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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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

DIY Green House and a Chicken Coop?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Saturday. 2 Replies

Cover crops: Gabe Brown

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 19. 0 Replies

Geodesic Dome Greenhouses

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 17. 1 Reply

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2014 at 9:58pm

Japanese Garden, about two blocks from my home. Photo by US National Weather Service, Oct 2014

Comment by Randall Smith on October 17, 2014 at 7:31am

Well, shoot. Here I thought adding pine needles was a smart thing to do. Live and learn. I'll probably still rake and spread them in the garden--or simply add them to the compost pile. Can't hurt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2014 at 9:50am

I prefer my compost and if I don't have any, then pine needles for mulching because the rain goes strait through them without them becoming moldy. I thought I was adding to the acidity of the soil. Glad to know the truth. 

Daniel, your lovely sun room makes a delightful rain room. I like the trees outside, too. Like living in a forest. 

Barbara, isn't it nice to have peace in the house and have your little Rio and cat content. 

Čenek, you will have a wonderful year ahead of you with all that sauerkraut. The aromas waft through the house. I very much like the smell, some guests do not. Freshly homemade kraut provides a perfect taste and good healthy food. I didn't use heat. I put my reservoir of kraut in a cool basement sitting on the concrete floor. That worked for me. I wonder if the warmth is good for the flavor? I don't know. Never thought about that. 

Bertold, your photo reveals a lovely scene, tranquil with colors of autumn, the leaves, dogs and the healthy shrubs. 


Comment by Don on October 16, 2014 at 8:01am

I used to mulch my blueberries with pine needles, Randall, until an old berry man here told me it doesn't make a lot of difference.  Peat and other (artificial additives) are a lot better.

From GardenWeb:  "Research done by many people including Dr. Abigail Manynard at the UCONN Agricultural Research Station in New Haven, Conn, has shown that there is no significant change in soil pH after years of adding oak leaves or pine needles to that soil."

Comment by Randall Smith on October 16, 2014 at 7:06am

I'm surrounded by pine trees (for wind break), so I have pine needles, too. They're falling now. Since my garden is alkaline rich and acid poor, I spread the needles around every autumn. Perhaps it's working--my two surviving blueberry bushes made it through the summer!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 15, 2014 at 12:06pm

Bertold, I have a mesquite tree and raking the pods is very similar to your cedar chores. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 15, 2014 at 12:02pm

The downside of having cedar trees. This is almost a daily chore for the next month or so.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 13, 2014 at 12:41pm

Randall, comforting is the perfect word!  From the time my hit the floor in the morning until I turn out the light at night, it is comforting to know my little buddy is shadowing me. :) 

Cenek, I can offer no advice here except maybe an electric heating pad. The thought of 50 lbs. of cabbage boggles my mind.

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on October 13, 2014 at 12:24pm

I just finished processing 50 pounds of kraut-to-be. Used 1 pound of salt and a sprinkling of caraway seed. It took almost 5 hours to cut and masticate even though the kraut cutter saved me enormous amounts of work. Now the waiting begins. I have a light bulb under the crock and I'll be trying to maintain the temperature. Any tips?

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 13, 2014 at 9:30am

Bertold, thanks for the assurance. I didn't realize how far my little Rio had withdrawn, also my cat. Last couple of days has seen an emergence of their funny personalities, so I know I did the right thing.  We three shall remain buddies with no further additions. :)

Daniel, I would simply love your room for a rainy day - curled up with a book and my pets.  However, sitting there in the sunshine in early morning and a cup of coffee would be equally wonderful.  I'm like others - envious, but happy for you. 

We have rain and 75F.  Once rain stops we are going out for a walk in the COOL!  


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