Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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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.

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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 Don on October 11, 2014 at 8:32am

I know what you mean, Randall.  Today I plan to harvest the last of my leeks and put the garden to bed under a blanket of rye--except for the garlic plot, which I'll plant in a week or two.  It's always something of a relief to be done with all those chores. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 11, 2014 at 8:04am

Love the photos. I have chipmunk "problems". They run amok which drives dog Dot crazy! Fun to watch them both.

I don't know, Don. Like my golf, I need to take the winter off from gardening. It gives me time to recuperate, then eager to dig in, literally, come spring.

Joan, thanks for asking. The kids had a mixed year, certainly not as good as they would have hoped for. Much produce was wiped out. Below ground stuff was good. They remain optimistic despite the weather and continuing pursual of sueing the company that sprayed their field in 2013. What a nightmare that is! They're hosting a $40 a plate tent dinner tonight, organized by some Purdue catering outfit. Not sure of the details (see Silverthorn-farm.com). As owner of the farmland, I get to attend free!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 10, 2014 at 5:50pm

 Whoaaaa!  I certainly hope it works out for you. A grow light on my dining room table will be my version. :)

Comment by Don on October 10, 2014 at 5:42pm

Thanks, Barbara, but I'm afraid that's all it is--a potential greenhouse.  I figure $2800 for the unassembled materials and another 1-to-2K for site preparation, foundation work, a floor, and assembly.  As I say, if my new book makes me some money, I plan to go for it.  That potential is there.  We'll see.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 10, 2014 at 5:18pm

Joan, my puppy has gone to a 'forever home'. She grew much too big and too rambunctious for my little Maltipoo and hurt him - not serious but enough to get my attention. Her new owner is a groomer and trainer and they have plans to train her in agility plus they have other dogs she will be able to play with - and as rough as she wants.  There was tears and guilty on my part, but, in the end better for her. I thought I was adopting a tiny maltese and she turned out to be a large Chinese Crested mix.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 10, 2014 at 5:06pm

Don, I'm so incredibily envious of you and your potential greenhouse. I want one so bad I can taste it.  I would love to be able to propagate some cuttings and seeds over the winter months. Will just have to turn my dining room table into a green house for this season. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2014 at 4:53pm

Barbara, Your management of the grass eradication sounds as though it works. I know what you mean by the St. Augustine grass. It is different than anything we grow in the NW. Glad to learn your tiller worked beautifully for you. Looking forward to you sharing your photos of veggies with us next summer. Your wonderful story of your puppy and the milkweed plant delights me. 

Sorry you fellas have given up on melons; I have too. Just not enough hot nights to get the kind of sweet they are able to make. Spokane Valley can grow outstanding Hearts of Gold which needs 90 days from sowing to harvest. Next year, I may try them again and start them earlier, put them in the hottest part of the garden and give them night protection. 

Don, your ground looks so fertile and spacious. I am interested in your books. What have you written and what is your next book? Do you write any non-fiction? 

Randall, how did your family's harvest turn out after that terrible rain you had this summer? 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 10, 2014 at 4:47pm

Hi Deidre, welcome. I'm by no means the expert gardener in this group. I live in very hot and very dry South Texas. Last year I attempted to grow tomatoes in a pot and they just cooked and produced a few cherry tomatoes. Next year I'm going all out and will create a in-ground bed. Still haven't decided on which veggies I will grow, most likely heat tolerant ones though. There are many people on this site who produce awesome amounts of just about everything and will certainly be able to offer you advice.  Happy Gardening :)

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 10, 2014 at 4:33pm

Oh my gosh Joan, adorable. I'm still finding things to marvel over even though I have so little in my garden.  Bumble bees for the first time for me, a Monarch, and of course resident squirrel. You stil have me beat hands down. I went to a friends house today and she gifted me wih Iris, Artemesia and a Rose bush. Just love free plants.:)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2014 at 4:19pm

I sit in my garden having lunch. Just off the corner of my eye I see movement in a huge clump of Borage. Paying attention, I see a tiny little mouse climbing a stalk that is almost three feet tall. OOOOPPs, the stalk breaks and the mouse falls to the Wooly thyme. She scrambles onto the stock and begins nibbling at the pretty blue flowers. 

Yesterday, it was a squirrel climbing up the tallest sunflower stalk reaching for the ripest sunflower. The limb broke, he bit off the blossom and took it to the edge of the box and sat there eating the sunflowers as I watched. This went on for maybe 30 minutes. It became too cold and I headed for the house and some warmth. Summer heat is definitely over. 


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