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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

Homestead Automation: Automating the Chickshaw Part 1

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hope in the Middle of Big Ag

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Comment by Daniel W on January 4, 2015 at 4:31pm
Joan. thanks fir the Carol Deppe reference. she's written a number of books. I think i need to depend less on ebooks and read some paper ones like hers.
Comment by Daniel W on January 4, 2015 at 4:17pm
Spud, great video! I wonder what the future holds, for all of the people disconnected from nature? I am lucky - it's all around me.

Be careful Joan! No need to go out in the ice and snow, Spring will be here before you know it!

I am SO antsy to get out and plant the few trees I ordered... one American persimmon, one pawpaw, and 2 for containers, a genetic dwarf apricot and an olive. May never see anything from those, it's just about the doing.
Comment by Idaho Spud on January 4, 2015 at 3:25pm

This morning, on Idaho Public Television, I saw an hour show called "Mother Nature's Child: Growing outside in the Media Age", and I liked it a lot.  I thought it showed the benefits that children get by learning by being out in nature.  Similar to gardening.

I couldn't find the whole hour show, just this 8 minute piece:

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 3:08pm

A few more inches of snow last night and more expected. The ice remains under new snow. Hazardous walking and driving continue. I'm all tucked in nicely with lots of reading and writing to do. I am weeks behind in reading my mail.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 2:42pm

Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Gui...

This is a book that Lee Reich recommended. The reviews by knowledgeable gardeners look positive. 

Carol Deppe has many fans. Here is an interview 

Interview with Carol Deppe

"The basic issues are getting more control over our food, getting lots higher quality and more delicious food, and enhancing the resilience of our food supply. There are three ways to do that that. The first is through local buying patterns and trade. A second is through knowing how to store or process food that is available locally, whether we grow it ourselves or not. The third is gardening."

CAROL DEPPE

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 2:25pm

A Survey of Pruning Tools

This is a job that I have stopped doing. I am not at all good at it. My garden stays nicely trimmed because of Cary's skilled work with a good eye for form and balance. He keeps the tools sharp as well. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 2:05pm

Daniel, I wondered about Lee Reich putting earthworms in so often. I put them in once, several years ago, and piled on 2" of compost on two of my boxes. I am eager to find the worm population this coming summer. I also wonder what kind of worms he uses.
Everything You Need to Know About Composting With Worms 

Comment by Daniel W on January 4, 2015 at 12:43pm

I have re-bar and slip hoops of plastic pipe over them.  Which is the reverse of what he does, but I think 6 of one, half a dozen of the other.

It really does extend the growing season.  I don't know if I have the energy this year, but give me a month and maybe.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 4, 2015 at 11:59am

I liked that string tie idea also Daniel, as well as the plastic pipes in the soil to hold the ribs and the trellis poles.

Comment by Daniel W on January 4, 2015 at 11:52am

More on the video.

That's a very handy idea to tie strings to the ribs on the raised bed.  Last year I used bamboo.  I think the string is better. 

I need to work on the ground between my raised beds.  I liked having grass there, but Ning doesn't like it, needs mowing.  I have been putting down woven polyethylene - also known as repurposed dog food and chicken food bags.  I would like chopped tree trimmings if I can get it cheap.

 

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