Godless in the garden

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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: 24 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

Folklore.

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.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2016 at 3:44pm

Daniel, my Grandma Whitehead taught me how to squeeze the lard into the flour until the mixture was a lot of tiny balls. I had to stand on a chair to reach my bowl. Today, I just use my blender; I thin Grandma W would be using that tool as well, if she were alive. 

Kathy, I did find a lot of different recipes for 

apples, 

green tomatoes, 

sweet green peppers, 

onions, 

hot peppers, 

Put all through grinder, 

put all in cloth to drain juice.

apple cider vinegar, 

sugar, 

salt, 

lemon juice.

The recipes included a lot of other ingredients. So, I guess I will just guess at the procedure and quantities.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2016 at 12:47pm

Yes, I think it was Barbara.

Comment by k.h. ky on December 6, 2016 at 11:50am
The first symbol is the only one I can't get. It looks like sideways teeth. Or maybe an hour glass sideways with extra lines through it.
Was it Barbara you are thinking of who quit after a months? A lot of people come and go. You can't take it personal.
I wonder more about Pat, the funny guy, that was on here for years. Loren said he had heart trouble so he's probably gone for good. I really liked him.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2016 at 10:03am

I've been seeing snow here for the past week and temperatures are dropping.  It was 5 degrees Fahrenheit (negative 15 degrees Celsius) this morning.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2016 at 9:56am

Daniel, that's interesting that the apple symbol showed on your tablet, but not your laptop.  I'm thinking I should refrain from posting symbols, as they may not show correctly on some computers.

The last year, I've been using the degree symbol on my temperature readings, and think now I should stop that also.

How many of you don't see the apple computer symbol here?   

How many don't see the temperature degree symbol here?  °

How many don't see the ohm symbol here?  Ω

How many don't see the cent symbol here?  ¢

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2016 at 9:44am

Daniel, I didn't know, and was surprised that store apples were that far from tree ripened.  Like you, I'm sure that I would like them much better if they were tree ripened.

After reading your post, I remember many years ago eating apples off of trees and enjoying them.  But I enjoyed the tart ones best, and even ate some of the sweet ones before they were fully ripe, because they were sour.  

If I ever get more land, I'll plant some.  I think I have room here for a small crabapple.  Do you think it's too late to take a cutting off of one I like and try rooting it?

You may remember that I tried it before from a crabapple that I found a little over a mile from here, and liked the taste of.  Those cuttings never grew, but I tried it in the spring and you said I would probably have better results in the fall.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2016 at 9:29am

Kathy & Daniel, thanks for the welcome.  

I enjoy seeing the posts from all you regulars, and miss the ones that disappeared, even though I don't mention it.

I've often wondered about one person in particular that stopped posting, because I may have had something to do with her dropping-out.  I can't remember her name, but I think Joan said she communicated with her just after she quit the group, and I think quit gardening.

I was concerned that part of the reason she quit was because I said I bought the same garden cart she had, and had more negative things to say about it than positive.  

Joan, is that one of the reasons she quit?

Comment by Randall Smith on December 6, 2016 at 7:55am

On my farm, we've planted an apple orchard a couple years ago. So we're hoping for some fruit in '17. Can't tell you what we planted! Nate (SIL) bought a whole bunch of apples to make cider. He's hosting an "open house" at his market this Sat. for a one day end of season event. I doubt if it'll be successful, but he and my daughter are the eternal optimists.

Comment by Daniel W on December 5, 2016 at 9:32pm

It snowed today in Battleground WA.  Im glad we are getting some winter.  Too much warm makes me worry.  There is some arctic weather predicted for Dec or Jan.

Comment by Daniel W on December 5, 2016 at 9:28pm

I second that with glad to have Spud here. 

Spud, my tablet showed an apple and that was cool.  Now I'm on my laptop and it shows the square symbol.  I tried using emojis on Nexus but that always makes it crash.

I was not an apple lover for most of my life either.  Growing my own changed that. There are so many different textures and flavors, and the grocery store ones just don't compete.  Grocery apples are stored in an oxygen free, refrigerated, humidified atmosphere for many months, up to a year.  They are not picked ripe.  Ripe ones bruise too easily during shipping and handling.  They are artificially ripened with ethylene gas, which is not harmful, but they don't get a sun / tree ripened taste.  Up until recently, the main varieties were Red Delicious, which had taste bred out of it in favor of color and shape, Golden Delicious, ditto.  Granny Smith, which keeps a long time but too sour for me.  My grafts are not all up to bearing yet, but Liberty is really good, and I also loved a variety called SummerRed, one called Pristine, and the old fashioned Gravenstein.  I really like Jonagold but mine has not done well yet.  It might do better in its new location, where I moved it yesterday. 

 

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