Godless in the garden

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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 December 5, 2016 at 9:32pm

It snowed today in Battleground WA.  Im glad we are getting some winter.  Too much warm makes me worry.  There is some arctic weather predicted for Dec or Jan.

Comment by Daniel W on December 5, 2016 at 9:28pm

I second that with glad to have Spud here. 

Spud, my tablet showed an apple and that was cool.  Now I'm on my laptop and it shows the square symbol.  I tried using emojis on Nexus but that always makes it crash.

I was not an apple lover for most of my life either.  Growing my own changed that. There are so many different textures and flavors, and the grocery store ones just don't compete.  Grocery apples are stored in an oxygen free, refrigerated, humidified atmosphere for many months, up to a year.  They are not picked ripe.  Ripe ones bruise too easily during shipping and handling.  They are artificially ripened with ethylene gas, which is not harmful, but they don't get a sun / tree ripened taste.  Up until recently, the main varieties were Red Delicious, which had taste bred out of it in favor of color and shape, Golden Delicious, ditto.  Granny Smith, which keeps a long time but too sour for me.  My grafts are not all up to bearing yet, but Liberty is really good, and I also loved a variety called SummerRed, one called Pristine, and the old fashioned Gravenstein.  I really like Jonagold but mine has not done well yet.  It might do better in its new location, where I moved it yesterday. 

Comment by k.h. ky on December 5, 2016 at 3:14pm
Daniel, it was fun working together. And it made us a close family to this day. With the exception of me being atheist. Mom made her biscuits from scratch similar to your gmoms pie crust.
Spud, it's good to have you back with us on a regular basis.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 5, 2016 at 11:27am

Daniel, here's hoping your  trees give you some good fruit next season.  The way I've been planting trees in the past, I would expect it to take 2 or 3 seasons, but I suspect your method of planting (which I intend to use from now on), will give you some produce new season.

By the way, I didn't purposely put the  computer symbol in my first sentence.  I typed "apple", but the computer changed it to , and I decided to leave it in.  

Not being an apple lover, this is the first time I've typed the word since using my new computer, so it's the first time that has happened.

Comment by Daniel W on December 4, 2016 at 8:34pm

Kathy, that is a wonderful sounding experience.  I remember my mother telling me that her mother made pie cruse by squeezing the dough together with the shortening, using her fingers.  She made biscuits in a similar way.  I can't get biscuits right to save my life.  But I do make a good pie crust using a food processor.

Today it was drizzly.  I took a break from kitchen destruction and transplanted another dwarf apple tree from the old place to the new place.  It's a Jonagold, one of my favorite apples.  This tree almost never has a good crop due to maggot infestations, which I attribute to a massive neglected neighbor tree.  No such problem in the new spot, maybe it will bear some nice fruit next year despite the move.

Comment by k.h. ky on December 4, 2016 at 4:48pm
That should have been cooked in not cooled in.
Comment by k.h. ky on December 4, 2016 at 4:46pm
Joan, I don't have that recipe and neither do my sisters. I guess it died with mom. Mom never used a recipient that I recall. She had just made the same things the same way every year. She could always tell by taste if it was right. And we're talking making a dozen or more quarts every batch. Several times during the summer. With the five of us kids working alongside her to core and quarter the apples, green tomatoes, sweet green peppers, onions and the few hot peppers that made the hot variety added during the last batch. With the younger kids working the hand cranked grinder. If you ever feel really ambitious I tell you the tart apples and green tomatoes were drained before being put in the pot. I remember mom hanging them in a clean pillow case on the line to drip. Vinegar and sugar was what she cooled it in. With several table spoons of lemon juice. Everything was coarsely ground.
I found some recipes on the web are similar but with major differences. They used cinnamon or garlic and several other odd spices. Mom just used sugar, salt and apple cider vinegar.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 4, 2016 at 12:26pm

Daniel, I'm also amazed at your ambition, and I'm sure your garden will appreciate all the leaves you feed it.

Joan, your Paradise Acres looks beautiful, and I too am glad you've got your spirit back.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 4, 2016 at 7:29am

I agree with Joan, Daniel. Your work ethic is incredible and inspirational. My neighbors have no garden and consider sitting on a lawn mower for 3 hours every 3 days is work and exercise. Even at a quarter mile away, I hate hearing their noisy mower.

I didn't quite get my geraniums indoors in time. The frost got them. No matter. They seldom survive anyway.

Joan, it does look like "Paradise" where you now reside. I'm so glad you're happy and positive.

Comment by Plinius on December 4, 2016 at 4:07am

Good plans, Joan, and I'm very glad you've got your spirit back! It looks a wonderful place to live, very special to someone in the city!

 

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