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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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.

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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Permaculture thinking and skills for youth

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 20, 2017 at 9:40am

Daniel, how do you plant sprouted potatoes?  I would guess very carefully, because in my experience the sprouts break-off easily.

Comment by Daniel W on March 20, 2017 at 9:19am

Randy, this might be too far for you, but the midwest fruit explorers also has some events.  Those are more around Chicago.  They have grafting workshops, but a cursory look did not show a scion exchange.

My last post was too long - the Indiana Scion exchange looks like it's near Muncie, and is March 26th. 

Comment by Daniel W on March 20, 2017 at 9:10am

Joan, I agree with you about 4 years since our cancer diagnoses.  We've been through a lot with that.  I think t gardening has been vitally important in keeping my spirits up.  Trees that I planted, the year before that diagnosis, are growing tall and strong.  Last year was my best vegetable garden year ever.  This year I will cut back a bit, and focus mainly on what worked in 2016. 

Potatoes are mostly in the ground, except for russets that for some reason are germinating very slowly. 

About half of the onions are planted.  The rest should go in the ground this week.  I'm still undecided about how well the onion seedlings are doing, but will plant them out soon.

I will plant tomato and pepper seeds soon, maybe this week if I get the onions out of my window garden.

Sweet Corn and Beans wait for may.

Somewhere in there, I'm planning to plant marigolds, cosmos, dahlias, zinnias, and dahlias.  I also have some cleome seeds to plant,  I moved lots of bearded iris clumps from the old place, didn't know where to plant them, left them on the driveway all summer, fall, and most of the winter.  They look none the worse for the neglect!  I planted them at the edge of the woods, where I cleared those damn blackberries.

Here is a watercolor of the "Fameuse" apple that I grafted yesterday, painted in 1902.  I was wrong about the age of this variety - it is from the 17th century, not 18th.  Source is USDA, a collection of watercolors done for the USDA in the early 20....Randy - if you are on Facebook, you can find theIndiana Nut and Fruit Growers scion swap to be done at Farmland."  I don't know where that town is.  Here is the info:  March 26 2017 at the Davis-Purdue Agricultural Center, 6230 North St Rd 1, Farmland, IN 47340. Pitch in lunch around 12:30 followed by a speaker and meeting. Doors will be open sooner for scion set up. If you have never been, it is a great meeting to attend. Members bring scion wood to share with others, bring it if you have it but don't let it stop you if you don't have anything to share."

Comment by Randall Smith on March 20, 2017 at 7:25am
Daniel, I wish I could have attended the scion exchange. I can't imagine that happening around here.

I read Joan's article (mentioned above in the forum). It lost all credibility when it talked about lunar cycles.
Comment by Daniel W on March 19, 2017 at 9:39pm

Oh, I forgot - here is a photo of the scion exchange.  I volunteered to help set up yesterday, and helped a little today too.

Comment by Daniel W on March 19, 2017 at 9:37pm

Joan, thanks for the interesting article.  I can confirm and support how much better I feel after digging in my garden too.  Something we all need as much of as we can get :-)

I haven't been posting as much lately or following as much on other Nexus sections - too much politics for me.  It gets me down and I can't do anything about it.  But gardening, that I can do.

Today was the home orchard society's scion exchange.  The tables had buckets with each variety of scion - there were hundreds of apple varieties, and many other fruits too.  I brought persimmon scions and one type of plum, to share.  Went home with some new apple varieties - Fameuse apple, from Quebec but probably developed in France in the 18th century, also Firecracker crab apple, which has a red interior, and also some new plum varieties, an Asian pear called "Chojuro" which has a butterscotch flavor, and a quince to add to my small quince tree.  Not that I "need" any of those.  I grafted them all onto existing trees, something to putter with and look forward to tasting in 2 years or so.  I had left over scion that I grafted onto some scrubby hawthorn trees at the edge of my property - hawthorn is a cousin to pears and quince so the grafts might take or grow.  I still have the plums to graft, tomorrow if weather holds out.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 19, 2017 at 11:43am

Wikipedia seems to confirm that depression may be reduced by that soil bacteria.  Sounds good.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 18, 2017 at 2:46pm


I have always wondered why I loved playing in the dirt....thanks for the article....

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2017 at 2:33pm

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It surely felt good to be in the greenhouse again. The soil is still too cold to plant seeds, but I did clean up the beds and prepared for planting. The soil is nicely moist.

There is a problem of mold that I will tackle in the next day or two. We are having an icy-cold rain storm now that beats against the roof the house. I'm staying inside with Dominic. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2017 at 12:13pm

One Misty Moisty Morning  Lyrics

One misty moisty morning when cloudy was the weather
I met with an old man a-clothed all in leather
He was clothed all in leather with a cap beneath his chin
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

This rustic was a thresher as on his way he hied
And with a leather bottle fast buckled by his side
He wore no shirt upon his back but wool unto his skin
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

I went a little further and there I met a maid
A-going a-milking, a-milking Sir she said
Then I began to compliment and she began to sing
Saying how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

This maid her name was Dolly clothed in a gown of grey
I being somewhat jolly persuaded her to stay
And straight I fell a-courting her in hopes her love to win
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

I having time and leisure, I spent a vacant hour
A-telling of my treasure while sitting in the bower
With many kind embraces I stroke her double chin
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

I said that I would married be and she would be my bride
And long we should not tarry and twenty things beside
I'll plough and sow and reap and mow and you shall sit and spin
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

Her parents then consented, all parties were agreed
Her portion thirty shillings, we married were with speed
Then Will the piper he did play whilst others dance and sing
Saying how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

Then lusty Ralph and Robin with many damsels gay
Did ride on Roan and Dobbin to celebrate the day
And when they met together their caps they off did fling
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do
And how do you do again


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