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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 181
Latest Activity: 9 hours ago

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 Daniel W 9 hours ago

Chanterelles are common in the maritime Pacific NW.  People used to tell me that the best chanterelle hunting sites were staked out by people who would shoot you if they caught you in their mushroom hunting area.  I don't know, maybe that is legend.  I bought some last month, didn't like them as much as morels or button mushrooms.  Maybe it was the preparation.

In my vegetable garden, there was a patch that looked like white button grocery store mushrooms.  But I didn't try them.  I don't know enough about them to take the chance.  I don't think I'm missing out on any great flavors.  Morels, yes.  But I've never seen one growing here.

I wonder if the morel mushroom growing kits really work.

Comment by Idaho Spud 9 hours ago

In this dry climate, mushrooms are few and far between.  If they were plentiful here, I would get a book and go searching.  If my brother, who's a mushroom expert, was still alive, I'd ask him to take me hunting, and share his expertise.

Comment by Randall Smith 17 hours ago

It's really a shame we've been scared to death to eat mushrooms. So many ARE edible, but we hesitate/refuse to eat them. I'm guilty, although I can recognize about 6 edibles. Not that yellow one, Thomas. Nor Daniel's. Pretty, however!

Comment by Thomas Murray yesterday

   Speaking of mushrooms....The following video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeDum7iObso

.... I saw 2 of these in my back yard woods. At the time I had no idea these were sought after delicacy. Still I would not pick them for I have no experience identifying fungi and mushrooms.

Comment by Daniel W yesterday

Spud, 40s to 50s to 60s.

BB, I think if I want to see pretty colors, I'll plant zinnias again :-)

I found a photo of these from under the same tree, in Dec 2015.  This must be the season for them.

Comment by Idaho Spud yesterday

Daniel, what temperatures are those mushrooms sprouting at?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan yesterday

> . . . nothing to eat.

Unless you want to see lots of pretty colors!

Comment by Daniel W yesterday

Randy, I agree with you.  I'm really glad you are here, to share hour experiences and thoughts.

Some mushrooms that just popped up under a spruce tree near my house.  I think these are Amanita muscaria.  Very pretty, but not something to eat.  

Comment by Randall Smith yesterday

Daniel, I'm amazed at how much we have in common, garden-wise.
I, too, took my geraniums inside. I trimmed raspberry bushes. Deer or possums took care of all my fallen pears. I had plenty for all of us. And, finally, with a little luck, kale, collards, and Brussels sprouts will survive a mild winter. Like you said, collards will resprout. However, they go to seed the second year, the leaves tasting bitter. It's probably a lost cause.

Comment by Daniel W on Wednesday

Randy, good for you, getting outside and doing gardening!

I have been cleaning up around some of my fruit trees.  The older / taller ones are less trouble, because they are tall enough that deer don't seem to bother them.  So they are not enclosed in fences, which makes maintenance much more challenging.  I cleaned up around those, pulling weeds, mulching with leaves, and doing minor pruning.

Here are some Collard Green stems that I had pulled up because they were in the way of my blackberry fencing project.  Since there were a lot of them, I threw these into the chicken yard.  The hens picked them free of leaves, and some of the buds as well, but left the main stems and roots.  So I trimmed them up a little, and replanted.  If they don't grow, it doesn't matter  If they do grow, that will be fun.  The Collards that I overwintered last winter are still growing new branches and leaves, so I'm starting to think of them as a perennial, maybe even a weird shrub.

Geraniums are getting some nice fall color.  I moved these into the garage this week.  They will sit there, dry and dormant, until Spring.

Blackberry trellis.  Finally done.  Looks like sort of a Davey Crockett version, but I think it will do the job, and the poles were free / sourced from my own yard.

 

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