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 October 19, 2016 at 10:29am


Baker Creek Seeds does carry Golden Bantam Cross sweet corn.


as does Victory Seeds


Baker Creek has the most gorgeous seed catalog, all heirloom, non-gmo, passed down for generations.  Most of my squashes, pumpkins, and chinese vegetables were from them.  The Victory seed link tells the story of Golden Bantam, which was developed by one farmer in the Northeast.  He died in 1891, so it is a truly historic variety.

Bodaceaous is more modern, still nonGMO.  Bodaceous has a gene, SE, which very much slows conversion of sugsr to starch.  I think that is why mine are still sweet so late.  It also remains sweet for a week or two in the fridge.  Thd chilly weather probably also extended my harvest.

Randy, I dont envy you, needing to till your garden.  I still havent cleaned up some of the dead plants.  I shovel turn mine in stages about 25 sq feet st a time.  Also I want to add another 200 sq foot section that currently is covered by brambles.

Ruth, sorry for your limitations.  I would be frustrated.  Most of my veggies and fruits for most of the year, are grown by my own hands. 

We finished the apple pie yesterday.  Maybe make a pumpin pie today.  So far I have 6 packages of puree in the freezer, from one small French pumpkin. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 19, 2016 at 7:02am

Good looking food, Daniel. Surprised you still have "corn on the cob".

I'm preparing to till up my garden--at least half of it where nothing is growing. I really need to plow it to turn over soil 6" deep. It's rather compacted.

Comment by kathy: ky on October 18, 2016 at 11:37pm
Spud, it was still 82° when I came home at eight pm. Tornado weather in ky. But with all the climate change any time of year is tornado weather. Unsettling.
Comment by kathy: ky on October 18, 2016 at 11:34pm
Produce envy! That's funny Ruth.

My neighbor gave me some bodaceous corn this season. It's the second best corn I've ever eaten. My all time favorite was a small sweet corn my dad always raised called golden bantam cross. I haven't had it for years. Don't even know if it's available anymore.
It may have been the best sweet corn because it was most certainly the first fresh garden corn I ever remember eating. We had moved from the inner city of Chicago back to our extended family in ky. You couldn't get fresh anything where we came from :(
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 18, 2016 at 11:19pm

All of your produce looks great, Daniel. Presonally I can barely eat any of that stuff. The radishes upset my stomach, too spicy. Corn disagrees with my diabetes and IBS. I can eat small amounts of lettuce. Gee, you gave me produce envy.

Comment by Daniel W on October 18, 2016 at 8:06pm

Randy, nice to see you are still getting some produce in your kitchen garden.  It's been raining so much here, typical northwest, that I have not been checking.  Today I did, surprised and pleased that there is still a lot of edible food in my garden.

Kathy, I think butterfly bushes are so prolfic, they survive no matter what.  In really cold climates, they do have to be cut back to grow like a perennial.  Here, they grow like giant bushes or even trees.  I have some that must be 25 feet tall, and they are only 4 years old.

Spud, you are right.  My old house in Vancouver is very, very gradually getting fixed up for sale, but no hurry.  My new old house in Battleground is where I have all of the gardens now, and gradually making it more enjoyable to live in.  I repaired and painted the walls, tore out the carpeting and put in bamboo flooring, and remodeled the kitchen there too.

Here's some of the produce from today.

Turnips and Chinese radishes.  A lot of the radishes soaked up the rains and exploded.  The Japanese Daikon radishes are huge, like giant white carrots, sort of,  and when shredded are a tasty cold treat.

Some of the Chinese radishes are red or green inside.  Here is a red one, sold in some seed racks as "watermelon radish" because they are red inside.

There is also lettuce for salads.

And a few more ears of sweet corn.  This variety is "Bodaceaous", which I planted in June.  Sometimes I eat it for breakfast instead of cereal.  To my mind, it's like eating corn flakes, before they get flaked.  Or like eating grits, before they are gritted.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 14, 2016 at 7:32am
Daniel and Spud, I enjoyed reading both your updates. I, too, didn't realize you owned two places, Daniel. It's sort of like me--a one acre house property where I live, and the farm which I own but don't work there much.
We did get a cold front that passed through bringing 0.3" of rain and temps in the upper 30's--close to a frost. It's now easier to dig sweet potatoes.
I made both salsa and tomato sauce yest. from my abundant supply of tomatoes and peppers and onion.
Comment by kathy: ky on October 13, 2016 at 1:13pm
The only thing left standing are the Mexican sunflowers and a few stray blooms on the butterfly bushes. I only learned that I'm supposed to cut them back to the ground in late fall. After they die back. That would explain why they always split and the older branches die off. Temp's are still getting in the low 80s most days. No frost yet. A and no rain. It's getting dangerously dry for fall. Being surrounded by over forty acres of woods makes it dangerous.
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2016 at 12:59pm

It sounds like you have houses in both places.  Is that correct.

I've always pictured you having a house in only one of the places.

Comment by Daniel W on October 13, 2016 at 12:28pm
Spud, the move has been part of the long term plan since my cancer diagnosis 3 years sgo. It probably wont be for a couple more years, which is fine. Moving would add another 30 min each way to Ning's commute, some of it dangerous in winter. Both places were abandoned bank sales at the bottom of the real estate bust,and needed a lot of work, are paid for, so costs are not too bad. I have been gradually moving trees and shrubs to the Battleground place for 3 years, and now it's time to finish putting in low maintenance, inexpensive upkeep landscape that still looks nice tor eventual sale.

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