Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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

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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!

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Comment by Idaho Spud on June 20, 2015 at 1:39pm

Joan, I've seen three versions of The Secret Garden, own the one I like the most, and watch it every year.  I plan on watching all versions.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 20, 2015 at 1:38pm

Daniel, nice picture.  I see ladybugs in my garden every once in a while, and it makes my day.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 20, 2015 at 1:34pm

Barbara, your lemon cucumbers sound healthy.  I've loved cucumbers most of my life, but stopped growing them a few years ago because they're tasteless to me now.  If I hear of a strong-flavored kind, I'll try it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 12:50pm

Daniel, it looks like your work force of aphids and butterflies have their summer all planned out. 

How happy I would feel if I could find even one ladybug on any of my plants. I haven't used insecticides, so I don't know why they didn't get to work this spring. 

I am harvesting garlic today; one of my favorite tasks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 12:47pm

Randy, what is your USDA plant zone? If I read

If I read the catalogs correctly, nectarines do not do well in Spokane, or Newport, WA.  With the changing in weather and temperatures being so unpredictable, I don't know if plant zones will matter much anymore. I enjoy the taste of nectarines and buy them at the grocery store all the time. I am sure having them in your yard and picking and eating them fresh can't be topped. 

The killer for me is the late frosts that kill the blossoms. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 12:29pm

Barbara, your lovely lemon cucumber looks refreshing for these hot days. 

It is hard for me to imagine rain in your part of the country after living for several years at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Darnall Army Medical Center at Ft. Hood and Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston. 

When I think of those homes, the sweat comes out on my brow.

Some plants just don't like to be transplanted, i.e.

"Root crops (carrots, beetsturnips, etc.) are not suited to transplants as the process will damage the root. Corncucurbits (squashcucumbersmelons) and beans/peas don't like to be transplanted but can be with care."



William Beaumont Army Medical Center


Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 12:19pm

Chris, I love the thoughts of your "Secret Garden". The charming film from Hallmark in 1987 tells a story of a Secret Garden. You might have a story in your special garden. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 12:09pm

For some reason my ladybugs are nowhere in sight and the aphids take over their favorite eating stations. I don't want to order ladybugs by mail in this heat, they would surely suffer. I hose off the plants with aphid infestations. Hope that lasts until the weather cools down. I don't of anyone locally who has ladybugs. There are several source for worms for the worm farm. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 20, 2015 at 10:51am

Isn't it amazing how excited we become over one little ladybug?  And when I see the bees buzzing in and out of the cucumber plants I want to do a happy dance!  :)

Comment by Daniel W on June 19, 2015 at 10:48pm

Chris, your garden sounds like a wonderful place, to me.

Barbara, you are doing great!  Lemon cucumbers - are they good!

Randy, I didn't know nectarines could grow in Indiana.   I guess they should - they're just non-hairy peaches.  But I thought they were a more tender strain.  Learn something everyday.

I was out inspecting my mini-nursery and heard tiny tiny screams.  I looked at the plant where they seemed to be coming from, and here is why -

OK, I made up the part about the screams.   But there she is, browsing the aphids like a miniature T rex, browsing a meadow filled with lambs. 

Another insect -

There is some insect damage, but my philosophy is, if the herbivorous insects are there, the predators will come and eat them.  Then it's all in balance.  If I spray, I would kill the carnivores as well as the herbivores, and there is nothing left to eat the next invasion.   It doesn't always work out, but often enough.


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