Godless in the garden

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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 Don on September 30, 2016 at 10:08am

It's true!  There is real satisfaction in bypassing the vegetable aisle--for a few months, anyway.  We keep our harvest of onions, beets, garlic, carrots, Brussels sprouts, leeks, squash, and cabbages in a cold (unheated) room till January, when that space threatens to get too cold, then we move them into the basement, which serves pretty well as a root cellar till about March.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 30, 2016 at 9:56am

Don, it looks like you never have to buy onions, carrots, and probably many other things from the store.

Comment by Don on September 30, 2016 at 9:50am

I love the look of that raspberry wine, Randall.  I made some black currant vodka earlier this summer, also some cherry vodka, and have been pleased with the results.

Yesterday, I pulled my yellow onions.  They did better this year that usual--good size.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 30, 2016 at 9:18am

Impressive carrot harvest Don.

Same for your squash Daniel.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 30, 2016 at 7:33am

I made my first "Fall batch" of red raspberry wine yesterday, and will make more today. I have a balloon attached to show the fermentation process occuring. Of course, the raspberries are mine. I'll be moving a portion of my patch after the season ends.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2016 at 10:43pm

Well, my garden is full of weeds that tower over my head telling me that the soil is in excellent shape and I am the biggest slug of all. Just no energy. Thankfully, the structure of my plantings hold their own in this jungle and provides excellent growing space for some ambitious younger person. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2016 at 9:11pm

Daniel, your squash, persimmons, and pumpkins surely would win in a county fair! Everything looks healthy with promises of delicious flavors. Whatever you do, it produces fine products. 

You and Don would compete head to head at a county fair. 

Vancouver in Western Washington State and Danville, Vermont in northern Vermont produce some fine garden products. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2016 at 9:01pm

Don, the carrots shine in the sun like jewels too precious to eat. They look healthy and robust. 

Cary likes my carrot soup best of all the soups I make. Your supply should last well into the winter. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2016 at 8:58pm

Randy, Your story of your 7-year-old grandson "driving  small equipment" makes my heart sing for joy. Having young children doing such chores far exceeds the value of classroom learning and will serve him well as he grows, as long as he learns his three Rs. Hopefully, these very practical challenges at that age help young ones feel responsible. Their needed labor so close to the food supply helps them mature, as well. 

Thank you for sharing your story, Randy 

Comment by Daniel W on September 29, 2016 at 8:45pm

Joan, thanks for the Justin Rhodes video.  Really inspirational!

Our garden provided about 90% or more of our vegetables and fruits this summer, and some for Spring and a lot going into fall and winter.  I didnt plan for that, just grew what I wanted.

He's right about eating based on what you grow instead of whats in the store.  But it's no sacrifice - tastes so good!  But it does take learning.

Fruits take more long-term groeing but in the long run are even less work than vegetables.

And flowers are rewarding for themselves.

 

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