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 November 6, 2015 at 2:56pm
Joan, your greenhouse in an inspiration. Your reports really get me thinking...

Spud, you did a lot better than I did with melons. I started seeds but never got the plants into the ground.

Randy, Im glad you got some sweet potatoes. I tried a couple years ago. Maybe I should try next year.

Im not doing much in my garden at the moment. We have about 1/4 acre of blackberry bramble mixed with European hawthorne, abutting a ravine and creek wetland on one side of our property. I started clearing some of it, mostly with a pruning shears and limb bow saw. I can do about 100 square feet at a time. Once cleared, I want to plant some more desirable trees, and grass mixed with clover so it is mowable and hold the soil in place. The local county noxious weed czar gAve me some grief about the area, but mostly I want to be a responsible steward of the land.

I am almost done covering next year's corn/squash/other stuff garden with a thick layer of mowings. My hope is it will decompose by spring in our wet weather, killing sod and weeds and leaving soft soil in its place. I spead cardboard from boxes and spread the mowings on top.

Randy you will be happy to know I planted another American persimmon tree. This one is supposedly parthenocarpic, not needing male pollen to make fruit. It comes from a collection in Indiana. I really want to eat some of my own persimmons and pawpaws in my lifetime.
Comment by Idaho Spud on November 6, 2015 at 1:50pm

Thanks Randy.  I don't get to enjoy reading you guys comments on a daily basis because I'm getting to the library only once or twice a week now for 2 or 3 hours each time. 

I haven't dug my sweet spuds yet.  I imagine I'll slice into some also, and have to eat them right away.  They're growing on a berm, so I should be able to dig on both sides of them first, and reduce the damaged ones.  I'm also thinking of leaving some in the ground and putting a large amount of mulch on top.  Then dig them up when I need them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 6, 2015 at 1:42pm

Sounds like your greenhouse is producing wonderful results Joan. 

I'm going to start plants in my cold frame very early next spring, so I can plant them as soon as the ground is warm enough. 

I think I will let one watermelon plant grow in there all spring, summer, and fall if need be.  Then when we get cold weather in the middle of summer, I can close the lid and keep it toasty. 

I was planning on putting some cold-weather-crops in there this fall, but so far, I've been too busy making my van computer friendly, so I can access the internet at the library.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 4, 2015 at 7:04am

Always good to hear from you, Spud. I miss your daily comments.

We're enjoying sunny days in the mid 70's. Had our first freeze a couple of weeks ago, but nothing close since. My sweet potatoes are dug up finally, not hurt from the freeze. I cut into many of them, however, with my shovel. I've tried other digging tools and techniques, none of which works. It kills me to slice one in half.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2015 at 3:59am

Spud, I hope your melons escaped frost. Surely the foundation helped provide heat, as you describe. 

The zucchini in the greenhouse is huge, full of blossoms and loads of developing squash. The bush beans have many blossoms and the pole beans climb the bamboo tepee I framed over them. They have blossoms too. The daikon radishes are not forming yet, but the leaves are huge and have a lovely flavor. We had a daikon radish leaf salad for lunch. The lemon tree still has more blossoms and th fruits seem to be developing nicely. I have a fear that I will walk in the greenhouse one morning and all the fruit will have fallen to the ground.

The fungus gnats seem to be under control in the greenhouse. I used an organic treatment. I can't remember where I got it.


Comment by Idaho Spud on November 3, 2015 at 2:59pm

Good going Chris. 

I need to harvest my sweet potatoes and squash today, as freezing weather is forecast for tonight and the rest of the week.  The first frost was about a week ago.  It got down to about 31° F.  I think that's the latest first frost for quite a few years.

It's probably a good idea to harvest my muskmelon and watermelon also.  I was surprised last week when the frost didn't do anything to them.  Probably because they're on the south side of the house, and the sun probably heats the cement wall of my house on that side, and keeps them warm all night.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 7:49pm

Daniel, thanks. that makes sense. 

Our sunset tonight was the prettiest I think have ever seen. The trees, yellow and red, seemed to reflect onto the clouds. It was a yellow and red moment. Even the air felt colored. It gave me a bit of thrill. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 1, 2015 at 6:55pm
I think the forevast just goes to the 10th. After that, the recod high and record liw for the date are listed, along with the averages.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 6:52pm

On the Newport Weather Wonderground, starting on Nov 11, 2015 starts using the word "Record". Does that mean expected record weather for the second half of November?



Comment by Daniel W on November 1, 2015 at 4:52pm
Joan, we have a space heater on a timer for the coldest days. On cool days, even cloudy, it's warm from dolar effects, and on sunny days we open the door to the house for solar heating. The dogs head directly to the sun room. It is their favorite place.

Currently the Sclumbergeras have big flower buds and a few are opening. A couple of orchids are blooming. I also started opuntia cuttings and have daylily seedlings growing to see if their head start will give bloom next summer. I hybridized pink, yellow, red, bicolored, lavender daylilies, just to see what happens. The seeds need 4 to 6 weeks cold stratification. They got that in moist paper towel in plastic bags, then set at room temp to germinate.

Chris, your roof garden will reward you for your efforts.

Joan, the record is the coldest or earmest day on record for that date. The site doesnt project far ahead, so it lists averages and record temps, 10 days or so ahead.

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