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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Started by Dominic Florio. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 15. 15 Replies

Permaculture thinking and skills for youth

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Comment by Thomas Murray on September 4, 2017 at 12:42am


When I look at your plums, all think about is making honey wines or mead from them.

Comment by Patricia on September 3, 2017 at 9:39pm

Yes, it was rather lucky to get what we did get.

That fruit looks delicious!

Comment by Daniel W on September 3, 2017 at 9:13pm

Patricia, it would get to me too, to have to leave it all behind for so long and in those conditions.  I"m glad there was at least a little salvageable. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 3, 2017 at 9:12pm

We got some more plums this week.  One new variety, developed in the past few years, was "Sweet Treat Pluerry".  It was developed by applying pollen from apricots, peaches, and cherries, to plums, then crossing the resultant varieties together.  From one website, the claim is this one is 50% plum, 25% cherry, 18.75 % peach, 6.25% apricot.  Intergeneric plum hybrids are popular, that's how pluots, plumcots, and apriums were also created.  They are a test, since the only way to know if they will grow and produce fruit is to try.  My tree is in its 4th year, and the branches grow rather vertically, which appears to keep them out of reach of the deer for the most part.  Plus they are fenced.  The Hollywood plums - burgundy flesh - are past their peaks, but quite tasty too.

I also got the first couple of blackberries from a new variety that is thornless and can produce berries on canes that sprout from the ground this year (primocane).  Most take 2 years.  This one is called "Prime Ark Freedom", from primocane / developed in Arkansas, and free from thorns.  Only the first two berries so far, but huge and very tasty, and not too seedy.  Very sweet.  These look very promising for next year, conditions permitting.  I now have the blackberry patch well fenced, and should be getting arborist chips for mulch, free of charge,  in a few weeks.

Comment by Patricia on September 3, 2017 at 1:49pm

Hahaha.....I'd say hell is in our wildfires!

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 3, 2017 at 1:31pm

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."

Henry David Thoreau

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 3, 2017 at 1:04pm


I am optimistic that gardening will be viable anywhere. If nature can find a way, then humanity can be a part of it.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 3, 2017 at 7:28am

Sympathies out to both Patricia and Daniel regarding garden woes. "Hell" is in your back yards! Hang in there.

Comment by Patricia on September 2, 2017 at 7:06pm

It broke Rick's heart to leave his garden/greenhouse for so long, & he totally thought nothing would be left by the time the evac was over. Needless to say, he was well pleased to get anything at all.

I did manage to get a few peas, & beans into the freezer before all hell broke loose, but the plants were all dried out when we got back.

We did get 4 cauliflower, several broccoli heads, a little of the parsley & basil, & it looks like we'll get a melon or two. Tomatoes are iffy.

Comment by Daniel W on September 2, 2017 at 6:35pm

I second Spud's comment, Patricia!

I wonder if gardening around here will be viable in the next few years.  Still above 100F, at least a few more days.  A lot of trees are looking sad.  Its hard to stand out in the heat watering.  I think most trees and shrubs survived this year, but I wonder if we have lost the maritime climate. 

I always try to adapt and set my sails with the prevailing wind in my thoughts.  I found another arborist to leave me a truckload of mixed tree chips, which I will spread around some trees, shrubs, and blackberry brambles.  Those should last at least a couple of years, reduce weeding, eliminate cultivating, and reduce water requirements for those trees and plants.

I may mulch more next year, too, with straw in vegetable garden after the Spring rains end.

Pisses me off that people dont take climate change seriously or responsibly.  I try to reduce reuse repurpose recycle, but then when driving my old Prius and some guy is tailgating me with their megatruck, I wonder why bother?

Oh well, keep trying and enjoy the peace, the plenty, the wonderful nutrition, flavors, textures, and colors from the yard and garden while possible!  And keep trying diverse plants and trees as a "home research station".  Maybe those cactuses that I planted will be the wave of the future :-) 


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