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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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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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GARDEN HOSE PROBLEM

Started by Dominic Florio. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 15. 15 Replies

Permaculture thinking and skills for youth

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 24. 3 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 28, 2016 at 2:24am

Daniel, your eggs look so pretty. The green one among the white and brown makes a prettier basket than an Easter Egg batch of colored eggs. 

I will tell Katelynn, my great-granddaughter, about you putting in a "14 hour light on a timer" and the hens starting to produce eggs again.

She just turned 16-years-old and the family had a big bonfire with huge piles of slash to get rid of before the dry season hits next spring. She had a large crowd of her friends to help celebrate.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 28, 2016 at 2:16am

I wish I had your energy, Daniel, and Kathy. I continue on my slug phase and don't seem to be recovering

I am at L&L Paradise Acres for a week, had a lovely walk with Dominic around the perimeter of the house clearing. The bird sounds sang us along our way. 

Larry fixed the turkey for Thanksgiving, and the rest of the meal was a team effort. We had turkey soup for lunch and turkey gravy over dressing and rolls tonight, with my pickled beets and onions. 

While I prepared dinner tonight, Brooklyn, my two-year-old great-granddaughter placed the step stool where she wanted to watch me make dinner. I gave her a small taste of pickled beets; she shuddered, then smiled and wanted more. She ate several more beets and onions and seemed unwilling to share them. She is my pickle-puss-girl. 

Comment by kathy: ky on November 26, 2016 at 7:25pm
We were getting a lot of green and pink eggs but no longer. One of the black hens had to be're-homed' because she wouldn't stop nesting. And when she while she nested she started eating eggs. And just pecking into others.

I finished with the pruning and transplanted a couple things. Cut around a small shrub that has to be moved. If we ever get enough rain.
Comment by Daniel W on November 22, 2016 at 10:45pm

This is about 2 or 3 days of eggs.  It was pouring rain today.  I spread more leaves in the orchard, collected eggs, and gave up.  The hens had stopped producing, so we installed a 14 hour light on a timer, and now they have started again.

It looks like someone was slacking off.  I thought the Americauna was defective and producing brown eggs, instead of the blue or green ones that we read about.  Turns out this is her first egg.  The white ones are from the lone Leghorn. The others are from either the Rhode island reds, or the palest brown might be from 2 the mixed-heritage hens.  The sex-linked hen turned out to be a rooster.

Comment by Daniel W on November 22, 2016 at 10:40am

Asters are really beautiful.

I think I will make today a garden day too.  Haul another truckload of leaves that I collected, probably the last for the season.  Do some maintenance work in my orchard, especially the deer cages.  I removed two for trees that I hope have outgrown the need, which makes them easier to maintain.  Others need to be larger to accommodate growth.  Plant more bulbs.

Comment by kathy: ky on November 21, 2016 at 3:49pm
More pruning today. The asters were out of control this year. I thinned them out to. They had pretty blooms but not as many as usual because of the dry fall.
Comment by Daniel W on November 21, 2016 at 1:56pm

Spud, at a gas station on my street, there are about 10 ginkgo trees.  A couple are near street lights.  The parts of those trees near the streetlights have green leaves when the rest are yellow or gone.  Those trees seen to do OK in this relatively mild climate.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 20, 2016 at 11:53am

Daniel, thanks for pointing to  "A Way to Garden" site.  I've read quite a few interesting articles, and intend to read all of them.

The one that interested me the most was the one about street lights harming trees.   She said that powerful street lights made trees think that it was not time to collect the nutrients from the leaves, but kept them green and growing.  The leaves would then freeze before the tree could save the nutrients.  She didn't think it would hurt healthy trees, but ones that were already under stress could be harmed.  

My extension agent said the lights are not bright enough to cause harm, but that article had a picture that supports her contention that it does:

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 20, 2016 at 12:40am

Oh good! I am glad you tried and liked the turnip recipes. I would imagine Ning would have had turnips in China, they are so very nourishing, if they can be tamed. 

The sunchokes sounded good. I will get some for next year's gardens. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 19, 2016 at 8:40pm

Joan, I will share if I do.  I intend to,  Ning also does stir fry with them in the mix. 

I did have slices in salad, those were good.

The surprise is I shreeded sunchokes using my potato shredder, and made hash browns with them.  They were great, nice texture and interesting, good flavor.  A little finer than potatoes, but still very good.  I intend to grow much more next year.  there is also a batch still in the ground.

 

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