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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.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 10, 2015 at 3:05pm

I am busy in the new greenhouse. Have it all planted with vegetables for the winter and making a few experiments with perennial plants for next spring. I look for fire resistant plants and hope to have all efforts finished to make the homes and buildings safe from forest fires. There have been sightings of a cougar on the southern edge of our 17 acres. Hope he leaves our new chickens alone. We have secured the coop and the free range as best we can for now. Cougars climb trees to get over the 7-foot protection we have now.

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".

 

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