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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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 on February 20, 2017 at 9:46am

Spud, I wonder if the chestnuts that you tried were just not fresh enough?  from what I read, now is too late in the season to get fresh ones.  Maybe they are like other foods, grocery store versions are not nearly as good as fresh out of a farm or garden.  That is pure speculation on my part, I really don't know. There are also many varieties, and not all have the same flavor.

Since you guys got me on a chestnut buzz, here is an article about the demise of the vast forests of American...  Sad, and parallels the demise of Elms.   The good side of the story is, there are new varieties and hybrids that resist the blight, and there seems to be a resurgence of interest in growing them.  Maybe some human-guided evolution will give us new forests of chestnut.  They will need to tolerate changing climate as well, a wildcard that will need the incredible diversity of evolution, human-guided and random, for forests to thrive.

Comment by Daniel W on February 20, 2017 at 8:28am

I wouldn't mind living in town, if I could have a few acres to garden, and i there weren't people everywhere.  And cars.

Comment by Plinius on February 20, 2017 at 1:42am

Kathy, I´m a town person, and the neighbours are mostly easy here. If the apartments are reasonably sound proof there´s a certain rhythm and comfort hearing the neighbours move about , knowing I can ask them if I need help. They´ll ask for help too. Most of the time this block feels like a small village.

Then again, I could never afford driving lessons or a car, so I can´t move to a place without public transport.   

Comment by kathy: ky on February 19, 2017 at 11:56pm
Chris, Spud, I often want to move back to town. But, then I think, neighbors!
Life seems to be a series of trade offs. For all the quiet and land there's a sixteen mile (round trip)
drive to town. We are also the last to get power restored during an outage. Sometimes days during the ice storm about eight years ago power was out for thirteen days. And during snow storms the roads aren't cleared for at least 24 hours.
Trade offs.

Randy, the only suggestion I have is to rest up ;)
Comment by Thomas Murray on February 19, 2017 at 12:46pm

Nice place , Randall.

Your shed in the back would make a nice chicken coop or small barn for a couple of goats. I've thought about getting a couple of alpine goats, male and female. However, some goats can produce two gallons of milk per day, which I wouldn't know what to do with all that milk except give em to my neighbors.

As for your round area, how abt building a small green house with solar panels? That way you can have year round vegetables. .... and a small windmill can generate energy too.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 19, 2017 at 10:30am

Like Plinius, I'm also a little Jealous of the land and locations most of you have, but I'm also glad you have it.

Comment by Daniel W on February 19, 2017 at 9:37am

Randy, does anyone need to get rid of fill dirt?  Then you could level it an do anything - kitchen garden, fruit treesm shade trees, etc.   I had the opposite situation, an unexplained berm.  It went into my raised beds.

I second Chris.  Beautiful place, rustic and peaceful.

Comment by Plinius on February 19, 2017 at 9:06am

Look at that! All that space and not a car in sight!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 19, 2017 at 8:19am

With this nice weather we're having, I began tackling a backyard project I've been pondering for awhile. Here's a photo taken this AM.  At one time, this spot had a semi-sunken above ground swimming pool with a deck. After the kids were gone, I took it down and made a pond. That lasted  10 years. I buried rocks and filled it with dirt (which has since sunk), and tried to make some sort of wild garden out of it. It became too wild.                           I'm now adding more dirt (after burning it down) by the wheelbarrow loads. The question is, NOW WHAT?! Any suggestions?

Comment by Plinius on February 19, 2017 at 12:22am

I´m jealous, such a wonderful place, Kathy!


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