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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 kathy: ky on October 23, 2017 at 1:13pm
Daniel, it makes sense that people who read a lot would work at the book sales table. I know I would. And hopefully get the first look at the books available.
Comment by Daniel W on October 23, 2017 at 1:02pm

This weekend was the "All About Fruit Show" for the local Home Orchard Society.  I volunteered to work the book sales table.

Typically, I think the volunteers behind the table bought as many books as the people coming for the fruit tasting show.

I bought one called "Understanding Roots" -  a big book all about roots.  And another one called "Gods, Wasps, and Stranglers" about fig trees.  Also a used book for a dollar, "Trees for the Yard, Orchard, and Woodlot", published in the 70s by Rodale Press.  So that will be something to read for a while.

The news was calling this weekend's rains "atmospheric river" and it felt like it.  Beautiful sounding concept.  In reality, very wet :-)

Comment by Daniel W on October 22, 2017 at 7:58pm

Kathy, Spud, Thomas, interesting info. 

My neighbor has one of those giant "dancing gumby" things that you see sometimes at car dealerships.  I think they use a fan to keep them upright and dancing.  I need to ask him if it actually worked.

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 21, 2017 at 2:06pm

Four years ago, when we had chickens they were protected from red tailed hawk by this:

   I bought 3 kites at wally world and set one up on a wire above the chicken yard. It worked exceedingly well. Better when the breeze came through to make it alive. It works best when changed with two other different animal kites. Set it up in different locations around the chicken yard and only used one at a time. Often I see wild birds attacking the kite. Of course at first the chickens were wary of it but  they got used to it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 10:48am

I used shipping tape to attach wires that I hang from tree branches.  

Other people have said they have good results hanging them on wires over their strawberries, tomatoes, and ect.  Some have good results hanging them over balconies to keep poop off the balcony.  

They should be hung where wind can move them, making noise, and where sunlight can flash from the diamonds.

I read some mention of them scaring away other animals, but didn't read enough to determine if that was true or not.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 10:41am

Kathy, I think I puchased mine many years ago on the internet.  I just looked for it and Amazon has 18 pages of different brands.  I also found stores that sell it:  Walmart, Home Depot, and Ace hardware.  I didn't find any with the round "eyes", like I have.  They are all dimond shaped light reflectors, but most of the brands have good reviews.  Here's what one kind looks like:

Comment by kathy: ky on October 20, 2017 at 8:08pm
Spud, that's one I've never heard of. Was it in the garden section of the store? How did you attach the strips to the trees??
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 20, 2017 at 4:05pm

Kathy, I've never tried the aluminum pie pan method of scaring birds, but I did buy plastic strips with hundreds of laser created spots that look like eyes.  I put them in my cherry trees and they kept the birds from eating all my cherries.  It appeared they ate none after that.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 20, 2017 at 3:59pm

Having large piles of tree chips is probably going to breed mice, even in the middle of the city.  The one I found in the house may be the start of that.  I plan on spreading them out over my whole place, which should cut-down on the breeding.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 20, 2017 at 3:55pm

Thomas, wish I had the land to be a plant rescuer like you :)

Hope you get some apples in the spring.

To mow, or not to mow, that is the question.

 

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