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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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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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GARDEN HOSE PROBLEM

Started by Dominic Florio. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Friday. 15 Replies

Permaculture thinking and skills for youth

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 24. 3 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2017 at 10:34am

What a beautiful garden & forest Don!

Comment by Don on July 19, 2017 at 8:45am

Thanks, Kathy.  I do often wish that we had a longer growing season here (50 miles south of Quebec).  Earlier this month we visited friends in Boone, NC, up in the mountains, though, and their garden wasn't much farther along than ours.  Yet, this year I do think we have turned the corner at last.  Hot and Humid and sunny again today--and that's the near-term forecast.  

In 40 years, thanks to a moderating climate (to put it benignly), our season has lengthened by nearly a month--two weeks on either end.

Comment by kathy: ky on July 18, 2017 at 9:53pm
Don, call me Kathy if you like. And if you can remember. I keep meaning to change that on my profile page but get side tracked and forget to.
Comment by Don on July 18, 2017 at 12:51pm

Yes, k.h, I've been gardening here for almost 40 years now, since 1978, and I've always used raised beds that I rake up every season.  That way I can plant a cover crop of rye each fall and till that in in April.  The raised beds never get walked on and hold water very well.  They also give up their weeds pretty easily, and they allow for a much denser planting of beets, carrots, beans, lettuces, chard, and so on.

Thomas, I do get occasional visitors--raccoons and deer sometimes.  The 'coons don't bother, and the deer munch a cabbage leaf or a bean plant now and then, but I'm surrounded by miles of field and woodland, where there's plenty to eat.  Tnd they're happier farther from houses.  That said, those foot prints in the 2014 garden are a wandering black bear's.  

 

Comment by kathy: ky on July 18, 2017 at 12:37pm
Thomas, many of those beautiful mountains have already been destroyed by mountain top removal. The environmental effects are horrific. Contaminating and rerouting streams. Ruining the water supplies. They can remove the coal using as few as a dozen people. And leaving massive destruction in their wake.
Comment by kathy: ky on July 18, 2017 at 12:32pm
Don, my dad and now the rest of the family always used raised hills. I never knew why it was just the way we did it.
I learned a lot from dad and mom. Like when you pick tomatoes make sure you remove the green stem or it will cause holes in the other tomatoes you're putting in the same basket. And if you cut into a potato while digging go ahead and cut through it, rub the cut ends in the dirt and the potatoes will heal over and not rot. Which can spread the rot to all potatoes they come in contact with.
Our neighbors raise green beans at the base of the corn so the beans climb the cornstalks. It actually works without harming the corn. We're already getting corn, beans, tomatoes, squash. Pretty much every except melons. Our season will be wrapping up by the first of September. Our area of Western Ky has a very long growing season. Weather permitting.
Comment by Thomas Murray on July 17, 2017 at 7:27pm

Don,

Do you get nightly visitors to your garden?

Comment by Daniel W on July 17, 2017 at 3:34pm

Don, your garden is beautiful, tidy, well maintained.  Like you, I'm fairly north lattitude - 45° 46 in my case, and maritime which means chilly wet spring.  Tomatoes are blooming, peppers are starting to form, and some tomatillos are forming - cultivar from Poland - but beans are still scrawny.  I think I will have a fresh zucchini tomorrow.  I don't know if I will get sweet corn this year, but the plants are gradually growing.

Your use of raised hills probably also helps warm the soil for you. 

Very nice garden!  A good example for me to emulate.

Comment by Don on July 17, 2017 at 1:44pm

Here's a report from northern Vermont, where our spring and early summer have been inordinately wet and cool.  It's looking to be a banner year for berries of all sorts, but the warm-weather-loving crops (beans, squash, tomatoes, and so on) have been laggardly.  

Two photos, the first of my garden yesterday, July 16, and the second from July 18, 2014.  Quite a contrast!



 

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 17, 2017 at 11:29am

Daniel,

My mother and I used to go picking raspberries south-east of Portland, Ore..... I think this was 1974. Eventually, I was politely asked not to pick anymore. I had difficulty seeing the difference between the ripe and not so ripe ones.... but I did enjoy it though.....

 

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