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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.

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Comment by Randall Smith on April 16, 2017 at 7:17am
Daniel, you have deer problems--I have rabbits. I'm watching one right now checking out my garden. Nothing's up yet, except asparagus and onions. My garden needs some rain.
After all was said and done (so far), I've found about 100 morels in my yard! I went to the woods to hunt, but found zilch. The wood's soil is too cold yet, I'm guessing.
Comment by Daniel W on April 15, 2017 at 11:39am

The sentence that states "or plants other than a taste" should read "squash or pumpkin plants other than..."  They also eat rose bushes and domestic blackberry brambles but not wild blackberry brambles.  They dont eat herbs, like mint, rosemary, lemon balm, or sage.

Comment by Daniel W on April 15, 2017 at 11:35am

There's a family of deer that often browse my yard.  Sometimes they will be chewing on a tree and I shout at them and tell them to stop.  One time I was less than 10 feet away and she wouldnt stop eating that fig tree.  They can eat an entire garden or young tree overnight.  They have no natural predators here so their numbers rise until they are too populous for their food.  They easily jump over 6 foot fences.  My biggest gardening expense is for deer cages for fruit trees and vegetable beds.  The eat appke, pear, persimmon, plum, peach, and cherry trees, and tomatoes, beans, peas to nothingness.  They dont eat potato, onion, garlic, squash or plants other than a taste.  They dont eat maple, fir, or pine trees and just nibble on linden.  They eat tulips but not daffodils, marigolds, or cosmos.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 15, 2017 at 9:46am

Wow!  I've never seen more than one deer at a time, and never except when I walked through the woods. Even then, I think I've only seen 3 in my life.

Comment by k.h. ky on April 15, 2017 at 9:14am
I can't find the right one. Oh well. That's life.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 15, 2017 at 8:59am
Spud, I had to stop in the middle of the highway one evening last week to let a herd of deer cross. I counted twelve of them. I know where they cross and always slow to about thirty mph on that stretch of road. Turkey feed in the fields on the same stretch and I see upwards of twenty plus almost daily. They become a problem when they get to close to the highway and decide to fly across it. Turkey's can't fly high and one almost took my windshield out last year.
There's a video on YouTube showing where the main highway crossing from Henderson KY to Evansville Indiana was closed by state troopers a couple years ago to let the deer cross from the flooded bottoms to higher ground. There are hundreds of them crossing at once while traffic sits and waits. It's pretty amazing. I've never seen that many deer in my life.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 15, 2017 at 8:32am

I'm going to try dandelion greens right away while it's still cold.  Maybe my bitter-sensitive tongue won't be as repelled.

You peeps with the wildlife make it sound interesting, despite the problems they bring.

Comment by k.h. ky on April 14, 2017 at 10:28pm
Wow I'm behind :)
Joan, those eggs look just like our hen's laid the first two years. Then the colors kind of set into browns. With an occasional blue one.
Randy, I read from an earlier post you saw a turkey. We are lousy with them. I love to look through the windows and see them. Our electric fence keeps them out of the yard. Turkey mites are a problem if we don't.
Daniel, the dandelion greens are beautiful. I think the cooler soil makes them better. All greens grown in this area turn bitter when the temps start rising.
Someone mentioned owls. They nest in the woods in front of our house. When we got chickens they kept moving in closer. The finally started landing on the trees close to the back door. They were thinking 'chicken dinner'. We had to start leaving the hen's in the pen because the hawks moved in too :)
Comment by Daniel W on April 14, 2017 at 10:19am

Maybe it's the location?  Or maybe I can't taste bitter so much.  I've been enjoying dandelion greens here.  They are growing very lush with the spring rains and cool weather, maybe that decreases the intensity.

The first of the collards and tomato seedlings germinated this am.  The heat mat really speeds them up.  Starting to feel more motivated.

Yesterday I replanted radishes and mesclun that I sowed a month ago and they didn't do much.  We'll see if they do better this time.  Old seeds, might not be viable.  Also slugs might have eaten them all off before they got growing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 14, 2017 at 7:07am

I've tried old and young dandelion greens, and they're way too bitter for me.

 

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