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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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 Randall Smith on May 30, 2017 at 7:15am

Daniel, gardening is suppose to be enjoyable. So, yes, you might need to cut back on some things. I'll sit in a lawn chair to allow my lunch to digest, but before 5 minutes are gone, I see a job that "can't wait". That's no way to relax. Nice photos, by the way.

I planted two more rows of corn yesterday. I like to stagger plantings to lengthen the season. However, my earlier plantings are a total failure. The cold and wet spring has caused the seeds to rot, evidently.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2017 at 4:11am

I enjoy seeing these lovely roses, they lift my spirits. I am not familiar with the beautiful pink flower. 

The chickens and ducks look healthy. Are ducks as destructive to gardens as chickens? Both species provide excellent nourishment to growing things. 

You ask a good question about the name for the female duck. The search is on: 

"A baby duck is called a duckling, and an adult male is a drake. An adult female duck is called a hen or a duck, and a group of ducks can be called a raft, team or paddling. Generic terms like bird, chick and flock also apply to ducks."


So, you have a raft of ducks or a paddling of ducks. I didn't know that!

Comment by Daniel W on May 29, 2017 at 11:02pm

Kathy, that sounds like a good idea to me.  Although, if it's like our chickens, and they have access to the new plants, they might scratch the soil to the point where the plants don't survive.

Last year I grew some big sunflowers, thinking I would feed the seeds to our chickens.  Birds pecked the entire sunflower  heads clean, before I could harvest them!  Not doing that this year.

Some photos from today.  I am worn out from mowing.  In the past we split that job, but for the foreseeable future, it's up to me.  I may need to cut back on some other gardening stuff, but that's OK.

Young Americauna pullets

Young Indian Runner Ducklings - is there a duck-equivalent to pullet?  Or hen?  I don't know the terms.  Male duck is drake.  What is female duck?  Whatever, they are very shy.  Hard to take photo.

Comment by kathy: ky on May 29, 2017 at 8:50pm
I transplanted some sun flowers today. The bed they came from were volunteers from last year's flowers. Some places were thicker than hair on a dogs back and some were thin. They didn't even wilt down and it was hot today. But they are just seedlings. A lot of them went beside the chicken coop so I'm hoping they will help shade it and help keep the hens cool. Plus they're very pretty.
Comment by Daniel W on May 29, 2017 at 10:34am

Spud, I think you are right about the fungus being beneficial.

Kathy I dont think you hurt anything by breaking it up, it will most likely continue to grow and run its course.  I hope your weather improves.  Growing up by the Mississippi, I knew muggy weather and mosquitos and chiggers.  No wonder people stay indoors.

Randy, I refer to the rodents as "damn rabbits".  :-)

Yesterday Ning let his Americauna pullets out of their baby cage, to mix with his other chickens.  They blended in without major incident.  They are very pretty, almost like wild birds.  The chickens ignore his ducklings and vice versa.  He got a plastic children's wading pond and filled with water.  The ducks like floating around in the pond.

Randy, I didnt know radishes could be frozen.  Interesting!  Radishes seem to be a slug favorite here, they eat every bit of them.

After breakfast I will go out and check on seeds I planted during the past week.  Last night  I noted seedlings for zinnias and marigolds and the first hill of zucchini.    Sweet corn has not emerged.  Might be old seeds but only one year old.  The rows are covered with a net to prevent birds from digging them up.

We were at the Wilco feed store and saw they had more baby runner ducks.  Resisted the major temptation to buy a couple more.  Not easy!

Based on developing fruits, there might be 5 pears, a few bowls of apples and plums, and enough peaches for a couple pies, this summer.  Too early to say but I counted about 50 potential Asian persimmons.  They are the size of a peach when ripe. 

Time to put on some sunblock and get out there :-)

Yesteray was 90 but not humid.  Overnight in 60s. 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 29, 2017 at 7:48am

I was pretty upset to find 3 of my 4 kale plants laying (lying?) inert on the ground, evidently chewed off by a wascally wabbit. It didn't bother to eat the leaves. I got 4 replacements (from my kid's organic farm). Like so many other plants, I'll cover or fence them up at night.

I pulled a bunch of radishes yesterday and froze them. I googled how to do it. Hope it works.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 28, 2017 at 1:53pm

From what I read, the white fungus is good for gardens.

Comment by kathy: ky on May 28, 2017 at 1:25pm
We're having more rain and storms : (
Now it's hot and humid. Seems we just can't shake this weather front.
Comment by kathy: ky on May 28, 2017 at 1:13pm
Spud, you mean the white fungus under the mulch is a good thing??
I find it under my mulch all the time but I break it up. Should I leave it??
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 28, 2017 at 10:42am

There's a fungus amoungous.  Yea!

The last few days, I've dug out weeds under my trees and spread 1.5 - 2 inches of wood chips around them.  Today, when I dug into the pile of wood chips, I was very happy to see white fungi already growing in it.


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