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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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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 Plinius on January 11, 2016 at 4:31am

Spud hasn't posted since Dec 3. Does anyone know anything?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 11, 2016 at 3:29am

Daniel, this corn, Painted mountain corn, looks like an interesting plant to grow in our cold northern garden. The kids will enjoy it and from what I read, it is delicious. I like your idea for growing it for the chickens. I'll talk to Katelynn, my great-granddaughter, to see if she wants to try a patch in her garden. There are lots of seed companies listed as sellers. Do you have a favorite company to recommend? I received a Territorial Seed Co catalogue this week and it is overwhelming with the varieties of seeds they have for sale. 

The seed catalogues started arriving and I'm having a great time exploring them. 

 Painted mountain corn

Comment by Daniel W on January 10, 2016 at 8:56pm

Joan, I thought you might be curious about this open-pollinated, north and cold tolerant, short season, early ripening flint corn.  Painted mountain corn.

According to the website, this corn was a do-it-yourself progect lasting 30 years.   Developed from multiple varieties of Native American flint corn.   Not a commercial hybrid, not GMO, not inbred.

I am going to try just for fun.  If it grows and develops, the plan is to use for chicken feed and/or cornmeal and/or decoration.

The other one I want to try, more for corn flour, is Dakota Ivory.   Seeds from the Northern part of Maine.  I have plans for learning  how to cook Tamales, after I am freed from the shackles of corporate life.

It will take some planning to keep these and the sweet corn separated so they don't pollinize each other, but I think I can do it. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 5, 2016 at 12:59pm

Update on the palm from 2,000 year old seed.   The first Judean palm, grown in 2,000 years, came from a seed found in a Jar on the Masada archeological site.  The seeds were kept dry by the climate, too dry to make them moldy or degrade.  A researcher attempted to sprout a few seeds and one grew.  That tree was named "Methuselah".

I was wondering what happened.  According to this article. the palm is male, has been used to pollenize a related species of palm - so those seeds would be 1/2 Judean palm.  I though if someone lived long enough, they could grow the hybrids to  bearing age and if fertile, back cross to Methuselah to create 75% Judean palm, then repeat for 87.5%.

It turns out, she has some newer plants from ancient seeds, that are female.  So within a lifetime, maybe have pure Judean palm dates.  very cool..

Comment by Randall Smith on January 5, 2016 at 7:25am

It's January, but I'm still harvesting produce from my garden. From on top, I have Brussels sprouts and collards and arugella. If I remove a ground cover, I have carrots and parsnips. It's all about to end however. Gonna get really cold next week.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 3, 2016 at 1:21am

Oh! Yes! Chris, they exist and most parents and teachers do all they can to squish the life out of them.

Comment by Plinius on January 2, 2016 at 11:48pm

I'd love such a child, but I've never known if they were for real. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 2, 2016 at 3:30pm

Daniel, she represents the kind of student I enjoyed in my classroom. The troubled and troubling kids landed in my care and we both grew. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 2, 2016 at 12:57pm

Here's an adorable little atheist gardener who doesn't let bullying priests and concerned mom stop her.


via friendlyatheist on patheos.
Comment by Daniel W on January 2, 2016 at 10:16am

Randy, I am very much looking forward to Spring.  There are more projects planned than I can say.  Plus I really want to see the fruit trees bloom and start to produce, and the vegetable garden get started.

Image is from landscape planting at work.  Even winter has it's beautiful scenes.

 

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