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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.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on February 18, 2017 at 1:34pm

Kathy, sounds like you have a great place to live.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 18, 2017 at 1:15pm
I should have said chestnuts are better roasted. I'm sure they are edible even if they aren't.
There is a wild persimmon tree in the back yard and a hickory in the front. A black walnut at the edge of the driveway. A chestnut tree and a pawpaw in the woods that join us.
We're isolated by the woods. The adjoining forty acres are owned by my friend and neighbor so I can forage them at will. I did a lot more foraging when I was a few years younger :)
Comment by Idaho Spud on February 18, 2017 at 10:46am

Yesterday, I pruned my Apricot tree.  Took off all the very low branches, all the crossing branches, and opened the center for light.

Today, I put the last of my new seeds in tightly sealed, dry canning bottles, and put them in the freezer.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 18, 2017 at 10:40am

Years ago I bought some Chestnuts from a grocery store, but didn't like the taste at all.  Perhaps I didn't bake them long enough.

Comment by Daniel W on February 18, 2017 at 9:53am

Kathy it sounds like you live in a great area to forage, pawpaws, chestnuts, walnuts, probably persimmons and mushrooms too.   That is like my family's Missouri farm, plus there were some wild greens, quail, and and fish in the 1 acre pond.  What didnt grow well was corn, soybeans, or wheat. I remember, I used a hammer to crack the walnuts.

My 2 acres here is not wild, and when it was there probably wasnt much for human consumption.  Maybe rabbits.  Mushrooms, but I dont know which ones are edible vs. poisonous.  Last summer all of my fruit, most of my vegetables, and some of my grain were from gardening.

Chestnuts are more starchy and less fat than other nuts.  Good roasted ones are sweet.  Northeastern US was covered with American chestnut forests until they were wiped out by Asian chestnut blight.  Chinese anf Japanese chestnuts are resistant to blight, very popular eating in Asia.  Some modern ones are hybrids with Chinese or Japanese species for the blight resistance.

I ordered 2 varieties of hybrids.  I imagine they will be very small.  They claim growth is rapid.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 18, 2017 at 8:56am
Chestnut trees grow wild here. To be edible they need to be baked in the shells for about twenty minutes.
Black walnuts are also close by. And hickory but I've never tried the hickory nuts.
Comment by Plinius on February 18, 2017 at 8:27am

I can understand that, Randall, I grew up in the post war poverty. I still try very hard not to waste food, but I´ve stopped eating leftovers like I was taught. It causes weight problems.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 18, 2017 at 7:26am

Daniel, you've got me curious. I'm not sure if I know what chestnuts even taste like. They're surely not the same as the water chestnuts in chop suey, etc.? I'll have to google both of them when I'm done here.  In any case, I'm glad to see you're getting into planting nut trees.

Chris, my arugula comes up voluntarily in my garden (since it usually goes to seed). I hate to see it go to waste, and it is pretty. So I do mix it in my salads, but still, it's too strong for me to really enjoy.  I'm one of those persons that will drink milk that's soured just so not to dump it down the drain! Such a product of "the great depression" parents!

Comment by Plinius on February 18, 2017 at 12:17am

Arugula  best in a mixed salad.

Comment by Daniel W on February 17, 2017 at 6:15pm

On arugula, I just like trying different things.  Last year I moved the biggest juiciest dandelions from lawn to rich garden bed, fertilized and water, and they were more tender and less bitter as a salad green.  I liked them.  Maybe I will like arugula, if not, thats ok.  This year I also want to try amaranthus greens.

Kathy you are right about those being scrubby trees.  i think they didnt have much of a root system and the massive blackberry brambles may have had a role too. The soil is very soft there.   Im gradually cutting them for next year's firewood.  I need to replace my broken chainsaw.  I am also planting a row of cypress to hold soil, shade out blackberries on the north (ravine) side, and give privacy.

My favorite Steve Martin movie was either The Jerk or All of Me. 

This nut tree thing has me a little excited.  Ive been reading about chestnuts.  Apparently the cultvated hybrids can start bearing in 3-5 years, are better tasting and not susceptible to chestnut blight.  They do grow very large, so space is needed but I have space.  Plus it might take several decades to grow really huge, if they get the chance. 

 

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