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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 yesterday. 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 Randall Smith on September 14, 2014 at 7:27am

Barbara, rear or front end tines? I have a front end, but thinking about purchasing a rear end. My tiller is 30 years old and has seen better days. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 13, 2014 at 11:59am

Glad to hear you're happy with the tiller so far Barbara.

Comment by Don on September 13, 2014 at 11:35am

In my experience, a tine-driven tiller is pretty tough to maneuver in previously uncultivated soil, particularly clay soil or where there are rocks and roots.  Let us know how yours does in more difficult conditions, Barbara. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 13, 2014 at 10:56am

Woo Hoo! New Sunjoe tiller arrived late Thursday via UPS.  I had purchased three salvias on sale and wanted to get them in before expected rain and so decided to give it a try yesterday.  

As a YouTube review by a 62 yrs. woman indicated, it is designed more for a guy but, what the hey it works for me.  Turned soil into to wonderful fluffy mixture.  Used it on existing bed so no weeds/roots. It will be interesting to see how it works on completely untilled soil.  

Between using a chain saw to remove last of existing cactus roots and trying out my new rototiller my muscles are a wee bit sore this morning. :)  

Looking forward to turning my entire backyard into a edible landscape! 

Comment by Randall Smith on September 10, 2014 at 7:27am
Squash vine worms, plus squash bugs, have caused me to pick my winter squash. Holy cow, but I have a lot! I haven't dug up potatoes (sweet and Yukons) yet. Nor carrots. It's been a "green eating" summer, and will be a "yellow/orange eating" winter.
Oh, and a big surprise to see new asparagus sprouts this time of year! Must be all the rain we've had.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 7, 2014 at 12:24pm

Berthold,  LOLOLOL  yep, sounds like my two.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on September 7, 2014 at 12:20pm

@Joan - ... do they get along nicely? 

Well, once for about five minutes they did. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 7, 2014 at 12:13pm

It's funny how we can grow something in one area and it dies in another. Five years a go I was growing large spaces of zinnias like gangbusters on 4 acres about 15 mi north of SA. I should say it was out in the open. I wanted the same here and it just isn't going to happen given my conditions. :(

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2014 at 12:06pm

Randy, what a bummer! Chasing after a dog at night.

Bertold, What a wonderful little dog family you have. Looks like loads of personalities ... do they get along nicely? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2014 at 12:00pm

Oh my goodness Barbara, what a task. I surely would advise black plastic. You might want to try a small section with your tiller and see how it works for you. I know that will take time, but you will find out if I am wrong and we both learn something. 

One option is to call your county extension agent for advice, or talk to other gardeners.

Jeez, I would hate to take on the whole back yard in one season. That would be like trying to eat a whole elephant at one sitting. I have been working my ground for 40 years and have made some major design changes. I started by pulling out every living thing on a 50' x 50' patch for a vegetable garden and planted the rest in grass. In honor of my son, Craig's, wedding and groom's dinner, I had the whole back yard stripped and turned into a meditation garden. That was 18 years ago. Now, I am slowly replacing a few trees, shrubs and perennials with vegetables. As life changes, my needs for a garden design changes. 

 

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