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 14, 2017 at 9:23pm

Joan, what a wonderful memory, you with your dad slicing turnips with his pocket knife.  I carry a pocket knife too, more for sentimental reasons because my dad and grandfathers did, than because I need to.   They do come in handy sometimes, such as for slicing turnips.

That turnip recipe with ginger sounds good!  I think turnips are a forgotten food these days, but delicious, healthy, and easy to start in summer and grow for fall and winter.

I ordered another chestnut tree for fall planting.  I read some varieties bear nuts in 2 or 3 to 5 years.  The ones I planted last winter will be in their second year next year.  If that "3" is accurate, they could be bearing in 2019.  That's not so far away!  I doubt they would bloom next year, but if they do, that would be even nicer.

My step conter counted 21,000 steps today, just spreading tree chips and digging.  Gardening is excellent exercise!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2017 at 9:02pm

Daniel, I understand your reluctance to get involved in a conflict. I honor your feelings and will keep my rants to other sites. I will not allow any of my stuff to get to you; if you want to read about my ravings, you know how to get them. 

I respect and admire you for your ability to send positive comments to us. I pledge to do the same; but not on my rant pages. 

Thank you for your beautiful photos you share with us. That turnip looks like a snack for a group, cut into wedges, bake.  

Roasted Turnips With Ginger

Peel and slice turnips into wedges. Toss with sliced fresh ginger, canola oil, salt, and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with honey and roast at 400° F until tender.

My best memories of turnips were as a child in the garden with my Dad. We chose a turnip to pick, he cleaned his pocket knife on the back of his pants and cut the vegetable into wedges. We had a salt shaker at the ready and snacked away.

Comment by Patricia on October 14, 2017 at 8:56pm


Comment by Daniel W on October 14, 2017 at 8:30pm

A box of Chantereles

Also some figs from my oldest fig tree. These are my favorite for flavor, but sometimes they ripen during rainy season and spoil. These year they were perfect.  I dug around the tree and cut off an off-set that had sone roots.  Now I might be able to grow another of that variety.

That big turnip

Today I planted violets from the old yard, along the woods edge to see if they will grow wild. Then dug the beed that had sweet corn, to prep for planting garlic next werk.

Comment by Daniel W on October 14, 2017 at 8:21pm

I'm not up tor conflict lately.  There was a time when I was.  I used to have a T-shirt wth the ape Cesar from Planet of The Apes, dressed like Che Guevarra, and the logo "Viva evolution" but it was kind of scratchy cotton.  Recently it went to Goodwill.

Harvest today, more sweef corn, beans, and another hefty turnip.  Not pretty but inside it is really good.  Sweet, even.

Not from my garden, but I drove past a farm stand and wound up buying a pound of chanterreles.  Wow, those were so delicious!  Just sauteed with garlic.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 14, 2017 at 7:20am

Kathy, I'm often tempted to buy and wear an "atheist" t-shirt, but have yet to succumb. Advertising my disbelief, or poking fun at Christians (like in your slogan), is just not something that makes me proud. So my vote is thumbs down.

As for my sweet potatoes, this variety--and don't ask me what it is--has been excellent is several ways. The tubers don't branch out making it easier to dig. The potatoes are fairly uniform in size. In the past, I've had "footballs"! And either the voles haven't discovered them, or they don't taste good. Usually a third of my crop is eaten by voles.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 13, 2017 at 10:29pm
I've found a new t-shirt I want but I think it may be very offensive to the people I have to associate with. The slogan on the front.

but I forgot to punch holes
in the lid of the jar.

Does anyone think it's too much??? Opinions please : )
Comment by kathy: ky on October 13, 2017 at 10:16pm
Randy, I've never seen sweet potatoes hold together like that. Impressive.

Daniel, a huge pile of wood chips would make any gardner happy I'm sure. To be able to use them at your own pace and not have to be concerned about running out of them would make me happy. And having them on hand allows for deciding where you can lay them thicker. I always hated having to pick up a few bags and then try to get them to stretch as far as I needed them before having to run out to get more.
Spud, I'm with you on having less patience for religious garbage as I age.
Comment by Daniel W on October 13, 2017 at 1:32pm

Spud, I use the free download program Picassa.  It's very easy once you get the hang of it.  I use it to straighten, crop, sometimes improve contrast, and sometimes add text.

Spread a truckload of tree chips, now done with that for the day.  Another load tomorrow, weather petmitting.

Randy those are impressive sweet potatoes!  I made two unsuccessful attempts to grow them here.  Would like to.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2017 at 8:32am

Daniel, what a great idea, labeling where you planted things in a photo.  I'm going to try that.  Don't yet know how to put words on a photo, but will try to figure it out.


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