Godless in the garden

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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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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 kathy: ky on August 27, 2017 at 12:24pm
It would add to the breeze that can't get through the trees and open up more space to the sun. Our house sits in a little level hollow surrounded by slopes on three sides. But we're on a hill so drainage isn't a problem.
I can't wrap my head around the difference in our growing seasons. The fruits and vegetables that a lot of you are just getting have came and gone in this area. Ky is wrapping up the growing season except for late crops of corn and tomatoes. And it's planting time for late broccoli and greens if we don't turn hot and dry. I don't recall anyone mentioning cauliflower. I always have good luck with it. I still pin the outer leaves up even though most of it is self blanching now. The people I know who don't pin the leaves usually have tougher cauliflower.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 27, 2017 at 12:14pm
Don, what a wonderful idea. I have several trees that need pruning on some lower branches. But I'm not tall enough to reach them and the ground is so sloped a ladder would be dangerous. I need to get the man who's been tending the yard since my husband became ill to cut them off.
Comment by Don on August 27, 2017 at 10:53am

Yesterday I limbed up a young sugar maple in the field nearby to give it a more shapely aspect and to open up the view that I've been recording seasonally in a series of landscapes that center on three birch trees, a white birch in the foreground and two gray birch beyond it.  The gray birch is a short-lived tree, and these are dying.

  The first image I took yesterday, after pruning.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2017 at 10:47am

Most people's vegetable gardens are out of view here as well, but some are in visible spots.  I see several corn patches out in plain view.  

I don't grow flowers because I have such a small space for garden, and I would rather use it for tasty things.  However, I do enjoy people's flower beds when I'm walking.

Comment by Don on August 27, 2017 at 10:40am

Garlic scapes . . .

Comment by Don on August 27, 2017 at 10:31am

It's fun to check out the neighbors' gardens when you can.  When I'm in town I sometimes take the time, but most people's vegetable gardens are out of view, in back yards and side yards.  People tend to plant flowers on the street side.  Along the rural roads, where I live, more gardens are in view, so I drive by slowly to see how they're doing.  Some folks seem to have had more luck with tomatoes this year than I have.  My vines are on the small side.  I let them run, but usually that's no problem--smaller fruit but more of it.  The staked tomatoes in other gardens look pretty good this year. 

I have staked my cherry tomatoes, though, along the front of the house, and they're starting to come in plentifully.  Sweet 100s. 

My squash are looking great, finally, as are the onions and leeks.  Everything is a little tardy, as we had such a cool, wet spring.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 27, 2017 at 9:38am

Daniel, your picture with an ear of corn in it make me hungry.

On my walk this morning, I took my camera to get pictures of the attractive small gardens in my neighborhood.  Only one turned-out well, the little "Bee Happy" garden:

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2017 at 3:36pm

Daniel, the photo made me laugh and share with family and friends. 

Don, your surprise party sounds like a splendid event, one you will hold in your memory. Your last piece of pie tops it off nicely. 

Having family and friends around me gives me more pleasure than I can express. 

Kathy, I would love it if this group could join Don with his pie and coffee and a tour of his garden. Thankfully, he shares photos of the seasons. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 25, 2017 at 2:00pm

That's hilarious, Daniel. Perfect parody of a trophy pic; love the cat instead of the hunting dog!

Comment by Daniel W on August 25, 2017 at 1:45pm

From a facebook post.

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