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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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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Hope in the Middle of Big Ag

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Aug 3. 1 Reply

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Comment by Daniel W on April 1, 2017 at 11:27am

Randy if you want to weed some more strawberries, I have a patch too :-)

Comment by Daniel W on April 1, 2017 at 11:25am

I had a brush-pile at the back of the property that my neighbors keep complaining about, so I decided to work on clearing it.  Burning needs a special county permit.  Plus I worry about starting something unsafe.  Plus its' really wet so starting a fire is very difficult.  So I decided to haul it to the local yard waste composters.  I think it will need about 5 pickup truck trips.  It's bulky and packs best when cut up somewhat.  Plus my truck is small.  I did 2 loads already, which made a big impact.  Looks about 1/3 to 1/2 gone.

I worked outside in the chill and rain for several hours and got sick.  I don't recover as fast as before.  But I've been putting it off too long.  Will be glad when that's done then the neighbors can complain about something else.

Randy between you and me we have the overworking-old-man gardening situation cornered.  :-)

My potatoes started coming up.  I planted more of the onion seedlings last week.  A few more rows, then I'm done with kitchen garden planting until real warm weather comes.  Started hoeing the weeds between garlic rows, planted in the fall.  They look healthy but the soil is heavy with the rain so it's hard work.  Fava beans are growing now, planted seeds last month.  I can't decide if I have the ambition to start tomatoes and peppers inside this year.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 1, 2017 at 7:25am

We've had a lot of rain recently, and another 2" is predicted for next week. That puts the garden "on hold". I like to get lettuce, radishes, and peas out the first week in April. Won't happen.

My lawn tractor wouldn't start. I discovered the positive connection on the battery post was badly corroded. When I attempted to clean it, the wires fell off. I had to buy a new loop connector. I needed only one, but they come in packages of 17! Three bucks. What am I going to do with the other 16? Crazy.

But, after a couple of hours of work and a scraped bloody knuckle, I got it to work. And the yard is rolled--not recommended, but I do it anyway. Otherwise, I'm jolted to pieces when I mow. Ah, Springtime.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 28, 2017 at 7:20am

After a year of no chickens, my SIL just bought some pullets. Finally, I'll have farm fresh eggs. I've missed them.

Weeded my strawberry patch yest. What a mess.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 27, 2017 at 5:26pm

Cute chickies.

Comment by Daniel W on March 27, 2017 at 3:23pm

I don't know a lot about weeds as indicators of soil quality. 

Ning got some new baby Americauna chickens.  Lots of chirping like little birds.  Oh, they ARE little birds!  :-)

I like the articles in Mother Earth News.  They usually seem pretty reliable.  Some plants can even indicate minerals such as nickel or gold.  Strong measure of skepticism is needed for those claims.  None of those in my back yard.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 25, 2017 at 4:33pm

Kathy, some people use weeds as a sign of poor or good soil. I have not developed the sensitivity to weeds to be able to make the distinction. 

If I remember correctly, Daniel wrote of that several years ago. Maybe he remembers how to distinguish soil quality through weeds.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 25, 2017 at 4:30pm

Kathy, Where you find black soil, it probably had farmers working it for centuries. On a family plot in North Idaho we found the homestead of an ancestor and we could pretty much trace it out because of the changes in the soil quality. He grew vegetables for the miners and the loggers of that part of Idaho. He built a huge barn where he kept his draft horses and cattle on the main dirt floor with big barn doors built as his ancestors in Germany built theirs. He built his home on top of the barn, or the 2nd floor. The warmth of the livestock helped them keep warm upstairs and he didn't have to haul so much wood upstairs. On the side of the barn where he stores his hay, they dug a well that still works. on the opposite side of the barn, where the livestock lived, he dug an outhouse. So, both well and toilet were under cover from the weather. 

When we drove into the tiny town of Emida, Idaho, we stopped at the tavern to find out where the Middleton farm was located. They gave us exact directions. The barn is somewhat of a showplace for Northern Idaho. 

Comment by kathy: ky on March 24, 2017 at 7:18pm
Wonderful clip Joan. The really odd thing about this area is I can go from hard, red clay, to wonderful rich black soil in a twelve feet span. Almost every place in western Ky is like that. Makes it twice as hard to discover what to plant and where. I've found that many annuals, like salvia and marigolds, will be perennials if I just leave them alone in the fall. And watch for new growth around the bottoms to start. Then I prune off the dead tops. I kept eight salvia alive for four summers doing that.
Blue jays are here year round. The beautiful little eastern bluebirds migrated in in Feb and started nesting. I haven't seen them since the temps dropped sharply a couple weeks ago. They come back to the same house every year and raise several nest's of babies. They're beautifully and fun to watch.
Comment by kathy: ky on March 24, 2017 at 6:53pm
Thanks Joan. Milkweed is the only thing I'm planning on adding more of. The bright orange flower kind does well up here but the Joe Pye struggles. Not enough direct sun. Or just putting them in the wrong spot. The two I transplanted last year came from a ditch that was nothing but red clay. They came back but didn't thrive. No blooms at all.

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