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 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. 


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 kathy: 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.
Comment by Daniel W on May 8, 2017 at 8:59pm

I think I lost most of the pears to constant rain during pollination season.  Not worried about it, there are lots of other things to enjoy.  That's one reason I grow a diversity, so if one does bad there are others. 

More lilac photos form the lilac hedge.  We bought tiny lilac plants in about 2003, and these are the result.  Soon  they will be done blooming.  Some are fragrant.  The last one came with the house, and who knows?  Maybe it was a start from someone's grandmothers lilac planted when the house was built.  This bush is massive, deer don't touch it, and after I cut out the dead wood, it regenerated vigorously.  My grandmother had a blue lilac, but the pictured blue one isn't hers.  That would have been nice to keep but you can't have everything :-)

Comment by kathy: ky on May 7, 2017 at 9:22am
Randy, you missed a lot of unsesonable cold. Washington State is growing things and we're stagnant. My butterfly weed were set to bloom but after five days of temps in the low forties/mid fifties with nothing but rain and clouds they may die off before they bloom.
But my Joe Pye weed has survived and is spreading.
Joan, I don't have a fear of snakes. They are more afraid of us then we are of them :)
The only large ones I see are usually the black snakes. Some of them pass through here are about six feet long. I just walk on by them. The are very beneficial and feed on the moles, voles, mice and other varmints that ruin the garden and flower beds. Sunshine for the first time in five days and the temp may rise to seventy !
Daniel, I love the ducks. If my niece with the mini farm saw them she would have to have some.
Comment by Randall Smith on May 7, 2017 at 7:03am

Evidently, it was quite cold here while I was gone. My garden didn't show much progress. Trees leafed out, and I see little fruits! Yeah!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2017 at 4:11am

Beautiful Lilacs.

Comment by Daniel W on May 6, 2017 at 10:06pm

Joan, thank you for the updates!  Yesterday I checked the soil temperature, it was in the 80s.  So I planted the first batch of sweet corn seeds.  I chose a variety that tolerates cooler weather and has a short growth season, "Trinity".  This is my third year with that variety.  My peppers are a couple of inches tall, and my tomatoes are about 4 inches tall and growing fast.

Here are some pics of lilacs in our yard.  Last year I moved them 35 miles to the country place, and they seemed to settle in OK.  Deer eat some of the new sprouts, but I think they are doing OK.  The flower close ups don't show how scraggly they are.  I think they will fill in, in a couple of years.

That last one is rather vivid for a lilac.  It's a repeat - blooming Korean lilac called "Bloomerang", a fairly recent introduction. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 6, 2017 at 7:48pm

I have had a glorious few days in the greenhouse and garden. We finally have some warm weather, heavy spring rains, flooding in the community. The greenhouse tomatoes are doing fine, but the peppers just are not sprouting. I am going to do the paper towel test today to see if the seeds are viable. I put in many different kinds over the past few weeks. Hope they don't all decide to sprout at once. The space for the hot peppers is at the opposite end of the greenhouse than the sweet ones.
Dominic and I have his grooming session on the front porch now that the morning temperature is comfortable. His black coat shines beautiful colors of brown lightly mixes in with black. We think he might be part German Shepherd; he was a rescue dog.
Laura and Larry pull slash from the forest and burn much of it. Burning will be allowed a few more weeks if the predicted weather holds true.
Daniel, you have the best of both worlds, chickens to keep the ground scratched and fertilized and ducks to eat slugs and bugs!
I have been watching videos by gardeners; one Daniel introduced us to many months ago, the other new to me:

Bill Mollison, Permaculture Lecture Series, On-Line

Linda Chalker-Scott, Horticultural Myths

WHY No Till Gardening Works Best with living roots, Organic Vegetable Gardening for Beginners 101.

I Think I shared this one with you before.

These videos contain a lot of watching time. However, they provide valid and reliable information.


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