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 January 1, 2016 at 11:39am

Joan, I'm very glad you are happy.  I have worried about the changes that you have had to make, and how they affect you.  I think the rustic life has a great deal to offer, and can be so much more rewarding than urban or suburban life, if someone has the temperament for it.  Which I do too.

I have a question - I assume your water is from a well.  Are you also storing rainwater?

Here in the summer, watering the garden is probably 90% of our water use.  I expect next year to be hotter and more dry.  Our well  has a great deal of sediment, slows the flow and requires filtering to be palatable.  The filters clog and need frequent replacement.  Rain water stored  for gardening would add months if not more to the life of the filters.

I put  in one 50gal barrel.  It filled up in one afternoon of drizzle, and drains only about 1/4 of the roof .  I already had that barrel, moving it from the old house.

I was thinking about one of these - about $100 for 275 gallons, plus $35 for the fittings. I think these are used in food manufacturing, and are listed as food grade.  I could hook up smaller barrels in a manifold or bank, but more work and parts might cost as much.  Above ground only, and only for gardening and chickens.  Although the water is much more pure, no salts, no sediment, but maybe impurities from dust / bird waste on the roof, and algae may grown in it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2016 at 8:49am

There are no birds at my feeder either. Yes, we know what is happening, and if some are correct, there is nothing we can do to stop it. I believe we can change global warming, and I do not think enough people will understand. They will find scapegoats, i.e. immigrants and refugees.

If we can't stop global warming is there a way we can live civilly with each other? Laura and Larry did not move to the NE WA forest as survivalists; they just wanted to raise their daughters in a slower paced environment. I moved here because I needed help with daily things that I can no longer do for myself. 

I am profoundly happy!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 1, 2016 at 7:52am

Holy Cow! Cherry blossoms now. I see that my silver maple tree is budding. Not good. And I've seen dandelions bloom. One more thing: I haven't had any birds at my bird feeder--nary a one. What's going on? Not that I don't already know the answer.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2016 at 12:24am

Ruth, this scene is not good news! Even as it is beautiful! I wonder what the trees will do during "normal" blossoming time? 

Daniel, keep me up to date on your season's progress, please. I am keeping track of regular and current events from friends around the globe.

Comment by Daniel W on December 31, 2015 at 11:43pm
Wo. I have been anxious about my fruit tree buds. I dont want them to break dormancy then succomb to a freeze. DC is probably warmer than here.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 31, 2015 at 8:27pm

Cherry blossoms Tuesday in DC, folks.

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My Hellebores are blooming in Bensalem, just north of Philly. (sorry no pics)

Comment by Plinius on December 24, 2015 at 8:41am

Spud had internet problems - I hope that's all and he'll be back soon.

Comment by Daniel W on December 24, 2015 at 7:53am
Kelly, welcome to godless in the gatden!
Randy, I also miss spud. Im concerned about his absence. Barbara, too.
Comment by Randall Smith on December 22, 2015 at 7:29am

Thanks for the warning, Daniel. I figure winter rains and snow will dilute it sufficiently by planting time. My dog "helps" out, too!

Joan, I just love your take on life. It's inspirational.

I miss Spud's input. Wonder where he's been?

Happy solstice to all my garden group members. Be well.

Comment by Daniel W on December 21, 2015 at 9:50pm
Randy - dont overdo it! One liter per 100 square feet. Although, who knows the effect if applied in winter, with months of bacterial biochemistry to go before planting! You just dont want to overdo salts or nitrogen.

Joan, it sounds wonderful. I would love to see the fire! And healthy salads, home grown. So good! You are settling in as a modern pioneer!

Your shortest days are about to start lengthening soon. Then, once again, the planting season will begin.

Here on the coastal side of the Cascade range, we are wet giving way to damp giving way to soggy. I dont mind a bit.

12 or so years ago, Ning and I planted 7 lilac bushes along the front of the house in Vancouver. Flowers purple, white, pink, lilac, and bicolor. Now they are stately, mature bushes up to 8 or 9 feet tall. I dont think they will help with sale of the house, and new owners are as likely to cut them down as they are to let them grow. So we have been moving them, one by one, to the Battleground place. I dig a trench around each, then slice under it with the shovel, working my way around until it becomes free. Cut roots that hold it in place, but do my best to keep most roots intact. Then slide it on a tarp to the truck. We haul them to the Battleground place, prune any torn roots and branches cleanly. If digging resulted in cutting off a 1/2 inc dimeter root, then I cut off a 1/2 inch diameter branch, thinning cut, not heading cut. There are some dead branches from last summer's drought, but most buds by far, are robust and green. Then we dig a hole, plant, and mulch generously. They look well established and strong. Four are moved, three more to go. We will see if they survive. I think they will.

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