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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2014 at 7:30am

Rats indeed!  I've never eaten a ripe Fig either, as well as many other fruits I'd like to try.  Avocado, Banana, Coconut, Cranberry, Date, Eggplant, Goji, Guava, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Nectarine, Olive, Orange, Papaya, Passionfruit, Chili Pepper, Persimmon, Pineapple, and many others I'm not familiar with.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 20, 2014 at 7:16am

Having never (?) eaten a ripe, off-the-tree fig, I don't know what they taste like. Sounds like I'm missing out. Rats. Still, there's plenty of other things that make my mouth water. And right now, everything is coming at once--broc, cabbage, beans, and soon to be, sweet corn! Last night, I couldn't decide which vegetable to eat, so I ate them all in a stir fry!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2014 at 6:19am

Thanks Daniel.  Just like most other store produce.  I should have known.

I know what your saying about your favorite garden produce.       I smile.

This is my favorite time of the year also.  The hard work is over (even though I enjoy most of it), and the tedious storage preparation is not yet here.

I just get time to watch things grow, watch the bees doing their thing, eat delicious food, and contemplate what I'm going to do next year.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on July 19, 2014 at 4:34pm

Spud, the grocery store fresh figs are picked before ripe.  Unfortunately, figs ripen to a soft delicate state, almost liquid, and that is when they are the sweetest and most flavorful.  I've had fresh grocery figs and they were tasteless, even kind of bad tasting.

Unfortunately, they don't ship well at all.  Hobbyists in northern states grow them in barrels and put the trees in the garage for the winter.  They mostly survive unscathed here in the winter, althoug last year my newest most tender fig trees died to the ground in the big freeze.  They came up again from roots, so we'll see what happens this winter.

Joan, this is my favorite part of summer in the garden.  I love figs the most.  Except when the plums are juicy ripe.  Then I love those the most.  Except when peaches are juicy ripe....  And tomatoes....  and grapes..... and mulberries....

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 19, 2014 at 4:02pm

Daniel, these are beautiful specimens of figs. I am impressed!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2014 at 12:43pm

Daniel, how does the taste of ripe from the tree figs compare to store purchased figs?

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on July 19, 2014 at 12:03pm

Had the first ripe figs today.  Readers in Texas and California have probably seen ripe figs for week, but for me this is the start.  Each winter, I start new fig trees from cuttings of the best ones, and give away the starts in the fall.

"White Marseilles", also called "Lattarula". This was reportedly a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, who grew it at Monticello in Virginia. Petite aubique, French variety, black on outside, blood red on inside.

I belong to an online internet fig forum and have exchanged cuttings with fig fanciers around the country.   Growing various types, we get ripe figs from now until late fall.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 19, 2014 at 7:02am

WOW!!!!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 18, 2014 at 2:34pm

Patricia, I like the purple one without the green.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 18, 2014 at 7:28am

Daniel, I didn't realize you had "tests". Thinking of you (no prayers). Plus I appreciate the word I couldn't think of: repurposed! You should see my "repurposed" brick driveway and walkway! (Photo time next go around.)

I mentioned in the food group, today is reorganizing my freezer day. Who knows what I'll find?!

 

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