Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

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

 

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Location: Planet Earth
Members: 168
Latest Activity: 45 minutes ago

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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

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo 6 hours ago. 13 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 15 hours ago. 7 Replies

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped 20 hours ago. 4 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 26 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 27. 2 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

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Comment by Sentient Biped 45 minutes ago

Joan, that's beautiful!

Spud, these cacti are native - I think - to tropical Mexico.  I read they area pollinated by nocturnal moths.

Patricia, thanks!  I really enjoy sharing the garden.

 

Speaking of sharing the garden, here is today's yield.  We hadn't harvested much for the past few weeks.  Today was catch up.

 

Asian pears

various winter squash

more tomatoes

a container grown Thai pepper and a container grown Tabasco pepper. The yellow pepper is "Fish Pepper", an African American variety from Maryland.

fingerling potatoes

okra

more chili peppers - I went crazy planting pepper seeds this spring.

The Thai peppers were seeds I saved from last year.  The others are all seeds purchased via internet.

 

Just showing off.   I love gardening.

Comment by Joan Denoo 1 hour ago

THING of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep

Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

        5
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkened ways         10
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils         15
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
’Gainst the hot season; the mid-forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms         20
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:
An endless fountain of immortal drink,

Pouring unto us from the heaven’s brink.

~ John Keats (1795-1821), Poems of Sentiment: IV. 

Comment by Idaho Spud 1 hour ago

Interesting cactus.  Do you know if there are insects that come at night and pollinate it?

Comment by Patricia 3 hours ago

That's stunning, Daniel!

Comment by Sentient Biped 8 hours ago
Flower from last night. Usually blooms once a year in late summer or early fall. In China it's "Tan hua" and in Malasia it's "Bunga bakawali". The blossom opens at about 1030 pm and closes by morning.



I posted this years ago and will update the post. I love staying up to look at the flower. It symbolizes life, in a way. Fleeting moments of joy, if we are lucky.
Comment by Randall Smith 10 hours ago

Nice looking tomatoes. My plants died off for some reason. That's never happened before.

Thanks, Spud, for the tips. I'll look for ginger in the super. I picked the dried bean pods and put them in a bucket to further dry and then be gently smashed. Picking out the beans will be tedious, but I like those kind of jobs (like extracting walnuts).

Has anybody grown lentils before?

Comment by k.h. ky 18 hours ago
That's wonderful Idaho. I guess my dogs name is Stop It Dammit.
Comment by Patricia yesterday

......And the flavor is unmatched with store-bought.

Comment by Sentient Biped yesterday

This is our best tomato crop ever.   These were today.

This is the first time I've had a significant amount of okra.  The key, in this cool short summer climate, appears to be growing in containers and keeping inside until it's really warm outside.  We are getting enough for stir fries and soups, which I love.

 

Next to the okra are some ginger plants in containers.  It's not thriving, but seems OK.  I think it needs even warmer than okra.

Comment by Idaho Spud yesterday

Randy, are the pods still green?  When I harvested dry beans many years ago I seem to remember letting my pods dry completely, and then they just about fall open.

 

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