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.

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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 Daniel W on February 28, 2017 at 12:34pm

Joan, that's cold!  I hope you are keeping warm.

I imagine that with a greenhouse, the issue is more daylength and intensity of light, than with cold.  Maybe spinach and other greens would grow there.  Lettuce, mesclun, and scallions. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2017 at 11:26am

It is 30°F at 9:17 AM and expect a high of 33° with seven days of snow predicted as of the last forecast. I am itching to start seeds in the laundry room. We had one and a half inches of fresh snow yesterday and all that dirty snow has a bright new top layer. The fir trees have a snifter of snow on their branches. A beautiful sight with the sun shining through mostly cloudy skies. 

Comment by Daniel W on February 28, 2017 at 11:08am

My robins and birds in general are feasting on earthworms now.  It's a veritable battlefield out there!  Hummingbirds are at the feeder.  They are known to eat insects too, so I encourage them. 

I have not had bird problems with underripe grapes.  When they are really ripe, possums climb up into them and eat whatever the birds leave, or vice versa.  My grape arbor is outside the bedroom, and my dog goes nuts at night when they are there.  Somehow he hears the possums.

Yesterday I turned over a couple of rows for planting the first of the onions.  The seedlings are not ready yet so I bought one box of sets even though I started a lot of seeds.  It was raining so I stopped then.  Need to get some rows ready for potato starts too.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 28, 2017 at 9:03am

Randy, it sounds like your robins don't care for your grapes, but you have more of other animals that eat a lot of your food.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 28, 2017 at 8:18am
Spud, I have two varieties of grapes: white and Concord. To my knowledge robins or other birds don't eat them. However, something does--at least my white ones. I suspect either raccoons or possums. They also eat my persimmons. Both are climbers and will scale anything.
Comment by Idaho Spud on February 27, 2017 at 10:59am

Randy, just before reading your post, I was going to ask a question about Robins.  Do you have grapes, and do robins or other birds eat many of them?  Same question to everyone.  I know Daniel has grapes for one.

When I lived 30 miles south of here, I had some grapes, but there were also a lot of Robins, and they ate 100% of the grapes long before they were ripe enough for me to eat.  I moved before I got around to trying netting over them.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 27, 2017 at 7:04am

While I live about 200 miles north of Kathy, I, too, have a lot of green shoots popping up. It's nice having chives this early. I'm just afraid my fruit trees will blossom too early and be wiped out by a freeze--the last date being in May. We'll just have to wait and see.

I just love watching two male robins hopping on the lawn in tandem, eyeing each other, ready for battle. Where one goes, the other follows--hilarious!

Comment by Daniel W on February 26, 2017 at 2:19pm

If it's not raining tomorrow, I think I'll dig the potato bed and possible plant a couple of rows.  Or not.  Depends on my ambition :-)

Randy congrats on filling in your pond!  That was a lot of dirt to haul!  Hard job.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 26, 2017 at 1:59pm
Daniel, I'll google the sunset zones. Sounds interesting.
Comment by kathy: ky on February 26, 2017 at 1:57pm
Everything bloomed about two weeks early due to an unusual warm spell that lasted about four days. And we've had no sustained cold weather this winter. The buds have been setting on the star magnolias for several weeks.
Chris, that is odd about the different bloom times.

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