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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.

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Comment by Randall Smith on October 5, 2017 at 7:50am

Well, I guess the "garden" photo excluded kale and potatoes. The two little trees to the left are Mandarin apricots. Daniel, I did take a photo of a persimmon and pear tree, but I deleted it.

I figure I have over 10 cords of wood--enough for at least 2 years, maybe 3.

Joan, good luck with your big move. Keep in touch.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 5, 2017 at 7:35am

Here are a few photos: oak tree in the distance, taken from my garden (Brussels sprouts, chard, sweet potatoes, kale); my wood shed filled to capacity and then some (raspberry patch and grape vine pole in foreground); a great horned owl sitting on a "fence"--blurry photo taken through a window.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 5, 2017 at 12:01am

I am closing down the greenhouse, putting the tools and supplies in the shed and getting ready to spend six months with Craig's family in Littleton, Colorado.  

I like it here now that I am used to the greens of the forest. The bird species population has increased considerably from last year, Mourning doves, chickadees, several species of finches, the turkeys, and the usual sparrows visit the bird feeding station regularly. Sometimes the deer come to eat, and on occasion, there is a pile of bird seed that I spill, and they clean up. I saw a chipmunk under the hanging feeders this morning. 

I had hoped to garden in the raised beds in the meadow outside my window, but my old body just does not have the energy it used to have. I empty the kitchen compost with Dominic every morning, putter for a while in the greenhouse and am done for the day.

Comment by Daniel W on October 3, 2017 at 10:26am

Randy, Pin Oak is s beautiful tree.  I would enjoy seeing a photo if your tree and accomplishment.  You could also shoot a persimmon tree :-)  Those sweetgum seed pods are Satan's little toys, aren't they!  There are a few little swertgum trees where I spread the leaves.  The pods break down and dont bother me anyway.  I also mulch with pine needles, and the cones have a similar effect.

Saturday I cut down the last of the most worrisome trees, cut into firewood, and hauled away the brush.  It didn't fall perfectly but the damage was minor.  There are two more leaners that I may or may not cut this year, they are less worrisome.   I cleaned out a shed, hauled the debris to the transfer station.  I was hoping to use the shed as a workshop, but the floor is rotted away.  Maybe tear it down next summer.

Yestrrday I planted the final bag of 45 daffodil bulbs.

Maybe harvest tomatoes and peppers today.  Tomatoes for sauce, mostly, nos.  Peppers to dry or cook with.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 3, 2017 at 7:18am

Sweetgums?? How do you put up with the thorny seed pods, Daniel? I suppose they decompose eventually.

Over 38 years ago, I planted a pin oak tree taken from a local woods. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect it to look like it now does. I may run out and take a picture of it to post. Stay tuned!  So Spud, go for it!

Comment by Daniel W on October 2, 2017 at 10:14pm

Spud, that's two of us.  What I'm hoping for in my lifetime is to see it grow tall and strong.  I read that Dawn Redwoods can grow 5 feet per year.  Now it's about 9 feet tall.  So maybe in 4 years, it  might be 29 foot tall.  Not bad.  I might live to see that.

It's hard to know what's going on in Charlie's mind.  Well, he's a dog.  He used to like staring at the fire, even though he never watched TV or the mirror.  My other dog used to bark at animals on the TV and at himself in the mirror.  Lately, Charlie has started barking at me as I sit at my computer.  No idea why. 

A neighbor, down the street, asked me if I want her leaves again this year.  She has a yard full of sweetgum trees.  I think I hauled 4 or 5 truckloads from her yard last year, so it promises to be a good source of mulch again.  She gets her leaves raked up and hauled away, and I get a great mulch.  For orchard trees and some other areas, those leaves kept the weeds down all summer, and probably kept the soil more moist than it otherwise would have been during the hot summer.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 2, 2017 at 1:47pm

Daniel, your dog looks like he enjoyed staring into the fire like I do.  What's he really doing?

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 2, 2017 at 1:33pm

Daniel, I like the fern like foliage of the Dawn Redwood.  I read-up on them and found-out they like lots of water,  and are the only deciduous redwood.  If I get more land, I may plant one.  I would love to have one that looked like this, but I don't think I'll be around in 200 years:

Comment by Patricia on October 1, 2017 at 7:14pm

I've heard duck egg yolks have excellent flavour.

Comment by Daniel W on October 1, 2017 at 7:04pm

I dug up a columnar apple tree that I made 3 years ago.  I had grafted the scion onto suckers that grew from an old apple tree that was in that spot.  Just playing.  Now I wanted to move it.  The roots were odd, and I had to prune severely.  Maybe it will survive.  If not, that's OK.

 

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