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!

Discussion Forum

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud 7 hours ago. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by Daniel W on September 19, 2015 at 1:08pm
Randy thanks for the thought.

I dont watch TV, almost never go out to eat. No sports events. So gardening is my main form of entertainment and stress release and solace. Puttering meditation. I do read some books.

That said, I do overdo it.

Retirement in 5 months 2 weeks. Then who knows? looking into local fishing spots.

One motivation for raised beds and permanent larger raised planters is easier use and maintenance, closer to my eyes. Much easier to see, weed, plant, harvest.

I want to put in some sort of automatic watering system. Have to looked into that yet. With increased organic content to soil, plus mulch, that helps reduce watering and weeding efforts.

A lifetime ago, Ruth Stout wrote "How to have a green thumb without an aching back". I was in high school and spent some of my part time job money on the first hardcover book I ever bought. She inspired things I still do today.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 19, 2015 at 7:17am

We did get some rain overnight, but I haven't checked on how much. At least the ground is wet under the trees!

Daniel, please don't overdo it.  I sometimes wonder if you haven't "bit off more than you can chew". You know your limits, I suppose.

Comment by Daniel W on September 18, 2015 at 8:57am
Weve had it very hot and dry lately too. This summer was the hottest in history, in thus area. I think each garden and yard is a research station for the future. What worked before will give way to what will work tomorrow.

I go tired of watering so much. Next year there will be fewer trees in containers since the dry out so fast.

We are on a well which helps. I need to get the rain barrel set up again after moving it.

Barbara you are right to observe what does well and go with that. Herbs are great, lots of potential there.

I am collecting some vegetation for the compost pile. That will enrich some spot next year.

These days the work schedule is intense and my fatigue is sometimes overwhelming, soIm not trying too hard. It will pass and tomorrow always has something new.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 18, 2015 at 8:26am

Randall, you are not alone. I went through those feelings a week or so ago. Seems the things that failed to thrive looked even worse and everything else just dried and hot.  I too was wondering what had happened to all my enthusiasm of a few short months ago. I've decided to convert my little space to growing herbs and salvia as they are the things that have survived in a happy manner. Cool weather is coming and bringing rain! :)

Comment by Plinius on September 18, 2015 at 8:08am

It's very difficult to scrape your motivation together in such bad weather, Randall. I'd better post some rainclouds to you..

Comment by Randall Smith on September 18, 2015 at 7:55am

My garden just sits there, withering up in the heat and bone dry soil. Hand watering helps, but it's not the same as good ol' natural rainwater. In the spring, one can't help but be eager to get started. Now, it's the opposite. It all looks so ugly. I'm ashamed.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 13, 2015 at 7:57pm
Joan, credit goes to Daniel for letting us know about the weeds. He told me and he was right.
Comment by k.h. ky on September 13, 2015 at 12:15am
Wascally wabbitts. They eat two varieties of hostas l grow and many other things. Keeping them out is impossible. On the plus side they leave large amounts of fertilizer behind. Which is how l know it's wabbits!
Comment by Daniel W on September 12, 2015 at 11:20pm

Our chickens get most kitchen scraps and a lot of pulled weeds.  They love dandelions and bean plants.  I prune off big grape vines with succulent stem and leaves.  They love those too. 

Our deer are not deterred by human hair, dog hair, dog poop, human urine, soap.  The only thing that works is to fence in each fruit tree, and make fences for each raised bed.  The fencing is awkward, inconvenient, and ugly, but it lets me have lots of things I could not otherwise have.

The next project on my mind is to make short chicken-wire tops for some of the raised beds.  I did have some with hoops of PVC pipe, but that is awkward, brittle, and doesn't last.  I want to make wooden frames from 2 X 2 's, put in some cross-bars, and maybe hinge them to the raised beds so I can just raise them.  I think that would be great for greens, strawberries, onions - which either deer or rabbits seem to love in winter - and other low plants.  Maybe bush beans too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2015 at 4:22pm

Kathy, chickens love weed seeds?! At last, a way to digest weed seeds. 

I understand what you mean about grandchildren. My granddaughter is a controlling sergeant and I remind her that life is too short to attempt to control others. 


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