother with or I need
to defend. I guess that whats so perfect with my garden
plan for 2013. Strawberries, Sunflowers, green beans,
potatoes, blueberries, and some other stuff. Everything
looks pretty healthy so far. Climbed onto my porch-roof
to get these pictures. Think in a month these sunflowers
are really going to be pretty spectacular.

 



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I crawled out of my upstairs bedroom window onto my back
roof to take some "one month later" shots of the "Sunflower
Forest". Ground level...many are over my head (6'5") and
the big bloom is just days away. This has been a real summer
in the GPNW. Reminds me of the summer I grew tobacco
for the first time. It was long and lots of sunshine which you
need to grow tobacco. The leaves need to "ripen" which
means turns color to golden brown. All tobacco leaves are
havested "one-leaf at a time" when they are ripe. Next year
I planted tobacco, not such a long summer. None of the
leaves ever turned color and green tobacco leaves are
worthless. So getting back to my backyard garden and
whats growing now are all the sunflowers and my green
beans are already at the top of the poles. Picking beans
will be happening very soon. Already picked nearly a
gallon of blueberries from one bush. My elder blueberry
bushes coming on now with minimal mummyberry fungus
so far. The birds are picking at them but they can only eat
so many. There will be plenty for me and the birds.
Wonder what the Aug 20th pictures may look like.

 



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Planted some "tame blackberries" two years ago and they are now covered with fruit.

Also covered with June bugs.  Thousands of em.  These are easy to kill with 5% sevin powder, but I try to wait seven days to pick em.  I powder one bush and pick from the other every few days.

Wife says they are too sour, so I and the grandkids get to eat lots.  If you can deal with the 'sour' this is an easy crop.



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Wes...there is no such thing a "tame blackberry". Not a wise
thing to "introduce them" to your property. Better to go to
some place where you can pick them (not on your property).
For me I need to have a machete in hand and patrol the jungle
line once a week right now whacking away all the blackberry
vines that want to "protrude" into "my space".

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I've been talking about my "forest of sunflowers" since May and now
"it's happening", the sunflowers are tall and all are flowering. I've shot
about a 120 pictures so far and its likely to continue for several weeks
more. I cant believe what I see when I look out my kitchen window
or stepout my backdoor. This is a spectacular garden show just
getting started. What is also fun for me is that I have a digital camera
with a macro-setting and "syncro-flash" which seems to give a 3-D
effect on some pictures and I can take close-ups from an inch away.
The Sunflower has one of most complex "flower" I've ever seen.
Some sunflower heads could contain a 1000 seeds. How this process
all starts I've been documenting on film for years. All the bees involved
on every flowerhead. The bees seem not to be feeding as the same
bees can be on the same sunflower all day. No flying off with a shit-load
pollen back to the hive. These bees (honey bees and baby bumble bees)
will be working solo or with 6 other bees on the same flower all day
as if they are trapped in some nature labor camp. They are attracted
to sunflower and once they land...all they do is work. As the bees do
their work, you can see a layer of orangish pollen collecting on the
the green leaves.



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I'm over 300 pictures of the "sunflower forest" and its
some pictures of a late blooming red sunflower that has
me making this post. Doesnt matter how big this sunflower
is real life but how I want to portray it.



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The Krink wrote:

I'm over 300 pictures of the "sunflower forest" and its
some pictures of a late blooming red sunflower that has
me making this post. Doesnt matter how big this sunflower
is real life but how I want to portray it.



-- Edited by The Krink on Wednesday 28th of August 2013 01:56:31 AM


 Your garden's lookin' pretty good Krink! Very productive obviously! Gotta ask though, whaddya plan ta do with the big sunflowers once the season ends?

By the way, slug control oughta have been a whole bunch easier this summer what with the "dry weather" we've experienced thus far, eh?

Should be an interesting change coming though... A bit of rain last couple nights may "shift" our summer ta the end!



-- Edited by Uke on Wednesday 28th of August 2013 09:10:29 AM

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