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 November 5, 2012 at 2:08pm

Sentient, what a beautiful pile of leaves.

Are those mushrooms in the lower left corner of the picture?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2012 at 10:36pm

Annie, yes, this is an especially satisfying site. Sentient has a lovely group of friends. Working full time is hard on gardening chores, and on the other hand, it is a nice way to unwind from work duties. 
I am glad you are with us. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2012 at 10:33pm

Sentient, wonderful to read your post! Really enjoy the photo and those lovely autumn colors. You will have a very nice supply of compost with your leaves. Great buy on the Linden, 
Our winter weather forecast is wetter and not as cold. That means death to many of my oldest plants; perhaps all the ones that don't like those condition have already died out and my garden will settle out nicely next spring. Cary put extra layers of pine needles on the vulnerable ones.  

Comment by Annie Thomas on November 4, 2012 at 6:22pm

I am enjoying reading about everyone's gardening projects!  I went back to work full-time this fall, and my garden will have to wait until spring.  I am glad I can vicariously plant and harvest through your wonderful posts!

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 4, 2012 at 6:12pm

Joan, I'm loving this time of year too.  Unusual for me.  The planning is great!  Also building raised beds.  Still time to construct a couple/few more for next Spring.  

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Also, looking for seed sources for open pollinated varieties that will best suit this climate.  Ones I can save seeds from in the future.  Maybe.  I think I understand that better than I ever did.  Still so much to learn!  Excited about some new experiments.  Short/cool season melons, bush snow peas.  Maybe pushing the envelope with some short season okra.

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What does it take to make me happy?

Those compact spruces are about 4 feet tall. The big leaf maple has about 1/3 of it's leaves remaining. This is my Christmas! Leafmas!

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I found another little linden tree.  It's about 8 feet tall, marked down from $39.99 now $8.00.  It will need corrective pruning the next couple of years.  No central leader.   I can do it.  I read that linden pollen makes especially good honey.  Good root mass.  Stout trunk.  Planted it today

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2012 at 12:08am

Good resource for heirloom seeds and instructions. 

Grow Your Own Heirlooms

Oh boy, I love this time of year, seed catalogues are coming in, this past summer's garden is tucked away and no more outside chores until April and May. Seed starting begins in Feb-March for me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2012 at 11:55pm

Looks like this might be a good source for "how to" gardening. 

Tomato Seed Harvest Crunch Time

"As the operator and founder of the Victory Seed Company,  many of the things that I discuss here will center on our seed preservation work and the varieties and products that our company offers.  However, unlike other company blogs, it is not intended to primarily sell things.  It is a communication tool to keep our gardening friends and supporters informed.

Since I have many personal interests and projects, the topics discussed will be varied.  They will range from seed variety work, gardening, farm life, historical agriculture, homesteading, personal food production, self-reliance, and perhaps some occasional soap-boxing."

Mike Dunton

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2012 at 11:38pm

I just ran across this Yellow Potato Onion. Is not not strange, I had never heard of such a thing until you introduced me to the plant. I look forward to eating and sharing next year. Thanks Sentient. 

Yellow Potato Onion-Organic

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2012 at 11:23pm

Sentient, your article about loss of seed diversity is most alarming. Thankfully, you are one who understands and are a good source of information for others. I'm with you, heirloom seeds is the way to go and it can be interesting what we discover. I look forward to planting and harvesting and sharing next year. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 1, 2012 at 11:18pm

Joan, I think Baker Creek looks pretty interesting.  Also some of the other heirloom veggie seed sources.  I'm definitely doing research for varieties that should do well in my own microclimate.  That's instead of hybrids.  It will be more of a test garden this year.

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I'm thinking of planting two varieties of some vegetables, to see what does better.  I've picked 2 types of early melon.  If I do that, I can't save seeds from them this time around, but it will help me learn what to choose next year.  

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If I had not done that with figs, I might have given up on them.  The 1st 2 that I picked were never productive.  But now I have 5 varieties that are reliably great.

 

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