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Godless in the garden

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

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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.

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Sequester water

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W 14 hours ago. 1 Reply

Soils need nourishment to create healthy plants

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Tomato Growing Topics & Tips

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky on Tuesday. 3 Replies

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Comment by Daniel W on May 4, 2013 at 10:14pm

This was lush growth a few days ago.  Then it frosted.  

 

Oh well.  Into every life a little frost must land.  I think they'll grow back.

I wouldn't like mice or rats in my compost.  I found a mouse nest in the well house.  Fortunately they ran off before I had to make a decision about eliminating them.  

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 4, 2013 at 9:18pm

I'm enjoying the comments about killing viruses in composts.  I like to add horse manure to my compost, as it really makes it cook. I am abandoning one compost pile as I have at least one rat living in there.  I'll set up a new one in a sunnier area and hope I have more luck.

It was too rainy and chilly for any naked gardening here today... maybe next week? ;-)

And Dominic that serpent gourd vine is incredible... it looks like fine lace.  I'm off to look it up!

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 4, 2013 at 7:57pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2013 at 3:16pm

So, you think you've out-skunked the skunk?  Hope so.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2013 at 8:04am

Joan, just yesterday, I looked-up what temperature is needed to kill virus'.  I was surprised to find that Influenza viruses are weakened or killed with temperatures of 167 to 212 F.  Lower than I assumed.

I'm not familiar with the Hantavirus until now.  I've just read some on it and now know why my city wants to keep junk from piling-up which provides a home for mice.  They never mentioned the diseases that can be caught from mice.  I don't know how reliable this site is, but it says the virus is only viable for 3 days or less at room temperature, and sunlight kills it faster:  http://www.healthyhomespartnership.net/faqcd/PDF%20library/contamin...

This site says 150 F for 2 hours: . http://www.thermapure.com/environmental-services/viruses/

More interesting info on:  www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 12:12am

The northwest is my choice to live, by every measure I used to decide where I wanted to settle. It is hot and cold and beautiful and watered from an aquifer and just perfect for me. The bergenia is almost ready to go to seed, the Kwanzan Cherry coming into bloom very fast. I cleaned out only one raised bed, and I will get to the others as my energy developes. There are blossoms on strawberries and the raspberries look very healthy. 

Did I mention, Cary successfully blocked the holes of the skunk? He placed concrete stepping stones where she dug under the shed. 

Mice proliferate out under the compost pile so there should be some rich material coming from it. I probably should sterilize it with a plastic tarp and sun. Do you think that will take care of any Huntavirus?  

Happy gardening!

Kwanzan Cherry 

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 3, 2013 at 11:22pm

I have never seen a serpent gourd vine

Comment by Daniel W on May 3, 2013 at 10:04pm

Skimming the comments, I thought you were all talking about Sarah Palin.  I would not mind if she went into the snow storm and was lost.  But it didn't make sense to me so I googled.  Guess I missed some American Culture or something.  

I grew up in the Midwest near the Mississippi.  Summers, hot sticky humid mosquito ridden.  Winters bitter cold snow ice wind.  Spring floods but mostly ok, Fall OK.  Didn't like the climate.  Happier in Pacific NW which to me is paradise.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2013 at 2:10pm

The snowstorm was scary.  It reminds me of St. Anthony Idaho where I was raised.  Lots of snow and temperatures as low as -30 F or colder.  And walking a mile or two to school and back.  But I don't remember the snowstorms being as bad as in that movie.

I have it easy also Joan.  And I plan on continuing that way.  I never would have put-up with living where the land seemed intent on driving you out or killing you, as it did in that movie.  

If I would have been Sarah's husband, I would have accepted an offer to work on the coast where there was plenty of rain and relatively mild weather.  That business of writing your name in the soil, and belonging to the land that's trying to kill you did not resonate with my personality at all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2013 at 11:47am
I liked the "Sarah Plain and Tall" trilogy. One scene stands out, when Sarah went into the snow storm and was lost. I know she survived, but it was a scary scene. Also some of the tasks she had to do ... back breaking work. I have it so easy. Thanks for reminding me Spud.
 

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