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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.

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!

Discussion Forum

DIY Green House and a Chicken Coop?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Saturday. 2 Replies

Cover crops: Gabe Brown

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 19. 0 Replies

Geodesic Dome Greenhouses

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 17. 1 Reply

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Comment by Daniel W on August 20, 2016 at 11:11am
Don, thanks. i'll do that. This is my year-of-the-squash, dozens of zucchinis, a couple dozen spagetti squashes, big and small winter squashes and many pumpkins, mainly French pumpkins. I eat squash in some form almost every day now.
Comment by Don on August 20, 2016 at 10:12am

Dainiel--I just shred them, pack them into Ziplocs, and freeze them.  Couldn't be simpler.  I add them to soups in the winter--great thickener.

Comment by Don on August 20, 2016 at 10:09am

Our raspberries (the bearing canes) did not do well this year, although next year's canes  look healthy.  It's an old bed, over 20 years in that spot.  If next year is no good, I guess I'll have to replant.  But the rest of the garden is doing very well. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2016 at 10:08am

Don, I agree with Daniel about your great views.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2016 at 10:05am

No sweat bees here that I'm aware of.

Comment by Daniel W on August 20, 2016 at 9:59am
Don, love your gorgeous views!
Do you do any blanching or just shred and freeze? I have a bunch of zucchinis to freeze as well.
Comment by Daniel W on August 20, 2016 at 9:57am
Joan, I hear you about the migration. If Im not careful, I'll start ranting. Build a wall! (kidding) :-) The traffic, the rudeness, the congestion....

The sad thing - a lot is white flight from California. Portland is by far the whitest major city in the country. Vancouver has about the same demographicm although my neighborhood is more diverse.

Got my first ojra pod yeasterday! Hoping for more! Now I hand-pollinate the flowers, like I do with squash. Maybe that helps.
Comment by Don on August 20, 2016 at 9:56am

No humidity and no bugs at all here in northern Vermont at the height of our all-too-brief gardening season.  Beautiful weather.  Cooking down tomatoes and shredding zukes for the freezer today, while others in the household are picking wild blackberries, which are really plentiful this year. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 20, 2016 at 9:32am

Kathy, your humidity sounds unbearable, and the bugs, just awful. I would invite you to move to the northwest, however, with the balmy weather we have, the entire nation will be migrating to the northwest. Just the load of people arriving by the millions will make Washington state heavy on the continent and tip us right off into the Pacific Ocean. 

Randy, the sweat bees are new to me. I Googled how to eliminate sweat bees, and the remedy does not look easy. Here is what I found. Wish I could find a better way to get rid of them. 

How to Eliminate Sweat Bees

There is a whole page of solutions, and none of them look too promising. It is the sweet sweat that lures them to you ... at least that what is claimed. 

I wonder if eating garlic helps? What do construction workers, gardeners, or road crews do? 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 20, 2016 at 8:53am

Yes, spring raspberry producing vines die out and new shoots give the autumn berries. They winter over to produce spring berries. I'm going to be making a lot of wine!

It hasn't been so much the mosquitoes, but the sweat bees that drive me crazy. They are swarming me this year. One day, as I sat in my lawn chair, I was determined to kill every last one that landed on me. I must have swatted over 200 and they still kept coming! I finally gave up. I'm not sure if they do any pollinating. I'll have to look that up.

 

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