Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by kathy: ky on October 29, 2017 at 7:59pm
Daniel, that fruit looks beautiful.

Thomas, sounds like deer manure was the cause of the odor. If that's it you have some wonderful fertilizer there. I'm curious how it will turn out in the spring. If it's not helpful after the winter passes it shouldn't be harmful.

The compost heap that I had sour smelled bad and didn't have any earthworms or other bugs working in it.
Comment by Thomas Murray on October 28, 2017 at 5:38pm

Kathy& Daniel,

  I wonder if the sour smell had something to do with deer poop. We have deer in our yard just about every day early mornings and evenings around 4 am and 5-6 p.m. The deer traverse to and from the lake along our stream and often stop in our yard to nibble on the sweet grass and drop poop. So when I rake up grass clippings I also rake in the deer poops. Our two small dogs go crazy in the deer poops as if it were perfume. The dogs stinks horribly! It takes a couple of shampoos and rinses to remove the stench.


Thats a pretty big hole you dug... big enough for a duck pond. You could get a kio pond going quite easily....

Comment by kathy: ky on October 28, 2017 at 5:18pm
The first tree I planted was a blue spruce. There's not much need to plant trees in ky.
Anyway, I didn't know anything about planting​ trees so I planted the spruce straight out of the container into the ground. It was completely gurgled with roots. Three years later it hadn't grown an inch so I dug it up to transplant to another spot. The roots looked exactly like they had when I had planted it the first time. It was on clearance for two bucks and had sat in the same gallon pot that it had came in all summer. When I saw the root system hadn't spread any I just threw it away. There are plenty of trees here and I didn't need it but for $2. I couldn't pass it up.
I've learned a LOT since then :)
Comment by kathy: ky on October 27, 2017 at 9:22pm
Thomas, if it smelled bad it may have been a sour mess that had all the good things ruined. I've only had one compost bin go sour on me because my spouse had thrown cooked green beans in it. The good stuff should have the wonderful earthy smell like good earth. I'll be interested in learning how it turns out.
Comment by Thomas Murray on October 27, 2017 at 1:59pm

 Last month I was doing final work of raking up some grass and put a large pile of it in the wheel barrow. I forgot about after a beer break. The wheel barrow sat outside in the rain and sun for about two weeks. When it came to getting the wheel barrow again there was awful smell and looking inside the bin the grass turned into swamp. The grass decomposed completely in the water and it was black gold. I dumped it in the flower garden and tilled it into the soil. I have not seen the results yet and have to wait until Spring.

  So it seems like a good idea to do this again and wondered if anyone had similar experience with this, mixing grass with water and let it sit for a couple of weeks.

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 25, 2017 at 1:42pm

....So that last apple tree that was save did not have the rounding roots I planted survived. I guess the tree and I were lucky to have met each other.  I do remember reading that it was advised not to put fertilizer around the roots so as to force the roots to grow outward in search of nutrients thus to anchor the tree solidly into the ground.

   Ok so, if the trees I buy has rounding roots, then I do what WA State Horticulturist recommends.

  I looked at your cool site and one picture showed the rounding roots. What are those white fuzzy spots?... are those molds or mildews?

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 24, 2017 at 10:15pm


Is it too late to transplant fruit trees from a pot to the ground? Some stores have half off on fruit trees.

Comment by Mel Quay on October 23, 2017 at 7:44pm
*pokes head in and waves*
Just wanted to say I like green things and I keep a flock of about a dozen chickens, a mallard duck hen, and a fantail pigeon.

Not an ace gardener by any measure, but I've managed to do okay with my succulents and herbs, and a few trees and ferns. :D
We have a shiitake mushroom patch too! Usually get a couple of harvests in the Autumn after a good rain. They dry so well and are a lovely addition to potatoes and soups!
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 23, 2017 at 2:09pm

Daniel, I would be interested in hearing what you learn from those books, especially "Understanding Toots" (Roots :)

Comment by kathy: ky on October 23, 2017 at 1:13pm
Daniel, it makes sense that people who read a lot would work at the book sales table. I know I would. And hopefully get the first look at the books available.

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