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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 Idaho Spud on December 7, 2013 at 12:01pm

That company charged $44.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2013 at 11:56am

Sentient, My kits only test for PH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potash.

I found the company I sent a sample to.  Here's the company and the results: http://www.drgoodearth.com/_ccLib/testresults/07132009-738767-005-0...

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 7, 2013 at 11:23am

Spud,

Amazing weight loss!  Gardening is good for you!

Did your kit include trace minerals?  I can test pH but I don't know about phosporus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese.....

This is the place I was thinking about sending a sample to.  I have some soil drying to mail them.   I have so many big molehills, I collected from those.  I use the molehills to fill raised beds, so it makes sense.  A few weeks supply of mole hills will fill a raised bed. Plus, since they sample a pretty big area, I figure it must be a wide sampling.

Thanks for the input.  This is something I've wanted to do for quite a while.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2013 at 11:15am

Sentient, I've had my soil tested by mail.  I've been waiting to respond until I found the company, but no luck.  Anyway, the results were reasonably close to what my $10 and $20 testing kits measured that I purchased from my local nursery.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2013 at 10:15am

My brother has an ice-auger and took me ice-fishing last year.  A first for me.  It was enjoyable.  There were several others with axes.

By the way, using an augur priest to drill holes in the ice sounds like a good use for them : )

I have a rough ice-pond a few blocks from me and a new nice one a few miles away.  I'm thinking about trying skating again this year.  Last year my bod was so fat and my ankles were so weak that I gave-up quickly before I broke one.  After all the digging and wheelbarrowing I did this year, combined with loosing 40 pounds of fat may allow me to enjoy it again.

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 7, 2013 at 9:45am

Sput I haven't heard that expression - came on little cat feet - very colorful.

Supposedly tonight will be 12!

I grew up in a small town on the Mississippi river, connecting Illinois with Northeastern Missouri.  There were times when the river froze solidly enough to drive a car on the ice.  We would bundle up and go ice skating.  My grandfather, in his 80s, would spell our name in the ice, and make hearts and grapevines.  My dad used an augur to drill holes in the ice and catch fish.

We would be one of the few families on the river.  I don't remember if we saw other people.

I like the milder weather here.  I don't want to think about my more tender trees not making it.  But if they don't, they don't.  Something less to take care of.  But I hope they make it through.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2013 at 9:17am

Joan, I liked your remembrances.  My mother also had an xmas cactus.  Beautiful.

I can also remember the beautiful ice formations on the windows.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2013 at 9:13am

The cold came to Pocatello on little cat feet about a week ago.

Lowest temperature so far was 1 degree F.  Lowest high in the day was 10.

I've still been able to get a few things done outside because my ambition has not faded as in years past.  And, I've accomplished a lot indoors.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 7, 2013 at 7:30am

Sentient: That's cold, even by Indiana standards. FYI, I made persimmon pulp yesterday, using a hand cranked food mill. Not fun. I tried (later) mashing them through a collander. No good. But, I got 3 cups worth. The trees are still loaded--I'm not too eager to do it again. Bundle up!

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2013 at 12:34am

Time to be comfortable inside the house then! Here it's wet and stormy. The last leaves have fallen but the garlic is still growing.

 

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