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 Daniel W on August 25, 2012 at 12:51am

Hollywood Plums - if you hate grocery store plums, you may still love these.  The tree-ripened plums are 1000X better!

Comment by Daniel W on August 16, 2012 at 10:20am

Hot and Dry!

I cant complain, other parts of the country are hotter and dryer, much worse.  Still, it's been 90s to low 100s here.  My area doesn't usually rain in the Summer.  I let the lawn go brown - it greens up in the fall.  Precious water goes to veggies and "prime" plants, and newly planted items.

We closed on the 2 acres in the country.  Wanting to get a head start, I bought a few items, and planted some young fig trees that I've been nursing in pots for a few years, and 2 small columnar apples found at the nursery on closeout.  These were all in containers, so transplanting is less traumatic to the plants, compared to bare root trees.  Holding the PawPaws for later.  Lots and lots of mulch, and a gallon of water, or two, or 4, every other day, for each little tree.  So far no wilting, after 3 weeks.

Most of the new stuff is arid-friendly "xerotolerant".  Lavender, sage, Monarda/Bee balm, rosemary, oregano, yarrow, lantana.  As it happens, these are also deer resistant, if not repellant.  Deer chomping trees shrubs and plants to death is a problem in the countryside.

Lots of mulch for everything, to keep in the moisture.  I bought a few truckloads of yard waste compost, which is light and serves as a soil insulator when dry and used as mulch, and improves soil water retention when mixed into the soil.

How's everyone coping with the heat? 

Comment by Daniel W on August 7, 2012 at 11:55am

Figs at last!  There should be lots more.  I wait until they are very soft, sometimes dripping with nectar.  Then are so sweet, like eatinb honey.  The green ones are "King", sometimes called "Desert King".  The black ones are "Petite negri"  Cell phone shown for size reference.

Comment by Daniel W on August 7, 2012 at 11:52am

Joan, I love that we have ladybugs to do our work for us!  They do a great job, too.  So do a lot of birds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2012 at 8:46pm

It is 6:12 PM and I am in the garden with the birds and Ladybug adults I released in my garden last night. The sky is full of them; one is on my back as I write. Oh joy!  Also released Chrysoperla rufilabris lacewing eggs and should be engulfed by them in a few days. 

Watch out aphids, mealybugs, scales, whiteflies, thrips, spider mites and  Colorado potato beetles, your days are numbered. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2012 at 10:37pm

Sentient Biped, I am not a witness to murderous raccoons, but the beloved neighbor cats sit under the bird feeder and catch a lovely bird every now and then. I tried putting a wire fence around the base of the feeder, but something, perhaps raccoons, bent it all out of shape. I shall have to put my creative energy to work and protect my little feathered visitors better. 

Comment by Daniel W on August 2, 2012 at 9:17pm

Joan, your garden is absolutely beautiful.  I love it.  It looks so beautiful and peaceful.  I imagine the hummingbirds love the monarda. 

Im not a fan of racoons.  They've murdered 2 of my chickens.  Chickens are a lesson in life and death, since one of the hens was also a serial killer. 

Annie, I wonder if the potted fig is overgrown for it's pot?  Mine do not lose leaves after producing figs.  Im in Zone 8 pacific northwest, which is probably quite different form Zone 8 florida.  Don't know what to say about the figs - they are pretty tough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2012 at 9:09pm

Annie Thomas, Thank you for your nice compliment.  Every inch of ground is planted and I wanted peas and beans; so I created the stack of clay pots with nice rich soil and they grow beautifully this way. Beans are green, yellow and purple in one stack and Snow peas in another. The one flaw ... they are beasts to keep watered. So my grand experiment, although producing delicious legumes, is a pain in the back. The other stack is for the birds. It kept tipping over so I used bamboo to stabilize it. Squirrels, raccoons and skunks like to get their fresh water from that stack and they create havoc. Squirrels come while I am sitting near by, but they are tame. The raccoons and skunks arrive at night and I don't usually see them. But there are tracks and tipped over clay pots, giving evidence of their presence. 
There is not one blade of mowable grass on my place; it is heavily planted to attract birds and animals. 

Comment by Annie Thomas on August 2, 2012 at 6:32pm


Your fig looked great!  Do you know if it is normal for a fig tree to lose its leaves after fruiting?  I am "plant sitting" several potted plants for a friend.  One is a fig tree.  We enjoyed several of the figs (the ones we beat the squirrels to), but now it is done and the leaves have all fallen off.  It looks like there are buds on the branches, but I've never had a fig and wonder if this is normal, or if I'm killing my friends plant. I'm in zone 8, Northern Florida.

Comment by Annie Thomas on August 2, 2012 at 6:30pm

What a gorgeous garden Joan!  So much depth and color.  And 79 degrees??  That sounds like our Florida winters. ;-)  I'm thinking about my fall plantings for vegetables already, and can't wait to dig into the soil again. 

In the second photo, you have what looks like a fountain made of flower pots?  Do you grow something in there, or is that a water feature?  It's all very lovely, thanks so much for sharing!


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