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.

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 Joan Denoo on July 4, 2016 at 7:04pm

Daniel, do mothballs work for you. Laura had dozens all around their mowed area and I just threw a few mothballs in each one, covered the hole with their excavated soil and the moles disappeared. 

Comment by Daniel W on July 4, 2016 at 6:57pm

Kathy, I have a like/dislike relationship with moles.  They do a great job with breaking up hard soil.  I had garden beds that started out as hard sod.  I covered with black plastic last winter, to kill the grass.  In early spring when I removed the plastic, the moles had pulverized the soil into a fine bed.  Digging was very easy.  On the other hand, they seem to love any new fruit trees that I plant, making their tunnels and mole hills among the roots.  Then voles come in and eat all of the roots, killing the trees.  I line the bottom of my raised beds with chicken wire, to keep moles from tunneling into the beds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2016 at 6:54pm

Oh! Kathy, your news just makes my day! I love to learn of your progress with the hugelkultur, and getting it to grow things. I surely want to know how your volunteers turn out. 

Daniel, your garden produces such lovely things. You even have a house hummingbird! Now, how smart does one have to be to get that treat? You inspire me!

Has your corn developed ears? We have such cold days, only a few hot days. It is great to work in the cool air, but not so good for corn. 

Daniel, do you use your cell phone to type your messages? You have another skill I don't have. 

I'm a pure slug and enjoying every bit of it. I don't even feel guilty. 

Happy 4th dear friends. 

Comment by k.h. ky on July 4, 2016 at 6:05pm
My yard that has been covered and lying fallow has done wonderful things. Less than two years later and moles are breaking the red clay up to actual soil. Worms are working beneath the cover of dead leaves, straw and occasional compost that I've thrown on top of it. It's amazing what nature can do if given the chance. The spot has gone from a clay run off of water to a living thing.
Comment by Daniel W on July 4, 2016 at 6:02pm

A few more photos

Not sure if the hummingbird is clear.  They are a moving photo target.

Comment by Daniel W on July 4, 2016 at 5:58pm

Some photos from the yard.  The flowers, vegetables, and bees improve my attitude.

Comment by Daniel W on July 4, 2016 at 5:55pm

Oh, on growing things to make more biomass / take up CO2, I guess that's a benefit of trees regardless of which ones.  I like growing ones that provide a lot of bee nectar and pollen, or fruits, or nuts.  Good bee forage:  lindens - excellent honey; sourwood - not sure how well it does here, mine isslow growing.  Also excellent honey.  Probably a lot of other trees species.  American persimmon - native, slow growing.  Cows might eat the young trees, I don't know.  Deer do.  Nice tall growing shade tree if allowed to, and make fruit.

Comment by Daniel W on July 4, 2016 at 5:49pm

Joan, interesting articles.  For a moment, I thought those were deer.  NOooooooo!!!!!  Although cows would not be more gentle in my garden:-)

Kathy, I envy you growing sweet potatoes.  I made some sweet potato bread on friday.  Pretty good.  A little more tart compared to pumpkin bread.

It would be interesting to see if your pumpkins set pumkins like the ones they came from.  They often cross pollinate with various squashes, so the product of the next generation can be interesting.

Comment by k.h. ky on June 29, 2016 at 8:32pm
@joan, your articles are interesting and informative.
I just came in from working the hugelkulture bed that I started late last spring. It's still in the early stages but is beginning to shape up. I started it with rotting trees from my woods and stuffed it full of decomposed leaves and about twenty gallon of decaying matter from the woods. I added about fifteen gallons of compost from my heaps. Last year it produced about a dozen volunteer sweet potatoes. Now it has three volunteer pumpkin plants that are blooming like crazy. But not setting pumpkins. That's not important because I'm using them to hold the dirt in place and prevent run off. I just tapped down some hollow spots and mixed forty lbs of topsoil to it.
It should be ready to plant tomatoes in by next planting season.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2016 at 8:14pm

Integrating animals with agroforestry aids in carbon farming 


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