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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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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 Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 4:25pm

We had a dreadful downpour the other day after a very unpleasantly hot spell. Everything was beaten to the ground, but yesterday morning, everything was standing back upright, as bright and clean and happy as can be. It seems that nitrogen and phosphorous come with electric storms, and so give the plants a nice food boost. It was too muggy to work in the garden yesterday, even though the skies were clear. The temperature and humidity were right up there. 

Today was glorious. I was able to stay in the garden until 12:30 before being forced in by the temperature. 

  

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 4:21pm

Since I created the meditation garden 18 years ago, I have a very limited space for raspberries. The ground is extremely fertile and the berries are so big they pull the canes down to the ground. I have one batch tied up to the fence and had a glorious time this morning eating as I pulled weeds and tended to other tasks.

The squirrels and birds have a patch about 6' x 6' that I didn't tie up and I eat the top belayer of berries, the critters run in and out getting the berries deep inside the thicket. Old Mr. Notch Tail Squirrel picks a berry deep inside the thicket, comes out and sits on my east box and looks at me as he devours the most luscious looking berries. He appears to be mocking me, that he has access to them and I don't.  

The birds fly in and out of the thicket with great felicity and sometimes swoop close to my head as they fly to the water source and seed feeders. 

Comment by Patricia on July 16, 2014 at 2:27pm

Everything looks lush & healthy, Randy.

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.

 

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