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!

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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 Patricia on July 28, 2013 at 1:17pm

Yes, we pick the side shoots of broccoli right into Sept.....until the frost begins.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 28, 2013 at 7:26am

Patricia, nice broc! After I cut off that first big head, the plant will produce "mini's" for several months thereafter. And we all know it's a "super food".

Spud, if you've never tried dehydrated pears, you don't know what you're missing! Chewy and sweet as candy. And they don't take up freezer space.

Comment by Plinius on July 27, 2013 at 11:12pm

Good morning! What a nice bee picture!

Comment by Patricia on July 27, 2013 at 11:06pm

We eat broccoli in many ways.....raw on a cold plate, steamed, stir fried Asian style, etc. It's usually successful every year.

We have cauliflower, tomatoes, peas, onions, radishes, cucumber, peppers, onions, & muskmelons. I freeze peas & peppers, make tomato sauce to freeze, but we don't like the rest of the veg frozen so they get shared with the neighbors. In return, the neighbors share their root veg which we don't grow.

The melons are a new item this year, so no idea how they'll turn out.

We do get your Walla Walla onions in the stores here, so am looking forward to getting some of those.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 27, 2013 at 10:49pm

Patricia, a lovely head of broccoli! Happy eating. How do you prepare it? 

Sentient, your white oregano blossoms are so pretty and the bee has a nice load. Your use of broccoli for bees and chickens makes me feel good. Nothing goes to waste. 

I was in the garden before 6 AM and came in about 2 PM. It wasn't too hot, a nice breeze, a lovely Siamese cat came for a visit and likes petting. He also likes to sit near the bird feeders. I hope I have enough protection. I enjoy the cat if I have the birds safe from him. 

The mice ate a hole in one of my straw hats, and I hung it in a tree to use as a bird feeder. Maybe foolish thing to do, but it looks kind of "resourceful".  

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 27, 2013 at 7:28pm

Awesome broccoli! 

I let mine go too far, and it was covered with lovely yellow flowers.

It didn't all go to waste.  Turned out the honeybees foraged the flowers, and after that the chopped plants went for chicken food.

Photo is from today.  Oregano flowers, busy with honeybees, bumblebees, and tiny native bees.  You can see the full pollen baskets on the hindquarters.  Like saddlebags.

Comment by Patricia on July 27, 2013 at 7:14pm

Fresh picked broccoli for dinner tonight!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2013 at 5:15pm

Chris, I'll take some new pictures of my watermelon plant in the next day or two.

Comment by Patricia on July 27, 2013 at 5:11pm

I freeze most everything now, but I used to can as well. I had a pressure canner to make sure vegetables were safely sealed & sterilized, but fruits were just boiling water bath. Never had any problem with any of it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2013 at 4:15pm

Randall, I also freeze everything I can fit in the freezer part of my refrigerator.  My large freezer stopped working years ago.

Never tried canning.  It looks like too much trouble, and I'm concerned about safety.  I don't dehydrate fruit because I don't like the taste.

 

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