Godless in the garden

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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 Daniel W on November 11, 2014 at 3:12pm

I like neatness too, but it doesn't always like me.  Getting there.

Today I was off for a few hours, so mowed my little orchard.  I think it's pretentious of me to try calling it a food forest, but it's heading that direction.  Most of the trees have mulch, continuing from summer when I applied grass clippings.  Now in the fall, about half got maple leaves.  Once it's mowed the mulch is in place, it's fairly tidy.  But not in a way that landscapers would like.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 2:27pm

Barbara, I understand and agree with your dislike of the clutter of the permaculture garden. The way Lawton manages his life seems to be more chaotic than I like. So I looked at his designs and realize I can learn the principles and then do some things differently. For example, I can make berms by design and cover them with compost or chips and they look neat and clean. Also, with Fukuoka's design, I can use white clover as a cover crop and it is pretty, or some other plant choice. 

The neatness of a well trimmed lawn does not interest me.

Comment by Daniel W on November 11, 2014 at 11:15am

Bertold, your presentation is much nicer than mine.  I get occasional blooms during the year.  Mostly they are outside in the shade on east side of house.  Too easy to grow from cuttings - I start plants I have no more space for.  Sometimes I give them away.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 11, 2014 at 10:38am

We have about 10 of these babies too. They bloom about 6 months of the year. Nice now when nothing else is.

Comment by Daniel W on November 11, 2014 at 10:12am

Barbara, it sounds like some great memories.  Something to be nostalgic about.

Randy, be careful out in the cold!

We expect to be into the 20s tonight.  Not as bad as some places, but winter is here, for certain.

I don't buy these cactuses any more.  Went through a phase of picking one up now and then in the grocery store, during the holiday season.  Now I have about 8.  Cheerful this time of year.  They get minimal care - sit in shade during summer and fall, bring inside when they start to bud - Oct - repot once in a while, water when I remember.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 11, 2014 at 7:48am

Today (actually, only this morning) is my last chance to work in the garden before the weather turns brutal--highs in the 30's for a week at least. I have much to clean up. Picked my last good head of cauliflower to blanch and freeze. Still have kale, collards, carrots, some cabbage heads, and rainbow chard. Oh, and arugula.

Barbara, I was surprised to hear you were raised on a farm. Lucky girl, even though you didn't appreciate it at the time. Here I assumed you were a rookie in the gardening venture. I certainly feel like an amateur compared to Daniel, Don, Joan, etc. Anyway, I enjoy reading about your progressions (adventures?)! 

Don, you're right, of course. Pruning IS important. I'm giving excuses why I don't!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2014 at 6:36am

Went outside at 2:30 AM and snowflakes were falling on my head.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 10, 2014 at 3:42pm

He also took us out each autumn and gleaned several hundred pounds of potatoes that the large potato farmers' machines left on the ends of the rows.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 10, 2014 at 3:40pm

Barbara, I like the benefits you're getting from gardening.  I get similar benefits.

I wasn't a farm boy, but my dad had about a half acre, where he kept a fairly large garden, and a huge patch of alfalfa that he fed to the rabbits he raised for food.  That's probably where I got my liking for rabbit meat.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 10, 2014 at 1:38pm

Spud, farm girl here and I too remember whole milk as a way of life. I also remember thinking the milk I drank at school in the little cartons as a treat as it didn't taste the same as raw milk at home.

At the time I didn't understand the value of the farm that supplied our family of eight with everything we needed to eat in addition to providing a living for us.  My father supplied beef, veal, ham, eggs and chickens to local grocery store in addition to selling bulk milk and eggs. We had an orchard for fruit and extensive berry patches along with a huge garden for vegetables that were canned and frozen.

I thought of it as nothing but work as we all had our "chores", seven days a week and I was eager to leave when I did.  Now I get misty-eyed when I remember those days, 

 

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