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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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 Thomas Murray on September 14, 2017 at 2:42pm

      On my lawn there are some patches of grass that is taller than grass in another area. Our property has three areas where the grass is taller and perhaps a little more greener. The question is why and one answer I thought of was those areas have a longer span of direct sunlight than the other areas. If my assumption is correct then those areas are the best spots to grow sun loving vegetables, vine fruits, and other plants.

Wadda do the Green Thumbers here think ?

Comment by Daniel W on September 10, 2017 at 9:43pm

Randy, I think if you look hard enough, you will find that absolutely every food is bad for you. 

My tomatoes were slower to get going, and not as productive this year.  A lot of my Romas had blossom end rot, even though I gave them lots of lime PLUS eggshells.  I think they are just susceptible to that, since they were the only ones to get it.  In the end, I had lots of slicing tomatoes and enough Romas for 9 cups of sauce to freeze, and maybe there will be a repeat batch of that. 

Sweet corn also concerned me, but now it's my main grain almost every day.  That and sourdough bread.  I decided that if we can have corn flakes for breakfast, why not have sweet corn?  The variety producing the biggest and best ears now is called Sugar Buns.

Peppers are doing awesome this year.  They are in raised beds 4 ft by 4 ft square, 18 inches high, and were given lots of compost.   Getting daily Cayennes, Jalapenos.  Thai peppers are loaded, but none are red yet.  If they ripen before winter, they will go on strings to dry for winter.  There is also a Thai pepper plant that I grew from some dried hot peppers from the Asian market.  Much smaller plant, smaller peppers.  Also all green.  We'll see.

Flowers from today.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 8, 2017 at 7:14am

Lucky you, Daniel. My tomatoes were a disaster this year for some unknown reason. Everybody had problems, including my farm kids.

Oh well, I just read that edibles from the black nightshade family, including tomatoes and potatoes are not good for you because of "lectins" in them. Same with most grains. This from The Plant Paradox by a Dr. Gundry.  I'm not paying much attention to his recommendations. Too restrictive. You would hate reading it!

Comment by Patricia on September 7, 2017 at 10:39pm

Yes, I made & froze sauce one year when we had so many tomatoes, we supplied the neighbourhood, & ate fresh for weeks & still had excess. It was great!

Comment by Daniel W on September 7, 2017 at 10:33pm

Absolutely!  Even when cooked.

Comment by Patricia on September 7, 2017 at 10:15pm

Store bought tomatoes have no comparison to home grown! Love them & the fragrance is top notch!!!

Comment by Daniel W on September 7, 2017 at 10:09pm

Different types of tomatoes that I harvested today.  The Romas went into tomato sauce which I froze.  So did the brownish ones - the seed packet claimed they would be black, but they are not.  The slicers are there to slice, and the cherry tomatoes got eaten.

Comment by Daniel W on September 4, 2017 at 10:26am

Randy, peaches apples and pears from ones own garden are very delicious.  I have a hard time growing peaches but continue trying.  Not many pears this year.

Spud that is interesting about Chester.  After eating a few garden blackberries, Im very enthusiastic about them.

I think persimmons are about as exotic as any fruit.   We will see if mine bear and how much this year.  There is a chance for some.

Thomas those plums are also good dried, like candies.  But mostly we eat them fresh.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2017 at 9:21am

Daniel, the fruit of the "Chester" blackberry that I planted in 2012 looks like yours.  It has no thorns and is sweet (but only when picked just before it falls off the cane).  Before then it's very sour.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 4, 2017 at 6:39am

Daniel, your exotic fruit is amazing. Still, I'm happy with my plain ol' peaches, apples, and pears. I can't process them fast enough.


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