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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 Daniel W on August 7, 2017 at 10:43pm

This year I grew some zinnias.  Haven't grown them since I was a kid.  For the ones I planted in the ground, rabbits ate them off repeatedly, but eventually the grew back tougher and are blooming nicely.  In fact, the rabbit-eaten ones branched and have multiple flowers. I also planted some in a container on the deck.  They are champions in the heat.

The smell gave me nostalgia  I wasn't conscious of zinnias having a fragrance, but once I smelled them, I remembered.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 2:27pm
Congrats Randy. That's an accomplishment in these times of people moving away from their roots.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 6, 2017 at 2:24pm
As Thomas said meal worms are beetle larvae.
Joan there's a pretty simple recipe for breeding them on the backyard chicken website I believe it was. Not as messy as the one I did. And it probably doesn't smell as bad. Heat is key so your greenhouse would be perfect.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2017 at 12:56pm

Randy, that celebration sounds like a one not-to-miss. Aren't you proud!? I hope things are going better for them and that they can recover from all the storm damage to their crops and equipment. 

silverthorn-farm.com

Summertime at Silverthorn Posted 6/13/2017 10:39am by Nate Parks.

CILANTRO

Posted 6/9/2017 2:52pm by Nate Parks.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 6, 2017 at 9:50am

That would be fun to watch Thomas.

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 6, 2017 at 9:47am

   Chickens are crazy for meal-worms. When I had a compost going my barred rock chickens discovered mealworms in the pile. Since then every morning when I let the chicken out to free roam they race and fly to the compost pile. Their digging antics are like cats to catnip.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 6, 2017 at 8:28am

I'm not familiar with mealworms, but Wikipedia says they're the larval stage of the mealworm beetle.  They feed on vegetation, dead insects, and can eat polystyrene.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 6, 2017 at 7:45am

Aren't meal worms anything more than fly maggots?

Friday, Aug 11, the whole family is going to the Indiana State Fair to be presented a sesquicentennial (150) Hoosier Homestead Award. I guess it's sort of a big deal. I'm excited about attending. Our farm began in 1864 with Wm. Silverthorn. (silverthorn-farm.com). 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 6, 2017 at 6:32am

Plinius, how's your garden doing?  It's been a long time since you're mentioned it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2017 at 2:01am

Kathy, I have been wanting to grow some meal worms for the bird population that is growing near the bird feeding station in the Fir tree just outside my window. Thank you! I will try the technique

 

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