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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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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!

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Comment by Randall Smith on May 10, 2017 at 7:32am

Good info, Spud. Too bad I don't have a taste for avocados. I know they're really good for us.

Putting unripe pears in a brown paper bag speeds up the ripening process--or so I hear.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2017 at 1:28am

Randy, I didn't see the film, and yes, Rooster Cogburn was named after that character. 

He was cock of the hill and I am certain he put up a great fight when caught and eaten by a wild animal. His feathers were broadly scatered. The kids buried what they could find of him and put a cross on his grave. I used to have a photo of the grave site, but it is lost in my unsorted mess.

I keep saying that I am ginng to organize photo albums, but just don't put in the effort. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 9, 2017 at 10:30pm

Joan, its interesting that you are in such a wild place.   Our chicken yard is fenced to keep out racoons possums and coyotes but once in a while we loose one to unknown cause.  Rats?  Hawks?  Its disappointing but I feel like we give them good lives othrwise.

Comment by Daniel W on May 9, 2017 at 10:27pm

Spud, I'll be amazed at your avocados.  Thought about them here but they ars too tropical for me.  I read something like, there is an a type and a b type or something like that, and both are needed for pollination.

Pears riprn from inside out.  If ripe on the tree, inside is near rotten.  They need to be picked when they come loose easily from the tree but still firm, then refridgerated, then ripen a day or two or so in the kitchen.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 9, 2017 at 9:32am

Because of my new diet, I'm eating one or two Avocados a day, and less fruit, so I've been thinking of ordering an Avocado tree instead of a Pomegranate to plant on the south side of my house.

While looking for a nursery that sells them, I came across a surprise about when to pick fruits & vegetables for the best taste.

From what I've read in the past, I thought that pears are the only fruit that ripen properly off the tree.  However, from what I've read today, It looks like Avocados are the only ones.  They should mature on the tree, but they soften only after being picked.

All other fruits and vegetables taste best when ripened on the tree or vine, but some fruits can be picked before ripening, and will continue to ripen to a degree.

Bananas will ripen a great deal off the tree, and can be picked green.

Apples can be picked a week early for longer storage.

Apricots, Cantaloupe, Kiwi, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papaya, Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, Plums, and Tomatoes will continue to ripen after being picked.

 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 9, 2017 at 7:23am

Joan, wasn't "Rooster Cogburn" the character in True Grit?

We are under a flood warning here in central Indiana. Planted farm fields are under water and will have to be replanted at some point.

Fortunately, and just in the nick of time, our farm installed new drainage tiling this spring, and is handling the excess water wonderfully. It was a good investment.

And my house and garden sits on a knob, so I get good runoff. My sump pump is working overtime, however.

I did get a chance to plant tomatoes, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and brocolli yesterday before the overnight rains came.

Daniel, I'll check out your Blogspot entries later.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 8, 2017 at 11:38pm

The lilacs at my Newport home barely reveal buds swelling. I hoped to plant more, however, the family does not want more shrubs because of the bear, cougar, and growing wolf population that take advantage of the cover to stalk children and domestic animals. They tell sad stories of observing wild animals taking geese, chickens, dogs, and cats and dragging them away. 

Rooster Cogburn had an untimely death at the fangs of some wild animal as the family watched it being hawled to its doom. 

via GIPHY

I'm certain there were some in the family happy to hear him silenced. 

"One Egg A Day" banty hen secummed to a raccoon who left behind tracks. 

Laura tells of the trauma of watching some of these events and finding only scraps of fur or feather. She especially remember the murder of a male goose that had fallen in love with her and followed her everywhere. He wouldn't let anyone or any other animal get close to her. A coyote was the villain in this story, if I remember correctly.  

I have to respect their experiences and warnings. Living in the land of fang an claw has its drawbacks.  

I talked to the WA State Extension Agent today who told me I have to install some kind of fence to protect the flora and fauna if I want to have animals and plants survive. It seems electric fencing can do the job if correctly installed, whatever that means. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 8, 2017 at 11:21pm

Kathy, I think those starts from old ones, are the best ones.  They are usually more fragrant, and they pass on a tradition.

Comment by Daniel W on May 8, 2017 at 10:47pm

Some of my  garden beds, planted in late winter.  The garlic was planted in the fall.  Today I hilled up the potatoes.  They are growing fast.  There are also some volunteer potatoes from pieces I missed when digging them last late summer.  I'll let them do their thing, too.  Planted collard greens seedlings yesterday.

Comment by k.h. ky on May 8, 2017 at 9:41pm
Beautiful lilacs. I have several of the old fashioned blues. And one that's purple. They transplant from starts easily.
 

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