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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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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 Idaho Spud on August 7, 2014 at 5:19pm

Has anyone noticed a lack of house flies this year?  I've seen very few.

I've always thought they were mostly just a nuisance, but reading about them on Wikipedia, it appears they carry a lot of bad diseases, so I'm glad to see very few this year.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2014 at 8:55am

Of course, the rain means little sun and low temperatures.  My melons are sulking.  It got down to 53 F this morning.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2014 at 8:53am

Randall, thanks for the reminder.  Next year I plan on planting cukes and dill.

It's been dry here all spring and summer, but we finally got an inch of rain in the last few days.  Yay!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 7, 2014 at 7:07am

We need rain! The garden isn't stressed yet, but it could use a drink. The good news is I finally caught my pesky mole!  I do it the old fashion way--patience with a shovel in hand. He tested my patience!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 5, 2014 at 6:38am

And I made a batch of dill pickles from my own cukes and dill weed.

Time to plant seeds for a fall crop of peas and lettuce.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 9:29pm

I spent all spring and summer, until now, clearing out the weeds and jungle, so didn't get my vegetable seeds into the seed starter. Now, I really regret it as I read about all the fresh vegetables out of your gardens and the delightful meals you create. I still have my seed. I have been propagating a lot of the overgrowth so I can share with Laura and the neighbors. This morning I cut part of the raspberry patch back and found lovely clematis completely covered with canes. I am pulling all the raspberries out of that part of the garden and moving them to a place of their own. The clematis is too pretty to be covered with berry bushes. There are dozens of raspberry runners that got way out into the rich soil of the garden and I will dig them and replant them when it gets a little cooler. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 9:21pm
Comment by Randall Smith on August 1, 2014 at 7:26am

My garlic comes up spontaneously every spring. I've tried planting the bulb seeds by sprinkling them around, but I don't know if that works. I do like garlic.

Comment by Daniel W on July 31, 2014 at 12:00pm

Ćenek that's what it is all about!  I love having whole meals from the garden too.  We had potato salad that included home grown potatoes, onions, peppers, garlic; and stir fry that included home grown summer squash, onions, garlic tomatoes.  And lots of fruit now!

Joan I enjoy looking at the garlic scapes too.  If they are yong and tender they make a good stir fry.  Once the flowers form, they are too tough.  One year I tried removing the little garlic bulbils to see if the flowers would set seed - sort of a holy grail for some seed savers, garlic from seed would allow hybridization and selection of new varieties - it was tedious and I did not succeed.  Oh well!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2014 at 10:19am

A heat wave hit us hard this week after last week's one day of very heavy rain. Thankfully, the forest fires were brought under control during that time.  I didn't have my timers set for this heat wave and everything looked parched. The raspberries dried up, and after I increased the water, the ones coming ripe were huge, juicy and delightful. A handful of blueberries this morning and I am in Shangri-La! 

Lots of birds at the feeders. Did I tell you a flock of turkeys was in my back yard this week and left me a huge feather? There is a vacant lot with a huge basalt rock big as a house a few blocks east of me and a flock of turkeys have lived there for years. They come through the neighborhood on a regular basis and I keep cracked corn in front for them. I never thought they would come down the long driveway between my house and my neighbor's. They discovered the bird feeding stations I have back here and I suspect I will have regular visitors. 

Cary took photos of one of my garlic species that has gone to seed. It is pretty and quite unique. 

This is a stock photo of the same kind of garlic earlier in the summer: 

Here are Cary's photos of the same kind gone to seed:

 

 

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