Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

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

 

Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

Location: Planet Earth
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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.

Discussion Forum

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 0 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies

Asparagus

Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 4 Replies

Some pictures from my garden

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 26. 7 Replies

The Next Green Revolution May Rely on Microbes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jun 30. 2 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 19, 2013 at 10:18am

I've been enjoying eating my watermelon, and they taste much better than they did at first.

I don't know why that is.  High expectations?  Doesn't seem likely.  Flavor improved while in the refrigerator?  People say that they don't ripen anymore once they're picked, but maybe the flavor can improve if they're already ripe (or overripe).  Any thoughts?

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2013 at 7:55am

No worries about voles and rabbits here, but I'd rather live in the country with the country problems than the city with city problems.

The country has less government regulations, more peace & quiet, and less costly land.  

Even just a half acre garden would be wonderful compared to the pitiful 10 by 30 foot garden I have here. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 13, 2013 at 7:18am

Following up on the sweet potato subject, let me say a few things. First, they seem to take forever to get going. And rabbits love the leaves (need covering every night and watched closely at daytime). Eventually, vines go everywhere with pretty blossoms. Voles love the tubers (I use D-con to poison them--the voles, that is.). It takes a lot of digging to harvest the potatoes--roots go out a ways from the main mound. I've kept sweet potatoes in my basement for up to two years. If they start to sprout, I "start" the new shoots for Spring planting. Doesn't always work, but it's fun to try. Bottom line, they're delicious in a variety of recipes. Oh yes, and they can grow to the size of a football!

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2013 at 2:21pm

Safe trip Sentient! Wish you could bring some noodles back for us....hahaha!

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 11, 2013 at 12:01pm

Randall, I just read about sweet potatoes on Wikipedia, and discovered they are rated tops in nutrition above all other vegetables.  Because of that, and because I like the flower, I many try growing some next year.  I'm also going to try DE in my strawberries.

Sentient, happy China trails to you.  Dumplings & noodles does sound delicious.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2013 at 10:28am

Sentient, happy travels. I envy you going to China, the dumplings and noodles sound delicious. Does your partner's family speak English? 

Comment by Plinius on October 11, 2013 at 9:13am

Have a wonderful holiday, Sentient!

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 11, 2013 at 9:08am
Randal, tell us about your harvest. I have some sweet potatoes but not expecting mech. Apparently the leaves are chocolate for slugs. need to get some DE.

To all - I will be off forum for a couple of weeks. Going to China, my partner's family lives in the Northeast - Changchun - affectionatley know as The Detroit of China". OK I made that up, but it is an old manufacturing city in the north, last palace of the last Emperor Pu Yi ( I think) and the dumplings and noodles there are wonderful. My goal is to go with the flow, let others be in charge, and try to not worry about stuff. And eat dumplings and noodles. If I can find anything about gardening that would be fun. Take care and talk to you soon!
Comment by Randall Smith on October 10, 2013 at 7:19am

I've used DE in my strawberry patch. Works wonders. After being gone for two weeks, my garden weeds got out of control. However, the Spring lettuce and spinach I allowed to go to seed has re-emerged. I'll have a nice fall crop soon. Gotta dig sweet potatoes before the first freeze. Don't know why, but that's what they say.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 8, 2013 at 8:53am

Thanks for the info about earthworms and diatomaceous earth Sentient.  Good to know.

Those diatoms are very interesting looking.

 

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