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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.

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2013 at 8:33am

Joan, I see the event you talked about was not local, but in Iowa and Wisconsin. I don't remember if you have any local gardening events, but I remember you posting some great gardens in your locality, so I still get to be jealous (smile).

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2013 at 8:27am

Interesting tomato tasting event Joan.  You and Sentient have so many great events, I'm glad for you, but jealous at the same time.

I call Pocatello a 'meat & potato town' because if you want anything other than the standard fare or standard products, your out of luck.  Perhaps I should call Idaho a 'meat & potato state'.

I think I'll try growing the second place winner, Ananas Noire, next year.  The chocolate cherry tomato sounds interesting, but it seems I like the taste of the few large tomatoes better than the few cherry types I've tasted.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 13, 2013 at 10:58pm

Joan,

Thank you for posting the tomato tasting event!

We had our own tomato tasting event for two, spread out over a couple of months.

My favorites were Better Boy and SuperSweet 1000.  I know, they are not heirloom, and they lack that "heirloom flavor" but I just loved them.  Some nostalgia with the Better Boy, tasting like a great Mississippi River bottoms tomato grown in rural Illinois.  My partner's favorites were Hawaiian Pineapple and all the cherry tomatoes of any variety.

I didn't get Lemon Boy into the ground this year.  I also love that one.  It was messed up when a bull-in-the-china-shop doggie knocked over my seedlings.  That's OK.  I've had a taste of some great home grown tomatoes this year, and that's enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2013 at 1:23pm

"And the winner is ... 

"This past weekend’s 8th Annual Tomato Tasting event was a sweet success for gardeners and tomatoes alike.

"Despite concerns that our tomatoes would not ripen in time for the event, over 40 heirloom and open-pollinated tomato varieties (and one mega-mart hybrid tomato) competed for the title of this year’s favorite. SSE staff, friends, and family brought tomatoes from gardens across northeast Iowa and Wisconsin to serve over 800 event attendees.

"Though competition was fierce, the bright and tangy ‘Cherry Roma‘ was the undisputed winner with over 10% of the votes."

http://blog.seedsavers.org/and-the-winner-is/?utm_source=SSE+Newsle...

Comment by Patricia on September 9, 2013 at 1:16pm

I like to eat fruits, not "drink" them. I also freeze a lot of fruit for winter.

Comment by Plinius on September 9, 2013 at 7:44am

I eat smoothies for breakfast, but not with yoghurt. My recipe: any fruit I can find with some nuts, linseed and pumpkinseed, a spoonful of cocoapowder and some almond milk. It doesn't foam!

Comment by Randall Smith on September 9, 2013 at 6:38am
Does anybody dislike "smoothies" like I do (or don't)? I've tried different combinations of fruit, but yuck. Yesterday, it was with a cantaloupe, peach, and strawberries (with yogurt). Not only the flavor was awful, but the foamy texture made me gag. I'm just trying to find ways to eat all the fruit I have. Haven't tried persimmon smoothy, Sentient!
Comment by Sentient Biped on September 8, 2013 at 4:26pm

Spud,

There are so many reportedly toxic plants, I don't worry too much about it.  I did get rid of an oleander because I read the nectar and pollen are toxic to honeybees, and it's supposedly more toxic than most.

Brugmansias to have a toxin, but so do tomato plants, potato plants, rhubarb leaves, kidney beans, lily  of the valley, daffodils, and a zillion others.  Supposedly a couple of lily petals can kill a cat.  I also thought about planting castor beans, but with all of the loonies out there sending ricin through the mail, I didn't want to get onto a govt list as who knows what, so I didn't grow any.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 8, 2013 at 2:14pm

Nice looking trumpets on that brugmansia.  I read that they are poisonous.  Your cat looks to be still alive, so it must know not to eat it.

Randall, I'd give you some of my water, but the shipping cost would be a little much.

Patricia, glad your melon's flavorful.  

Comment by Patricia on September 8, 2013 at 1:34pm

The melon is very sweet & full of flavor....so pleased, & hope the other 4 or 5 have time to ripen as well. I'd like to freeze some for winter breakfast fruit.

 

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