Godless in the garden


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!

Discussion Forum

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo 34 minutes ago. 0 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by Grinning Cat on June 19, 2016 at 8:15pm

I'd love to see those photos!

I've usually found it easier to remove the memory card from the camera and read it directly on my computer. Before I had a computer with card reader slots, a USB plug-in memory card reader did the trick. The card shows up as a "Removable disk", and the pictures are usually in folders like DCIM > 100NIKON (or similar).

Folks might have better advice in the group "How To Do It!"

Comment by k.h. ky on June 19, 2016 at 6:54pm
I wish I could get the camera to transfer photos to this site. My older hydrangea, that I bought for .50 about twelve years ago, has so many brilliant blue blooms, I'm afraid it will break under the weight of them. I almost removed it last fall. It had not bloomed well for the past four years. A small start from it has gotten almost five ft tall and has as many blooms as it's mother plant. I suppose it was all the early rainfall that did it. Whatever the reason they are the brightest shade of blue I've ever seen on hydrangeas.
Comment by Randall Smith on June 18, 2016 at 6:30am

Despite the fact we have many deer around these parts, they don't bother with my yard and garden. My SIL just hit a deer with his truck two days ago! And I saw my first Japanese beetle yesterday in my red raspberry patch. NOOOO!  I have to cover my sweet potato starts with coffee cans overnight to prevent rabbits from eating them down to the ground.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 17, 2016 at 1:50pm

Chris, I am glad to learn you turned a wretched task into an opportunity to participate with neighbors to solve the water problem. There is nothing like a strong sense of community, especially during difficult times. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 17, 2016 at 1:38pm

Welcome Larry! 

Supposedly Four O'Clocks help with Japanese beetle control, the beetles eat th....  I don't know if that is true.  Four O'clocks are easy to grow, but not invasive fror me.

I have 5 foot fences that deer easily and frequently jump over.  My raised beds have fences that height, and most fruit trees are individually fenced, and deer do not jump into those narrow spaces.

Comment by Don on June 17, 2016 at 1:20pm

I understand, Larry.  Deer can certainly be a scourge in some places.  I expected that sort of trouble when I first put the garden in in the summer of 1979.  I bought cedar posts and fencing, my father came to visit with his posthole digger, and we built a good fence.  But I got to hate trying to mow around it--and it became pretty clear eventually that I didn't need the defense, so after a couple of years i took it down.  

Comment by Larry Martin on June 17, 2016 at 1:10pm

Love your garden, Don.  Mine needs a fence.  I'm on 6 acres against a church camp, with 10 acre neighbor lots, all wooded, in central NC.  The deer kill an unfenced garden but don't bother jumping over a 4 foot fence.

My bigger problem right now is japanese beetles.  They really hurt the grape and apple leaves.  I have to select for plants that can make it through the bad season.  I may try BT this year.

Comment by Daniel W on June 17, 2016 at 11:56am

Don, that sounds great.  My neighborhood is plots of 1 to 10 acres.  The deer are tame enough that I have thrown sticks at a dear that was munching on my fig tree, and it wouldn't move.  I finally got about 10 feet away and it ran off.   We have lots of rabbits too.  They might be affectged by a growing family of feral cats.  The cats might also help with voles.  I put up a nesting box for barn owls, which I often hear calling in the distance, but none have settled into the nesting box, yet.

Comment by Don on June 17, 2016 at 11:54am

I think it's more that there is a great deal of hospitable territory--woods and fields--where the deer can find plenty to eat and won't feel too nervous.  Most of my friends with gardens in town and in more populous areas don't fence their gardens either.  It's not at all like eastern Long Island, or parts of Connecticut, and so on, where wild land exists only in pockets and where the deer can't help but encroach on people's yards..  

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 17, 2016 at 10:51am

That's interesting Don.  It sounds like if a person is far enough away from other people, they won't have as much trouble with wild animals eating their garden.


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