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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 179
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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 29, 2016 at 8:45pm

Joan, thanks for the Justin Rhodes video.  Really inspirational!

Our garden provided about 90% or more of our vegetables and fruits this summer, and some for Spring and a lot going into fall and winter.  I didnt plan for that, just grew what I wanted.

He's right about eating based on what you grow instead of whats in the store.  But it's no sacrifice - tastes so good!  But it does take learning.

Fruits take more long-term groeing but in the long run are even less work than vegetables.

And flowers are rewarding for themselves.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 29, 2016 at 8:33pm

Don, excellent carrots!  Deer ate the tops of mine, repeatedly.  Such lovely animals  :-)

Here are my second wave of squashes and pumpkins.  I can live like the former inhabitants of our continent and eat them all winter.

Here are persimmons ripening on the tree

Some earlier squashes this fall.  I may have posted this pic before.

I like the pink warty pumpkins so much, I dont want to cook them.  But the Baker Creek website states they ard great culinary pumpkins, so one might be sacrificed soon. 

There are about 20 spaghetti squashes.  Now to find some recipes for them  :-)

It's been a great gardening year here in 2016.   Ive really enjoyed it.

Comment by Don on September 26, 2016 at 2:19pm

Harvested my carrots this weekend.  A-1 Hybrids.  It was a good year--they'll last us through the winter.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 25, 2016 at 7:36am

Bertold, your persimmon pudding recipe sound delicious. I have collected many recipes for p.p., but yours is a new and different one. I'm not sure about how to do the lemon sauce. Your warning scares me!

Joan, your 8 year old story is hitting home. My soon to be 7 yr old grandson is already driving small equipment and helping around the farm. He loves to weed (with a hoe)! Wish I had a video.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2016 at 7:04pm

8 Year Old Takes Over The Farm Chores!

Jonah grows into a capable young man; it delights me how he reaches for more responsibilities. The good-natured lad just delights me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2016 at 6:50pm

10 Steps To Growing Most Of My Food

Here is my favorite permaculture family, Justin Rhodes, The Beautiful One, and their kids, growing up right before our eyes. 

Their children have OT names, but there is not a word about religion. The Rhodes family offer an example of a family as a team. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 23, 2016 at 3:40pm

Our favorite Thanksgiving treat. Not exactly a diet delight, but tasty.

Persimmon Pudding


Sift:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 t. soda 
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ¼ t. cinnamon

Mix with:

  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup persimmon pulp
  • 1 t. vanilla

Steam or bake one hour


Lemon Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3 tablespoons boiling water
  • Large lemon

Juice one large lemon and grated rind. Bring sugar, water, juice & butter to a boil to dissolve sugar. Then in a double boiler stir in the egg and whisk till smooth. (You have to be careful with this or you’ll get egg flower lemon sauce – not appetizing, I found out the hard way.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 23, 2016 at 3:26pm

Daniel, funny you should ask! A few have been dropping off, which is abnormally early. But, surprisingly, they're ripe! I was afraid to try, because you know unpleasant a green persimmon is. They are larger than normal this year. I've got about 2 dozen in the fridge. I have to gather them each day before the raccoons find them. They'll climb up to get them and break branches. Yours look good. Yum!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 23, 2016 at 1:41pm

Randy's the persimmon man, but I've been trying too.  Here are the first persimmons off my trees.  This is a hybrid Asian-American persimmon variety called "Nikita's Gift", developed in Ukraine.

These had fallen from the tree.  The more orange - looking one is a litte soft, but I'm letting it ripen some more before eating it.  Many more still on the tree, and a few on the Japanese persimmon tree. 

Randy, how are yours doing?

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 22, 2016 at 8:55am

I found settings on my new Samsung tablet to turn off the spell check.  It was as bad as Apples.  It will take a while to figure out but dropping and breaking the I-pad might be a blessing.

Chris, there are some beers made with flowers.  :-)  I suppose I could grow hops.

Thanks Randy for the complement.  This is my third attempt at getting this border into shape, and this time I think it will turn out nice.  Now I started with the other border, which isn't as bad.  I divided some big daylilies, removed some non-performers, uncrowded some things that were too close together.  There is more to do but it is started.

The experiments there are, I added some milkweed.  Web sites say it can't be transplanted, but maybe it can in the fall when it's not growing actively.    Honeybees were all over the milkweed flowers this summer, and they were very fragrant and unusual.  I will also collect milkweed seeds when they are mature.  I added a horsetail plant, that might be weedy but we will see.  They are fun to look at.

 

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