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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 Randall Smith on April 19, 2016 at 7:00am

Daniel, noticing your reference to Eleanor Roosevelt, I recently read a book about her husband being such an avid environmentalist. All this time, I thought his CCC idea was just a means to put young men to work (women weren't permitted). But no, he was heavily into protecting the natural world, especially forests and the animals that lived there.

As for my little world, I've had several "obnoxious" trees removed in my yard, especially a sprawling willow and hollow catalpa. It hurt, but it had to be done.

And I'm in the garden! I have about half of it planted, awaiting to see the rows come alive. Had my first asparagus yesterday, too! 

Comment by Daniel W on April 10, 2016 at 8:26pm

Some photos today.  I spent a few hours cutting firewood and too tired to do anything now. 

Kwanzaa cherry bossom, Antique iris varieties Iris germanica and Eleanor Roosevelt.   These are by far the earliest in by yard.  I germanica is considered a 500 years old variety.  Eleanor Rooosevelt was introduced in 1933.

Comment by Daniel W on April 8, 2016 at 9:25am

Randy, it's good to know you are out in the yard and garden.  I have been turning my new garden plots by hand.  Don't know how far I will get.

We are having such an early Spring and even hot weather, I might be getting ahead of myself in planting.  The soil temp is in the 70s.  I think I will plant some flint corn for the chickens.  If it frosts in a month and kills it, the soil will be ready to try again.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 4, 2016 at 6:44am

Despite the awful weather (wet, cold, and windy), I did get potatoes and onions in the ground. Also rolled my yard. Some people say that's bad, but I can't remember why.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 28, 2016 at 7:49am

And I did get the garden(s) tilled yesterday! The ground worked up better than I thought. Perhaps after all these years, the soil is more loamy and less clayey, leaving fewer clods. Now, to plant potatoes. Parsnips wintered nicely (in the garden), which I'm now enjoying the taste of.

Comment by Daniel W on March 27, 2016 at 9:13am

Chris, that sounds like a vegetarian Easter egg hunt!  Nice red beets!

Comment by Plinius on March 27, 2016 at 9:11am

I started the roof garden season by sowing a lot of vegetable under glass and plastic. In a corner I found some winter beetroots big enough for the pan. Nice!

Comment by Daniel W on March 27, 2016 at 9:07am

Randy, sometimes those younger, stronger people can be handy.  Especially for fixing rototillers. 

I thought St. Patrick's day was the day to plant spuds and peas, but every climate is different.  The first batch that I planted are growing, got through a frost with minimal damage, and look good.  They might not produce, they were sprouted with very long sprouts.  I planted more last week, and maybe another row this week.

I long to hear from Idaho Spud as well.

I was over-enthusiastic with some of my early planting.  The radishes, turnips, kohlrabis, early greens, failed to thrive, so I intend to start them over.  I'm wondering if it was slugs as much as the chill, that limited them.  What really took off and looks lush and vigorous - are the fava beans.  I never grew them before.

Ah the weeds, they do take over!  With the rain and rain and rain, they are beautiful and green.  There were some breaks from rain last week, so I hoed a few rows.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 27, 2016 at 7:10am

YES! With a little help from a stronger, younger person, I got my rototiller started. I mean, it's only 38 years old, so why shouldn't I expect it to be "difficult". Now it's time to dig in, so to speak.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 18, 2016 at 7:39am

With all the warm days we've had (6th warmest March on record thus far), my garden is green--with weeds and grasses! Dang. I might try and plant some early potatoes this weekend. Isn't St. Josephs Day (19th) the time to plant spuds? (Speaking of which, where is our man from Idaho?)

 

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