Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

Location: Planet Earth
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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 on Thursday. 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 Idaho Spud on May 24, 2015 at 6:37am

Barbara, I've forgotten.  How old is your nectarine tree?

Wow, 11 years is ancient for a computer.  I thought mine was ready to die at almost 8 years.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 22, 2015 at 9:14am

Randall, Good for your son that he is willing to take on job of creating new healthy soil.  Are there no rabbit meat producers near him who want to get rid of poop?   Or he could raise his own and wouldn't have to buy fertilizer. 

'Russian Comfrey' is a good nitrogen fixer - can feed to animals although my bunnies aren't interested.  Good for 'chop and drop' system.  It will spread though so you have to be careful about breaking off roots. I'm going to use as mulch in the veggie garden next year.  According to instructions the first year you don't harvest it just let it get established.  

Don .... beary interesting :)

Spud, my little nectarine tree produced one nectarine, but rain and some cold nights stunted it and I doubt it will get much bigger.  

Joan, be glad your computer still has enough strenght to do things on its own.  Mine is now 11 years old and gasps if I want to do anything short of email and A/N.  

Comment by Randall Smith on May 22, 2015 at 7:13am

Joan, after 150 years of conventional farming (corn, then soybeans), my son-in-law is trying to transform the soil "permaculturally" (new word!). He had it tested and was dismayed to find it totally depleted of essential minerals. Restoration is costly (fertilizers). And following the "chop and drop" method takes years to re-establish soil fertility. It's tough on Nate, an impatient guy. Thanks for the info.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 22, 2015 at 1:04am

"Chop and Drop" a splendid way to garden! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2015 at 11:00pm

There are so many different ways to create a vegetable garden, permaculture style: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2015 at 9:29pm

Or water sources dry up as I type. The cattle reservoirs get lower each day. We desperately need rain. 

My computer does the oddest things. It duplicates sentences and paragraphs, and so a lot of what I type appears twice. I hope you can forgive my repetitious computer. I claim innocence. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2015 at 9:23pm

Permaculture means to restore soils to fertility. Agriculture "mines" soils, leaving dead dirt behind. Permaculture will last for centuries. Agriculture lasts a few life=times. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 21, 2015 at 8:21am

Randy, I'm interested in what % of your nectarines taste good, when they produce.

Comment by Don on May 21, 2015 at 8:11am

A black bear--a smaller specimen than the bear that prowled around our place three weeks ago, judging by the footprints--tromped through the garden last night. Just missed my baby broccolis.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 21, 2015 at 6:55am
Spud, I hope your new tree thrives. Keep us informed.
About 3 years ago, I planted a row of nectarine seeds just for the fun of it. After giving up on them and tilling the row, many seeds have sprouted this year! I plan on eventually transplanting them to my kid's farm.
 

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