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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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.

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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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Hope in the Middle of Big Ag

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Aug 3. 1 Reply

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 15, 2015 at 7:28am

Hurray for you, Spud! Keep up the good work, both in dieting and gardening.

Joan, I hope you'll snap a few pictures showing progress of your greenhouse. It might inspire me to build one. I need a wintertime activity.

Barbara, of all things--rats! Mercy. I had 4 nectarines on my tree before I pruned it and accidentally knocked them off. I was so disgusted with myself. I pruned my two apricot trees, too. I refuse to prune my apple trees, and they are loaded. My yellow transparents are just about ripe. I make lots of apple sauce.

Daniel, I don't think I've ever had a "real" fig. Curious how different they are from dried. I enjoy your photos and try not to become envious. Thanks for the tip on tying up sweet corn. I've tried sprinkling them with pepper, but to no avail. I think having the dog outside is the secret.

Happy gardening, all!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2015 at 1:09am

The greenhouse shipment arrived Monday. Larry has been having problems with his leg and spine and is not able to do the construction. You may remember that he had polio as a two year old and wears a brace on his leg and has special shoes made to accommodate his one leg being several inches shorter than the other. His spine takes to toll from the crippled leg. One of the fellows from the Dist 8 Volunteer Fire Dist will be doing the constrution. 

There are several blossoms on a cucumber plant and I doubt they will have season enough to mature. 

My order of kelp fertilizer arrived today and we want to see if we can salvage something from this year's seeding. 

The photos of gardens and produce inspires me to get really ready for next spring. I should have a decent garden next year and will have early starts in the greenhouse. 

A couple dozen wild turkeys wandered through the ground we recently cleared for fire prevention. The ground is still rough from the tractor.The birds seem to be finding a lot of good things to eat. We will be sowing clover and wild flowers in that spot after we finish the heavy equipment use.  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 14, 2015 at 8:10pm

All I can say is I'm impressed with all these wonderful pictures - and I'm doubly impressed with the harvests y'all are producing.  It is simply hot here, everything except sweet potatoes is done, done, done. I am enjoying my herb garden - pasta with pesto sauce. Daniel, your fruit is simply mavahlous!!!

Spud, jealousy is not a pretty thing so I won't talk about your diet results. (';')

I learned today what is really eating our stuff - rats! Can you imagine, and feral ones to boot. They are black and white. Guy who lives on street behind me has a huge snake, need I say more?  One neighbor lost all her figs, and another her tomatoes, and here I was moaning about three necatrines. 

From the one milkweed I planted last year, and saved the seeds, I now have many new plants and they are in bloom - and today I saw my first Monarch. I didn't think they would come up so I waaaay over planted.  Even after thinning them I have many plants. My one true success. :) 

Comment by Daniel W on July 14, 2015 at 7:55pm

Getting something every couple of days.  I like that.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 14, 2015 at 1:36pm

On the Atkins diet, and working hard in the garden, I've lost 20 pounds of fat in 38 days.  Hooray!    I need to take off another 40 or more, but I won't mention that.  It's depressing.

A few days ago, I put together my used Cold Frame, and only put the heater in 2/3s of it, so I have a place for plants that don't like too much heat. 

However, my Squash, Cantaloup, and especially Watermelons like warmer roots that the heater will put-out.  At 60 F nighttime temperatures, it only gives 68 F, and I would like to see 80 to 90 F.

I'm going to bypass the sensor/switch unit and see what that does for me.  If it's still not enough, I'm going to put in 100 feet of stainless steel wire, and that should do it.

My squash, Cantaloup, and Watermelon I've transplanted into the garden are looking good.

Comment by Daniel W on July 14, 2015 at 8:47am

Randy, I don't know if it works,  but I read you can keep racoons from pulling down ears of corn by taping the ear to the stalk using packaging fiber tape.  It keeps the racoon from pulling the ear down.  I suppose you wrap near the top of the ear.  I have not seen illustrations.

In my area, there seems to be a lot of dead racoons on the road.  I don't know how they wind up in traffic.

My moles are my friends but everyone else hates them.  If I lay black plastic on an area of ground, weighted down,  to kill grass for a garden bed, and leave it for a few months, when I pull it up, moles have finely ground all of the soil.  All I have to do is rake it even and spade the few remaining un-tilled spots over.  They also provide lots of finely ground soil for filling holes in garden beds.  They are not all good.  I use screening under the raised beds to keep them out.  The lawn is not pretty but I don't care.

Shiro Japanese plums.  Ripe for one or two weeks, so juicy and sweet.

The first of the season's fresh figs.  Also juicy and sweet.  I never ate a fresh fig before growing my own.  After growing my own,  I have started a few dozen fig trees, and given most of them away.  Kept a few for my orchard. When they ripen, it's like christmas tree and easter egg hunt combined.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2015 at 6:54am

Along with apricots, plums are another fruit I can't seem to produce. I get the blossoms, but no plums--or they're wormy.

Daniel, I really doubt if you're "taking it easy"! Your vegetable and flower gardens always look so appealing and beautiful.

Spud, how's your diet coming along?

'Coons got two premature ears of sweet corn the other night--the one night I kept my dog indoors (storms). Grr. But, on the bright side, I caught my 7th and 8th mole over the weekend! I think I have a couple more. Can you believe it?!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 12, 2015 at 3:26pm

Beautiful Morning Glories, and those "ornamental" plums look edible to me!

Comment by Daniel W on July 12, 2015 at 1:18pm

Joan, hand in there.  With your positive spirit and vast knowledge, you will make a great start on your new adventure!

That greenhouse sounds wonderful!  You will put it to such great use!  I hope you will share photos.

Don, you have a beautiful garden.  Such a beautiful setting.

At this point, I'm not doing anything ambitious.  It's been too hot, and too much work at work.  Also the home improvement projects.

We got some fresh tomatoes today.  I've been keeping the corn and squash and tomatoes watered.  Picked some plums yesterday.  Saving seeds.

The first of the morning glories bloomed today.  I planted those seeds early Spring.  Lots of volunteer borage around for honeybee and bumblebee forage.

Some ripe plums. These are from an ornamental plum tree, but still better than anything from the grocery store.

Allium seed heads - chive and ornamental.  I want to plant the seeds for beds of bee forage.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 9, 2015 at 4:47pm

Sounds good Don.  I love those fall colors.


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