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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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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

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Feb 23. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by Randall Smith on February 15, 2015 at 7:42am

Why thank you so much, Joan! I'll pass that on to them today. I have forgotten what all is on their website. I think I've mentioned the land has been in our family for 150 years--once over 700 acres, now shrunk to 120 owned by me (us). When my SIL began taking over the sustainable farming part of it (about half), he INSISTED on naming the farm after my mother's maiden name (Silverthorn). I tried to talk him out of it, but to no avail. How fortunate I am that my daughter choose him 10 years ago. As I have said over and over, "Who would have thunk it?" (the outcome). 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 15, 2015 at 2:06am

Silverthorn Farm
J
ust received my first post from Silverthorn Farm. Your kids have a wonderful farm and Facebook page, Randy. 

Comment by Daniel W on February 12, 2015 at 10:56am

Randy,

It is true the temperate earthworms in the US are considered exotic species.  They are considered very good for the garden, beneficial to the point where some gardeners consider them a great blessing. 

For native forests, earthworms are considered disruptive.  But I think that genie is out of the bottle.  They are ubiquitous, the ecosystem is already highly changed, the climate is changing. 

It's said that on rich pasture, the biomass of earthworms below the soil is greater than the biomass of cattle above the soil.  I don't know if that is true.

I like my earthworms very much.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 12, 2015 at 8:41am

And I understand that nightcrawlers, i.e., earthworms, were imported from Europe to the U.S. For you that googled it, true?

Hope you can get your energy back, Daniel. Do you still have chickens? If so, do you eat them? I know you're a vegetarian, but....

Comment by Daniel W on February 12, 2015 at 8:25am
Lumbricus terrestris. Thanks for asking, Chris. Big juicy worms that come up at night to feed. I googled on Wikipedia, learned a few things about worms.
Comment by Plinius on February 12, 2015 at 1:24am

Thanks Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2015 at 1:15am

Chris try earthworm, nightcrawler. This is what I got. 

Comment by Plinius on February 12, 2015 at 12:52am

Daniel, what is a nightcrawler? The only thing that comes up when I google is a movie.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 11, 2015 at 9:58am

Daniel, "solarize" that's the word! Thanks. Why make work for myself, eh?  If it works, don't fix it - I'll add a bit of compost and call it good. And this year I'll make a note of what I plant in each pot and next year rotate. Sorry you don't have the energy to do what you so love in the way you want - glad you are able to do some things though. Your situation makes me realize how grateful I am that I'm able to do what I do - thanks to you and your inspiration!  ((((Daniel))))

Chris, it's nice you have someone to help you - and I'll bet she is glad to have you as a sitter.  I've discovered it is alot like the only way to eat an elephant - one small bite at a time. Otherwise I completely overwhelm myself with all my plans.

Today I actually get to lay out my spiral herb garden - or at least my version of one. :)   Plant on!

Comment by Daniel W on February 11, 2015 at 8:48am
Barbara, I do not solarize my potting soil. I like to keep the localized micoorganisms happy and healthy. So far I have not had any disease issues at all. Or insect problems. It probably wont hurt to do it, I just dont.

I do alternate plant types. If a barrel had beans, next year it might have tomatoes, then onions.

It tends to settle as the humus degrades, then I add more on top.

No particular pattern. If the growth medium looks too worn out, it goes into the compost. Sometimes I find earthworms in it. In the soil for the fig tree that I moved into the ground yesterday, there were two big fat nightcrawlers. I gently moved them to a vegetable raised bed.

I make plans too. Then I ignore about half of them, Some borders are completely stream of consciousness.

I have no energy right now. Even so, I dug out a young fig tree that succombed to the freeze - untested in this area, so now I know - and planted a potentially hardier one that I started last year. And moved about 10 clumps of bulbs and herbs from the old place to the country place. The country place is becoming more home-like, which is what it will be next year. Barring any major speedbumps and potholes in life.
 

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