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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Comment by Daniel W on October 23, 2016 at 11:05am

Don, that's sad.  But, now you can plant a new tree!

I buy scion from Fedco in Maine.  They have a lot of historic varieties especially suited to New England.  Maybe this is a chance to plant a type that your great grandparents loved!

That oak is awesome!  Especially with the snow.

Spud, I like both Bodaceous and Bilicious sweet corn.  They are not too sweet and have a good corn flavor in my climate and soil.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 23, 2016 at 10:06am

I would be sad as well Don.

Comment by Plinius on October 23, 2016 at 9:24am

A pity, Don!

Comment by Don on October 23, 2016 at 8:59am

An early fall of dense snow overnight has taken my Red Delicious apple tree, planted as a whip in 1980.  Sad to see.  At age 36, it had been just coming into its own in shape and production. 

Our 20-year-old red oak, however, looks splendid.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 20, 2016 at 1:54pm

Daniel, what's the name of the corn, that you said wasn't too sweet?

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 20, 2016 at 1:41pm

Randy, your raspberry wine sounds delicious.  When I win the lottery, I'll come visit you and maybe you'll give me a sip.

Comment by Daniel W on October 20, 2016 at 12:25pm

Kathy, it's only lagte October, and I don't even have 2015 garden mess cleared up, and already I'm anticipating those catalogs.

Randy, you are the wine champ!  Raspberry wine, awesome!

Maybe I'll get strawberries next year.  The beds didn't do well at all in 2015.  Maybe 10 berries in 36 ssquare feet, all 1 to 2 years old.

Also, the primocane blackberries have promise.  I have a spot for the plants to move to, once I get it fenced.

Comment by k.h. ky on October 20, 2016 at 10:52am
Thanks Daniel. I always love finding the gardening catalogs in the mail.
Comment by Randall Smith on October 20, 2016 at 7:51am
Okay, one more batch of red raspberry wine (making 8 total), and I'm done. Like your blackberry patch, Daniel, I'm starting a new r.r. area. It'll be difficult to uproot the old patch with all the runners they produce. Like strawberries, one needs to rotate beds every 5 years or so. In fact, the new rasp. patch is going where the old strawberry patch was.
Comment by Daniel W on October 19, 2016 at 10:29am


Baker Creek Seeds does carry Golden Bantam Cross sweet corn.


as does Victory Seeds


Baker Creek has the most gorgeous seed catalog, all heirloom, non-gmo, passed down for generations.  Most of my squashes, pumpkins, and chinese vegetables were from them.  The Victory seed link tells the story of Golden Bantam, which was developed by one farmer in the Northeast.  He died in 1891, so it is a truly historic variety.

Bodaceaous is more modern, still nonGMO.  Bodaceous has a gene, SE, which very much slows conversion of sugsr to starch.  I think that is why mine are still sweet so late.  It also remains sweet for a week or two in the fridge.  Thd chilly weather probably also extended my harvest.

Randy, I dont envy you, needing to till your garden.  I still havent cleaned up some of the dead plants.  I shovel turn mine in stages about 25 sq feet st a time.  Also I want to add another 200 sq foot section that currently is covered by brambles.

Ruth, sorry for your limitations.  I would be frustrated.  Most of my veggies and fruits for most of the year, are grown by my own hands. 

We finished the apple pie yesterday.  Maybe make a pumpin pie today.  So far I have 6 packages of puree in the freezer, from one small French pumpkin. 


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