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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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 November 5, 2014 at 8:10pm

Oh, that's what happened!  I was interested to learn that Walmart had worm counters...   I wouldn't mind doing that. 

I think they reproduce pretty fast.  I hope in a month they will have a population explosion.

One thing worms really love is coffee grounds.  Sometimes I stop by Starbucks and ask for a bag of their used coffee grounds.  If they are not too busy, they will be happy to provide that, especially if I buy some coffee.  I also add grounds to compost.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 5, 2014 at 5:53pm

Daniel, I just bought two containers of the worms and counted them out when I got home.  I wanted to know how many I was starting with and I'm hoping in a month or so I may have more - a reflection that I've kept them alive. 

I have some acrylic paint pens and I also have alcohol ink which I can use on metal tags.

Comment by Daniel W on November 5, 2014 at 5:11pm

Barbara, you are very  resourceful!  I would never have thought to look at Walmart for worms.  I had to ask - do they count out the 72 worms?  They are squiggly little things, I hope they counted correctly!    I saw on another website people used paint-pens.  Maybe those were acrylic.  Those might be good on the stainless steel markers I already have that permanent marker wore off in less than a year.

Joan you are always so complimentary.  Thank you.  It is the members who make this such a good discussion.  I look every day.  The ginkgo doesn't seem to have gone through puberty yet.  I think it is close.  There are spur-like little stems on branches that look like good options for blooming.  I hope it is male because people are more likely to cut down the females with their stinky fruits.   Being male might give it a better future  - tree sexism?  Which I think it is a shame.

Chris, I love that you raised garter snakes!

Randy, pardon me for forgetting.  Do you have both male and female persimmon trees?  Obviously you have the females.  I read that the variety, "Meader" does not need a pollinator.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2014 at 12:29pm

Barbara, yes, this site holds a wealth of information about gardening. Lots of soil under the fingernails here. Daniel has done a great job of organizing topics so that it is easier to return to a specific topic. I try to learn from him, but alas, his excellent organization skills present more discipline than I seem to be able to muster. 

I am so very impressed with your project and love your narrative and photos. This winter will be a rich time to imagine and create ideas for what we want to do next spring. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2014 at 11:52am

Daniel, your Gingko leaves are so pretty. Do you have male tree? 

Comment by Daniel W on November 5, 2014 at 11:02am
Hmmmmm. that made me think of fishing supply stores! There are several in San Antonio, per google. Snother option?
Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 5, 2014 at 10:40am

Plinius, I hadn't thought about pet shops. I have to go today to get dog food and will look. Always nice to have a back-up supply. Thanks. 

Comment by Plinius on November 5, 2014 at 10:35am

I suddenly remember this - a hundred years ago, when I had garter snakes, I bought worms for them at the pet shop. Cheap, or I couldn't have kept the snakes. Have you looked  for worms in the pet shop?

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 5, 2014 at 8:45am

I have to admit I lurk alot in the background of this blog and read the things y'all post and shake my head in amazement. There is so much to learn about gardening - from plant labels to transplanting.

Randall, yes gardening is fun and I fantasize winning the lottery so I can buy all the plants I want. I've taken cuttings when I can get them, gathered seeds when given permission and am saving my pennies to buy new seeds and plants come Spring.  

Daniel, I'm sorry your efforts are being hampered by not feeling well. The new profile pic is beautiful. I find the story behind it even more meaningful and can understand why it is so special to you.

Regarding the plant labels: For my various pots of cuttings and new seed plantings, I use labels I have made from cutting up various plastic bottles, marking them with permanent marker. I too find they fade rapidly. However, out in actual garden because I wanted something I could read standing up and and might also be attractive I've decided to go with paint mixing sticks that I'm going to paint with non-toxic acrylic paint.  They might not last more than one season but they will be fun to make and see in my little garden. I'm also going to paint rocks for some things, like in my herb garden.  Daniel, I really like the metal labels for trees and shrubs. 

I waaaay overthought my issue of worms and composting and finally after reading until I was bleary eyed and dithering for several days I decided to go the KISS route after viewing a video on YouTube.  A local distributor of worms was very nice to me when I told him I couldn't afford his price of $40 and he suggested I go to Walmart.  Yep, Walmart sells red worms, and for $5 I got 72 worms and they are nicely settled into their new home.   While I was there I bought a large plastic trash can with locking top and wheels to use as a mobile composter.  I'm going to use my drill and drill holes through out. I can pull it to wherever I'm working in the yard to put more stuff in it, when it needs to be turned I can simply roll it around, and when it is finally compost I can again pull it to wherever I need to take soil out of it. :) When it begans to get full I'll buy another one. It really made sense to me as my yard is small and I needed something that worked for me. Of course having a penchant for all things neat the neatly placed bin seemed better than a pile of clippings, etc. 

We have rain! It began last evening and is suppose to last through tomorrow.  My little dog loves to run through water puddles and we are leaving for park to do just that! :) 

Have a wonderful Fall day! 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 5, 2014 at 7:31am

No picture received here, Daniel. I need to photograph my persimmon tree. They sure taste yummy!


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