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 Idaho Spud on August 31, 2017 at 8:44am

Randy & Daniel, your talk and pictures of corn keeps making my mouth water.  Therefore, I plan on planting some next spring.  

I love fresh corn, so I'll find a good sunny spot for it, so when you make my mouth water next year, I can go outside and satisfy my craving.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 31, 2017 at 6:58am


It's just a backyard plot 40' x 60' big. It's on an old barn site, full of stones and fill dirt. I had it tested (Purdue) years ago and continue to test it myself. It's very alkaline, which I try to counter all the time.

Since I have access to my kid's vegetables, it's no big deal my garden suffers. But it's nice to be able to run out there and grab something just before supper--like sweet corn (which did well, by the way).

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 30, 2017 at 3:22pm


The issue with the vines, are you talking about a plot of land in your backyard or farming? I was wondering when was the last time you had your soil tested for nutrients....

Comment by Randall Smith on August 30, 2017 at 6:59am

It's been a very disappointing season for vining vegetables. No melons of any variety, no pumpkins, and 5 acorn squash. My tomato plants have either died or look horrible. I don't know the reason--perhaps the weather. But I suspect it's more than that because, in the case of  squash, they get worse every year. And yes, I rotate.

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 30, 2017 at 1:31am


I had a torn rotor cuff in my right shoulder (one of the many body parts that is falling apart)  I first had corticosteroid injections. It helped but it only lasted about three weeks. After 6 months of therapy the doctor decided surgery was the best option. The first 5 weeks after surgery was painful. It took me 7 months to recover and about 14 months to get complete mobility. I still have restrictions like reaching up and behind but not much pain. Gets worse in cold ,damp weather. I still get injections for the lower back and I hate it. The injections are not so bad.. it is the steroids that makes me nauseous, weak, and irritable for about a week. For some people steroids isn't a problem but for me it is a dread.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 29, 2017 at 10:20pm
Don, I've considered the surgery but I've had far to many prior surgeries to even think about having another. Unless there's no other recourse.
Joan, I manage household chores ok as long as it's not anything that requires heavy lifting or raising my arms upward any distance. Which I can't do. Gardening isn't bad with the same restrictions. Pulling weeds isn't​ to bad. Anything that I can't manage we have friends who help or we hire someone to do them. This is the first year that weeds have been out of control but that's due more to all the rain and being unable to get them while they are small.
Comment by Daniel W on August 29, 2017 at 1:54pm

I think my biggest squash was around 50 pounds.  It tasted good, but I felt like I had to cook it all down and freeze the puree, to avoid wasting it, and there is only so much that can be eaten in a year.

Thanks all  for the nice comments about my flowers.  They were fun to grow, inexpensive, just a few packets of seeds, and nostalgic, since I grew those as a kid back in the midwest.   I expect I will probably do something similar next year.  Plus, pollinating insects and honey bees enjoyed them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 29, 2017 at 1:45pm

Giant pumpkins are amazing.  The largest one was 2,624.6 lb.  I hope to get a chance to see one of those behemoths some day.

If I do, I'll be tempted to ask "But how does it taste?"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 29, 2017 at 12:50pm

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1,469 lb pumpkin!

Comment by Don on August 29, 2017 at 9:20am

Kathy, I understand.  And better than you may suspect.  Two years ago I could not have used my saw either--and had not used it for about five years.  Decades of tennis playing had ruined my right shoulder.  But two years ago October (after I had put the garden to bed) I underwent a total shoulder replacement.  I was back on the tennis court in 3 months, pain-free.  Slowly I have regained range of motion, and now I'm whole again, if not as strong yet as I once was.  Rotator-cuff surgery, as I understand it, is more difficult in that the recuperation takes longer, but it's something to consider.  Modern medicine is miraculous.


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