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!

Discussion Forum

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Feb 23. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by Randall Smith on March 10, 2017 at 9:11am

Photo taken through my kitchen window is somewhat fuzzy. Sorry. There are two bluebirds sitting on top. Forsythia in bloom.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 10, 2017 at 9:09am

Comment by Randall Smith on March 10, 2017 at 7:54am

Kathy, so true (plums plummet). It's brutal today. My bluebird pair seen (hopefully) in this photo I just took, are freezing. And the insects they eat are hiding. I'm thinking about making another bluefird box today. I already have 4 of them, but 3 have never been used for some reason. Bluebirds are fussy about their homes. I can't seem to download my photo. I'll try later.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 9, 2017 at 11:40am
Temps revised to 78 today.
Comment by k.h. ky on March 9, 2017 at 8:53am
The plum tree is in bloom, temps going to hit upper sixties today, then plummet thirty five degrees tomorrow. There go the plums.
Comment by Randall Smith on March 9, 2017 at 7:06am
Tom, 90% of my heat comes from wood, 10% propane. When it gets below zero, wood by itself doesn't cut the mustard. Plus, if I go away for a day or more, I rely on the propane. The only drawback, besides all the work and mess involved, is my furnace blower works constantly, which is an added expense to my electric bill (about $1.50/day).
It's probably a wash as to whether I'm saving any money by burning wood, considering chain saw expenses, truck use, etc. But, I enjoy doing it because I can. It's a "disease". One of these days, I'll be forced to quit--age factor.

As for potatoes, it's like so many other things (wine, cheese, meats, etc.)--there are good and bad qualities in eating them. I'm constantly torn between what to believe. I worry too much and should just enjoy.
Comment by Daniel W on March 8, 2017 at 11:01am

Randy, things like french fries are not so great, but I think of potatoes as being pretty nutritious.   Livescience.com  Lots of phytonutrients.fiber potassium.  Minerals, especially potassium.  Fat free until fried or other fats added.  Only about 110 calories in a potato, granted it's starchy.  Considering how many calories we eat in a day, 110 isn't a lot.  I have about one per day.

I don't remove the skin, that has a lot of nutrients.  Since I keep that on, I like to raise my own to avoid pesticides and herbicides that are used in nonorganic farming.

I've been using wood cut from our scrubby woodlot for the woodstove.  It's mostly hardwood, mostly hawthorne, which is like fruitwood, and hazelnut, with fir and cypress thrown in if I have it.  My big ornamental cherry is dying, so that will provide a few weeks heating next year.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 8, 2017 at 10:18am


Thank you very mulch..er much for the wood chip article.

Randall, is your wood burner furnace the only source of heat for your home? Several winters ago and for one winter my family went on a heating diet and used only the fireplace as the source of heat. We've use pine, oak and poplar. Poplar is terrible for home heating firewood. I used pine first to start the fire quickly and heap the oak into the fire for the rest of the day. There are pros and cons between conventional heating and fireplace heating. However, what my family fondly remembers is the get together in the same fire place room doing family stuff.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 8, 2017 at 7:26am

Daniel, I had to LOL when I read your "Randy is wise" comment! I'm definitely NOT. I do know what kinds of wood make best and worst firewood since I've burning for 45 years. By the way, Tom, I have a wood burner furnace in my basement.

I will be planting fewer potatoes this year after reading that eating them isn't the best thing for one's good health. More sweet, less white (potatoes).

Envy no more, Daniel. My 30+ year old apricot trees have seldom produced any edible fruits. It blooms, but that's about it. Every year, hope springs eternal. Temps this weekend are supposed to be in the teens. That'll be the the death of early blossoms. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 7, 2017 at 11:30am

Daniel, thanks for the Wood Chip mulch article.  I've read similar before, but like the reminder of some things I've forgotten.  I plan on asking the tree pruners I spot this year for their chips.


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