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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 Joan Denoo on April 21, 2016 at 12:25am

Daniel, I read your March 5, 2016, post, written the day after your last day at work. I am sorry I had not read it earlier. Learning of the surprise potluck party and the greetings people gave you brought tears to my eyes. 

Such a dramatic change, from the pace and intensity, demands and requirements of a busy profession, to a life of retirement, with no schedules, no deadlines, no administration putting pressure on you, no patients needing more than money allowes, raises feelings of depression for so many people sharing your experiences.  

It seems you have settled into a new normal. I notice you chat more, and share your many activities more, and seem to have a wider frame of reference than when you were working toward retirement. 

I read a lighter step, a cheerier demeanor, and a funny bone reveals that part of you more often. You sound happy! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2016 at 11:08pm

My life has been boxes this spring. Packing, unpacking, finding places to put my things in already overabundantly furnished homes. Laura inherited her Dad’s things, my mother's things, and her paternal grandparent's things. She doled furnishings out to each of the girls and when I walk in a room here or at Michelle’s or Laurie’s I recognize the belongings of the now deceased generations. When I walk in their gardens, I see plants that were passed down to me and now to my daughter, granddaughters, and their children. I am most content. The great-grandkids and their families, dogs, cats, the greenhouse, and chickens fill my days. I go to bed exhausted and wake up refreshed and eager to share the day with this menagerie.
Daniel, your raised bed of concrete blocks and capped with cobblestone pavers creates a nice warm bed early in the season. I agree, raised beds such as these do make a big difference in my gardening. I don’t get so tired tending the beds, soils warm up and dry out earlier than garden soils, and beds designed to protect from frosts, insects, deer, or rabbits work well. I like your experiment of testing temperatures of soil in the garden, the ground in wooden raised beds, and soil in concrete blocks and cobblestones raised beds. It gives the substantial information needed to evaluate options in planting styles.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 20, 2016 at 9:31pm

Beautiful, Daniel. Blooms seem to be more robust and lasting longer than usual this year.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on April 20, 2016 at 9:25pm

Here are some of the potatoes and onions now.   We've had temps into the 80s - way to early for that in maritime Pacific NW.  There can be frosts into May.  I measured soil temp at 60 in am and 80 in pm, so planted some Indian and Sweet corn.  If it frosts, it's a goner and I need to replant.  Indian corn planted last week is sprouting.

Figs are looking very good this year.  I am trying not to get too excited,  but I LOVE fresh figs.

Looks like a bad year for plums.  They bloomed early, and either frosted or was too cold to set.  Only a couple of handfuls are developing.  Pawpaws are blooming, and I've been pollinizing them using a paintbrush to transfer pollen from one tree to the other and back.  Next up - persimmons look like they will be blooming soon.  I can hope!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on April 20, 2016 at 8:57pm

Some of the irises blooming in my yard.  Most are historic varieties.  I like those because they have survived the ages, through family members taking them when they move, or grandmother giving them to grandchild, or in cemeteries, or ramshackle homestead.  The historic ones are not as flashy, colors are more muted, smaller flowers and less ruffling, compared to modern ones.  I don't care - they remind me of visiting my grandma, or great aunt, or grandfather.

Her Majesty - sweet "iris" candy fragrance Alcazar Indian Chief - wow, the fragrance, makes me think I'm back in my great aunt's back yard 50 years ago A modern one called "Autumn circus"

This looks like the best year since I started the flower beds.  I almost gave up last year, they were dying off.  I'm glad I kept them after all.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on April 19, 2016 at 2:13pm

Randy I think the CCC might have built character.  A modern equivalent, but this time emplying women and men, seems like a good idea.  There are so many people out of work.

That catalpa hurts!  Those are beautiful trees.  Oh well!

I think you have less late frost than I do.  Recommendations here are for planting a lot of things in May and even June.  WIth the unseasonable warm weather, I'm planting more now.  Potatoes are already growing nicely.  I planted flint corn last weekend, and aim to plant more this weekend - fun and chicken food.

Glad you are in the garden!  It is the best place to be.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 19, 2016 at 7:00am

Daniel, noticing your reference to Eleanor Roosevelt, I recently read a book about her husband being such an avid environmentalist. All this time, I thought his CCC idea was just a means to put young men to work (women weren't permitted). But no, he was heavily into protecting the natural world, especially forests and the animals that lived there.

As for my little world, I've had several "obnoxious" trees removed in my yard, especially a sprawling willow and hollow catalpa. It hurt, but it had to be done.

And I'm in the garden! I have about half of it planted, awaiting to see the rows come alive. Had my first asparagus yesterday, too! 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on April 10, 2016 at 8:26pm

Some photos today.  I spent a few hours cutting firewood and too tired to do anything now. 

Kwanzaa cherry bossom, Antique iris varieties Iris germanica and Eleanor Roosevelt.   These are by far the earliest in by yard.  I germanica is considered a 500 years old variety.  Eleanor Rooosevelt was introduced in 1933.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on April 8, 2016 at 9:25am

Randy, it's good to know you are out in the yard and garden.  I have been turning my new garden plots by hand.  Don't know how far I will get.

We are having such an early Spring and even hot weather, I might be getting ahead of myself in planting.  The soil temp is in the 70s.  I think I will plant some flint corn for the chickens.  If it frosts in a month and kills it, the soil will be ready to try again.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 4, 2016 at 6:44am

Despite the awful weather (wet, cold, and windy), I did get potatoes and onions in the ground. Also rolled my yard. Some people say that's bad, but I can't remember why.

 

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