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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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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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Hope in the Middle of Big Ag

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Aug 3. 1 Reply

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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

Comment by kathy: ky on August 5, 2017 at 10:42pm
To the chicken owners and bird lovers:

I accidentally learned how to make meal worms for them. When the chicken feed got soaked during the last rains I emptied the wet mess into a quart plastic strawberry container. I was intending to throw it in the trash but sat it on a worktable near the henhouse and forgot it. After about ten days of high temps I picked it up to carry it to the trash I saw meal worms wiggling through the ventilation slots. Hundreds of them. The chickens love them and so do wild birds. I've made them twice more.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2017 at 4:01am

It is difficult for me to imagine not having legalized Cannabis, 

Comment by kathy: ky on August 4, 2017 at 9:52pm
Joan, I'm with you on the medical care. I call McConnell and Ryan at least twice a week about their plans to destroy our healthcare system. And I write them more than that. There have never been two more greedy senators in this state to my knowledge. At least not at the same time.
Good news Shrilly has been found guilty. He's the creep who upped the price seven thousand percent on the AIDS drug. I know that isn't his name but it suits him. Price gouging wasn't the charges but, hey, whatever works : )
Comment by kathy: ky on August 4, 2017 at 9:42pm
Thomas, I agree with you about needless suffering. The trick is, as you found out, finding a dr who will work with you. That's very difficult in this small town. The county hospital rotate them through the only clinic ( which the county hospital also owns) every two years. A new one comes in, fulfills the two year contract,(or not) and they leave here. Having signed a non compete contract when they come in a patient can't keep a dr they like when the dr leaves.
I want Cannabis legalized here so I could get the kind with little to no thc. I'm to old to enjoy the brain buzz anymore. My memory is bad enough as it is. I would like to be able to find a strain that's high in CBD. I know it works for me, without the hazards of narcotics, but ky doesn't allow it. So occasionally I use it to ease the pains.
I think continuing to use the push mower is good exercise and you've found a way to make it manageable. If I were you I would continue to as long as possible.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2017 at 4:11pm

Thomas, thank you for all the information. I tagged Natra-Cure products and saw some things that Larry could use. 

With  Plantar Fasciitis how do you do all that mowing? Even if you do it over several days, that would be a great pain. 

I found it easy to lose weight by planning my meals carefully, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and less starch; I have cut out potatoes, rice, pasta, and reduced the amount of honey and cream I use daily in my coffee. I use a dessert plate instead of a dinner plate for my meals and don't go for second helpings. 

I get my New Balance shoes and orthotics from a referral of my podiatrist and Medicare pays the bills. I'm also watching what is happening with Social Security and Medicare under this administration. I don't want to give up any of these benefits to make some wealthy person richer. 

 

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