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

DIY Green House and a Chicken Coop?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

Cover crops: Gabe Brown

Started by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Geodesic Dome Greenhouses

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Monday. 1 Reply

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Comment by Randall Smith on March 18, 2016 at 7:39am

With all the warm days we've had (6th warmest March on record thus far), my garden is green--with weeds and grasses! Dang. I might try and plant some early potatoes this weekend. Isn't St. Josephs Day (19th) the time to plant spuds? (Speaking of which, where is our man from Idaho?)

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 13, 2016 at 1:25pm

We had a little cutting garden with eight rose bushes. They did great every year until about the time they started blooming, and then the deer just trashed them. We gave up and changed over to dahlias.

Comment by Daniel W on March 13, 2016 at 1:09pm
BB it's beautiful!

In my neck of the woods, marauding deer just came through and ate all of the sprouting growth from Ning's roses. Damn deer. I discovered the Fred Meyer carries Milorganite, which is considered a good deer repellant, so we'll give that a try. Milorganite is treated sewage solids from Milwaukee - "Mil-" is considered organic "-orga-" and is a good source of slow release nitrogen "-nite". It's stinky, but with the rain rain rain, I don't know if it will help.

Ironic that we actually buy a product that is made from sewage in Wisconsin then shipped 2000 miles to the west coast, like we don't have sewage here.

Lots of blooming. Potatoes snd favas are growing. nights into 30s, days into 50s here.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 7, 2016 at 10:34am

Yes, trillium and hosta, daffodils and bluebells sprouting all over.

Comment by Daniel W on March 7, 2016 at 10:31am
Chris, thanks. It was a challenge. Now it's done!
Randy, glad you are back. I hope Florida was great!

The favas are germinating, we are eating over wintered scallions, and many Spring flowers are blooming. I hope everyone here is seeing signs of spring everywhere!
Comment by Plinius on March 7, 2016 at 10:07am

It shows that you had to push on to finish your last days in the job - that causes the depression. Take good care of yourself and enjoy what you have!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 7, 2016 at 8:01am

Wow, it's official! You have joined the ranks of the "unemployed", Daniel! I'm sure it was--and is--emotional. It'll take awhile to get used to the changes in your life. Now don't go and overwork in your garden and yard. Enjoy a relaxing cup of tea in your sunroom at least once a day!

Comment by Daniel W on March 5, 2016 at 11:08am

Here is an older topic from our forum here,gardening with an older body.  I like going back to see what I have forgotten.

Comment by Daniel W on March 5, 2016 at 10:34am

Thanks all for the well-wishes!

I was pretty emotional yesterday.  It was interesting, I so dreaded going in to work because of the pace and intensity and demands and requirements, and being off made it all the harder to go back even for one day.  Then, I got there, they had a pot luck for me, and person after person came by to express their feeling, and of course I also expressed gratitude and thanks to many.  It was very emotional.

I'm kind of depressed today.  It's done.  Can't turn back the clock.  Move on.

Here are my newest raised beds.  I've been "mining" the old yard for building materials.  This week, the lower wooden raised beds have a soil temp of 62F, the soil at ground level was 60F, and the soil in the concrete block raised beds was 65F.  I think the main difference is the concrete block raised beds are taller, so more sun exposure, and have the air spaces in the blocks which modulates the temperature.  The concrete may absorb heat better than the wood, as well.

The cap stones are salvaged from a patio in the old yard. They are cobblestone pavers. I capped to hold in warmth in the hollow spaces of the cement blocks. They add just a little height, are a good height to sit on - much less leaning over, much easier on the back, I planted seeds and it's easier to see close-up compared to gardning at ground level. I feel bad about Don giving up in the garden due to similar issues, and feel that options such as this type of raised bed, once constructed, could help.
Comment by Plinius on March 5, 2016 at 12:02am

Congrats, Daniel, I'm so glad you made it to retirement!


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