Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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Welcome to Eden!

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.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

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Comment by Daniel W on October 4, 2012 at 10:28am

Joan, I'm skeptical about the practicality of that method. Maybe it will work, I don't know.  I was reading about Square Foot Gardening, which involved using a growth medium of peat moss (not environmentally friendly), Vermiculite (not easy to find in bulk) and compost (good stuff, gardener's black gold).  So basically it was potting soil.   The "no dig" looks like a raised bed with other materials in the place of the peat moss and vermiculite.  Well, it it works, great!  I'm still using top soil+compost for my raised beds, and adding some kitchen compost or composted manure to the top layer.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 3, 2012 at 11:52pm

No Dig Gardens Clean, Green and Chemical Free,

raised bed gardens

Raised beds made out of timber, crates, straw bales, pine needles, cinder blocks, just about anything that will make a raised bed; put in newspapers, grass clippings, garden clippings, composted manure; plant seeds or plants and watch them grow. This site has ideas galore. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2012 at 1:11am

Sentient Biped, thank you for this information. I have never used a revolving drum yet have thought it made good sense. Now You tell me it works! Great! And I like your worm farm method as well. I started with the worm farm and found it too complicated so my worms went into the 2 compost bins and huge compost pile and they work overtime for me and I don't have to mess with the trays. 
Good information! Thanks. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 29, 2012 at 10:34pm

On composting with earthworms - a coworker gave me a start of worms 10 years ago.  For a few years, I labored with a specially set up worm bin.  Then I started composting in a revolving drum system, and just dumped the worm farm into that.  It's been composting and making oodles of worms ever since.  Whenever I empty it out, I put in a handful of the old compost, which gets it's started.

Comment by Daniel W on September 29, 2012 at 10:30am

Some tips for frugal gardeners.


That article reminded me, I'm going to bring in my potted geraniums and let them spend the winter, dry, in the sheltered garage.  In the spring they start later than purchased ones, but they are bigger and Free.  


I might also take some geranium cuttings for the windowsill.  


I need to go around to the neighbors and ask if they mind my collecting their leaves for compost.  Also Starbucks for their coffee grounds.


The local big box places and discount stores have perennials on deep-discount to get rid of them.  Some are in good enough shape, they will be a head start for next year.


I also have some perennials to divide, and hardwood cuttings to take.  But the cuttings will be in winter - not here yet.


I have some "volunteer" trees to move.  A big-leaf maple, a birch, and a sumac.  These will be good at my new place.  I'm waiting for dormancy to move them.  Also a couple of hazel nut trees.  Can't beat "free" as long as I don't have big expectations.  Also saved seeds from a Laburnum, and there is a ginkgo on my drive home from work, whose seeds are almost mature.  Can't help it, I keep growing stuff.


Any suggestions?

Comment by Daniel W on September 28, 2012 at 11:01pm

Mike, I eat the figs fresh.  When I have a big surplus I do sometimes slice them in half, and dry them on a food dehydrator.  That concentrates the sugars and makes them chewy.  Before growing them, I never tasted a fresh fig.  It's like eating a spoon of jelly - so sweet, juicy, slippery, a few crunchy seeds - like poppy seeds - encased in a delicate wrapping.  They don't ripen off the tree, so you have to pick them "dead ripe", which is why they are rarely n the grocery store and when they are, they are usually awful.  Fig lovers go to great lengths, including growing them in barrels and putting them in the garage for the winter, or wrapping them in blankets.  I'm fortunate, these varieties love the maritime NW but would grow well in Zone 8 anywhere, and some in Zone 7 or maybe 6.

Comment by Plinius on September 28, 2012 at 2:26am

Thanks Sentient, I needed info on slugs.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 28, 2012 at 12:17am

Sentient, your figs looks so delicious; I like seeing both the whole fruit and cut.

I like your Mother Earth article. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 28, 2012 at 12:13am

I don't have grasshoppers so looked in my trusted and trustworthy catalogs and found these two. 

organic grasshopper control


I use and like Gardens Alive slug and snail bait and have good success, especially on hostas.

Sluggo Slug Bait

Escar-Go!® Slug & Snail Control

Let me know what works for you. Sentient Biped has talked about his chickens and I would love to have some hens ... maybe when I get younger. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 27, 2012 at 10:41pm

some grasshopper info = mother earth news.

slugs and snails


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