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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 Plinius on July 31, 2015 at 4:14am

Fantastic, Daniel!

Comment by Don on July 30, 2015 at 3:24pm

Beautiful, Daniel!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2015 at 2:55pm

Daniel, what a great amount of good food you have.  Makes my mouth water!

Comment by Daniel W on July 30, 2015 at 2:37pm

Randy, if you would like some more deer, you can come here and get them.   They can eat a 3 year old fruit tree down to nubs overnight!  And they are the reason many of my trees are surrounded by a circle of fencing, which makes weeding and maintenance a hassle but does keep the deer out.

Here are some of today's fruits.  The summer squashes also continue to produce, and we are getting some sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, and blueberries.

My first apples and peaches from the Battleground place.  Both are especially bred for disease resistance without chemicals.   The plums were prolific this year.  These are "Hollywood", a burgundy plum inside and out.  More jam, if I have the ambition.

Spud, at least there's the berries!  I didn't get my watermelon plants into the ground in time.  I started seeds but ran out of steam.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2015 at 1:51pm

The last two weeks have been unusually cold, so my watermelon may fail again, but my berries are looking great!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 27, 2015 at 7:40am

Enjoyed the photos, Daniel (as always). I'll check out your garden blog in a sec.

My electric fence surrounding my sweet corn patch wasn't working properly, I discovered (more raccoons). Two reasons: my iron posts were grounding the charge, and the wires were touching weeds and corn. I finally got brave enough to touch the wire myself to remedy the situation--hopefully! It's just a mild shock, but effective--again, hopefully.

One other update: I've officially caught 9 moles and 7 "piney" squirrels this searson. And I watched a couple of deer eating apples off the ground. No, I didn't try to catch them! 

Comment by Plinius on July 27, 2015 at 1:09am

I got help from the weather, Daniel. July has been wet and cool - I enjoy it enormously. It seems to be a new pattern here; spring and autumn warm and rather dry and summer is rainy and cool. Winter is rainy and colder. I remember rainy summers from when I was a child, but there were not as many as now. 

Comment by Daniel W on July 26, 2015 at 12:30pm

Randy, thanks for the comment!

Chris, your roof top  garden sounds wonderful and productive!   When I did not have a yard, I did a lot of container gardening but was not as good at it as you are.

We had a reprieve from the heat, the past 3 days.  There was 1/2" of rain yesterday.  I took time to rejuvenate 3 raised beds that I had let go to weeds.  Disappointed  - they were ready to plant this Spring, but I didn't have the energy.  I will plant 2 with buckwheat for cover / soil building / bee forage.  The other will get a test of summer-planted bush beans.

This is the time of garden plenty.  It's interesting to me how much is Native American - squashes, corn, beans.  I can see why Native Peoples grew those plants.  When they produce, they are prolific.

The sweet corn tassels are starting to brown.  I have never grown sweet corn before.  My coworker says brown tassel means it's ready.

Happy gardening everyone!  I love looking at your photos and reading about your experiences.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 24, 2015 at 7:16am
Daniel, I commented on your garden blog site.
Comment by Plinius on July 24, 2015 at 12:44am

What a good harvest, Daniel! From my small patch I got lots of herbs, enough to freeze for the wintertime, and handfuls of lettuce. The carrots and beets look promising and the phloxes are just wonderful!

 

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