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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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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 June 26, 2016 at 3:42pm
Randy, my heart goes put to you and your family for the bad weather. I know when there are setbacks in my garden, how frustrated I sometimes feel, and I dont have to make a living on what I grow. I hope everything comes back together and you can move forward soon.

We got our first potatoes today. Some nice spuds, Burbank Russets for baking and a pink flesh red skin potato for boiling. Two or three plants of each, estimating about 5 pounds total. I have abount 50 plants remaining, so maybe 50 pounds still in the ground. Not bad. We eat several pounds a week.
Comment by Idaho Spud on June 26, 2016 at 2:35pm

Strawberries have taken-over a large part of the garden and produced a huge amount.  Two weeks ago I saw a lot of large red ones that looked ripe so I ate some.  Un-uh.  Not ripe.  Every couple of days I ate some, and still not ripe.

A week ago, a woman from the government organization that helps people with low income and seniors knocked on my door and ask if I wanted her to pick them for me.   It sounded like she saw that there were so many that looked so ripe, that were not being picked, that perhaps no one here was able to pick them.

I told her that I was able, and they did look ripe, but the taste said no.  Anyway, I then went out and picked a huge number of them because I didn't want her to think I was letting them go to waste. 

Shouldn't have cared what she thought because most of them were still not ripe.  They tasted like store bought ones.  Today, I tasted some and found a lot were finally ripe, so I picked another huge amount.  My raspberries are also starting to ripen, so I picked those also.  Yummy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2016 at 12:28pm

For newcomers, Randys family owned the ground for 175 years (correct me if I am wrong, Randy) and now is in the care of one of Randy's daughter's family. Their newsletters are the best I have seen and their farm looks carefully planned and managed. Here is their newsletter address: 

Silverthorn Farm

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 26, 2016 at 11:58am

Randall, sorry about the loss of trees and greenhouses your family experienced.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 26, 2016 at 6:26am
Spud, I have the same problem with dill weed in my garden. I usually allow some of it to go to seed so I can harvest it, but invariably, many seeds go to the ground. Sunflowers do the same.
Comment by Daniel W on June 25, 2016 at 9:29pm
I have some dill in my tomato bed. I think Iwant to make some dill potato salad. For that matter, I think some potatoes are ready to dig up now. Maybe fix them with some butter and dill.
Comment by Don on June 25, 2016 at 7:28pm

Sauteed garden carrots (in olive oil), cut on the bias, with caramelized onion and fresh dill are a wonderful side dish.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 25, 2016 at 5:21pm

Joan, thanks for the suggestions of the foods to season with dill.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2016 at 5:03pm

Spud, remember all that work you put into creating healthy soil?

Well, your reward is you get very fine plants as a result!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 25, 2016 at 5:00pm

Spud, that is a very nice plant for your fence. 

If you want dill in some other place, just harvest the seeds when they are ripe and toss them wherever you want them. The birds will eat a bunch but birds also scratch in the ground and they will do the tilling and planting for you. 

I slice cucumbers and put them in vinegar with dill seed or weed, those little leaves that grow, they make very nice seasonings for roasts or fish and chicken. They sparkle a salad. 

Dill leaves make very nice seasonings for roasts or fish and chicken.

They sparkle a  garden salad. 

I like dill seed or leaves in cabbage salad, with both a vinegar dressing or a creamy dressing.  

One of my favorites is sour cream with cucumber slices and dill leaves. 

Cottage cheese and yogurt work well with a sprinkling of dill weed. 

 

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