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!

Discussion Forum

Sequester water

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W on Saturday. 1 Reply

Tomato Growing Topics & Tips

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2015 at 7:49am

Spud, it seems you are way ahead of me! Great job! I look forward to your reports! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 9, 2015 at 7:35am

Thanks for reminding me to plant rhubarb in this garden.  I just read that it's a laxative, which may help with my constipation.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 9, 2015 at 7:10am

Don, I made a rhubarb pie just the other day! Stevia substitute for sugar just doesn't cut it, however. I grin and "bear" it.

Comment by Don on May 8, 2015 at 8:29am

Here's another angle.  Beautiful morning here in northern Vermont.  The sugar maples are flowering, the ferns are unfurling, and the woodland flowers--trillium and trout lily--are starting to bloom.  Lettuces and radishes are up in the garden.  No asparagus quite yet, but the rhubarb is looking great--in another week, pie!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 8, 2015 at 7:22am

Upside down or not, having a bear foraging in your yard is amazing! All I get are rabbits and moles.

Well, I did it again. I'm such a sucker. Rural King had the best looking blueberry plants, so I bought one for $10. The one I bought last year seems to be thriving. Over the years, I've tried growing about 20 plants. They always die. My gooseberry bush is doing well, but the goji berry plant is struggling. It should be a good strawberry year, however.

Comment by Don on May 4, 2015 at 8:21am

Why that image of the bear loaded upside-down i have no idea.   Strange.

Comment by Don on May 4, 2015 at 8:17am

Here in Vermont, after a snowy winter, the gardening season is only just now getting underway.  Friday i fertilized the asparagus bed and the raspberries.  Yesterday I planted lettuces, beets, and radishes.  The garlic is up three inches, the rhubarb is vigorously pushing up through the mulch, and the daffodils have begun to bloom.  Sometime Saturday night a big black bear plodded through the tilled garden plot and turned over my big buckets of compost.  He had paid us a visit at dusk last weekend, looking for food; comestibles are scarce this time of the year.  Here he is, and here's the garden on Saturday, ready for action.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2015 at 7:53am

I thought about eating some of my asparagus in the best patch, but it's still rather on the thin side, so I decided leave it be, so it can gather strength.  It would only have made half a serving anyway.  None of the 4 patches in different parts of the garden are doing well at all.  

The strawberry plants all have flowers, and are looking healthy.  I'm going to prune back the raspberries and blackberries to give them more room.

I had hail yesterday, I worried, but it did almost no damage.  I loved hail when I was young and not worried about the damage it might do to my garden.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 4, 2015 at 7:28am

So far, only asparagus and chives have made it from the garden to my dinner plate. But many other "early birds" are taking shape. Yesterday, I planted corn, more onions, tomatoes (15 plants!), carrots and parsnips. I'm pretty sure we'll have no more frosts, although the last date is May 15. It sure is fun to finally be "playing in the dirt"!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2015 at 12:18pm

The Harcot Apricot is self-fertile.

Wikipedia says "A dry climate is good for fruit maturation.".  That could be part of your problem.  It looks like you get 4 inches of rain per month in the spring and summer.  I get 1 inch in the spring and 0.7 inch in summer.  I had another apricot for several years that produced every year until it died, probably because I planted it too deep.

Your 30 year-old trees may also be at the end of their fruiting lives.  


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