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Godless in the garden

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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in no particular order:
Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.
What's your gardening style?
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Wild Parsnip - It can burn skin.
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 16, 2014 at 7:49am

Thank you, everyone. I've lived here for 37 years, the last 15 alone (gone are 4 kids and their mother). It requires considerable work and maintainence, not to mention attention to my farm property (5 miles away: silverthorn-farm.com). It's a labor of love, needlss to say.

Yes, Spud, the surrounding corn and bean fields are farmed by a friend. My farm house belonged to the original land owner (one acre plus 79 in crops).

Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2014 at 12:40am

It's wonderful Randall! I'm green with jealousy, and very glad that you have such a beautiful place!

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on July 15, 2014 at 6:02pm

Spectacular!!!! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 15, 2014 at 3:00pm

Nice garden and house Randy.  Does that field of corn way in the background of the "second" garden belong to a neighbor?

Comment by Randall Smith on July 15, 2014 at 7:52am

Photos don't do justice, but here's a few. The first (hopefully) is my "second" garden with tomatoes, squash, strawberry plants, and raspberries in the background (and woodshed).

The next two are of my main garden. What can you identify?

The last photo is my front entrance.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2014 at 8:00am

Joan, funny you should ask--I was thinking yesterday I should take some photos to share. I'll just do that. 

I have both an old brick lined well and a cistern (filled by previous owner). I have a water softener plus need to run my drinking water through a filter. I should have my well checked out, but "if it ain't broke...."

My red raspberries are gone for the "spring crop". I'll get a fall picking, however. I don't even attempt to tie them up. I like the natural ("rampant", as Spud says) look (plus, I'm too lazy).

And I hear you, Spud, about the corn. EVERY year, high winds knock the stalks over about this time! Aggravating.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 14, 2014 at 7:10am

Talking about falling over, at a place I used to live, I had lots of organic matter in the soil, so it was very soft and easy to work with.  

My corn got to be 8 foot high when a huge rainstorm came with lots of rain and high winds.  Knocked those corn stalks flat.  

They remained flat, but kept growing, with the new growth going upward again.  If I remember right, I still got a fair amount of corn from them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 14, 2014 at 7:04am

Joan, I've not been pruning and taking care of my raspberries like I should, and so they run rampant.  But I'm getting better at it.

Why do yours fall over?  Mine don't tend to do that.  My best guess is that you have more friable soil than me and it's probably also more moist.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2014 at 9:02pm

Daniel, what is the process for clearing out the sand and iron deposits? I guess that the problem is in the pipes ... or is it in the tank? Remember the old cisterns of earlier days? with windmills drawing water from the well? I don't remember the maintenance on that equipment, but I assume there were lots to do to keep it running efficiently. 

The chores never end, do they! In some ways it is nice because by being in the garden a lot, and paying attention to what is happening to the different processes, one can almost have a conversation with plants and wildlife. Even the well tank talks to you. 

My arborvitae look much happier tonight. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2014 at 8:54pm

Randy, I bet your tongue is purple and there is a big smile on your face. Would love to have some blackberries ... just not enough room on my place to grow more. 

Our summer is scorchingly hot! I thought my arborvitae were getting water from soaker hoses, but it turns out, the water wasn't getting through. So, I pulled up the old hose, except where they were too entangled with roots, and laid down a new hose yesterday. The poor shrubs looked so thirsty and the green began turning brown. So, I got out there at 5:AM and got the task done before 10. 

Your garden sounds very lush. Do you have any photos to share? 

 

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