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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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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 Patricia on November 3, 2017 at 1:52pm

How do you keep the peppers through the winter, Daniel? Cooked, frozen, dried......

Comment by Daniel W on November 3, 2017 at 1:25pm

Peppers from yestetday. Still heating from fallen trees and branches from last year. Ir's a nice feeling.   

Comment by Daniel W on November 3, 2017 at 10:45am

Still getting peppers.  I imagine they will be done soon.  I did dig up one to see if it will survive in the sunroom.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2017 at 4:56am

Daniel, I agree, green tomatoes ripened indoor is better than store bought ones. 

We have our first snow, a nice covering on everything. Animal tracks reveal a very busy meadow.

Comment by Daniel W on November 1, 2017 at 7:34pm

Joan, you and I both start seeds in our bedrooms :-)  It's nice being able to care for them inside during those winter days.  I think gree tomatoes, ripened indoors, are still better than grocery store tomatoes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2017 at 5:42pm

Thomas, Larry, my son-in-law, has wanted a greenhouse for years. We considered a more traditional model, and he was intrigued by the geodesic dome design. 

I have been a Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller fan for many years and Larry liked the looks and physics of his design. We hoped it would compensate for the far northern location; however, we have to close down the greenhouse and drain the water tank, usually in November, before the ground freezes. 

I start my plants inside in my bedroom and then transplant them out to the greenhouse in May and June. I am able to start seeds in the dome from then on into autumn. 

Tomatoes do very well, as do the brassicas, but they take up a lot of room with their huge growth. Peppers have not grown at all well, even when I started them in my bedroom. Beets, cabbage, and kale do extremely well and there is not one bug or disease on any of them, so far. 

I plant pollinators in the greenhouse and that seemed to be enough to get blossoms to form into fruits. Toads come in on their own and are welcome creatures. Raccoon tore the first year's garden to pieces and we put screens on the ventilator windows and that kept them out. 

The geodesic dome kit is expensive and I am sure one could build one from scratch for less money. We have no one on the place skilled in that craft, so L&L hired a friend to build it for us. 

Growing Spaces

The first year, I retuned to Spokane to care for my dying son and Larry didn't know how to manage tomatoes. When I came back the greenhouse was completely full of tomato plants. 

This year, I kept the tomato vines pruned and we had an abundance of fruit, all delicious. I have now harvested all the green tomatoes and have them ripening in the kitchen. They aren't as good as vine ripened, but I didn't want to leave them out there any longer. We had some fried green tomatoes and left the rest to ripen. 

Geodesic dome greenhouse, tool shed, white and red fir and western larch. 

Comment by Patricia on November 1, 2017 at 5:25pm

Oh Joan, such beauty is breathtaking!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2017 at 5:07pm

Spud, L&L's acrage is deep in he Colville National Forest. This land was clear cut in the early part of the last century. This acreage is regrowth mostly white and red fir with a generous splattering of western larch which turn to a brilliant yellow in the fall. The needles drop and regrow needles in the spring. Some people call them tamarack, but they are not that species, they are western larch (Larix occidentalis).

This is a stock photo 

Comment by Thomas Murray on November 1, 2017 at 3:41pm

What are the reason why one would chose between a geo dome greenhouse and a single gable greenhouse? I've always liked the geo dome structure but wondered if there is a science reason to chose one over the other.

Comment by Patricia on November 1, 2017 at 11:05am

Lovely photos, & my favourite berry, Daniel.

 

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