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 Randall Smith on August 23, 2015 at 7:33am

Joan, I dread the day I'll have to move. Hopefully, that day will never come. Best of luck in finishing up your move. Around here, it would be coyotes that might get a small dog. I hear them howling at night. Do you have any fires near you?

Comment by Plinius on August 23, 2015 at 2:15am

Move with the times, Joan! You can do that!

Comment by Daniel W on August 22, 2015 at 10:50pm
Joan, I dont envy the chor of moving! It willcsll on your resources and organisational skills. I guess take one day at a time.

Poor Pekihuahua - or whatever it's called! Typical for a small dog. We had neighbors with minuature Dobermans - probably the same size. They would chase a bear, Im sure.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2015 at 2:31pm

Hi, gardeners. Just checking in after a couple of weeks of hefty work thinning out the forest to 100 feet of the house. The soil is bone dry, not at all like a peat bog substance of my Spokane home. The mosses fell off the trees joining the moss on the ground. It is all dried out

The deer, cougars, and bears come down into the valleys because of the lack of food and water higher up on the usually lush slopes. We keep the children within sight and don't let the Chihuahua/Pekingese dog out by himself. He is such a brave/foolish little thing, he will take on any sized dog or beast. Came home one day after being mauled by a fanged-clawed animal. Another time he came back with an eye hanging out on his cheek. That was a terrible experience for the small children even as it was a good lesson to not run through the woods pel-mel without paying attention to where they are going. The most recent injury to our little Spartan is a fang bite in his throat from a friend's Rottweiler.  

I'm in Spokane until Thursday when I return to my new Spring Valley Road home. I'm getting more boxes for books and dishes. I don't like to move. I used to do it for 20 years while I was a military dependent. Hated it then, despise it now. 


Comment by Daniel W on August 22, 2015 at 11:34am

With most days in the 90s it seems like a strange time to plant seeds.  I am experimenting with summer planting for some fall crops.  May or may not work.

Most are in barrels or large containers.  Over the past few weeks, I planted some bean varieties.  They are growing but need watering every day.  I want them more to have seeds for next year, than for fresh beans.  It may be too late to get viable seeds in the fall, but no harm in trying.

The barrels are easy to maintain and water.  These are good for someone who needs a few meals, not a big crop.  They are much easier than gardening in the ground.

I think we'll have fresh Swiss Chard ready to eat in another 2 or 3 weeks  Grows very fast.  The Asian greens were planted last week and are germinating.  Those are in a mix containing Chinese cabbage, arugula, several types of mustard greens, mizuna, and Japanese spinach.   I have been planting cilantro every couple of weeks to get a longer crop.  The Egyptian Walking Onions are for scallions.   I thought I lost my clone, but they were only dormant.  Still digging up from the old raised bed and planting, part for scallions and part to maintain my 15 year old clone.  I went from thinking they were all dead, to now I have more than I can plant.  Spinach is 2 inches tall now.  Today I planted turnip seeds - ready in 50 days - and kohlrabi seeds - ready in 60 days.

The containers are really good for a tired gardener, or someone who needs more accessible gardening than in-ground.  A few of mine were in the backyard and I forgot them, soil had settled and weeds grew.  I pulled what I could and buried the rest with about 4 inches of fresh potting soil  Very easy.  They do need watering daily in the hot weather.

My next plant for containers is either make cubic boxes with hollow sides to insulate from sun, or just find barrels that someone doesn't want.  Sometimes Fred Meyer  has 1/2 barrels on sale for under half price in the early winter.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2015 at 9:43am

Welcome Eric.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 20, 2015 at 7:46am

One pint of raspberries equals 3/4 lbs, I discovered. Therefore, nearly 3 pints will add up to the 2 lbs necessary for my wine.

Seldom do I need a food scale. Thanks, anyway.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2015 at 9:57am

You can get food scales on Amazon starting at $10.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 19, 2015 at 7:19am
Thanks, Spud, although I don't plan on counting them out! I was thinking more in terms of pints. I'll google it.
I have several white flesh peach trees. Usually the peaches ripen in Sept. But one tree is ready NOW. Very surprising--a nice surprise. I'm sure they have an official name. Another google search.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2015 at 1:43pm

Oh, I forgot to put some Alpine Strawberries in that dish.  It's taken a long time, but they are no longer so small and tasteless.  They are now up to 6 times the volume and taste fairly good.  Nothing outstanding like I've heard others call them, but maybe next year they'll improve even more. 


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