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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

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Feb 23. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 10, 2015 at 11:23am
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 10, 2015 at 1:29am

I give Michelle's chickens fresh vegetable and fruit trimmings every morning. They seem interested in it all and there are no remnants the next morning. I put any cooked fruits and vegetables in our compost. I don't know if the chickens like cooked ones or not.  I don't give them meat.

Daniel is the person I ask when it comes to chickens.  

Comment by k.h. ky on September 10, 2015 at 12:36am
Does anyone feed their chickens cooked vegetables. I don't give them pasta or meat but I don't think leftover peas or mixed vegetables will harm them. Any ideas?
Comment by Idaho Spud on September 9, 2015 at 10:47am
Picked some small Minnesota Midget Cantaloupes from my garden yesterday and ate one for breakfast. Yummy!
Comment by k.h. ky on September 2, 2015 at 7:49pm
Joan, my dogs have always grieved when one of their companions has had to be put to sleep. Sweet E, my Boston terrier, grieved for a month when my gson was able to retrieve his dog from our care after he fostered with us for six months.
So I was taken completely by surprise when she turned on Jack when he came here to live. She's warmed up to him a lot but still seems more reserved than she was with Sam, her prior mate, or Patton her foster brother.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 2, 2015 at 5:48pm
Kathy, I agree with you about puppies. I am too old for tending to their needs and don't enjoy their energy.
Laura's dog, Dominic, is now three years old. We got him from the Animal Rescue Center in Priest River, and he was not yet a year old. He was very shy at first and didn't like brooms or sticks. He is over that now. He still does not like vacuum cleaners, but neither does our human one-year-old, Brooklyn.
Michelle's big English pointer, Zec, is hyperactive, as is Michelle. He is the perfect dog for her.
Michelle's other dog is a Pom/Chihuahua, full of energy, gets into trouble in the forest. He lost an eye, probably ran into a branch and poked it out. He took on a friend's Rottweiler and received a very deep fang wound to his throat. Another injury involved fangs and claws, probably a cougar. He was gone for several days before he came home; all chewed up.
Teddy was a beagle I loved; he disappeared with no sign of him or his dog tags.
They have lots of cats to keep the mice and mole population down. They all follow me around, probably because I carry little snacks for them in my pocket.
The chickens are fun! I feed them daily with scraps from the kitchen. They have become quite tame with me.
Wildlife, of course! Deer, cougars, crows, several kinds of finches and hawks. Life and death occur before our eyes. I wonder if the dogs and cats and chickens have a feeling of grief when a companion dies.
Comment by Daniel W on September 2, 2015 at 5:26pm

Kathy, my dogs stick their noses in molehills.  That's as far as they go.  At 13 and 14 years old, they may be too old to chase moles.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 2, 2015 at 3:46pm
I adopted a seven year old beagle/jack russell mix to thin out the moles. He's done a splendid job.
I prefer older dogs. They need a good home and my puppy training days are far behind me. Puppies are like toddlers. Constant attention and entertainment is required.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 2, 2015 at 11:11am

Daniel, when you live in "farm country", you don't need raised beds, although it is tempting to try. I'm just too lazy. Really not. It's just that my motto is "keep it simple". That's why I'm so impressed with what you and others do.  Did I ever mention my final mole total was 9? Haven't seen one in ages. "Piney" squirrels, too, totaled 9. And they've been deported. Maybe that's what I've needed--a "Trump wall".

Comment by Daniel W on September 1, 2015 at 3:07pm
Randy, dont't get heat stroke cleaning up your garden!

Are you usung raised beds? That might be a way to make it easier on you. I use both raised beds and ground level beds, and the raised ones are definitely easier to maintain and refurbish when needed. Plus, mine have screening wire bottons, which keeps all of the moles out. Settong them up can be a big project, but it doesnt need to bee all at once. i set up my kitchen garden over a two year period, snd just added another by collecting some reused cinderblocks for the sides.
 

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