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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 20 hours ago. 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 September 21, 2014 at 9:00am
Flower from last night. Usually blooms once a year in late summer or early fall. In China it's "Tan hua" and in Malasia it's "Bunga bakawali". The blossom opens at about 1030 pm and closes by morning.



I posted this years ago and will update the post. I love staying up to look at the flower. It symbolizes life, in a way. Fleeting moments of joy, if we are lucky.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 21, 2014 at 7:28am

Nice looking tomatoes. My plants died off for some reason. That's never happened before.

Thanks, Spud, for the tips. I'll look for ginger in the super. I picked the dried bean pods and put them in a bucket to further dry and then be gently smashed. Picking out the beans will be tedious, but I like those kind of jobs (like extracting walnuts).

Has anybody grown lentils before?

Comment by k.h. ky on September 20, 2014 at 11:15pm
That's wonderful Idaho. I guess my dogs name is Stop It Dammit.
Comment by Daniel W on September 20, 2014 at 3:27pm

This is our best tomato crop ever.   These were today.

This is the first time I've had a significant amount of okra.  The key, in this cool short summer climate, appears to be growing in containers and keeping inside until it's really warm outside.  We are getting enough for stir fries and soups, which I love.

 

Next to the okra are some ginger plants in containers.  It's not thriving, but seems OK.  I think it needs even warmer than okra.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 20, 2014 at 8:25am

Randy, are the pods still green?  When I harvested dry beans many years ago I seem to remember letting my pods dry completely, and then they just about fall open.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 20, 2014 at 7:56am

Randy, I don't know where you can buy ginger made to grow.  I was just about ready to research it when mine sprouted.

I got mine from the grocery store, and figured it had chemicals on it to keep it from sprouting, so I did what some sites recommended. Before planting, I soaked it in H20 for a day, with several changes of water.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 20, 2014 at 7:15am

Spud, neato! I've never grown ginger. Can you purchase it at a garden store? I need to research it.

I let my green beans mature, and now they're drying out. Not sure how to get the beans out of the pods. Any suggestions?

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 19, 2014 at 10:38am

After a month, my Ginger plant has a sprout above the compost in my large pot.  Last evening, I noticed a bump in the compost, brushed it aside, and saw the sprout just at the surface.  This morning, only 12 hours later, it's 1 inch tall.

For 3 weeks I kept it at an average of 50 % relative humidity, and 79 F.  The last week I kept it at 85 F.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 19, 2014 at 7:05am

Crap. I forgot to plant fall peas. Too late now. Oh well--the variety I used in the spring was awful.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 18, 2014 at 8:32am

Two days ago, for the first time, I planted peas in the fall.  It's late for fall peas, but I mostly did it for a nitrogen-fixing cover crop, and to see what happens.

 

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