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!

Discussion Forum

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Thursday. 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 Joan Denoo on October 19, 2014 at 1:25pm

Randy, you probably know all this information, however, here is a site that defines alternative methods of vole control. 

Voles (Meadow Mice)

I guess I am going to have to get rid of my lovely mice population with vegetables replacing shrubs. Gardening is a give and take situation. I guess I could create a mice box if I really wanted to watch them. No, I already have enough stuff to watch. 

My visiting cat population is down; their families moved away and the other cats in the neighborhood are indoor cats. 

Comment by Daniel W on October 19, 2014 at 9:25am

Randall, I'm jealous of your sweet potatoes!  During my attempt - the plants I ordered baked in the mailbox.  Once they recovered -some - slugs had a "eat all you can buffet".  So I'm yet to have any.  Maybe try again next year....


My 2 persimmon trees - one Asian, one Asian/American hybrid - look very healthy but may be a few years from fruiting.  The Saijo Japanese persimmon is 7 feet tall now.  Maybe...  The Nikita's Gift hybrid is only about 5 feet, but looks very healthy.  Persimmons have nice tropical appearing leaves, and great fall color.


Joan, what type of fritillaries have you grown?  This year I was happy to have 2 "Crown Imperials" in bloom.  Prior attempts were not fruitful.  These were in raised bed, might be why they survived.  I planted them to repel varmints - quite stinky!  Handsome flower, too.


Book review added today to topics, "The Informed Gardener".  I liked this book.


Transplanted some young tree starts yesterday.   One might be too traumatized to survive, but we'll see.  This is the perfect time to plant trees!  Main problem - big box store and nursery trees may be root bound from a season in containers.  The roots will need to be pruned, unbound, and set free, if that is the case.



Comment by Randall Smith on October 19, 2014 at 8:11am

Nice sweet potatoes I dug up! This is the first year in many that voles didn't decimate them. Of course, I rotate crops, so perhaps they didn't find them. No frost, by the way. And I dug them in a cold drizzly rain. Miserable and muddy. But that's gardening!

Daniel, the persimmons are ripening. I had to prop up the whole tree. Only one tree out of the 6 I have produced 'simmons. I know four are male, but the other female refused to cooperate.

Yes, Don, I love the progression of your photos. I know Mt. Washington is noted for its record breaking winds. Are you windward or leeward from the Mt.?

Barbara, it's fun to read about your passion for gardening! It still astounds me that nobody I know grows fruits and vegetables in their back yard. I mean, how difficult is it to stick a tomato plant in the ground, or sow a row of carrot seeds, etc.? Show us a photo of your stone work, if possible.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 9:18pm

Daniel, your collection of new seeds gives promise of some nice colors, shapes and textures. I have two surviving fritillaries. I look forward to you photos next summer! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 9:15pm

Don, your garden is just stunning. The scenes with the mountains in the background make it a special place to grow good things. I very much like each one, and am especially enchanted by the May 23, freshly planted scene. 

Comment by Daniel W on October 18, 2014 at 5:28pm

Don, that's  nice progression through the growing season.  Very nice layout.


Barbara, I hope you will show us how your limestone project turns out.  It sounds like a great project!


Randall, I like collecting and cleaning seeds too.  It's peaceful.  It makes me think I am a capable gardener, independent and growing my own seeds for my garden.  That said, I didn't save seeds this year.    How did your persimmons turn out?


Yesterday after work I wandered around the store in a bit od a daze - fridays are tough.  So I bought bulbs.  More than intended.  Poor self discipline.  Here are the ones I planted today.


If they grow, that bed will be a very welcome announcement of Spring.   Each fall, I put in more bulbs for that reason.  By the time the start growing, I really need the cheer.  These are mostly considered deer and rabbit resistant.  The tulips need to go in containers for the deck - deer won't go there.  So far.

Comment by Don on October 18, 2014 at 1:59pm

Hi Joan--  Oh, yes, I have a rider.  What I don't really have is a lawn.  It's really more of a field that I mow maybe 10 times a season.  When I don't it grows up in various grasses, clover, vetch, pinks, hawkweed, and so on.

Here is this year's garden month to month:  April 28, May 23, June 16, July 27, August 18, September 18, and October 14.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 1:18pm

Don, very glad to learn you mow your leaves into the lawn. Is this scene from your garden. I hope you have a riding mower! 

The sky, mountains, trees and lawn offer beautiful colors and contrasts. 

Comment by Don on October 18, 2014 at 1:04pm

Prelude to a rainy day here in northern Vermont.  (The peak on the horizon about a a third over from the left is Mt. Washington, about 50 miles to the southeast of our place.)  I mow all my leaves right into the lawn. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 18, 2014 at 11:49am

Its funny what a year can do to your thinking. January 1, 2013 I moved into my little house. Leaves covered the front and back lawn and I procrastinated raking them. Finally went to the grocery and got the required brown paper bags and spent a bit of time raking and bagging leaves. Then called the City for a special pickup of all the leaves. By October 2013 after reading severl books on organic gardening, I saw the leaves in a whole new light and simply mulched them onto my lawn, but still bagged grass and weeds I dug out of various places. And finally I arrive at October 2014 and I consider anything I pull from the ground as fertilizer and  as Daniel and Joan call it - gold! I'm slowly learning. :) I've been reading your comments about the pine needles and find it interesting how the idea they add acidity has been around for a long time. I'm embarassed to admit that I still get confused about which plants need what type of soil. Guess that's why I have such a passion for Salvia - it's totally forgiving no matter what I do or don't do.

Randall, We have cooler weathe and lower humidity, only got to 85 yesterday and it is lovely to work outside. A friend gave me a bag of Iris and I was able to get them into the ground yesterday and was quite warm by the time I finished tilling the bed and planting. I would definitely love some "frosty" weather and look forward to it in another month.

I've decided to go with stones around all my beds instead of metal or plastic edging and found a man about 40 minutes north who had a field full of limestone, the kind with all the neat color variations and holes in them - and I can have as many as I want for $15. So I'm using my little Yaris and running up and down the highway with stones for my garden. :)  I'm thinking about renting a pickup from Home Depot as I can only carry a limited amount in my car and I've figured I'll need to make about 11 trips with the car - or one, maybe two, with pickup. Gardening has become an obsession!

Have a great weekend everyone!


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