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 Don on August 19, 2017 at 11:58am

Thanks, everyone, for the birthday wishes.  A big one (70!) it was, and my wife had planned (for weeks) a wonderful surprise gathering, a catered feast attended by so many old friends.  I was so gratified and humbled.  I really did think that my own pie after a quiet dinner out was going to be the extent of our celebration--which would have been just fine, of course.  So we never did get to the pie until yesterday. 

The last slice: 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2017 at 7:35am

Don, it sounds like you had a happy birthday.  Nice that your birthday happens at the best time of the year.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 19, 2017 at 6:49am

Thomas, you are correct on all accounts. That stump was once a willow tree, ant infested and scraggly. I also had a catalpa tree on the other side of the house cut down (last year). This photo was taken in March--no tree leaves.

When I moved in 40 years ago (1977), I did find a few "antiques", mostly in the basement. A water boiler is too mammoth to remove. No photos-yet.

The house interior is wood framed with pocket doors, etc. It even had a "dumb-waiter" in the kitchen. I've made many changes over the years, but kept the integrity.

Now, back to garden related topics!

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 18, 2017 at 4:06pm


  I agree with Daniel..... it is a beautiful house. I see a stump in your front yard. And it looks recently cut down tree. From the size of the stump it must have been a huge old tree.

  I used to do work on older homes (just general handyman stuff)  and will find old newspapers, old coins, real wood ( the woods were actually 2" by 4 " not 1.5" x 3.5"), even old bones.

  So you ever get a chance to find treasures in the old house?

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 18, 2017 at 3:55pm

Happy Birthday , Don

Many happy harvesting to come!

Comment by Daniel W on August 18, 2017 at 3:37pm

Happy Birthday Don!

That is a fine looking pie!  State fair quality!

Comment by Don on August 18, 2017 at 2:14pm

In keeping with the pie theme, here's a blueberry-raspberry I made yesterday in recognition of my birthday.  Our cultivated berries are coming in like gangbusters, and the wild blackberries are just about to start. 

Not to mention the beans, zukes, broccoli, basil, tomatoes, and lettuces!  Best time of the year . . . 

Comment by Daniel W on August 18, 2017 at 9:22am

Randy, you have a beautiful and historic place!  I really enjoy the sense of history.  Also I think older houses were better built, no particle board or flimsy materials.  The big tress are beautiful!

When we were looking for a country place, I liked one house that was 100 years old, but it was riddled with termites and carpenter ants.  The next hsd an oil tank that needed state-mandated EPA remediation.  We finally found our current place, house built in generic ranch style in mid 70s and needing a lot of work, but doable.  Unfortunately, lacking that historic, established feel.  There are a few trees from when it was built, but mostly bare.  Many of the trees are ones I planted in the past 5 years.    Well, maybe a future generation will enjoy some shade!

Anywsy, my long winded way of saying you have a very handome home and yard!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 18, 2017 at 6:57am

Thomas, I'll see what I can find.  Under the porch is a fruit cellar which is pretty neat. The porch is crumbling, however, and in need of repair. Up to this point, I've just "band-aided" it.

Comment by Daniel W on August 17, 2017 at 9:48pm

Second blueberry pie today.  I put the recipe in the food group.  Getting some sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, and beans now.  What a great time of year in the kitchen garden.


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