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 Daniel W on November 12, 2014 at 9:04am
Its only sn opinion, but I think growing your own can lead to healthier and more enjoyable eating. I hated mist grocery store fruit so never ate it. Now I love the sweeter juicier less sour, more flavorful fruit I grow, so eat much more. Vegetables, too.

Todays low here 29. I'll see later what that did. Yesterday I cleaned up the row of young fig trees and some of my little orchard.
Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2014 at 8:38am

Nice looking xmas cacti Bertold & Daniel.  I always enjoyed seeing my mother's flower in the winter.

First very hard freeze of the season here.  0 degrees F this morning (21 deg below the forecast).

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 12, 2014 at 8:21am

Randall, nice yours is still a family farm and "in the family".  

Don, yes, I agree.Putting that idea behind us is easy when you try to shop for fruits and veggies in grocery - tasteless and hard unripened fruit, veggies drenched in pesticides ... makes growing your own very appealing. 

Comment by Don on November 12, 2014 at 8:03am

Many times I've heard similar stories, Randall--of adults who grew up on farms where they hoed and weeded in the kitchen garden all summer long (and half the spring an fall) who NEVER wanted to look at a garden plot again.  After WWII's trials and triumph, too, I think many adults of our parents' and grandparents' age felt they deserved lives of ease.  Besides, supermarkets were beginning to supply whatever you needed--much of it fresh--and home gardening smacked of the Depression and poverty.  I'm glad we have put that attitude behind us. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 12, 2014 at 7:43am

Barbara, my mother was a "farm girl", too. However, her mother made every effort to steer her away from that kind of life. She encouraged art and music and a refined culture. To her dying day she never gardened. The family farm is now managed by my daughter and SIL. (Silverthorn-farm.com)

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 11, 2014 at 7:31pm

Daniel, I found this defnition of a food forest and I really like how they say that one can be made up of several property owners, each doing a part of the forest. I would certainly like to convince my neighbors to discontinue use of pesticides/herbicides and join me in creating one.  I don't think you would be presumptuous at all - take a look at the little picture - I'd say you are pretty darn close if not already doing it. 

As you mentioned before there are so many different ways to go about it. While waiting four hours for two recalls to be fixed on my car this morning, I read yet another book on permaculture and the author said it requires patience and time and often years to achieve.  

Joan, again it really a case of taking from each author/expert what interests us isn't it? I'm glad you too were able to glean some good ideas from the links.  

Bertold just simply pretty and I too like the presentation. :)

Spud, In spite of living on the farm until I was 14, somehow I never attached to a brain cell the information about soil, composting and other proper gardening techniques. I saw our garden as one huge space that had to be weeded - when I would rather be doing something else.  Ditto caring for the hundreds of chickens!  I guess some things we learn late in life.  This time I decided I would not waste money on doing it the wrong way. 

Randall, Bundle up! The cold finally came roaring into TX dropping temps by 40 degrees from yesterday.  

Worm report: They are alive and ate all the original food I gave them!  I'm on my way to growing dirt. 

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.


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