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 Joan Denoo on August 14, 2016 at 8:37pm

I ran across this article from NPR this morning. 

The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making

"The University of Minnesota Bee Squad, a group that provides beekeeping education and mentoring in the Twin Cities, is seeing more healthy hives become rapidly infested with mites and the viruses they carry."

MiteCheck is a program that allows beekeepers to provide information about the health of bees in your region.

Daniel, I have lost track of how your bees thrive this summer. Have you had problems with mites and the viruses they may carry? 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 13, 2016 at 8:26am

This has nothing to do with gardening, but..... The other day, I "lost" my spatula. I had scooped out the last of a peanut butter jar, set the spatual on the counter, went to bed, and in the morning, it was gone! I finally found it behind my convection oven, 8 feet away, all chewed up. I suspected a mouse, and sure enough, I caught him (or her) in my metal "cage" trap. (Dog Dot had a fun time playing with the mouse after I released it in the yard.) At least it wasn't a chipmunk or rat--just a supermouse!

As for my sweet corn, I really haven't had any major 'coon issues, mostly because I don't have much corn. It failed to germinate well. It's just enough to eat daily. Besides, I have all the corn I want from my farmer kids. I did freeze up a batch of my own yesterday--cobs and all. Takes up a lot of freezer space, so I'll eat it soon.

My freezer is almost full, and I have much more to add--peaches, pear sauce, slaw and sauerkraut, and more red raspberries. I also did 4 quarts of tomatoes yest.

Comment by Daniel W on August 13, 2016 at 1:15am
Spud, I hear they are also good breaded and fried, but bbq is less fattening.
Comment by Plinius on August 12, 2016 at 11:26pm

There's one thing about cats, they don't poop in their own garden, they consider that as unmannered. Very embarassing if you have cats and you see them returning from the neighbours garden with their halos switched on.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2016 at 4:22pm

Daniel, are you hinting that I should throw some of those rabbits in my neighborhood on the barbie?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2016 at 4:20pm

Daniel, I've never had bbq rabbit, but I'm sure I would like it because I like fried rabbit.

I planted catnip one year because I heard it deterred ants.  Cats destroyed it immediately.  I didn't mind that much.  I like cats, but not their poop in my garden.

Comment by Daniel W on August 12, 2016 at 2:07pm
Spud, do you like bbq rabbit?
Randy, I read if you duct tape the corn ear to the stalk, the racoons cant pull it down to eat it. I dont know if that works. I imagine the tape cant be too tight or the kernels cant expand,
I have cats too. I wouldnt want them pooping and peeing in my soil either. They probably do. But, with all of the damage voles, mice, and moles do in my yard, I welcome predators. I planted catnip for them, but they completely destroyed it. I have more growing, honeybees love the fliwers for nectar foraging too. I sometimes cut off more catnip and leave it lying around, to keep the cats interested.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2016 at 12:47pm

I've heard you talk about raccoons in your corn before Randy.  I'm sure those smart critters are hard to keep out.

Here, it's squirrels and cats that are hard to keep out. Neighbors here let their cats roam outside all the time, and they love to defecate in my soft garden soil.  It would take a very high non-climbable fence to keep the cats out, and to keep out the squirrels would take a fence with very small openings that went completely over the top of my property.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 12, 2016 at 10:05am

Funny story, Spud. I don't worry about rabbits this late in the year. It's the raccoons in my sweet corn!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2016 at 8:42am

It may be a good thing I've got a fence completely around my property.  Meant to keep-out dogs and children, It may now be useful to keep munchers from my garden.

4 days ago, before the sun was up, when I started my mile walk, I saw something black crouched down in the alley by my house.  I approached, and saw it had rabbit ears.  Coming closer, I saw it was domesticated.  It wasn't scared by my approach.

Part way through my walk, I saw two more domesticated rabbits.  Coming back the same way, I saw them again, this time, they were being chased by a woman.  She was unsuccessful in catching them.  There was a man with her, and by the way they acted, it looked like the rabbits had escaped from their place.

When I reached my house, the black rabbit was eating my neighbor's lawn, or something on the lawn.  It finally hopped down the alley.

This morning, it was back, munching on my neighbor's lawn again.

In the 30 years I've lived here, I've never seen a rabbit before.


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