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

Homestead Automation: Automating the Chickshaw Part 1

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 1 Reply

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 Plinius on June 21, 2015 at 2:16pm

I can almost see you, Barbara: the quiet concentration on plants, animals or beautiful things. The same here - I finished colouring my second mandala today.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 21, 2015 at 2:15pm

When I planted my 2 Alpine strawberries almost 4 weeks ago, I pulled off all the flowers and just developing berries, so they wouldn't loose energy on berries until they established themselves.

I let any new ones alone, and today I found a small berry that had red on top and a light yellow bottom.  I gave it a slight tug 90 degrees to the stem, and it came off easily. 
The flavor was dissapointing to say the least.  Very bland.  I'll wait longer before picking the next one to make sure it's ripe.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 1:05pm

Barbara, what do you do to get rid of fire ants? Does the diotomacious earth work for them. Your weather may be too wet for that remedy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 1:02pm

Randy, I am very interested in your opinion of Gardens Alive. They are pricey, and I use a lot of their plant foods, even though I mix a lot of my own from formula recipes I get from an ancient Rodale book of formulas. I feel I have better control over what goes into my soil. At least, I know what goes in. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 21, 2015 at 10:41am

I'm really enjoying reading everyone's posts.  It makes me feel like I am walking around in your yards and gardens.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 21, 2015 at 8:27am

Randall, at least I know I'm not alone in dealing with hot, humid, and wet. Perfect growing conditions for my grass. At some point it should stop raining and things will dry out - then I can get out my scythe and start mowing.  In the meantime, I have lots of green tomatoes that refuse to ripen. 

Joan, so far, I have used nothing for insects. I guess I've been lucky, or maybe not wearing my glasses when I go out to the garden helps. :)  I think it is simply too wet for both the good and bad insects. I did notice some aphids on the milkweed plant this morning. Other than that no insect activity. Just plants growing, growing, growing - except for those that simply gave up and drowned. 

Chris, I haven't read The Secret Garden in years. I do however, have the mental images from reading it as a young girl and I think it is that memory that has inspired me to create my current space. I've become obsessed of late with Adult coloring books and there is one called "The Secret Garden" which I'm going to order. 

Daniel, all I can say is when your "Walking Around" arrived in my mailbox this morning I simply sighed. Such a pleasant sight ... maybe in a few years my space will come close. Thanks for providing such good information and visual feasts.  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 21, 2015 at 8:08am

Spud, I thought the lemon cucumbers would have a lemon flavor. Actually it is just the shape and color. Mine have more seeds than actual cucumber, so given a choice, I'll plant regular ones next year. And I find most cucumbers don't have much flavor either - old taste buds I guess. I just feel good about eating something good for me. :)

Comment by Randall Smith on June 21, 2015 at 6:57am

Joan, Gardens Alive is based in Indiana. I'd like to visit it sometime. As for my climate zone, it's 5 (50 miles NW of Indianapolis).

More rain overnight, this time with wind. Blew down some willow tree limbs (soft wood) which will take my chain saw to clean up. Worse than that, my sweet corn has been flattened. Happens EVERY year, I swear (and literally so). Cleaning up the yard and propping up the corn stalks is not my idea of spending a nice quiet Fathers Day.

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2015 at 12:49am

Nice! The Secret Garden! It was my mother-in-law's favorite book. Would have been nice if she hadn't mixed it with half-baked xtian science ideas...

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 2:19pm

Vegetable Pest Control from Gardens Alive 


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