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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 Daniel W on January 18, 2017 at 7:47pm

Thomas, what a beautiful birdhouse!  It's awesome!

You are right about birds being essential to gardening.  Many birds are insectivores and even many birds that eat birdseed are omnivorous and consume vast amounts of insects.  We think of hummingbirds as drinking nectar, but a hummingbird consumes 2,000 insects daily.   Wrens are primarily insectivores.  A Tree Swallow also eats 2,000 insects daily and consumes 300,000 insects per nesting family.  http://www.sialis.org/tres.htm

And there are many others. 

That's also a beautiful birdhouse! 

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 18, 2017 at 3:04pm

Hey guys,

My youngest son (9 years old) and I completed a designer birdhouse for the coming Spring.Took us about 3 hours and two fence boards to make it. I did all the sawing and my son did all the measuring and  the hammering. I believe birds are essential to gardening and such.

What do you guys think?

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2017 at 1:09pm

Interesting video on onion bunches.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2017 at 1:08pm

Daniel, the heating tape on the water pipes is a good idea.  I didn't think of that when mine froze.  That would have been better than my welding cable.

Hope you do get lucky.

Comment by Daniel W on January 8, 2017 at 12:59pm

Planted onion seeds in Cottage Cheese containers.  Each should hold 25 or maybe 50 plants.  The cost per plant is under 1 cent.  Which makes my inner German smile.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2017 at 10:31am

PS:  That small city had not planted the water lines deep enough for the temperatures experienced there, so lines froze easily when the temperatures got down to -20°F or colder.  

Every winter, they advised people to keep a small stream of water flowing all the time when the temperatures were that low.  The water cost was not as much as the cost of digging to many lines.  

The water bill was a set amount for everyone, so it didn't cost the citizens any more to run the water constantly, and most of them did.  Mine froze because I was new in town and didn't get the message.

The cost was set because there were no water meters, as there was always sand in the water that clogged the meters when they were first installed.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2017 at 10:19am

Daniel, I can relate to the discomfort of having your water line freeze.

When I lived in a small community, 30 miles south of here, where the temperatures get much colder, my water line froze one year.  The city dug my line up until they found the frozen part, and thawed it.  It was not broken.

Before they filled it back in, I attached a large gauge wire to the water line as far away from the house as I could, and ran it back to my basement.  I figured if it froze again, I could attach my low voltage, high current welding machine to the wire and the line where it entered the house, and thaw the line that way.  I never did try it because it never froze again.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2017 at 12:48am

Randy, your hunt for cilantro works for parsley as well. I often get my Yule parsley from under a snow bank.They are hearty additions to the flavors of the holidays in Spokane. All the greens froze out at my Newport homeI bought parsley today for lasagna. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2017 at 12:13am

I think planting onions from seeds will work for me better than sets. I thought it was just me that sets didn't develop the way I wanted them. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 7, 2017 at 9:31pm

This is what I want to do with onions this year.  I already planted some 4" pots and saved cottage cheese containers for some more.  Not sure about timing to set on the lights, I'm thinking 12 hours on 12 hours off.

 

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