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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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Welcome to Eden!

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.

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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 Randall Smith on September 3, 2016 at 6:40am

No desert here (IN): 36"/yr, pretty much evenly distributed monthly. Amazingly, we often have drought conditions during the rainiest months of June and July. That's because of the high evapotranspiration rates. And six inch snows take forever to melt!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 2, 2016 at 3:04pm

at 12.1 inches a year, this is how Pocatello, Idaho appears:

 

at 16.56 inches of rain a year, this is how Spokane, WA appears:

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 2, 2016 at 1:55pm

Now that august is over, the rain is starting to come again.  I received a whopping 0.2 inch yesterday!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 2, 2016 at 1:53pm

I was reading about the largest desert, the Antarctica, and the article said a desert is defined as receiving less than 9.84 inches of precipitation a year.  It dawned on me that I may live in a desert, but no, I receive 12.1 inches per year.  

Comment by Randall Smith on September 2, 2016 at 7:40am

Daniel, sorry I haven't read your garden blog in awhile. Good update here. No Costco nearby. Think I'll check the internet (dehydrator). My nearest Walmart is 10 miles. The "big city", Spud, is 18 miles away--Lafayette. Indianapolis is 50.

Dug up a lot of potatoes the past 3 days. Looking good. I didn't cut through too many of them. I still have some late plantings to dig. And sweet potatoes to be dug in October.

Comment by Daniel W on September 1, 2016 at 10:06am
I think our dehydrator was fro Costco.

Yesterday i picked a batch of Roma tomatoes. i grew them specifically to dehydrate. the plants dont take up much room, unlike cherry tomatoes like Singold that tske over vast spaces. The first batch of Romas are drying now. We go through a lot od sundried tomatoes, and they are expensive. For 50 cents or so of seeds, we'll have more like 30 dollars of dehydrated tomatoes. Not really sun-dried, but thats just a name.

Garden us starting to wind down. Im glad, it was feeling more like a job during the hottest days. nStill lots of beans, pumpkins and squash to harvest, lots peppers, apples.
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 1, 2016 at 7:52am

Randy, how far is Walmart from you, and how far is the "big city"?

Comment by Randall Smith on September 1, 2016 at 6:54am

Daniel, I went to my local Walmart (I know, ugh) recently to look for a dehydrater. Found none, but wound up with a hot air popcorn maker. Looks like I'll have to go to the "big city".

Joan, thanks for the photos plus fruit fly info!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 1, 2016 at 12:28am

Another young urban family takes to Permaculture and a rural lifestyle. It appears they are new to the tasks, and they have some excellent advisors. The man of the family seems to have carpentry skills. I hope they succeed. 
I suspect the are somewhere near Spokane, although all they reveal so far is their farm is in northeast Washington State. 

Comment by Daniel W on August 31, 2016 at 1:52pm
Randy, I'm using a Nesco American Harvest dehydrator.
i has a fan and heater, and temperature settings.
the vegetable setting is a little hot for tomatoes, they char a little. so I use one temp lower.

Joan those hummingbird moths are beautiful.
 

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