Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  


Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 179
Latest Activity: 2 minutes ago

Welcome to Eden!

If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits


Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.


Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

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Comment by Randall Smith on December 14, 2016 at 7:21am

I had a remnant sweet potato from 2015 that recently sprouted. I stuck it atop a glass of water and it "took root". It's now planted in dirt. I love the vines it makes.

My thermometer registered 4 above zero this morning, and the worst is yet to come! Luckily, I only got 1" of snow yest. Indy got 4". Florida in January will be welcome. More on that later.

Comment by Daniel W on December 13, 2016 at 10:07pm

Kathy, I don't think sweet potatoes need to age.  They must have been a bad batch.  An overpriced bad batch.

Comment by Daniel W on December 13, 2016 at 10:06pm

Another damn polar vortex.  Why can't we all just get out our electric fans and point them north, blowing it back where it came from?  I shouldn't complain.  Other places will be so much colder.  I'm too old for this $&#@^!.  Went out and bought some pipe warming tape, wrapped insulation around outside faucets, and put a heater on a timer in the sunroom.

Comment by k.h. ky on December 9, 2016 at 1:41pm
The last sweet potatoes I bought were dry. I microwaved them and fed them to the chickens. I don't know the origin of those sweet potatoes but they were pale orange in color. Not the usual bright orange variety.
Do sweet potatoes need to age before they are cooked??? And they cost 1.49 lb.
Comment by Daniel W on December 9, 2016 at 12:33pm

Randy, it probably is.  I have an iron infusion scheduled for Monday.  I no longer have the part of the stomach responsible for absorbing iron.  That might be it, I don't know.

I can't figure out the degree symbol either.  It must be obsolete.  I usually just type, say 7F for 7 ° Fahrenheit.

Randy, a burger place here has sweet potato french fries.  It's seasonal. Probably deep fried.

I just finished off my garden Russet Potatoes.  They kept from July to now, pretty good. The Yukon Golds were used up months ago, and the Red (something) Potatoes all sprouted a month ago.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 9, 2016 at 9:00am

Daniel, is your subdued energy level related to your cancer issues? I don't follow your cancer group. Hopefully, it's just the seasonal "disorder".

And on the sweet potato theme: I've been experimenting on baking my "fingerlings" (I can't resist harvesting even the smallest ones.), trying to turn them into crunchy "chips". I roll them in olive oil and salt first, then bake them on a cookie sheet. They become either chewy or soft. I've tried storing them cold, warm, wrapped up, left to open air, dehydrated, but haven't found the answer. Keep experimenting.

Spud, I can make a degree symbol, but after it pops up, I lose the page. I tried it here several times, but for some reason it disappears. Oh well, I'll just write the word.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 8, 2016 at 11:56am

Thanks Daniel.  I found Randys sweet potato peanut butter soup recipe on the food group and saved it.

Comment by Daniel W on December 8, 2016 at 11:44am

I swore I wouldn't experiment as much in 2017, and cut back the garden beds a bit.  Too much.  Energy is not good right now.  Then the catalog came from Baker Creek Seeds.  All open pollinated, mostly but not all historic varieties, strong on healthy vegetables with lots of carotenoids and anthocyanins.  Such a beautiful, lush catalog.  I ordered seeds for their Black Beauty tomato, and  Cosmic Eclipse Tomato, as well as about 10 other items including some flowers.  They were my source for Squashes and Pumpkins last year, and the Chinese Radishes, most of which turned out very interesting and fun this year.  I still have lots of those seeds for next year.

Spud, if you have a blender, you can use those sweet potatoes to make a delicious sweet potato peanut butter soup.  Randy shared a delicious recipe for that.  I really enjoyed it.

Barbara said her garden was disappointing and she gave up.  I was sad about that.  I really enjoy all of the members here, and would love to see a few more join in.  I love this group.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 8, 2016 at 11:11am

I bought a couple of cans of sweet potatoes, but found them to be stringy, so I'm not doing that again.  I purchased some in the vegetable isle, and they had no strings, plus they tasted better.  If I can get some to grow here, I imagine they'll taste better yet.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 8, 2016 at 11:08am

Wikipedia gives several ways to get a degree symbol on a Windows computer.  Look under the heading "Keyboard entry" near the bottom of this page:



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