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.

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 Joan Denoo on September 11, 2015 at 12:38pm

Two pop-up reminders today about my Spokane garden:

First Frost 2012 on garage roof 

First Frost 2014 on garage roof 

In my Newport garden, we had a nipping frost that touched my basil and zucchini plants a week or so ago. I forgot to set a reminder. 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 11, 2015 at 6:55am
Joan, it sounds as if "life is good", and the word "good" is putting it mildly. Your great grandchildren are very lucky.
We are desparate for rain around these parts. It's been 6 weeks since we've had any. Every time something looks promising, it peters out. This morning is one of those "cross your fingers" days.
Comment by kathy: ky on September 11, 2015 at 12:03am
Thanks Daniel. I compost in place in the poorest areas. Which is on every slope . And that's almost the entire place. I've found a lot of info on what not to feed the chickens. There's also a lot on what they can be fed but everything can't be listed. I read an interesting article on egg production and the small quantity of eggs hens laid when they subsisted on table scraps and what they could scratch from the ground. One hen would only lay about 90 per year.

Joan, it is good to hear from you and I'm happy you're settling into your new place.
Comment by Daniel W on September 10, 2015 at 10:28pm

I make a zillion mistakes on my ipad.  A stylus would be better but Steve Jobs hated them.  Years ago I had a Palm Pilot that used a stylus for input and it was incredibly better.  Ideology over practicality.

I compost several ways.  My chickens got most edible kitchen scraps.  Rinds, peels, spoiled stuff, coffee grounds, teabags, go into a rotating composter.  Sometimes I trench compost.  Dig a hole in the garden bed, cover with weeds or grass clippings, dig hole next to it, using the soil to cover the first hole, repeat.   No animals dig it up and composting in place seems to lead to more earthworms and richer soil.  Depends on how lazy I'm feeling.

Joan I'm glad you posted and are happy.  That makes me happy.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 10, 2015 at 8:44pm
I make so many mistakes on this little pad.
Comment by kathy: ky on September 10, 2015 at 8:42pm
Thanks Spud. I'll check out the one l missed.

Joan, l don't put cooked anything in the compost heaps. May be the humidity but couples of times my gdaughters have done it it soured the entire box.
I just found out my gson is moving black to ky for a better job. I doubt he will stay much longer than it takes to flesh out his résumé but that should be a couple years at least.
He told me his vet in az has never seen a case of heartworms in an animal so he can't get his dogs preventative there.
No mosquitoes must be awesome.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 10, 2015 at 3:27pm

dI am so happy in my new home. I have many things to do and a lot of contact with my great-grandchildren. They have delightful curiosity and ask great questions. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 10, 2015 at 3:24pm

Spud, these sites are terrific. Thanks! My granddaughter can use this information and I will be more careful about what I put in the chicken's bucket. I am sure th chickens will benefit and I will not make mistakes. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 10, 2015 at 3:05pm

I am busy in the new greenhouse. Have it all planted with vegetables for the winter and making a few experiments with perennial plants for next spring. I look for fire resistant plants and hope to have all efforts finished to make the homes and buildings safe from forest fires. There have been sightings of a cougar on the southern edge of our 17 acres. Hope he leaves our new chickens alone. We have secured the coop and the free range as best we can for now. Cougars climb trees to get over the 7-foot protection we have now.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 10, 2015 at 11:23am

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