Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

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

Location: Planet Earth
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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!

Discussion Forum

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Thursday. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2014 at 8:01am

Randall, or do you prefer Randy?

I didn't understand what living abundantly meant until I put in our first garden on this site 40 years ago this year. The ground was pure peat moss, a remnant of the last Ice Age, wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation. It has poorer drainage than a swamp because there is no drainage. The pure peat is unfit for cultivation. That first year I grew incredible cattails (Typha latifolia) and horsetails (Equisetum).

I brought in truckloads of sand and clay, and barnyard manure, borrowed a farmer's garden tiller and gave it a mighty tilling. The following years my crops were so abundant that I took bushels of vegetables to the local community center. Since then, I put on lots of steer manure and glacial sand. 

My three children grew up, moved on and all that room for fruits and vegetables was just not needed any more. 

Eighteen years ago I designed a meditation garden in honor of my son, Craig's, wedding. we had the grooms dinner in the new garden and it has been a place of celebration ever since. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 4, 2014 at 7:46am

Randy, I'll bet if you contacted nearest food bank they would send someone to help prevent you from drowning in green! 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 4, 2014 at 7:16am

Ever hear of drowning in the garden? Well, that's happening to me. Too much, too fast. Peas, asparagus, lettuce, chard, kale, now green beans and brocolli. It's a GREEN overload! And I've blanched and frozen bags of it. Freezer is now packed with veggies and berries. And wouldn't you know it, my local blueberry farm is opening up next week. HELP!

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 30, 2014 at 5:27pm

Oops!

Comment by Daniel W on June 30, 2014 at 12:32pm

Joan, thanks for discussing Garden's Alive.  I haven't used their products and will look into them.

Barbara, thanks for posting on ways to frustrate cutworms.  They haven't plagued me but they to affect others here, as noted in their posts.

 

Patricia, your greenhouse is inspiring and empowering!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 30, 2014 at 12:23pm

Joan, I haven't ordered anything from Gardens Alive for awhile. I'm using my local greenhouse. But their Bt stuff used to work. Neem, too (I think).

Daniel, good "Indian" story! And great bee photo.

Patricia, remember that old song, "It's nice to have a man around the house"? I'm going to look up the lyrics right now.

                                                                           Randy 

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 30, 2014 at 5:57am

Daniel, nice twofer on the chives.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 30, 2014 at 5:56am

Patricia, you forgot to mention gawd having a back back as well.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2014 at 11:06pm

Very nice bee photo Daniel. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2014 at 11:04pm

Barbara, excellent piece on cutworms, and an interesting story as well. 

 

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