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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 on Saturday. 2 Replies

Cover crops: Gabe Brown

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 19. 0 Replies

Geodesic Dome Greenhouses

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 17. 1 Reply

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2016 at 5:30pm

Daniel, making grape juice is easy as can be if you have one of these juicers that I shared in the photos. I am sure one can be found in a second hand store, Goodwiil, or other recycle centers. Just put water in the bottom section, put grapes, stems and all in the grape section, and follow directions. As you can see, I use a chair to hold sterilized jars to catch the juice out of the tube. As son as the jar is filled, I cap them with sterile lids and caps. They usually seal without further processing. 

Because I freeze mine, I use freezer jars and make sure not to fill the jars too full or they will burst when frozen. I've been there, done that. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 2, 2016 at 3:47pm

Yep, it's in a porch. I've got a couple that are pretty huge indoors in pots too.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 2, 2016 at 3:32pm

After looking at your xmas cactus several times, it appears to be indoors rather than outdoors as I first thought.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 2, 2016 at 2:16pm

Impressive, Bertold. Mine doesn't even have buds yet, though the Thanksgiving cactus has small closed buds.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 2, 2016 at 12:57pm

I just turned-off my outdoor water and drained it because there will be freezing weather the next 2 days.

I won't have to use it until spring because the rainy season started 2 months ago and there's been more rain than normal.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 2, 2016 at 12:54pm

Nice big plant Bertold.  I don't know how big they get outdoors.  My mother had one indoors, in a pot, so it never became large.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 2, 2016 at 12:48pm

Christmas cactus kicking in.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 2, 2016 at 10:59am

Congratulations on the acquisition of lots of brown gold Daniel.

Comment by Daniel W on November 2, 2016 at 10:51am

I was finally able to ask my neighbor if she minded me raking her leaves.  Now have two pickup truck loads, one for the vegetable garden and one for the orchard. 

For the vegetable garden, I spread them about 18 inches thick.  During the rainy winter, they will decompose to about 3 inches, which I turn over.  Makes for nice soil.  Looks neater now while sleeping for the winter.

For the orchard, I spread them about 1 foot thick to the edges of the protective fences.  It's as much to keep weeds down as it is to build soil, but that is also a feature.  Also looks neater than the weeds.

Tree leaves are the Fall "brown gold" for the permie / organic gardener.

Comment by Daniel W on October 30, 2016 at 8:58pm

Joan, that grape juice sounds great!  I've never made grape juice, and we had a big surplus of grapes that went to the birds.  Is it difficult to juice them?

This weekend wss very good.  I did a fair amount of mowing, some more puttering with the deer cages in my orchard.  Planted a seedling peach tree in the chicken yard, and a pink flowered ornamental cherry that I grafted this spring.  Ning cleaned his chicken house, and all of the straw and droppings went into this year's zucchini, tomato, pumpkin garden, which might be next year's sweet corn garden.  I planted 50 daffodil bulbs, 10 allium moly, and 3 camassia bulbs.

 

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