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 Daniel W on July 4, 2016 at 5:49pm

Joan, interesting articles.  For a moment, I thought those were deer.  NOooooooo!!!!!  Although cows would not be more gentle in my garden:-)

Kathy, I envy you growing sweet potatoes.  I made some sweet potato bread on friday.  Pretty good.  A little more tart compared to pumpkin bread.

It would be interesting to see if your pumpkins set pumkins like the ones they came from.  They often cross pollinate with various squashes, so the product of the next generation can be interesting.

Comment by k.h. ky on June 29, 2016 at 8:32pm
@joan, your articles are interesting and informative.
I just came in from working the hugelkulture bed that I started late last spring. It's still in the early stages but is beginning to shape up. I started it with rotting trees from my woods and stuffed it full of decomposed leaves and about twenty gallon of decaying matter from the woods. I added about fifteen gallons of compost from my heaps. Last year it produced about a dozen volunteer sweet potatoes. Now it has three volunteer pumpkin plants that are blooming like crazy. But not setting pumpkins. That's not important because I'm using them to hold the dirt in place and prevent run off. I just tapped down some hollow spots and mixed forty lbs of topsoil to it.
It should be ready to plant tomatoes in by next planting season.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2016 at 8:14pm

Integrating animals with agroforestry aids in carbon farming 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2016 at 7:54pm


"Carbon farming is a term used to describe a suite of crops and agricultural practices that sequester carbon in the soil and in above ground perennial biomass. If widely implemented, these practices have the capacity to sequester hundreds of billions of metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere in the coming decades. If we combine carbon farming with a massive global reduction in fossil fuel emissions, it can bring us back from the brink of disaster and return our atmosphere to the “magic number” of 350 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide (CO2)."

"Carbon farming can take many forms.

1) and simplest are modifications to annual crop production to reverse the loss of soil carbon from tillage.

2) we can incorporate perennial elements like trees or perennial grasses.

3) improvements to grazing and pasture management.

4) incorporating trees in pastures.

5) is the use of perennial crops in orchards and other monocultures. 

6) are considered ‘other’ practices of perennial polyculture systems that include terraces, rainwater harvesting, amendments like biochar, and productive management of “wild” ecosystems."

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2016 at 2:47am
Comment by Daniel W on June 28, 2016 at 12:06pm

Colorful food, too.  These potatoes made a great potato salad.  Pink flesh.

Methley Plums.  I thought there would not be plums this year.  There are enough for some bursts of flavor before other fruit ripen.

Comment by Daniel W on June 28, 2016 at 11:45am

Some gardening color.

Comment by Daniel W on June 27, 2016 at 3:50pm

I hope next year will be easier. 

Last winter I covered several lawn areas with black plastic for a few months to kill the grass and weeds, then worked that soil.  That gave me larger beds for big crops like potatoes and corn.  Now that those areas are worked, next year they should be much easier to prepare.

The squashes are next.  Zucchinis are doing the normal zucchini thing and starting to produce prolifically.  Summer squash is right behind.  WInter squash and pumpkins are starting to bloom.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 27, 2016 at 3:28pm

Daniel, your harvest looks so healthy!! A real testament to your knowledge of experimenting rewards you in a tangible way. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 27, 2016 at 1:30pm

Done, it looks like it worked out really well.  I think I was mistaken about the identity of one row.  I planted a row of Russets and a row of Yukon Gold.  What I thought was Russets has a smooth skin and yellow inside.  Very tasty.

What did not work as well, was planting highly sprouted potatoes.  Those were in the garage and had sprouts a foot long.  They did grow, but only a couple of potatoes per plant.


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