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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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Comment by Daniel W on May 28, 2014 at 3:57pm

Moles have a visible effect on the garden and yard here.  Big molehills appear overnight all over the place.

My neighbor tells me he watches them come out at night, and has ordered some sort of rifle to shoot them.  He tried traps and they didn't help.

For me they can be a problem, but not my worst one.  When I need soil for raised beds or to fill in, I harvest molehills.  There are usually enough to fill a wheelbarrow twice over.  Nicely ground up, fluffy soil, free of stones.  When I don't need the soil, I spread the molehill over a wide area, to smooth the lumpy yard.  I figure the mole hill has brought up deep layers of soil, full of minerals that leach in the winter rain.

In the flower or vegetable garden they are a nuisance.  But I do understand their role in nature, eating grubs that might otherwise be a problem.   I keep them out of raised beds by using a chicken-wire bottom for the beds. 

Voles are a bigger issue in winter.  They destroy the bark on trees and kill them.  And deer destroy entire shrubs and trees that take years to grow.  And rabbits eat away the vegetable garden.

But I'm learning, and one day we will all live in harmony.  Maybe.  Maybe not.

Comment by k.h. ky on May 28, 2014 at 2:47pm
Idaho, when you get the levitation thing figured out levitate me the hell out of here. Laugh
Comment by k.h. ky on May 28, 2014 at 2:43pm
Something like that Joan. But it has a high back and a low, sloping front to make for easier loading. To unload it you just turn it over on the sloped side and remove the amount you want.
It's a handy thing. Perfect for moving mulch.
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 28, 2014 at 1:31pm

I think so Ky. It would have a no lifting advantage.  And $22 is a good price.  Every hauler has advantages and disadvantages.  What we need is mental levitation : )

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2014 at 1:16pm

Randall, my daughter has problems with moles as well. They have a cat and dog that do wonders, even as the dog ends up digging them out. 

My granddaughter has a Bengal cat that is so hyperactive, she has to stay outside. She is a terrific mole killer. 

Bengal Cat (stock photo)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2014 at 1:11pm

Randall, I envy you, I have no strawberries yet, only lots of chives. 

king, I can't spell either and I am not getting better at it. It's OK, you give enough of the letters to give me an idea of what you mean. Math, being a language of numbers, offers some good insights into things. So, one way or another, I understand. 

If you want the correct spelling of "condishens", try conditions. Spell checker doesn't help find the correct spelling for this and other such words. I often have to change my sentence to find a word that means what I mean, and sometimes I just give up and hope others can decipher my meaning.

I enjoy your posts.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 28, 2014 at 1:04pm

k.h. ky, do you mean something like this one?

 

Comment by k.h. ky on May 28, 2014 at 12:51pm
Spud, I have a wheelbarrow that's more upright. It looks like a 35 gallon garbage can with front wheels. I like it because you don't have to bend over to lift it. I got it at Lowes three years ago for 22 bucks.
Have you seen them?
Comment by Steph S. on May 28, 2014 at 10:35am

That is a nice wheelbarrow. I bet it makes gardening chores easier. We got a lot of rain here lately. It will help the plants grow.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 28, 2014 at 10:16am

I don't think I want to save seeds until I settle on one type of watermelon.  Otherwise, I could end up with some unpleasant tasting watermelon due to cross-pollination.  Am I correct?

 

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