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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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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 Daniel W on May 4, 2017 at 5:11pm

Joan, Im curious and skeptical about that claim.  They dont scratch in the ground like chickens, they have webbed feet.  But they do like eating greens.  Im curious about how easy they will be to herd around the yard to do their dlug and bug hunting.

Comment by Daniel W on May 4, 2017 at 5:09pm

I think that sweet corn should not be planted here until June.  I didnt write down when I started planting it last year.  Maybe early May?  Today I measured the soil temperature as 80 in ground and 84 in raised bed.  So I planted the first batch of sweet corn seeds.  I plan to plant 5 batches, 2 or 3 weeks apart. 

Spud those are good looking tools.  I should check Winco too.

I thought it would be too much raising ducklings on top of raising hens, but Ive been thinking about it for years.  I think the eggs would be popular if we have too many.

Checking the persimmon growth, it looks like they will bloom again this year.  Even the grafted tiny branches have flower buds.  Spring is absoultely well underway.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2017 at 1:55pm

Daniel, your ducklings make me smile. Do they eat the same food as chickens? Many of the permaculture programs show a flock of running ducks. 

Your garden will benefit and I understand running ducks don't pull plants out of the ground. I'm curious about that claim. 

Runner Ducks

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2017 at 1:34pm

Kathy, your description of snakes in your garden makes me shiver, even as I realize some can be beneficial. We have rattle snakes in NE Washington state. We lived in Texas for several years. The thought of the children, who were small at the time, playing in forests and creeks gave me nightmares. We had coral snakes that hid under rocks and in crevaces. Another danger they faces was Recluse spiders. Laura had one of their bites and we had to have a surgical procedure to cut out the spreading necrotic tissue. 

Maria Gimbutas fed her garden snakes milk. She told incredible  stories about the mythology of snakes in Old Europe. 

Marija Gimbutas Language of the Goddess

You said, "Rattlesnakes are endangered species in ky."

I respond with a, "Good News!"

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 11:19am

My 2 weed digging forks.  I've had the top one for I don't know how long.  Perhaps 40 years. 

The bottom one, as you can read, I purchased from WinCo 2 weeks ago for $2.  It has a curved piece of metal on the bottom that doesn't allow it to sink into the soil as much and lets me pry the weeds out easier. I used it yesterday for the first time on those dandelions, and it seems to work better than my old one.  Of course the old one works better when I want to go deeper.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2017 at 11:06am

Daniel, I envy you the ability to plant such seeds this early in the year. Even in Spokane, we don't plant them until the snow is off Mt Spokane and Mica Peak. That will be late May. I might sow some old seeds to see if they will make it through the late frosts. 

I plan to get the equipmenyt for making tunnels. They will protect from those unexpected late frosts and later from insects. I will grow my brassicas in the raised bed so that we have plenty of space in the greenhouse for tomatoes, peppers, etc. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2017 at 10:55am

Racking up those frequent flier miles.

Comment by Daniel W on May 4, 2017 at 10:44am

Ducklings at one week.  I looked at the package.  I thought they were local, but in reality they were sent by US Mail from a hatchery in New Mexico.  So these ducks have already flown a thousand miles. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 4, 2017 at 9:11am

There ard often garden snakes around.    I would be nervous around big snakes.  Ours are very small.

Comment by Daniel W on May 4, 2017 at 9:10am

Using dandelions for food and animal feed, I have almost run out!  There are still some, and those go to the chickens and ducklings.  The most lush get added to salads. I dont mind a little bitterness.

Yesterday it was 80F!  Wow!  Tomato plants are in 4 inch pots now.  Maybe next week plant some.   Might plant collard greens and mustard greens today.

Plums and cherries set a lot of fruit.   We will see about the others.

 

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