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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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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 Daniel W on September 14, 2017 at 11:04pm

Ruth, this is one of two groups that I want to continue moderating.  Since this group is nonpolitical, I don't see as many issues moderating it, and this group is a respite from life's worries.

That said, the appropriate place for a discussion on lectins or other dietary fads (see Jewish World Review article) (or Washingotn Post), would be in a group on health, or diet, or something like that, or No Nonsense.  Not here, please, and preferably not in the food group, which is meant to be about enjoyment, not fear.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 14, 2017 at 10:32pm

Daniel, thanks for the informaton and link on lectins. This is important to me as I have IBS and high inflammation (which makes my arthritis worse). If you get rid of this group, such data will disappear.

Comment by Daniel W on September 14, 2017 at 10:22pm

We got some more blackberries today.  These are the best I've ever had.  Worth the trouble of growing them with deer and bird protection.  These are the tetraploid, thornless, primocane bearing "Prime Ark Freedom". 

It's daffodil - planting season here.  Today I planted a package of 30 bulbs.  Last week I planted a package of 25 bulbs.  I plant them in clusters, so there are bunches growing here and there.  A welcome sight in Spring, and herbivores don't eat the plants, flowers, or bulbs.

There was another batch of Roma tomatoes to cook down.  I will use the sauce from now, until this time next year.

Still eating sweet corn every day, for another week or two maybe.  And tomatoes and peppers.  It turned out to be a nice garden season, despite challenges.  I'm happy with the results.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2017 at 5:43pm

Daniel, beautiful photos! I became a bit homesick seeing these plants; I also grew them in Spokane. 

Thanks for the sweet corn, Sugar Buns, recommendation. It goes in my "Garden Seeds Recommended" file. 

Larry makes a delicious sourdough bread and it goes well with his homemade chili. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 14, 2017 at 5:11pm

Thomas, that makes sense to me.  Of there could be spots of better soil.  I watch too many CSI and Criminal Minds episodes, so whenever I see unexplained patches of greener grass, I think about whether someone is buried there :-)  So far, I have not found skeletons in my yard.

My septic system drainage field is also greener.  I dont think it is advisable to garden in a septic field.  Could cause damage, plus who knows what has been flushed.

Comment by Thomas Murray on September 14, 2017 at 2:42pm

      On my lawn there are some patches of grass that is taller than grass in another area. Our property has three areas where the grass is taller and perhaps a little more greener. The question is why and one answer I thought of was those areas have a longer span of direct sunlight than the other areas. If my assumption is correct then those areas are the best spots to grow sun loving vegetables, vine fruits, and other plants.

Wadda do the Green Thumbers here think ?

Comment by Daniel W on September 10, 2017 at 9:43pm

Randy, I think if you look hard enough, you will find that absolutely every food is bad for you. 

My tomatoes were slower to get going, and not as productive this year.  A lot of my Romas had blossom end rot, even though I gave them lots of lime PLUS eggshells.  I think they are just susceptible to that, since they were the only ones to get it.  In the end, I had lots of slicing tomatoes and enough Romas for 9 cups of sauce to freeze, and maybe there will be a repeat batch of that. 

Sweet corn also concerned me, but now it's my main grain almost every day.  That and sourdough bread.  I decided that if we can have corn flakes for breakfast, why not have sweet corn?  The variety producing the biggest and best ears now is called Sugar Buns.

Peppers are doing awesome this year.  They are in raised beds 4 ft by 4 ft square, 18 inches high, and were given lots of compost.   Getting daily Cayennes, Jalapenos.  Thai peppers are loaded, but none are red yet.  If they ripen before winter, they will go on strings to dry for winter.  There is also a Thai pepper plant that I grew from some dried hot peppers from the Asian market.  Much smaller plant, smaller peppers.  Also all green.  We'll see.

Flowers from today.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 8, 2017 at 7:14am

Lucky you, Daniel. My tomatoes were a disaster this year for some unknown reason. Everybody had problems, including my farm kids.

Oh well, I just read that edibles from the black nightshade family, including tomatoes and potatoes are not good for you because of "lectins" in them. Same with most grains. This from The Plant Paradox by a Dr. Gundry.  I'm not paying much attention to his recommendations. Too restrictive. You would hate reading it!

Comment by Patricia on September 7, 2017 at 10:39pm

Yes, I made & froze sauce one year when we had so many tomatoes, we supplied the neighbourhood, & ate fresh for weeks & still had excess. It was great!

Comment by Daniel W on September 7, 2017 at 10:33pm

Absolutely!  Even when cooked.

 

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