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
Members: 167
Latest Activity: 18 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

What the heck is hugelkultur? How does it save water?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped 15 hours ago. 6 Replies

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 Aug 26. 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 Sentient Biped 18 minutes ago

Randy, thanks!  I've been gardening here for 14 years, so a few things have accumulated.  Like evolution, plants that don't grow have gone extinct in my yard, and ones that do well, continue. 

One of the big challenges for the future, is designing and putting into place systems that require less labor, less input, and are inexpensive.  This winter's projects will keep those thoughts in mind.

Here are some potatoes I dug up yesterday.

I grew them in "wishing wells" constructed from tree-ring bricks that were no longer in use for trees, so free.   The lowest foot is soil/compost mix, then layers of leaf mulch and grass clippings as they grew.  Soil might have worked better than the mulch.  I thought they might be more productive, but really happy with what grew.   These were Pontiac Red and White Superior. 

Spud, can you grow potatoes?

Comment by Randall Smith 2 hours ago

Daniel, I'm so envious of EVERYTHING! Garden, flowers, and that toka (capital T?). I don't know how you do it. Quite impressive.

And Spud's watermelons. Mine are pathetic--no bigger than a baseball. Same with cantelopes. And it's not the weather--my SIL grows really nice ones.

While weeding and gathering winter squash, my back "went out". It'll take a good week before it's back to normal--that is, if I avoid gardening. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Comment by Patricia 15 hours ago

Oh, that fruit looks sooooooo good!!!

Mice are above being helpful, other than to make cats get their exercise.

Comment by Sentient Biped 15 hours ago

Spud, I've been hoping I can train mice to do some of my work.  So far that is not successful.

 

Moles have been helpful, creating nice piles of finely ground, soft soil that I continue to collect for raised beds or low spots in the yard.  Squirrels plant nuts around the yard, resulting in new nut trees.  But mice....  no such luck. 

 

Among the last of my stone fruits - maybe a few small peaches if they ripen.  This is "Toka", developed in 1911 in S. Dakota, hybrid of native American plum with Chinese apricot.  The name is supposedly Sioux for adversity.  Delightful sweet flavor.  I bought the tree on a whim, 2 years ago.   The orange color of the flesh shows the apricot lineage.  We can't grow apricots here, so this was a nice surprise.

 

 

Comment by Idaho Spud 18 hours ago

I wondered about your gardening mice Daniel. : )

Comment by Idaho Spud 18 hours ago

Daniel, when you mentioned dahlia tubers, I looked them up on Wikipedia, and it says people eat them.

Comment by Sentient Biped 18 hours ago
nice year,not mice year!
Comment by Sentient Biped 18 hours ago
Patricia, thank you! Its been a mice year for exploring gardening.

Spud, I dont know if dahlia tubers are edible! I think they callthem potato flower because they look like potatoes.

Given how well you did with melons, I bet you can create way togarden in your alkaline soul. I read sulfur is a good way to acidify soil.
raised beds witn your own formulated soil might work.
Comment by Patricia 19 hours ago

Beautiful colors Daniel, & am a fan of gazebos, archways, pergolas, etc. too.

Comment by Idaho Spud 20 hours ago

Daniel, Nice looking flowers.  Morning glories are a favorite of mine.  Have you ever eaten the dahlia tubers?

I read some new articles written by my extension agent that have discouraged me.  I know my soil and water is highly alkaline, but he claims there is little we can do about it except plant things that like alkaline soil, or at least don't want much acidity.

He says it's almost impossible to grow blueberries here, and even though the nurseries sell them, they all die, as well as some other acid-loving plants, like Azaleas and Rhododendrons.

He said it might be possible to grow dwarf blueberries in large containers full of potting soil, but we couldn't use the highly alkaline well water.  We would have to use rain water or something like that. 

I've noticed Home Depot sells lime, and wondered why the frak they do that.  The extension agent said do NOT use lime, wood ashes, or egg shells in eastern Idaho.  

The wood ashes are mainly used for potassium, but our soil already has a very high potassium level, plus the fact that most wood ashes are alkaline..

Egg shells are mainly used for calcium, but our soil already has too much calcium.

I'm discouraged because most of what I want to grow likes acid soil.  Bummer.

 

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