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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

Location: Planet Earth
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Welcome to Eden!

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

Soils need nourishment to create healthy plants

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Tomato Growing Topics & Tips

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky on Tuesday. 3 Replies

Change the world one yard at a time

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith on Tuesday. 3 Replies

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Comment by Randall Smith on January 6, 2015 at 7:58am

Daniel, I think I'l print your photo to scare away my rabbits! Cliche humor. Happy to receive a positive report on your eyes.

Six inches of the white stuff overnight. First of the season. I'm happy for the cover over my strawberry bed, especially since it's supposed to get REALLY cold the next few days.

Comment by Plinius on January 6, 2015 at 7:19am

I'm so glad you can see better, Daniel!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 5, 2015 at 4:43pm

You're right, Daniel, the Steller's go crazy over peanuts. When I put some out in the feeders they start flocking around even before I clear out. The scrub jays love them too.

Comment by Daniel W on January 5, 2015 at 4:29pm
Joan, if your side of the state has similar bird species to here, you would have a lot of Steller's Jay. My book says they like all berries, and also like hazelnuts and peanuts. They are also said to be good insectivores.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 5, 2015 at 4:28pm

Patricia - I'd be glad to send you one of my vinegar starts and you could try grafting it onto your totato.

Comment by king on January 5, 2015 at 4:22pm
Vinegar is made from alcohol by bacteria
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 3:56pm

Patricia, add a little oil with your vinegar and you have a ready made potato-tomato salad. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 5, 2015 at 3:36pm

Glad to hear the good news Daniel.  New eyes are great.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 5, 2015 at 3:07pm

Just heard on NPR about grafting a tomato plant onto a potato, aka the "tomtato." Apparently it yields cherry tomatoes above ground and potatoes below. AKA "ketchup and fries."

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2015 at 2:01pm

Randy, rabbits make very good fertilizer producers. Dad raised rabbits when I was a kid just for the fertilizer. He invented a watering system to catch the water when he hosed the concrete rabbit platform on which the cages set. He rigged up a rain gutter so he could swing it 180 degrees that drained the water to each row. He built a canal system that was at the south end of the 50' row and could direct the water to each row. The rows sloped down in elevation as it went north. 

To water, he opened a valve on the water reservoir and let water drain into a canal and opened a gate letting water run the full length of one row at a time. Rabbit manure rich water flowed the full length in just a few minutes.  

You would think this process would create flies and smells, but it didn't. He also used straw for the paths and they became saturated with manure rich water. I would put a shovel in the ground and come up with a shovel full of earthworms.  

I couldn't eat rabbit. They were pets to me. 

I always had rabbits when the kids were growing up. Dad built hutches and brought them to me wherever we lived. We were a military family the first ten years of the kids lives. The military didn't want to ship my rabbits and hutches when we moved every two years. I also had huge gardens at every military base. I had to get permission to dig up the grass and put in vegetables. I gave my excess  produce away and always had more than we could eat. 

Maybe your little wild rabbit could be a fertilizer producer for you. 

 

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