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 Daniel W on October 1, 2017 at 7:04pm

I dug up a columnar apple tree that I made 3 years ago.  I had grafted the scion onto suckers that grew from an old apple tree that was in that spot.  Just playing.  Now I wanted to move it.  The roots were odd, and I had to prune severely.  Maybe it will survive.  If not, that's OK.

Comment by Daniel W on October 1, 2017 at 6:49pm

Spud, some people claim duck eggs are more rich and make better textured cakes.  Scrambled, at least, I don't notice much difference.  They have been productive, since they started.  Now laying them around in the bushes, each day is an Easter egg hunt.

Dawn Redwood that I planted last year.  When I planted it then, I washed the soil from the roots, as recommended by Washington State University Horticulturist Linda Chalker-Scott.  It had so few roots, I wondered if it would survive.  It did.  I admit I watered it a lot this summer.  It leafed out nicely, and even grew about a foot.  I imagine next year, it will grow more.  There is a gardening adage about that about that -

The first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap.

They have nice, fern-like foliage

This tree is near the row of falling cascara trees that I've been cutting down.  Firewood from last years' cutting of fallen trees, is nice and dry.

Comment by Patricia on September 29, 2017 at 3:14pm

Almost like finding treasure!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 29, 2017 at 2:59pm

Crazy ducks.  Do your duck eggs taste like chicken eggs?

Comment by Daniel W on September 29, 2017 at 2:54pm

Ning's Indian Runner Ducks are laying eggs now. Well, two of them are. The other one turned out to be male. They have a plastic wading pond that they like to swim in. They scoop up dirt from their yard, then wash it in the pond. I guess that's to eat the bugs and worms in the soil. That results in very muddy water that we clean out weekly. Ning discovered yesterday, they have been laying their eggs in the water, and then the eggs sink in the mud, where they lay hidden. Bird brain ducks! Now we know.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 25, 2017 at 8:35am

I agree with Patricia.  It doesn't feel like anyone here is bragging or boasting.  I may at times sound like I'm bragging.  If I do, it's just because, like Daniel, my failures are about 80%, so when a success comes along, I like to "brag" a little.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 25, 2017 at 6:56am

Thanks for the feedback, y'all. With your encouragement, I'll mention a few "garden updates".
Daniel asked about my persimmons. They are ripening prematurely due to this stretch of 90 degree days. It appears I have two varieties. One tree is small with huge fruits--the other, opposite. It's a mystery to me.

I pick a quart of red raspberries every day, filling my freezer with what I don't eat 3 times a day.
My pear tree is loaded and dropping its fruit prematurely. Too green to eat yet.

The only things left in my garden are some root veggies (beets, sweet potatoes, carrots) and a little chard and kale. Most of my planted tomato plants died. But I have some "volunteer" cherry tomatoes aplenty.
In summary, things are winding down. I've cleaned up about half my garden. Time for it to rest.

Comment by Patricia on September 24, 2017 at 9:15pm

They look like fancy vases, Daniel.

Comment by Daniel W on September 24, 2017 at 9:12pm

Some figs from the yard, just harvested now.

Comment by Daniel W on September 24, 2017 at 8:45pm

These gourds were grown in 2016, and brought into the house to dry out.  At first, they got kind of gross looking with some mold, but then they dried out and became very light and hollow.  Now I'm sanding them with #220 sandpaper, and giving a coat of polyurethane.  Don't ask why, I just thought it was interesting.  The colors and patterns are like granite, or wood.  Kind of fun.  I used oil based polyurethane, because I didn't know if the water in water-based would soak into the dried gourds.  Satin finish, I don't like too shiny.  Now I want to grow more next year.

Trees I planted Spring 2016.  These are naturally occurring hybrids of Nootka cypress with Monterey Cypress.  They grow fast!  They only came up to my belt when I planted them last year.  We wanted a fast growing privacy screen at the forest edge, and I think these will do the job.


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