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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 Thomas Murray on September 24, 2017 at 5:06pm

... a gem from our friend Thomas Edison on failing...

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. " Thomas A. Edison

Comment by Daniel W on September 24, 2017 at 3:57pm

Randy, I don't think you are boasting at all!  You are just talking about what you enjoy.  I sure enjoy reading about your efforts, successes, inspirations!  How are your persimmons doing?

I also hope my blathering doesnt seem like bragging either.  I just go on and on about it, because I dont have other friends to talk about it with, and it's my favorite thing. 

Today so far I wore myself out.  Two more leaning trees are now cut up for firewood.  Two more to go.  Will be so glad that's done.  Worked on that all Summer, after clearing blackberry brambles there for 2 years.  I did move that little chestnut tree.  Not sure it will make it, but at least I tried. 

I have many more failures than successes.  That's OK, I figure if I fail 80% of the time, that remaining 20% is what I remember.

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 24, 2017 at 3:16pm

Randall,

 Is it wrong to boast of one's own accomplishments?

The way I see it, Trump boasts himself as if he was a God, or holier than thou, or can't do wrong, and I don't see you doing those things.

Comment by Patricia on September 24, 2017 at 1:38pm

I have never noticed any bragging here from anyone.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2017 at 1:27pm

Randy, I don't read you as "boasting" but you share with others who love gardening. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 24, 2017 at 12:30pm

Randy, you don't sound like you're boasting when you talk about your garden or show pictures of it.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 24, 2017 at 6:50am

Daniel, you've encouraged me to continue posting here. I sometimes feel I'm boasting when I talk about my yard and garden (despite envy of yours). Not everybody is so lucky to have space and time to work in a garden. I certainly enjoy your photos and reading about your progress. I may have to invite myself out to see everything first hand! Keep those post a-coming.

Comment by Daniel W on September 23, 2017 at 9:00am

This website is the only place where I can be among my atheist friends and talk about our gardening.  I love hearing about your experiences, triumphs, challenges, and ideas.  I treasure this group of people, so please don't worry about me not continuing on Godless in the Garden or on the Food! group.  You are my friends!   I will also continue my personal gardening blog, Growing Greener, because that also serves as my imperfect garden diary / journal.  I did less on that site this year, because there were more challenges with watering and predation.

2017 still turned out to be a great garden year, with lots of fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

Now that summer is done, and fall is beginning, there are still a few crops to harvest - the last of the sweet corn, bean seeds for next year, the last of the tomatoes, and still many peppers to go.  Those peppers might get a plastic cover to keep heat in their beds. There are lots more good-looking apples on the trees than I thought, still some grapes, and we might get a nice crop of persimmons after all.

Planning begins, for winter and for 2018. 

What trees to order?  Probably a nectarine and peach, both disease resistant.  Peach leaf curl is the limiting factor here.  The disease resistant varieties are not always as-marketed, but the two I picked out have good reputations.  And one chestnut, to replace one that didn't grow much.  Of the 3 that I planted last winter, 2 grew more than 4 feet, now 7 feet tall.  One grew a few inches.  I want to see chestnuts in my lifetime!  So I have a fast-growing, fast-bearing replacement in mind.

There are 4 remaining major leaning scrub trees - about 30 - 40 feet tall -  to take down.  That's out of about 12 that I started removing and cutting into firewood this summer.  I think I have 3 years supply of firewood from those now.  Much nicer area, and already I already replaced the dying scrub trees with healthy new cypress trees, plus those chestnuts and last fall's Dawn Redwood.  I want to add a couple of rhododendrons to the woods' edge.  Then try to find a couple of truckloads of arborist tree chips to put down as mulch, and call it done for the next decade.

Next year instead of scattered wildflowers, Im thinking about rows of flowers.  Easier to keep weeds out, and they fill in to make a continuous cover of flowers, by mid summer.

During winter, I'm raising 2 rows of raised beds, 6 inches higher for easier use buy the old guy who uses them (me).  Removing the 2 middle rows, and replacing with one row, so the riding mower can run between all of them, for easier maintenance and neatness.  I don't need as many now.  I also need to think about tree cages, because they are too much work to maintain, and have variable effectiveness, in preventing tree  destruction by deer.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 23, 2017 at 6:44am

Daniel, while I love gardening, I'm not as serious about it as you are. I might check out those gardening sites you mentioned, but if I get envious of what you do, imagine how I'd feel reading about a whole bunch of other great gardeners! Will you continue blogging on "Growing Greener"?

And I'm with you in avoiding certain discussion issues. I don't need to be aggravated. 

Comment by Patricia on September 22, 2017 at 3:19pm

A good way to be, for sure.

 

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