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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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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 k.h. ky on December 2, 2016 at 8:38pm
My mom made the best beets in the world. The sweet ones. And what she called green tomatoe ketchup. Which is like a sweet relish but far better, and one batch that had hot peppers. That was made from green tomatoes, tart apples, onion, sugar, vinegar and probably a couple of things I've forgotten.

Joan, I'm glad you're with family now. Family helps a lot of things.
Comment by Daniel W on December 2, 2016 at 8:11pm

Spud, Randy aren't they ugly?!  I never liked the dyed orchids.  If someone wants a dyed blue cactus, why not just go whole hog and get a plastic one?

Joan, I'm glad you are with the animals and family.  They need you too.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2016 at 11:56am

Daniel, I've never seen cacti that brightly colored.  They are not attractive.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 2, 2016 at 7:18am

Daniel, when I first saw your cacti photo, I thought "wow!". Then, it sunk in--GROSS! Just not right.

Joan, it's good to hear you're out of your blues (my word for depression). Most of our birds have migrated, but I now see blue jays and cardinals more often. I don't think sandhill cranes have left for Florida just yet--at least I haven't heard them.

Dug up the last of my carrots and stuck them in my fruit cellar along with potatoes. Still eating basement ripened tomatoes. And out of the garden, I'm getting kale, collards, and small brocolli heads. My Brussels sprouts were pathetic this year.

One more thing: I caught (trapped) my third rat in my unattached garage! Dog Dot nails them when the rats are released. Primal instincts. Hopefully, that's all of them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 1, 2016 at 9:44pm

Spud, I liked pickled pigs feet, too, when I was a kid; not so much now. The taste of fermented foods suits me fine, now, especially since I have time to make the varieties. Yes, lemon still feels wonderful for me. In fact, I made salmon fillet for dinner tonight and cut lemons for squeezing over them. I like to pull the fruit away from the skin and eat it. Refreshing and tart, with just a hint of shiver as I eat them. 

Randy, you missed a wintertime treat by not making up a batch or two of pickled beets. The beets I used were from the grocery store, and they turned out very nicely, tart, without too much sugar. 

I didn't see many bird varieties but heard many different songs. Dominic and I spread more sunflower seeds today; I doubt the bird populations will notice because there are many seed heads of their favorites flavors available.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 1, 2016 at 9:09pm

Daniel, I like my things from scratch, too, whether they are plants or home-made pickles, even homemade sourdough bread, and soups. Our turkey soup turned out deliciously. I have a few jars of turkey stock for future cooking. 

The greenhouse still provides kale, parsley, hot peppers, and broccoli heads begin to form. Maybe they will mature for winter solstice dinner. 

I am happy to be back at L&L Acres. Depression started to devour me at home and being with animals, family, and the forest pleases me.  

Comment by Daniel W on December 1, 2016 at 8:49pm

Those cacti were at Home Depot, next to the brilliantly colored, due to dye, orchids, and next to cacti with fake flowers.  My personal preference is for real plants.  Each to their own. :-)

Comment by Randall Smith on November 29, 2016 at 8:15am

I love pickled beets. Unfortunately, I "forgot" to make any this Fall. I did make dill pickles, however. Yum.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 28, 2016 at 10:24am

Joan, I very much liked your story of your pickle-puss-girl. 

I remember me liking vinegary things when I was young.  Pickled pigs feet, pickled gherkins, and probably several more that I can't remember now.  Don't care for them now.

Munching into lemons was also something I enjoyed.  I'd probably still enjoy them once in a while, but haven't eaten any for years, because I want to save my teeth from an early death.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 28, 2016 at 2:24am

Daniel, your eggs look so pretty. The green one among the white and brown makes a prettier basket than an Easter Egg batch of colored eggs. 

I will tell Katelynn, my great-granddaughter, about you putting in a "14 hour light on a timer" and the hens starting to produce eggs again.

She just turned 16-years-old and the family had a big bonfire with huge piles of slash to get rid of before the dry season hits next spring. She had a large crowd of her friends to help celebrate.  

 

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