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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.

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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 Idaho Spud on September 7, 2016 at 12:24pm

Joan, I remember my dad doing similar things raising rabbits.  He had many hutches full and grew lots of alfalfa for them.  We ate rabbit on a regular basis.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2016 at 12:14pm

Spud, you have black gold running around your yard. Here is an idea to turn the problem into a solution. 

Find or get some wire that is big enough to throw your kitchen and garden waste into, put a water source that attaches to the sides, and put a box or something where the bunny can stay dry and out of the weather. Keep a supply of carbon, dry leaves, straw, grass clippings or yard waste to throw on top of the heap and that would keep the fly population down. Put your bunny on top of the pile, and voilà, you make the finest compost you can make. Keep the pile well watered, except where the rabbit's home is.

Or, build a rabbit hutch. When I was a kid, we always had rabbits. Mom and Dad ate them but I named them, and I couldn't eat them. Dad put wire mesh on the floor of the hutch so the urine and dropping flowed to a concrete platform that was built to drain water. He just washed down the platform every morning, and there never was any unpleasant debris. The water with the droppings and urine flowed into a catch basin. He designed a watering system using rain gutters to use gravity to run the fluids and droppings into furrows that ran down the slope of vegetables. He moved the rain gutters to a different row each time the fertilized water reached the end of the trench. Our garden was lush, and all the plants were deeply watered. We had nice sweet and not bitter lettuces, and cucumbers were delicious. Dad was quite an engineer and could make just about anything.  He was an outstanding designer, inventor, and builder.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2016 at 11:13am

Thanks for the rabbit recipe Daniel.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 7, 2016 at 10:28am

Wow, Spud, that's getting cool. Wish we would cool down (93 today). Sounds like you have a new pet!

Glad you noticed the "invitation", Joan, for the kid's dinner. All the work--set up, food prep, etc., is done by a caterer, but the food and location is provided by Nate and Emily. I plan to attend, of course. I shouldn't have to pay.  After all, it is my land!

And to answer your question, no, I don't have raised beds except potatoes, squash, and strawberries.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2016 at 6:23am

The weather here has become cold the last few days, with a nighttime low of 39° F one night, and a daytime high of 60°.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2016 at 6:20am

Don't know if the back bunny is male or female.  It briefly crossed my mind that I might see some babies.  That would probably require some action.

If I start seeing too much damage, I'll put something one bottom edges of my gates, which is where the bunny most likely got in, and then shoo it out, or grab it and put it out.  

I should be able to catch it because it's quite tame.  I've leaned down to look it in the eyes several times with no reaction on it's part.  The only time it moved away a few inches, is when my size 14 shoes got too close to it.

Comment by Daniel W on September 6, 2016 at 9:09pm
Spud, in case your rabbit starts eating valuable garden plants, here's a link to a recipe for rabbit cacciatore

http://m.wikihow.com/Cook-Rabbit-Italian-Style

I'm vegetarian. Therefore I can't vouch for the flavor.

Those high desert locations would take me some time to get used to as far as gardening goes. Still I'm sure there's a lot that thrives.

Joan, one of my main gardening rules, is to grow what I enjoy growing. Which seems like about anything. There is an aspect of nostalgia, so there are some things my parents and grandparents grew. Corn, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, marigolds, peppers, and apples, plums, cherries. There are also many things they could not have imagined.

Anyway, this year I grew Roma tomatoes to dry. Sundries tomatoes are expensive, so that saves some money. We also dried other tomatoes, Asian pears, plums, cherries. Squashes and pumpkins last 9 months to a year, and I prep some for cooking by baking until soft, purée, measur into 1 or 2 cup amounts, and freeze. I also shredded zucchini to freeze for later cooking. Some apples will keep several months in a cool place.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2016 at 7:10pm

Daniel, your harvest photos look healthy, and it looks like you have an abundant crop of extensive varieties. Will you be preserving any of your harvests? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2016 at 6:59pm

Randy, do you have raised beds? All that rain must take a while to dry out your vegetable garden.

Spud, The black rabbit knows where the delicious food grows. Will you be putting up some protection from him/her. Do you know if the rabbit is male or female? 

We definitely have the first brush of autumn, with chilly winds, some rain, and lots of thunderstorms. We keep our fingers crossed about fires started by lightning! Fire Dist 8 has had just a few very small fires this summer and they were caused by humans. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 6, 2016 at 6:33pm

I see that Silverthorn Farm has a big event planned for Saturday, September 17th, 2016. What a nice way to get acquainted with their farm. I wish I lived closer. You must be very proud of your daughter and her family!

"It's the most fun way possible to explore local offerings, eat what's truly in season and get to know your farmers, your chef, and a few new local people who love food like you do.
$65/person
Invite more to join you and receive $20 off a party of four.
Tickets available online.

http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=272febf3e272cbc9d4196ad2c&...

 

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