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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.

Discussion Forum

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 7. 4 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

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 Joan Denoo on July 21, 2014 at 10:45am

My great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Grace Staab is due July 24. 

Laurie, my granddaughter, is so excited, her first baby and she loves being pregnant. Now, if I can convince her not to pump out babies as fast as she can, I will feel better. Her partner is a Jehova's Witness. Oh dear! He is a sweetheart; time will tell if he has a functioning brain. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2014 at 10:39am

I have had a great pleasure of eating tropical fruit right off the plants. A man with a machete whacked a coconut at the eyes and I drank it through a straw, then he broke it open for me and I ate the fresh meat. Delicious. Fresh lemons and limes picked and eaten or used in lemonade can't be topped. Of course, oranges and tangerines, taste outstanding if from good stock. Oh yes, pineapple tastes so good; especially walking into the grove with the farmer and he selecting one that he thought was perfect, and upon tasting it, I agreed. One other fruit that I have to include is lychee nut. We can get them in June at the grocery store, but they taste like dried up, tasteless globs of fruit. I had these in Indonesia and Thailand. 

My travel days are over and I have the most incredible memories! A wonderful way to spend the Golden Years. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2014 at 9:50am

Joan, glad you got your problem solved. Now, enjoy a week off!

Spud, I'm with you, although I have eaten many of the foods you mentioned. With my new goji bush, I hope to find out what they taste like in a year or two. I had 10 gooseberries on my new bush this year--new taste treat.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2014 at 1:47pm

Spending all last summer sitting in my garden, not checking to see if everything was working properly, I saw what I wanted to see, beauty and tranquility while I was feeling unsure, and somewhat afraid. 

This spring came and I started doing routine checks on pipes, hoses, soakers, and soil pH. I didn't notice my arborvitae were getting sicker and sicker. I did notice that last year the squirrels stripped one arborvitae branch of its green leaves and I assumed the squirrels were back at their destructive work and began thinking what I should do about the "squirrel problem". Should I trap them and take them to the country? Or what other options did I have?

Then, it began to dawn on me that all eleven of my arborvitae were loosing leaves, and they were all setting seeds. The setting seeds is what caused me to look for another cause. Setting seeds on conifers implies they are under stress.  

My soaker hose that watered all eleven was working as it entered one group, but the water was not coming out the end of the hose.

Drought! Last summer was a drought year. I garden over an ancient creek bed that is a remnant of the last Ice Age. The creek was dry at its head this year. This creek used to freshen the pond at Manito Park Pond and over the years the city supplies city water to keep the pond full all year. Otherwise, it would become a bog or dry up altogether. It is such a beautiful pond, the city invested in making it permanently full.  

So, a very quick analysis to figure out how many feet of soaker I needed, a call to the hardware store and bought enough to replace everything. I gave the perimeter trees and shrubs a deep, deep watering, trimmed out as many dead branches as I could find, and gave everything a strong bath from my hose. I check the soil moisture each morning and find where I need more water.

Tasks done, now I am free to go for a week at my daughter's home. 

Comment by Patricia on July 20, 2014 at 1:34pm

Development of a wasp.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2014 at 7:30am

Rats indeed!  I've never eaten a ripe Fig either, as well as many other fruits I'd like to try.  Avocado, Banana, Coconut, Cranberry, Date, Eggplant, Goji, Guava, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Nectarine, Olive, Orange, Papaya, Passionfruit, Chili Pepper, Persimmon, Pineapple, and many others I'm not familiar with.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 20, 2014 at 7:16am

Having never (?) eaten a ripe, off-the-tree fig, I don't know what they taste like. Sounds like I'm missing out. Rats. Still, there's plenty of other things that make my mouth water. And right now, everything is coming at once--broc, cabbage, beans, and soon to be, sweet corn! Last night, I couldn't decide which vegetable to eat, so I ate them all in a stir fry!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2014 at 6:19am

Thanks Daniel.  Just like most other store produce.  I should have known.

I know what your saying about your favorite garden produce.       I smile.

This is my favorite time of the year also.  The hard work is over (even though I enjoy most of it), and the tedious storage preparation is not yet here.

I just get time to watch things grow, watch the bees doing their thing, eat delicious food, and contemplate what I'm going to do next year.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 19, 2014 at 4:34pm

Spud, the grocery store fresh figs are picked before ripe.  Unfortunately, figs ripen to a soft delicate state, almost liquid, and that is when they are the sweetest and most flavorful.  I've had fresh grocery figs and they were tasteless, even kind of bad tasting.

Unfortunately, they don't ship well at all.  Hobbyists in northern states grow them in barrels and put the trees in the garage for the winter.  They mostly survive unscathed here in the winter, althoug last year my newest most tender fig trees died to the ground in the big freeze.  They came up again from roots, so we'll see what happens this winter.

Joan, this is my favorite part of summer in the garden.  I love figs the most.  Except when the plums are juicy ripe.  Then I love those the most.  Except when peaches are juicy ripe....  And tomatoes....  and grapes..... and mulberries....

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 19, 2014 at 4:02pm

Daniel, these are beautiful specimens of figs. I am impressed!

 

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