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.

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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 February 17, 2017 at 6:15pm

On arugula, I just like trying different things.  Last year I moved the biggest juiciest dandelions from lawn to rich garden bed, fertilized and water, and they were more tender and less bitter as a salad green.  I liked them.  Maybe I will like arugula, if not, thats ok.  This year I also want to try amaranthus greens.

Kathy you are right about those being scrubby trees.  i think they didnt have much of a root system and the massive blackberry brambles may have had a role too. The soil is very soft there.   Im gradually cutting them for next year's firewood.  I need to replace my broken chainsaw.  I am also planting a row of cypress to hold soil, shade out blackberries on the north (ravine) side, and give privacy.

My favorite Steve Martin movie was either The Jerk or All of Me. 

This nut tree thing has me a little excited.  Ive been reading about chestnuts.  Apparently the cultvated hybrids can start bearing in 3-5 years, are better tasting and not susceptible to chestnut blight.  They do grow very large, so space is needed but I have space.  Plus it might take several decades to grow really huge, if they get the chance. 

Comment by Randall Smith on February 17, 2017 at 7:03am
Spud, I'll have to watch that Steve Martin movie. I love him.
Arugula is such a pungent lettuce. I'm really not a fan.
Comment by kathy: ky on February 16, 2017 at 9:10pm
Spud, I just dropped a few seeds at the end of the tomato row. The cotton didn't take up much room at all.
Daniels trees look like what we call scrubs around here. The ones left over after the good trees have been harvested out. Then the scrubs get larger but they don't usually make straight, sturdy, trees.
Comment by Idaho Spud on February 16, 2017 at 1:46pm

Daniel, I see you're planting Arugula.  I've never eaten it or even heard of it until I watched one of my favorite movies, the very funny My Blue Heaven.  

Steve Martin plays a criminal that has been secreted away by the FBI in a small community until he is to testify against a mobster.  He's just leaving a grocery store, with a cart full of steak that he's put low price stickers on, when he's stopped by management, and ask how he likes his shopping experience.  

They tell him to let them know if there's anything he would like them to stock, and he says "Arugula!"  They ask what that is and he gives them a look, and says "It's a veg-e-table."

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 16, 2017 at 1:32pm

Daniel, congratulation on clearing that large area of those tasty weeds.  Most of those trees seem to be leaning a lot.  Is there high winds that come through there, or something else that makes them lean?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 16, 2017 at 12:35pm

Randy, that song always goes through my head when I hear or see the word cotton.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 16, 2017 at 7:27am
Spud reminded me of the old "Cotton Fields Back Home" song ("When I was a little baby, my momma would rock me in the cradle...."). A new (old) song to sing for my grandkids!
Daniel, when I planted my almond tree and buried persimmon seeds (etc) not that long ago (it seems), I wasn't sure I'd live long enough to see them produce. But, voila!, I'm literally enjoying the fruits of my labor. So yes, by all means, go for it.
Comment by kathy: ky on February 15, 2017 at 11:19pm
Randy, I cook cotton balls like I cook everything else. Very carefully :)
Comment by Daniel W on February 15, 2017 at 7:50pm

Me too :-)  Sometimes a peanut gallery is just what we need!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 15, 2017 at 5:31pm

Daniel - you don't need nut trees. You have us.


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