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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!

Discussion Forum

DIY Green House and a Chicken Coop?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 2 Replies

Cover crops: Gabe Brown

Started by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Geodesic Dome Greenhouses

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Monday. 1 Reply

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 1, 2016 at 9:44pm

Spud, I liked pickled pigs feet, too, when I was a kid; not so much now. The taste of fermented foods suits me fine, now, especially since I have time to make the varieties. Yes, lemon still feels wonderful for me. In fact, I made salmon fillet for dinner tonight and cut lemons for squeezing over them. I like to pull the fruit away from the skin and eat it. Refreshing and tart, with just a hint of shiver as I eat them. 

Randy, you missed a wintertime treat by not making up a batch or two of pickled beets. The beets I used were from the grocery store, and they turned out very nicely, tart, without too much sugar. 

I didn't see many bird varieties but heard many different songs. Dominic and I spread more sunflower seeds today; I doubt the bird populations will notice because there are many seed heads of their favorites flavors available.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 1, 2016 at 9:09pm

Daniel, I like my things from scratch, too, whether they are plants or home-made pickles, even homemade sourdough bread, and soups. Our turkey soup turned out deliciously. I have a few jars of turkey stock for future cooking. 

The greenhouse still provides kale, parsley, hot peppers, and broccoli heads begin to form. Maybe they will mature for winter solstice dinner. 

I am happy to be back at L&L Acres. Depression started to devour me at home and being with animals, family, and the forest pleases me.  

Comment by Daniel W on December 1, 2016 at 8:49pm

Those cacti were at Home Depot, next to the brilliantly colored, due to dye, orchids, and next to cacti with fake flowers.  My personal preference is for real plants.  Each to their own. :-)

Comment by Randall Smith on November 29, 2016 at 8:15am

I love pickled beets. Unfortunately, I "forgot" to make any this Fall. I did make dill pickles, however. Yum.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 28, 2016 at 10:24am

Joan, I very much liked your story of your pickle-puss-girl. 

I remember me liking vinegary things when I was young.  Pickled pigs feet, pickled gherkins, and probably several more that I can't remember now.  Don't care for them now.

Munching into lemons was also something I enjoyed.  I'd probably still enjoy them once in a while, but haven't eaten any for years, because I want to save my teeth from an early death.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 28, 2016 at 2:24am

Daniel, your eggs look so pretty. The green one among the white and brown makes a prettier basket than an Easter Egg batch of colored eggs. 

I will tell Katelynn, my great-granddaughter, about you putting in a "14 hour light on a timer" and the hens starting to produce eggs again.

She just turned 16-years-old and the family had a big bonfire with huge piles of slash to get rid of before the dry season hits next spring. She had a large crowd of her friends to help celebrate.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 28, 2016 at 2:16am

I wish I had your energy, Daniel, and Kathy. I continue on my slug phase and don't seem to be recovering

I am at L&L Paradise Acres for a week, had a lovely walk with Dominic around the perimeter of the house clearing. The bird sounds sang us along our way. 

Larry fixed the turkey for Thanksgiving, and the rest of the meal was a team effort. We had turkey soup for lunch and turkey gravy over dressing and rolls tonight, with my pickled beets and onions. 

While I prepared dinner tonight, Brooklyn, my two-year-old great-granddaughter placed the step stool where she wanted to watch me make dinner. I gave her a small taste of pickled beets; she shuddered, then smiled and wanted more. She ate several more beets and onions and seemed unwilling to share them. She is my pickle-puss-girl. 

Comment by k.h. ky on November 26, 2016 at 7:25pm
We were getting a lot of green and pink eggs but no longer. One of the black hens had to be're-homed' because she wouldn't stop nesting. And when she while she nested she started eating eggs. And just pecking into others.

I finished with the pruning and transplanted a couple things. Cut around a small shrub that has to be moved. If we ever get enough rain.
Comment by Daniel W on November 22, 2016 at 10:45pm

This is about 2 or 3 days of eggs.  It was pouring rain today.  I spread more leaves in the orchard, collected eggs, and gave up.  The hens had stopped producing, so we installed a 14 hour light on a timer, and now they have started again.

It looks like someone was slacking off.  I thought the Americauna was defective and producing brown eggs, instead of the blue or green ones that we read about.  Turns out this is her first egg.  The white ones are from the lone Leghorn. The others are from either the Rhode island reds, or the palest brown might be from 2 the mixed-heritage hens.  The sex-linked hen turned out to be a rooster.

Comment by Daniel W on November 22, 2016 at 10:40am

Asters are really beautiful.

I think I will make today a garden day too.  Haul another truckload of leaves that I collected, probably the last for the season.  Do some maintenance work in my orchard, especially the deer cages.  I removed two for trees that I hope have outgrown the need, which makes them easier to maintain.  Others need to be larger to accommodate growth.  Plant more bulbs.

 

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