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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

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Comment by Don on June 27, 2016 at 7:47am

Spuds already, Daniel? And corn? Beautiful. How I would love to have a longer growing season!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 27, 2016 at 6:36am

Great photos, Daniel. I envy your corn. Mine is a bust.

While my nectarines and apricots got wormy (despite spraying with furit tree oil), pears and peaches and persimmons (the 3 P's) look good. Apples, not so great.

More rain last night. Enough already! It's also been too hot to work (weed) in the garden. I think I've lost control!

The latest newsletter from the Silverthorn-farm.com says it all. It's been a week of recovery. The only thing I did to help was to cut up an obstructive tree. I'll do more when it cools off--either this week or in the winter!

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 27, 2016 at 5:54am

A persimmon happy dance.  A vision of joy.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on June 26, 2016 at 7:48pm

Joan, that's true.  But, I don't think I have any "hurry" in my system these days.  :-)

Here are my first spuds of the year.

When I was growing up in Southern Illinois and Missouri, we used to say the sweet corn should be "knee high by the 4th of July".  My first batch, a veriety called "Trinity", is eye-ball high.  The second batch, called "Bilicious", is waist high.  The 3rd batch, also "Trinity", is almost knee high.   I figured, with climate change there was no way tp predict the weather but it would not be much loss if they frosted or didn't grow, so started early.  Planting new batches every 2 or 3 weeks, the last ones were last week and not germinated yet.

There might be some persimmons this year.  Inside my little brain, there's a boy doing a happy dance. 

Cherries for pie

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2016 at 7:07pm

Daniel, if we hurry really fast and set up production, we can make and market honey buckets!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on June 26, 2016 at 3:42pm
Randy, my heart goes put to you and your family for the bad weather. I know when there are setbacks in my garden, how frustrated I sometimes feel, and I dont have to make a living on what I grow. I hope everything comes back together and you can move forward soon.

We got our first potatoes today. Some nice spuds, Burbank Russets for baking and a pink flesh red skin potato for boiling. Two or three plants of each, estimating about 5 pounds total. I have abount 50 plants remaining, so maybe 50 pounds still in the ground. Not bad. We eat several pounds a week.
Comment by Idaho Spud on June 26, 2016 at 2:35pm

Strawberries have taken-over a large part of the garden and produced a huge amount.  Two weeks ago I saw a lot of large red ones that looked ripe so I ate some.  Un-uh.  Not ripe.  Every couple of days I ate some, and still not ripe.

A week ago, a woman from the government organization that helps people with low income and seniors knocked on my door and ask if I wanted her to pick them for me.   It sounded like she saw that there were so many that looked so ripe, that were not being picked, that perhaps no one here was able to pick them.

I told her that I was able, and they did look ripe, but the taste said no.  Anyway, I then went out and picked a huge number of them because I didn't want her to think I was letting them go to waste. 

Shouldn't have cared what she thought because most of them were still not ripe.  They tasted like store bought ones.  Today, I tasted some and found a lot were finally ripe, so I picked another huge amount.  My raspberries are also starting to ripen, so I picked those also.  Yummy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 26, 2016 at 12:28pm

For newcomers, Randys family owned the ground for 175 years (correct me if I am wrong, Randy) and now is in the care of one of Randy's daughter's family. Their newsletters are the best I have seen and their farm looks carefully planned and managed. Here is their newsletter address: 

Silverthorn Farm

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 26, 2016 at 11:58am

Randall, sorry about the loss of trees and greenhouses your family experienced.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 26, 2016 at 6:26am
Spud, I have the same problem with dill weed in my garden. I usually allow some of it to go to seed so I can harvest it, but invariably, many seeds go to the ground. Sunflowers do the same.
 

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