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.

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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 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.
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 21, 2015 at 4:36pm

Winter Wonderland arrived in time for our Winter Solstice Celebrations. Our W.S. fires will be on Dec 26, this year when the whole L&L family can come. 

The winter nights fill most of our days; we don't see the sun at all because it makes its journey from horizon to horizon deep through the thick forest.  

Mixed greens and kale continue to fill our salad bowls several times a week, to our delight. I make lemon and olive oil dressings using a variety of herbs and spices I dried  last autumn from my garden in Spokane. 

Because we continue to have a lot of tasks to do in the forest I see outside my bedroom window I will not be planting the variety of conifers I want to put around the perimeter of the clearing; I am searching for and reading up on the species that grow naturally on this property. The huge cedar stump that was bulldozed off the place where the house sits lies like a sleeping monster reminding me of the once ancient forest that covered this ground. We will tidy up the brush that now obscures it. We will put the raised beds on the meadow within my view from the bedroom and plant clover as ground cover.

It is a wondrous time of year with plenty of time contemplate on the past year and meditate about the coming year. Good health, joy, and peace settle down over our little community deep in the woods of NE WA state. 

May your days be filled to overflowing in the feelings, thoughts and actions you desire that come your way!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 21, 2015 at 7:56am

I've been following Daniel's suggestion and saving my urine to add to the garden. Amazingly, I produce more than I thought--and I'm not a big liquid consumer. I don't dilute it, just toss the bucket's worth in the garden. I'm eager to see the results next Spring. I'm glad I live alone!

Comment by Daniel W on December 15, 2015 at 7:45am
According to this article, some animals eat them too.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 15, 2015 at 7:25am

It makes one wonder if amanita evolved to be so colorful and attractive to be eaten. Then what? 


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