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 Daniel W on March 7, 2016 at 10:31am
Chris, thanks. It was a challenge. Now it's done!
Randy, glad you are back. I hope Florida was great!

The favas are germinating, we are eating over wintered scallions, and many Spring flowers are blooming. I hope everyone here is seeing signs of spring everywhere!
Comment by Plinius on March 7, 2016 at 10:07am

It shows that you had to push on to finish your last days in the job - that causes the depression. Take good care of yourself and enjoy what you have!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 7, 2016 at 8:01am

Wow, it's official! You have joined the ranks of the "unemployed", Daniel! I'm sure it was--and is--emotional. It'll take awhile to get used to the changes in your life. Now don't go and overwork in your garden and yard. Enjoy a relaxing cup of tea in your sunroom at least once a day!

Comment by Daniel W on March 5, 2016 at 11:08am

Here is an older topic from our forum here,gardening with an older body.  I like going back to see what I have forgotten.

Comment by Daniel W on March 5, 2016 at 10:34am

Thanks all for the well-wishes!

I was pretty emotional yesterday.  It was interesting, I so dreaded going in to work because of the pace and intensity and demands and requirements, and being off made it all the harder to go back even for one day.  Then, I got there, they had a pot luck for me, and person after person came by to express their feeling, and of course I also expressed gratitude and thanks to many.  It was very emotional.

I'm kind of depressed today.  It's done.  Can't turn back the clock.  Move on.

Here are my newest raised beds.  I've been "mining" the old yard for building materials.  This week, the lower wooden raised beds have a soil temp of 62F, the soil at ground level was 60F, and the soil in the concrete block raised beds was 65F.  I think the main difference is the concrete block raised beds are taller, so more sun exposure, and have the air spaces in the blocks which modulates the temperature.  The concrete may absorb heat better than the wood, as well.

The cap stones are salvaged from a patio in the old yard. They are cobblestone pavers. I capped to hold in warmth in the hollow spaces of the cement blocks. They add just a little height, are a good height to sit on - much less leaning over, much easier on the back, I planted seeds and it's easier to see close-up compared to gardning at ground level. I feel bad about Don giving up in the garden due to similar issues, and feel that options such as this type of raised bed, once constructed, could help.
Comment by Plinius on March 5, 2016 at 12:02am

Congrats, Daniel, I'm so glad you made it to retirement!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 4, 2016 at 2:25pm

Yes, Daniel - congrats and welcome to life after life!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2016 at 12:18pm


Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2016 at 12:17pm

Daniel, I have never grafted;  you inspire me to give it a try. Experimenting is one of my great pleasures. We had a snifter of snow and hail yesterday afternoon and terrible storms. Laura drove me to Spokane for a routine CT scan and in the 40+ miles, we went in and out of the extremely heavy rain and hail storms. Ended up with blue skies when we walked into Cancer Care Northwest. 

Comment by Daniel W on March 3, 2016 at 8:28pm
Joan, the house was built on 63, and I imagine the tree was planted by the first owners. There are a couple of dead branches for me to remove, but I think it's a beautiful tree.

These week I collected scion from the tree in a attempt to start s new one. For rootstock, I used a volunteer cherry seedling, probably sweet cherry. Who knows if it will take.

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