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

Homestead Automation: Automating the Chickshaw Part 1

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Hope in the Middle of Big Ag

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Aug 3. 1 Reply

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 1:18pm

Don, very glad to learn you mow your leaves into the lawn. Is this scene from your garden. I hope you have a riding mower! 

The sky, mountains, trees and lawn offer beautiful colors and contrasts. 

Comment by Don on October 18, 2014 at 1:04pm

Prelude to a rainy day here in northern Vermont.  (The peak on the horizon about a a third over from the left is Mt. Washington, about 50 miles to the southeast of our place.)  I mow all my leaves right into the lawn. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 18, 2014 at 11:49am

Its funny what a year can do to your thinking. January 1, 2013 I moved into my little house. Leaves covered the front and back lawn and I procrastinated raking them. Finally went to the grocery and got the required brown paper bags and spent a bit of time raking and bagging leaves. Then called the City for a special pickup of all the leaves. By October 2013 after reading severl books on organic gardening, I saw the leaves in a whole new light and simply mulched them onto my lawn, but still bagged grass and weeds I dug out of various places. And finally I arrive at October 2014 and I consider anything I pull from the ground as fertilizer and  as Daniel and Joan call it - gold! I'm slowly learning. :) I've been reading your comments about the pine needles and find it interesting how the idea they add acidity has been around for a long time. I'm embarassed to admit that I still get confused about which plants need what type of soil. Guess that's why I have such a passion for Salvia - it's totally forgiving no matter what I do or don't do.

Randall, We have cooler weathe and lower humidity, only got to 85 yesterday and it is lovely to work outside. A friend gave me a bag of Iris and I was able to get them into the ground yesterday and was quite warm by the time I finished tilling the bed and planting. I would definitely love some "frosty" weather and look forward to it in another month.

I've decided to go with stones around all my beds instead of metal or plastic edging and found a man about 40 minutes north who had a field full of limestone, the kind with all the neat color variations and holes in them - and I can have as many as I want for $15. So I'm using my little Yaris and running up and down the highway with stones for my garden. :)  I'm thinking about renting a pickup from Home Depot as I can only carry a limited amount in my car and I've figured I'll need to make about 11 trips with the car - or one, maybe two, with pickup. Gardening has become an obsession!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Comment by Randall Smith on October 18, 2014 at 7:39am

We're expecting a light frost tonight--our first. I'll cover up the few tomato plants that survived the rains. And, I'll finish digging up my sweet potatoes. They say frost harms them someway. It's never been proven to me, but I'll take no chances.

I let my green beans "go to seed" a couple months ago, and have picked, dried, and popped out the seeds. Half done, anyway. It's a tedious job, like getting the meat out of hickory nuts. But I enjoy doing it for some reason. I think I'm a little crazy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 2:06am

I like gathering every leaf and needle, too. It is like finding gold. I am not quite finished spreading this past year's compost yet. The squirrels enjoy it because it is so light and easy to bury horse chestnuts in. Also, easy to pull them out. So, we both win.

I picked all the ripe tomatoes and have several dozen green ones. Guess I'll bring them in. We had a light frost on the garage roof this morning.  

Comment by Daniel W on October 17, 2014 at 11:16pm

I look at raking leaves, pine needles, and other tree products, as collecting free mulch or free compost resources.  I love that, it's like finding gold.



Comment by Daniel W on October 17, 2014 at 11:04pm

Oh Joan, that's so beautiful.

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. 



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