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 September 19, 2015 at 4:27pm

Beekeeping in ancient egypt.

Comment by Daniel W on September 19, 2015 at 4:22pm

Kathy, chickens are eating/pooping machines!  Ours never stop doing either.  I think they are good for building soil.

Comment by Daniel W on September 19, 2015 at 4:19pm

It appears that some butterflies carry wasp DNA that protects them from disease.  The Telegraph.  The wasp DNA comes from parasitic wasps, who inject their eggs into caterpillars.  Usually the baby wasps eat the caterpillar alive, from the inside, killing it.  Sort of zombie caterpillars.  It appears that some caterpillars survived wasp infection, and incorporated the DNA into their own.  Self-genetic modified organisms.  Interesting.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 19, 2015 at 2:01pm
On the bright side. When the frost comes l will venture into the woods and gather pine needles and dead leaves to add to the hay on the spot I'm leaving fallow for a couples of years at least. I can feel moles working under the straw that's been there most of the summer. It's a start.
Comment by kathy: ky on September 19, 2015 at 1:56pm
Those chickens can eat!
Comment by kathy: ky on September 19, 2015 at 1:55pm
Randy, that rain completely missed us. We are dry as everyone else. It's overcast today but it's unlikely anything will come of it. The only thing I'm watering
is one hugelkulture bed. It has a volunteer watermelon and sweet potato vines. Those will go to the chickens before frost.
Comment by Daniel W on September 19, 2015 at 1:08pm
Randy thanks for the thought.

I dont watch TV, almost never go out to eat. No sports events. So gardening is my main form of entertainment and stress release and solace. Puttering meditation. I do read some books.

That said, I do overdo it.

Retirement in 5 months 2 weeks. Then who knows? looking into local fishing spots.

One motivation for raised beds and permanent larger raised planters is easier use and maintenance, closer to my eyes. Much easier to see, weed, plant, harvest.

I want to put in some sort of automatic watering system. Have to looked into that yet. With increased organic content to soil, plus mulch, that helps reduce watering and weeding efforts.

A lifetime ago, Ruth Stout wrote "How to have a green thumb without an aching back". I was in high school and spent some of my part time job money on the first hardcover book I ever bought. She inspired things I still do today.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 19, 2015 at 7:17am

We did get some rain overnight, but I haven't checked on how much. At least the ground is wet under the trees!

Daniel, please don't overdo it.  I sometimes wonder if you haven't "bit off more than you can chew". You know your limits, I suppose.

Comment by Daniel W on September 18, 2015 at 8:57am
Weve had it very hot and dry lately too. This summer was the hottest in history, in thus area. I think each garden and yard is a research station for the future. What worked before will give way to what will work tomorrow.

I go tired of watering so much. Next year there will be fewer trees in containers since the dry out so fast.

We are on a well which helps. I need to get the rain barrel set up again after moving it.

Barbara you are right to observe what does well and go with that. Herbs are great, lots of potential there.

I am collecting some vegetation for the compost pile. That will enrich some spot next year.

These days the work schedule is intense and my fatigue is sometimes overwhelming, soIm not trying too hard. It will pass and tomorrow always has something new.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 18, 2015 at 8:26am

Randall, you are not alone. I went through those feelings a week or so ago. Seems the things that failed to thrive looked even worse and everything else just dried and hot.  I too was wondering what had happened to all my enthusiasm of a few short months ago. I've decided to convert my little space to growing herbs and salvia as they are the things that have survived in a happy manner. Cool weather is coming and bringing rain! :)


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