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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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 15, 2017 at 8:32am

I'm going to try dandelion greens right away while it's still cold.  Maybe my bitter-sensitive tongue won't be as repelled.

You peeps with the wildlife make it sound interesting, despite the problems they bring.

Comment by kathy: ky on April 14, 2017 at 10:28pm
Wow I'm behind :)
Joan, those eggs look just like our hen's laid the first two years. Then the colors kind of set into browns. With an occasional blue one.
Randy, I read from an earlier post you saw a turkey. We are lousy with them. I love to look through the windows and see them. Our electric fence keeps them out of the yard. Turkey mites are a problem if we don't.
Daniel, the dandelion greens are beautiful. I think the cooler soil makes them better. All greens grown in this area turn bitter when the temps start rising.
Someone mentioned owls. They nest in the woods in front of our house. When we got chickens they kept moving in closer. The finally started landing on the trees close to the back door. They were thinking 'chicken dinner'. We had to start leaving the hen's in the pen because the hawks moved in too :)
Comment by Daniel W on April 14, 2017 at 10:19am

Maybe it's the location?  Or maybe I can't taste bitter so much.  I've been enjoying dandelion greens here.  They are growing very lush with the spring rains and cool weather, maybe that decreases the intensity.

The first of the collards and tomato seedlings germinated this am.  The heat mat really speeds them up.  Starting to feel more motivated.

Yesterday I replanted radishes and mesclun that I sowed a month ago and they didn't do much.  We'll see if they do better this time.  Old seeds, might not be viable.  Also slugs might have eaten them all off before they got growing.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 14, 2017 at 7:07am

I've tried old and young dandelion greens, and they're way too bitter for me.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 14, 2017 at 6:57am

I've tried dandelion greens a few times--pretty bitter, and I don't like to salt them. I'll stick to regular greens. (I read your blogspot, Daniel, but didn't comment.)

Asparagus is coming on strong! Yummy.

Comment by Daniel W on April 13, 2017 at 4:27pm

Charlie isn't allowed in the chicken yard.  These days I don't think much would happen, with his hip arthritis and general joint pains.  Now when we go for walks, I always take his wagon and put him into it half way. That way I get to walk further and he gets to go along for the ride.

Every couple of weeks, the number of eggs builds up and we give away a dozen to a friend or neighbor.

We do eat eggs every day.  They are a great source of protein.  The nutritional profile of free range eggs is better than store bought, too.

They are growing fast.   Probably 3 times the size from 2 weeks ago.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2017 at 11:43am

Charlie seems alert, and protective. How does he treat adult chicken? Does it make a difference if he is raised with contact from hatching to adulthood? 

One egg a day from Americauna! With two laying hens, you have an egg for you and Ning daily, or an omelet weekly. With those three chicks, if they are hens, you will turn yellow with a white outer skin! 

How do your little ones look this week? 

Comment by Daniel W on April 13, 2017 at 10:53am

Randy, those morels are a true treasure.  I think I saw some in the grocery store last year at $14 a pound.

Joan, at present only one of our hens is Americauna.  Her eggs are blue.  The shell is thicker and harder than the other hens' eggs.  The eggs are in the small to medium range.  She reliably lays one egg every day. 

Our only other hen that reliable is a white Leghorn.  Her eggs are bigger and white.

The Rhode Island Reds lay an average on one egg every other day.  Their eggs are large, brown shell.

They had various breeds of baby chick at the feed store.  Ning likes the wild bird look of the Americauna, and the novelty of the egg color, and the frequent laying.

Yesterday I hauled a truckload of raised bed soil from my old yard to the newer raised beds, and topped them off.  The soil settled and sank last year.  They get undermined by moles, which is likely part of the reason.  Today my back is annoying me.  My fault.

Seeds planted today in the window nursery:  Thai, Jalapeno, Cayenne, and Banana peppers.  We dried so many hot peppers last year, and they are all eaten now.  I am starting them much later.  I think that's OK.  They sulk when planted in too cool Spring weather.

Also some mustard greens.

If dandelions weren't weeds, people would grow them intentionally.  The greens are perfect in Spring salads.  I dig the juiciest, most lush plants and plant them in my greens raised bed where they get better treatment and grow even better.  The other dandelions get fed to chickens, making their egg yolks deeper yellow / orange.

Seeds I planted today

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 13, 2017 at 7:54am

Very pretty eggs.  Don't have to color them for the kids seeking them this sunday.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 13, 2017 at 7:01am

And I fixed an omelet with morels for breakfast this morning. I'm not "yoking"!


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