Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

Location: Planet Earth
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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 March 4, 2017 at 7:35am

When we occasionally write/converse about silly (dare I use the word "inane"?) things in some of our groups, I often wonder what newcomers think. But then again, who cares(?).

Randy or Randall, I respond to either, the latter being more formal and how I sign my name. So Tom it is. Happy to read your comments here.

To answer Daniels question about my "Indiana yard": it's on hold. We had a cold snap this past week, even an inch of the white stuff overnight. I have started peeing in a bucket for my garden. Asparagus ground is getting the majority of it now. It'll be coming up in a month or so. I'm thinking (dangerous) the nitrogen will be good for it, and the salt will kill the weeds and grasses. Yes? 

Comment by Daniel W on March 3, 2017 at 10:55am

Tom, I don't think there is anyone regular with your first name here.  What you go by is your choice, but I think it's fine to use either your given name.  Or Tom M would make it less likely to see confusion if another doubter should become more active.

Thanks to you, I put up 2 hummingbird feeders.  I shopped around, the prices vary widely, mine were $5 and $10 on sale at local stores.  Already the hummingbirds are flying to them frequently.  Very cool to watch them.  I wonder what they were eating on the worst winter days, especially with snow cover.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 3, 2017 at 10:32am

Randal,

I am called Tom (and a few of other explicit names) locally, however there a couple of other Tom's here on Nexus. If I were to be called Ton here on Nexus It might cause confusions of which Toms here we are referring to. Lemme think what other name I could use.

Decades ago, when I was a grounds keeper, one of my client had a humming bird feeder. During lunch break I would sit and watch the  dogfights between the humming birds and the bees battling over the feeder.  It's amazing how the birds outmaneuvered the bees.

Comment by Daniel W on March 3, 2017 at 9:41am

Randy, Ning is back and I am busier with him here than with him gone.  However, with him gone I did things more on my own time.  I also do most of the chores since retiring.

Actually, writing on A/N is just a break, like taking a coffee break.   I like checking in with my friends here and see what you and others are up to. 

Yesterday - figured out the spots where I'll plant the chestnut trees when they come.  For one, I'll need to move some tree branches that are piled up to cut for firewood.  Planted 3 more cypress trees, in a row meant to give privacy, shade against re-invasion of blackberries, and protect soil from erosion near the small ravine.  Also dug last years' bed that had radishes, cabbages, onions, for the next batch of potatoes.

Tomorrow going to a home orchard society class about pruning fig trees.  Mostly to see if there are any new hints, and to get out of my yard and house.

How are things in your Indiana yard?

Maybe of interest to Joan, here is an article about finding 2 historic apple varieties near Spokane.  They had been lost, but apple trees live a long time so if someone knows their apples, they can be rediscovered.  There's alsoa guy in Maine who does that.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 3, 2017 at 7:46am

Daniel, I don't know how you find time to both "garden", read, and write here at A/N. Do you sleep only 4 hours? Has Ning returned?

Comment by Daniel W on March 2, 2017 at 6:24pm

Only peripherally related to gardening, an article about Ancient Amazonian's cultivation of trees, leading to dominance of some useful species even to today. 

I've read about human re-forming the Amazon prior to Western contact, and it's always interesting to dwell on how much native Americans changed their world by their forms of gardening and farming.

Maybe some day, when our civilization has passed the landscape will carry our memory in the form of plant species that will persist, evolve, and reach a new equlibrium.

Comment by Daniel W on March 2, 2017 at 6:16pm

Chris, I know that we can only have good in life, if we accept loss.  I'm just not sure I want go through that loss again after this one.  It would be OK if I just woke up one day and found he died in his sleep.  Deciding how much suffering I'm willing to put him through before ending his life is a whole other grief.  Im glad you have Luna there too.

Comment by Plinius on March 2, 2017 at 12:00pm

I can imagine, it´s hard to help them to the end, but who would love them if we didn´t?We´re still recovering from Dido´s goodbye, but even so I´m very glad that Luna stays with us. Give Charlie my best wishes and a hug.

Comment by Daniel W on March 2, 2017 at 9:41am

Charlie is still keeping me company, but he's slowed to an almost crawl.  I don't know if, after him, I will get another dog.  It's too hard watching them decline and all that entails.  Enuf said.  I still love him.

Back to the garden, yesterday I planted about half of the daylily seedlings that I started during the winter.  During the summer, I hybridized among my favorite varieties, pollenizing different shapes and colors together.  I've read some about color dominance, so I have an idea what to expect but there can be surprises.  It's a fun project.  Let the seed pods mature until dry on the plant, pick them, take out the seeds.  Place in wet but not dripping paper towel, in zip lock bag, in fridge, for one month.  Take them out, rinse off any mold or mildew, place in a fresh wet paper towel in zip lock bag in warm place.  They germinate in a week or two, then plant in seed starting medium.  I planted about 8 per 4-inch plastic pot.  Grow until they look sturdy, then plant outdoors.  They may need 2 years to bloom. I did this last year, but rabbits ate them.  This year they are protected in a vegetable garden bed.

Also planted the first batch of sprouted potatoes, and the first onion seedlings, and some onion sets that I broke down and bought but wish i didn't because they are sprouted in the box.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 2, 2017 at 8:03am

Great stories. I never fails to astound me as to what my dog, Dot, understands. I tell you, animals are a lot smarter than many human animals I know.

Tom (or do you prefer Thomas?), it's amazing how fast hummingbirds go through sugar water in my feeder. Sugar costs me a fortune!

 

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