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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Welcome to Eden!

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 Barbara Livingston on December 10, 2014 at 1:49pm

Daniel, re the Plum cuttings - ummm, ship them to San Antonio? :)

Comment by Barbara Livingston on December 9, 2014 at 12:19pm

Daniel, thanks for posting it for me. Think I need help in the computer area too. 

Comment by Daniel W on December 9, 2014 at 12:13pm

How about...

Barbara, I've been gardening a long time, and it still amazes me to see soil transformed by organic soil building practices. When I filled in the new part of the raised bed and stood back, I thought, wow! That's really impressive! And I didn't do it, it was nature improving the soil with a little boost from the compost and leaves.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on December 9, 2014 at 10:52am

http://www.symphonyofthesoil.com/   Sorry, sometimes I know just enough, but not enough. :(

Daniel, I had never completed the cycle of seeing new soil appear until yesterday.  In February I put fine mulch from recycling center around my front tree and then put in a rock edging to hold it in place.  Yesterday I went to mix in some leaves with it ... and discovered the mulch I could see was just a thin layer and beneath it was 4" of fluffy dirt. Rich, dark fluffy dirt, just like in your pictures!  I now can preach the gospel of mulching!  Well, maybe not preach, but you catch my drift. lol 

In the spring I intend to remove the rock edging and will begin to plant a perm ground cover at the edges - the mulch ring is 3.5' -that will eventually cover my entire front. I thought if I could give it a good start in some rich dirt it would have a greater chance of taking hold. Talk about learning as you go!  

Comment by Daniel W on December 9, 2014 at 9:34am

Me too!  :-)

Comment by Randall Smith on December 9, 2014 at 7:23am

Barbara, I tried your link, but it was a no go.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on December 8, 2014 at 10:12pm

I recognize most of you already understand the need to "feed" the soil.  However, think you might enjoy this.  You can watch for free until Dec 12th.  

Randall, I have days when I think about trading my car for a small pickup. 

Comment by Randall Smith on December 8, 2014 at 7:38am

Impressive, Daniel. Cold composting takes a long time. It tests ones patience!  I'll soon be getting my fertilizer from the local fairgrounds where they pile up horse manure free for the taking. Another reason for owning a pickup truck.

Comment by Daniel W on December 7, 2014 at 6:48pm

Here is the effect of 2 1/2 years of composting on local soil.  The dark area came from the same yard  - my yard - but has been enriched for 2 1/2 years with leaf compost, yard waste, chicken house compost, kitchen scrap compost...   I had cleaned out the other half of the bed and used the soil to top dress my other raised beds that settled.  So I re-filled it with yard soil.  That's the lighter brown, clumpy, gloppy soil

After taking the photo, I mixed in chicken house cleanings (my holiday gift, separate topic post), and will let it settle and age a few months. If I can get a supply of leaves, that will go there too. I also added a cup of lime, due to my acidic, calcium deficient soil. With some TLC, that half of the bed will become crumbly and dark and full of earthworms, like what it replaced.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 2, 2014 at 7:29am

My garden supplied me with most of what went on my post Thanksgiving, "Thanksgiving" plate last night (see Food group). I was proud of myself. I did feel guilty about using canned cranberry sauce, but I mixed it with home grown apple sauce to top my scone.


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