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!

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 Daniel W on July 14, 2015 at 8:47am

Randy, I don't know if it works,  but I read you can keep racoons from pulling down ears of corn by taping the ear to the stalk using packaging fiber tape.  It keeps the racoon from pulling the ear down.  I suppose you wrap near the top of the ear.  I have not seen illustrations.

In my area, there seems to be a lot of dead racoons on the road.  I don't know how they wind up in traffic.

My moles are my friends but everyone else hates them.  If I lay black plastic on an area of ground, weighted down,  to kill grass for a garden bed, and leave it for a few months, when I pull it up, moles have finely ground all of the soil.  All I have to do is rake it even and spade the few remaining un-tilled spots over.  They also provide lots of finely ground soil for filling holes in garden beds.  They are not all good.  I use screening under the raised beds to keep them out.  The lawn is not pretty but I don't care.

Shiro Japanese plums.  Ripe for one or two weeks, so juicy and sweet.

The first of the season's fresh figs.  Also juicy and sweet.  I never ate a fresh fig before growing my own.  After growing my own,  I have started a few dozen fig trees, and given most of them away.  Kept a few for my orchard. When they ripen, it's like christmas tree and easter egg hunt combined.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2015 at 6:54am

Along with apricots, plums are another fruit I can't seem to produce. I get the blossoms, but no plums--or they're wormy.

Daniel, I really doubt if you're "taking it easy"! Your vegetable and flower gardens always look so appealing and beautiful.

Spud, how's your diet coming along?

'Coons got two premature ears of sweet corn the other night--the one night I kept my dog indoors (storms). Grr. But, on the bright side, I caught my 7th and 8th mole over the weekend! I think I have a couple more. Can you believe it?!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 12, 2015 at 3:26pm

Beautiful Morning Glories, and those "ornamental" plums look edible to me!

Comment by Daniel W on July 12, 2015 at 1:18pm

Joan, hand in there.  With your positive spirit and vast knowledge, you will make a great start on your new adventure!

That greenhouse sounds wonderful!  You will put it to such great use!  I hope you will share photos.

Don, you have a beautiful garden.  Such a beautiful setting.

At this point, I'm not doing anything ambitious.  It's been too hot, and too much work at work.  Also the home improvement projects.

We got some fresh tomatoes today.  I've been keeping the corn and squash and tomatoes watered.  Picked some plums yesterday.  Saving seeds.

The first of the morning glories bloomed today.  I planted those seeds early Spring.  Lots of volunteer borage around for honeybee and bumblebee forage.

Some ripe plums. These are from an ornamental plum tree, but still better than anything from the grocery store.

Allium seed heads - chive and ornamental.  I want to plant the seeds for beds of bee forage.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 9, 2015 at 4:47pm

Sounds good Don.  I love those fall colors.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 9, 2015 at 8:50am

Joan, dealing with harsh weather is bad enough. Dealing with cancer, falls, moving, etc., makes working in the garden a real challenge! You should be proud of yourself for your diligence, plus passing on your knowledge to your grandchildren. 5 stars to you!

I froze a batch of green beans and asparagus yesterday. Hated to compost last years' beans, but they were icy and shriveled. With all the berries I've picked thus far, my freezer is almost full again. One person just can't eat enough to empty it.

Speaking of crop rotation, I have a 5 year plan of attack. I've kept records going back over 30 years. Gotta keep those rabbits, moles, and racoons guessing!

Comment by Don on July 9, 2015 at 7:37am

I rotate the potatoes and some other things, but I till everything in in the fall, and then plant winter rye to cover, then till that in in the spring.  I think that must help with disease/pest control.  Here's the garden on Oct. 14 last year:

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 9, 2015 at 5:11am

Joan, sorry to hear most of your seeds not sprouting.  Too much rain, that most of you experience, is the opposite of what happens here.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 9, 2015 at 5:08am

Nice looking garden as usual Don.  Do you rotate crops? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 9, 2015 at 1:01am

Randy and Don, outstanding garden photos! I enjoy seeing the changes over time in your growing season. I live vicariously through your gardens since I am closing down my garden of 41 years and starting fresh at my new home with my daughter. I move from a deep forest of trees and plants that began 41 years ago as a city lot 50' x 185' that we reduced to bare ground to create a garden of eating and meditation. it was soil in an ancient bog that had a known 50' deep of sediments with prehistoric plants springing up between my cultivated vegetables.

My new home sits on top of a glacial moraine with a known depth of 500' of sand left behind by the last Ice Age. Our water comes from a deep well that collects in a cistern. My attempts at growing a garden here is hampered by the miserable fall I took in April and a week in the hospital. Seeds I planted failed to sprout because of cold weather and reseeding will not produce much of a crop because of not enough time in our cold, northern air and high temperatures. 

We decided to put in a geodesic dome greenhouse and it was shipped yesterday and expected to be here in about a week. 

Two of my youngest great-grandchildren spent part of yesterday and today weeding the terraces with me and they performed beautifully in the garden. We started with learning the differences between weeds and tender young vegetables. The only things that sprouted were the radishes, beets, vine peas and several varieties of squash. All the rest of the seeds rotted in the cold, wet soil. 

These past couple of years presented me with the need to make this major transition. A year of cancer treatment in 2013, a slow recovery in 2014, and the fall in 2015 knocked me off my routine of the past four decades.

A whole new world opens up for me in the move to my daughter's home with her two daughters' families nearby and my six great-grandkids. I get to play with them almost every day, especially now that school is out. Having them with me in the garden, one or two at a time, they learn how to grow food for themselves. They responded with real glee when the first radishes appeared on the dining room table. I hope this second seeding of lettuce produces some crops before the first frost of the year hits. Turnips will withstand the early frost. There is no hope for the other vegetables to mature before freezing begins.


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