Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 19, 2018 at 12:00pm

We, the general gardening population, becoming aware of the value of charcoal in plant production, have a growing demand for and sources of supply for charcoal. It can be made by the gardener and the farmer out of supplies of slash at the site. For my purposes, I define slash as all above-ground residue left on the ground in harvesting timber, building structures, or after the gathering in of crops. 

It is not economic to purchase charcoal from sources far away from the gardening site. Shipping costs are too expensive. 

It is possible and preferable to make charcoal locally or on the site. The process isn't difficult even as it is messy. Charcoal is a messy thing with which to work, but its use in the garden offers advantages in growing food. I have used charcoal for years, just as my grandmothers and Dad gardened.

Alkaline ashes sweeten soils by raising the pH of acidic soils and reducing the need for liming. They neutralize pesticides and herbicides and provide a natural insecticide for some insects. We used them both as a fertilizer and an insecticide for roses.

I don't use ashes in alkaline soils. 

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Comment by Thomas Murray on January 16, 2018 at 11:41am

Can anyone recommend a good seed catalogue?

Much appreciated....

Comment by Randall Smith on January 16, 2018 at 7:33am

And life is good, Joan! You sound happy and content. Your idea(s) for a greenhouse should work. Go for it.

As for your previous post on garden pH, I agree. My asparagus does great, while I've lost about 20 blueberry bushes within a year or two of planting over the years. I'm done with trying (yeah, right!).

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2018 at 2:03pm

Randy, The winter froze out my greenhouse and Laura and Larry move south in the winter. Their daughter and her partner, both from gardening families, move in the home and property during L&L's absence. They hope to build a home in an untouched part of the property when they are able. They both love the forest, both are strong and they make a good team with L&L's other daughter and her partner who have a place on the property and five very healthy children learning gardening, farming, and forest management, as well as learning forest fire fighting at school and Jr. Fire Fighters. 

I leave this forested paradise to live with my son, Craig and his family for part of the year in the mountains above Denver at 6043 feet elevation. Obviously, there is no winter gardening outside in their city lot, however, I suspect a greenhouse could grow things here because I have been here over a month and have not seen a cloudy day.

There are 246 sunny days per year in Littleton, Colorado.

There are 176 sunny days per year in Newport, Washington

With some auxiliary heat, plants should thrive in a greenhouse in this Colorado spot. 

I will spend cold days inside on my computer reading mall and books in Colorado and outside tending the greenhouse and gardens in Washington. I have the best of all possible worlds.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2018 at 1:33pm

How To Read a Soil Test And Make Adjustments To Your Garden Beds

I gardened with both of my grandmothers and my Dad since before I can remember; I am  82 years old and I still garden, although I am slower and weaker than I have been in a long time. Soil is my passion. Why do tomatoes grow beautifully in some parts of the garden and not others? Why did my beautiful new blueberry bushes die? My asparagus died after the first season; Why?

Understanding that plants thrive in different kinds of soil with different pH I found part of the answer to these questions. 

Potatoes grow well in soil pH of 4.5 - 6.0

Blueberries prefer soil pH of 4.0 - 6.0

Asparagus prefers soil pH of 6.0 -8.0

My solution was to dedicate part of my garden to low pH and another part to high pH. 

I rotated my crops in the soil dedicated to the pH of their liking. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 11, 2018 at 7:02am

Dug up "January carrots" from my garden yest. The ground thawed enough (plus I had mulched them good) that I could dig easily, The carrots were mammoth! That's the only veggie I have left in the garden.  Waiting for Spring. 

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on January 7, 2018 at 2:40pm

" the largest chicken plant in Nebraska and local residents are upset about it"

Otherwise know as NIMBY. Not in my back yard.

Let the plant be built there so they can see it's effects first hand.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 7, 2018 at 1:36pm

   Speaking of Sonny Purdue (no relations to Purdue Farms) Costco wants to build the largest chicken plant in Nebraska and local residents are upset about it. As we know large farm animal plants are polluting factories for water, air, and land ,and also fraught with animal abuse.

  Anyways, I was going to sign the petition http://www.ncunited.org . But then as some people pointed out, Nebraska is a very red state and have been voting republican since Nixon. As the saying goes, "They made their own bed so now they gotta sleep in it." ...so they say.

  I dunno but in the grand scheme of things pollution is costly and time consuming to clean up than to change ones political bent. Perhaps Nebraskan would understand now why people are against large farm animal factories.

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on January 6, 2018 at 7:59pm

Don't seem like you have much to choose from down there. But I don't know of course.

In Canada, I still think a Liberal/NDP government would be good.
The PCs are running a smear campaign to win the Christian gullible. I hope they don't succeed much.

I think NDPs would help small farmers

Comment by Randall Smith on January 6, 2018 at 7:17am

Most farmers around here are die-hard Republicans with the "don't tread on me" philosophy. Yet, of course, they gladly accept government handouts.

Small, organic farms, like mine, don't qualify. What a rip. Your last sentence, Joan, speaks for us.


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