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.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2017 at 3:07pm

That is why Daniel like plants so much! He tolerated my tirades as long as he could before he told me his boundaries. 

One of the things I like about Daniel is he is honest and straightforward with his feelings and wishes. 

Comment by Patricia on September 22, 2017 at 2:12pm

I've not heard any plant argue about religion or politics. They tend to keep their opinions to themselves & just do the growing thing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2017 at 1:49pm

Daniel, I see you are getting serious about not wanting the political and religious discussions. I promised you long ago that I would not post such items on this site and I surely hope that I lived up to my pledge. I renew my vow to keep such topics off of this site.  

In the meantime, I expect to get updates on your exceptional garden activity on Godless in the Garden. 

Thanks for the links to helpfulgardener.com & GrowingFruit.org. I will be seeing you there, too. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 22, 2017 at 11:32am

I've been looking for a broader based gardening forum for general reading and comparing notes. 

I used to use GardenWeb, but that one became way too commercial, with popups and spam, after being sold to Houzz.  Now I'm looking at helpfulgardener.com, which looks similar in attitude to the old GardenWeb.  As for issues of religion and politics, and debates in general, this is their policy:  "Religion and Politics.  HelpfulGardener respects your religious and political beliefs. Religion and politics play a major role in people's lives around the world. Because this is a forum with people from all walks of life, we request that discussions and signatures about religion or politics be avoided, this includes divisive issues such as right to life, guns and others of that kind because those topics are too personal and tend to be divisive, which works against our goal of bringing people together.

I sometimes also read and post on the GrowingFruit.org blog, but they were more argumentative and obnoxious for a while, and I gave up on that one.  They since seem to have cleaned up their act. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 22, 2017 at 10:10am

Kathy, I think your weather is more similar to mine, although you may get hotter and wetter in summer and not as much winter rain.  You have better success with Rose of Sharon than I do.  I have one scrawny one that grew from seed, and a nursery one that died after 10 years.

Randi, I imagine the Aldi tulips are as good as any!  I always liked Aldi, and it was my dad's favorite store, but they don't have it here.  I hope your SIL benefited from his trip.

Yesterday I picked apples and other fruits this weekend.  This is the first crop for some varieties of apples.  The reddest ones are Jonared, a red sport of Jonathan.  I grew that for sentimental reasons, it was an old midwest favorite that my parents grew.  I think those will go into a pie.  Some later ripening apples remain on the tree.  We also got some Asian pears - not as good this year, and my first significant crop of Italian plums, which are sweet but very dense.  The peaches are small this year, and not as good. 

This week I also cut down another of the scrub trees.  Kind of big for scrub, maybe 40 feet tall, skinny, and leaning precariously over the Dawn Redwood tree that I planted last year.  I tied a rope and pulled so it fell safely.  Still can't believe it went where I wanted it to go!  What remains of that woods-edge rehab that I started 2 years ago clearing blackberry brambles, is cutt 4 more leaning trees, and a thick layer of arborist chip mulch if I can get some.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 20, 2017 at 8:01am
I'm always surprised at the difference in temps in our various areas. We probably won't get frost until mid October. Sometimes later. Our daily temp's are still getting in the mid eighties. Nights vary from upper 70s to low 50s. With the exception of last week when we dropped to the upper 40s during a week of cold rain.
The sunflowers died during that brief spell but the elephants ears grew larger and got greener.

I pruned several rose of Sharon bushes during the spring and threw the small limbs off to the side of the bed. Now I have more than twenty new starts of them. It must be the high humidity here that let's plants start so easily.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 20, 2017 at 6:57am

Good to have you back, Daniel. I wish I could grow kumquats here.

I planted a bag of 20 tulip bulbs the other day (from Aldi of all places!) They had daffodils, too. Maybe next visit.

Joan, you might be interested to know that SIL Nate spent a week in New York state and into Canada touring vegetable farms with a group from Purdue. He said it was interesting, a mix of good and not so good operations. I'm sure he'll benefit from the experience. And I hope he'll write about the trip in his Silverthorn farm newsletter. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 20, 2017 at 5:56am

No frost here yet.  Right now it's 40 F, the coldest so far.  37 F is predicted for the next couple of days.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 20, 2017 at 5:54am

Joan, I think I will put another layer of plastic around my avocado tree.  I already have posts that I can attach it to, that will keep it from touching anything else.  That will give another insulating air pocket.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 20, 2017 at 5:51am

Interesting treatment and response of your lemon tree Daniel.  It gave me ideas about growing some trees that I desire.  


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