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.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2013 at 8:14am
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2013 at 7:47am

That reminds me of a story.  I knew a couple in a small community that said their kids liked to pick onions from the garden and eat them like apples.  I said good, even though I don't like uncooked onions.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2013 at 7:44am

Chris, that's sad.  I've probably been spoiled to some extent also. For one thing, I like ice cream better than most natural foods and almost as good as my favorites.  Nothing better than vanilla ice cream with fresh-picked huckleberries!

At least I don't support Unilever's Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Hehe.  Tried it once and wasn't impressed.  It's also expensive.

Comment by Plinius on August 1, 2013 at 7:18am

I'm afraid many children have their tastebuds spoiled by ready made food. I know a few here who start retching when they begin to understand where milk and eggs come from. They don't trust normal food; instead they only trust edible things from a package. That is what Unilever and the others did to them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2013 at 7:08am

Or, have they never tasted ripe-on-the-vine blackberries?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2013 at 7:06am

Can't imagine anyone not wanting to pick blackberries.  Do they not like the taste (unimaginable), or does society tell them it's just not done?  

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 31, 2013 at 11:47pm

Randall, Spud, I think there are lots of types of blackberries.  The ones that grow like Kudzu here are called Himalayan blackberries.  Which, strangely, come from Armenia and Iran.  Not the Himalayas. They are super tasty and I like picking them and eating them instantly.  They grow, I think, 12 feet in a year, and quickly cover any ground they find, climb to the treetops, and take over shrubs.

I tell people here I forage for blackberries and they look at me like I'm a few fries short of a happy meal.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 31, 2013 at 4:50pm

I would be super happy if I had such "weeds" around here.  

Comment by Randall Smith on July 31, 2013 at 7:19am

I'm wondering how many varieties of blackberries there are "out there"? I have several wild patches I frequent, and they're all different: Different in berry size, flavor, maturity, plant structure, etc. I think the practice of picking wild blackberries is forgotten. Nobody I knows does it. In fact, most people don't know difference in blackberries and raspberries.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 30, 2013 at 10:44pm

Joan, blackberries are a rampant weed here.  All you have to do to grow them, is stop pulling them out.  But they are so tasty....  so I don't pull them all out.  Plus that pollen/nectar issue for bee food.

The plums are a world of difference from grocery plums.  They are like candy, so sweet.

It makes gardening so worthwhile.

 

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