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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!

Discussion Forum

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Feb 23. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2015 at 3:34pm

Daniel, I agree with you about the four-o-clocks. They are pretty. They also are prolific. I like the method of putting pots around the flowers when they go to seed. Just a saucer will do. Throw in a little soil in the spring and you can move them to wherever you want them. 

Grandma did lots of things with tin cans: cut the bottom out and place the can over transplants to prevent cut worms; cut the cut lids by bending them in half, back and forth until the can lid breaks in two, then use the half-can-lid to plug up mice holes as they appear inside her home;  of course there is always the extra grease that comes off the cooked meats. Living in farming country she fixed huge breakfasts, lunches and dinners. She had all the lard she needed for the most delicious pies in the world. 

Your loss of stamina and more discomfort concerns you, and rightfully so. Can you cut back at work? Work fewer days? Take an early retirement and not lose an amount of pension?

Meditative Puttering in the garden isn't work, it offers wonderful time for reflection. This is especially healthy when you can rest as you need. The heavy mulch helps weeds from starting and you have to deliberately put plants in; you have a good method to do that. 

I can read or understand everything you send. Just a little trial and error and the meaning comes out at once. 

This beautiful day, with some clouds dropping graupel or rain now and then, and frost at night, still. 

I am headed to Laura's this afternoon to spend the weekend. Michelle, my granddaughter always has a treasure hunt in the forest that surrounds their home. Her five kids love it almost as much as I do. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 3, 2015 at 11:12am

My memory is too short.  I seem to remember letting some volunteer squash grow to maturity, but don't remember the results.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 3, 2015 at 11:11am

Like Plinius, I also hope it's not long Daniel.

Comment by Plinius on April 3, 2015 at 9:16am

Daniel, how long till you can stop your primary career? I hope it's not long!

Comment by Daniel W on April 3, 2015 at 9:01am
Barbara, seeds are great! You can do do much and have so many choices. I never get over it.
Comment by Daniel W on April 3, 2015 at 8:59am
For some reason my device replaces a with s. Sorry for the typos.
Comment by Daniel W on April 3, 2015 at 8:58am
Joan, my mother's aunts grew tomatoes and geraniums in tin cans. Long tradition there. I forgot about that.

I have used plastic food containers quite a bit. But these days I dont get much food in those.

Randy, I have very littke stamina, snd osin snd discomfort are worse. But, I count the days to ending my primary career, and the one solace / comfort for me is gardening. Without puttering meditation, I would be much less happy. I do work on labor saving techniques - lots of mulch, prune judiciously, raised beds.

Randy you reminded me I have some peas to plant.

Spud have you ever let those volunteers grow and bear new squash?

Joan, I had saved the four oclock seeds from last year. I have so thoroughly mulched the beds where they were, I dont know if new ones will come up. I do have some containers that had them last year and those do have seedlings now. I like those flowers, very old-time, fragrant, do-it-yourself flowers.
Comment by Randall Smith on April 3, 2015 at 8:01am

As usual, Daniel, I'm impressed (and envious). You have quite an operation going. By the way, how's your health nowadays? Do you have the stamina to do all you do?

I  snuck in a row of sugar snap peas before the rains came yest. Hoping to get some lettuce, kale, and other greens in the ground before I leave for two weeks (Danube cruise).

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 3, 2015 at 6:18am

Volunteer squash are always sprouting in my compost.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2015 at 10:56pm

My experience with squash and four o'clocks is they sprout very easily. In fact, I was surprised Daniel, when you planted four  o'clock seeds. They just come up all over my garden and have for years. 

My grandmothers used tuna cans to start seeds. Wonderful gardeners, both. 

 

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