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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!

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2016 at 10:24am

Daniel, I've not tried roasting okra.  I'll try that next time.

Too bad you had to quit posting about bees.  It's amazing and sad how many people believe conspiracy theories.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2016 at 10:20am

Hope your tooth is better Plinius.

It sounds like you get quite a bit out of your small garden.  I don't think I've eaten a tayberry, but it sounds delicious.

Comment by Plinius on May 12, 2016 at 6:56am

Sorry I didn't answer, Spud! I've on antibiotics for a tooth problem, and the medicine made me completely brainless...

My garden looks rather good - not that I could spend a lot of time on it - but the perennial plants grow like mad. Some are thinking of invading the neighbours. I'm looking forward to the tayberry harvest, and in the meantime I sowed and planted beets, chards, lettuce, tomatoes and flowers for the salad. I already harvested rosemary and mint and I think I found some leeks. The cats harvest only grass...

Comment by Daniel W on May 10, 2016 at 2:25pm
BB, I was discouraged to lose my last beehive during the winter, so started over again in April. The new ones seem to be happy for now, and everywhere I go there are honeybees foraging for nectar and pollen.

Last year I was on a fruit growing website - mostly hobby people like me, and a couple of nurserymen. I posted about how to support bee populations by growing trees that supply pollen and nectar when fruit trees do not, how to grow a wildflower meadow for the same reason, and other things that support bee foraging.

I was met with some positive comments, but the negatives overwhelmed me. They said the bee decline is a myth, it is govt propaganda, it is anti-chemical company fear mongering, they see bees in their neighborhood so it cant be true, etc. So I gave up. I had also posted about some other topics, had the same response, so left the site entirely.

Not I don't have an online site about growing fruit - the old gardenweb was bought out by Houzz and it's basically a commercial site to support ads and corporations, and the home orchard society site is not very busy. But, by not going there anymore, I don't have to see derision of people who actually care about these things and have methods to ameleoriate the issues, however small.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 10, 2016 at 1:25pm

Heard on NPR today that 28% of American honeybees died off this past winter. 17% or less is what's considered by scientists to be sustainable.

Comment by Daniel W on May 6, 2016 at 3:05pm
Spud, O usually use frozen okra and include it in a vegetarian stew, along with tomoatoes, peppers, barley and some other stuff. If I had it fresh, I would roast or grill it.I love the nutty flavor and crunch. It probably wont grow here but I'm trying again. My biggest plant copntinues wilting. My guess is it's the lack of humidity.

NO sense in falling out of your tree. I'm trying hard not to do that myself.

I keep counting the flower buds on my persimmon trees. It will still take luck, but I hope there is at least one to taste this year.

Spud, Im trying that Blacktail Mountain melon along with some others. Like the okra, this is not the right climate for melons, but maybe climate change will do me a favor this year.
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2016 at 7:47am

Thanks Plinius.  It looks like I should get plenty of fruit for the size of the tree.  It's still small, but loaded with fruit.  Even after thinning, I should get a nice bunch of apricots.

How are you doing?

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2016 at 7:43am

Daniel, how do you cook okra?  I've only tried it once or twice, and wasn't impressed, but I just may not know how to cook it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2016 at 7:41am

Thanks Daniel.  I do thin my fruit trees so I get bigger and tastier fruit.  However, climbing the ladder into my tall pear tree is not fun, so I just periodically shake the tree to shake loose some of the fruit.  Do you think that's a bad way to thin them?

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2016 at 7:33am

Joan, I've finally gotten outside and started pulling weeds the last 3 days.  I'm late because I started doing electrical and electronic work in the house the last few months, and continued into spring.

I still go to the library to access the internet, but it's such a pain that I will probably get the courage in the next few weeks to call several Internet Service Providers and try one again.

 

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