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Godless in the garden

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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 k.h. ky 21 minutes ago. 5 Replies

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago. 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

Some pictures from my garden

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 26. 7 Replies

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2012 at 6:06pm

I.S. You mother's recipe sounds perfect. I'll give it a try. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2012 at 6:04pm

I.S. About twenty years ago, I selected a part of my garden, the west and south border, that I devote to acidic plants. I used lots of glacial sand, steer manure, sulfur, and a product from Gardens Alive to acidify my soil. I did a little home testing of soil so I had the right Ph,  4 to 5, and planted blueberries, witch hazel, Mountain Ash, Blue Spruce and a volunteer Ponderosa Pine came from a compost pile of pine cones. They all thrive beautifully. I wish I had put in more blueberries. I shall have to pull something out so I can have more of those delightful berries. 

Oh Yes! eating blueberries off the bush is like nectar of the gods. Even farmers' market berries aren't as good as home grown, fresh off the stem. 

In my north and east garden alkaline soil, Ph higher than 7, I grow boxwood, Euonymus, lilacs, Hellebores, clematis.

By-the-way, if you live with conifers, make a compost of their cones where you would like to have them grow, that was my intent. The squirrels and birds love my piles of cones and I have lovely scatterings of volunteer conifers. I pull out what I don't want, and put a little fence around the ones I want to keep. One is now well over 20 feet high and happy as a clam in salt water.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2012 at 3:14pm

When the Hubbards are mature, I cook them like my Mother did.  Cut into large pieces, put a piece of Bacon on top of each piece, and bake them in the oven.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2012 at 3:07pm

Joan, I'm not a good cook, and my feet, knees, and hips don't like standing so I usually cook the young Hubbards, as well as summer squash the easy, quick way, just in a fry-pan.  I have been know to fry them with a flour and/or corn-meal coating, which makes them taste better.  Haven't tried making soup with them, but I've tasted some yummy squash soup in a restaurant, so maybe someday I'll try that.

"Hammock" is the word I was looking for.  Thanks Joan.  

Do your blueberries taste better than those from the store?  I'm sure they do.  I don't buy "fresh" ones.  No flavor.  Once in a while I buy frozen, but they're almost flavorless.  I've tried growing my own, but they die quickly in my alkaline soil, even with lots of acidifying amendments.

Gotta love those worms!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2012 at 1:43pm

I.S. I like your idea of growing squash vines on a fence and letting some grow on the ground to harvest, or putting them in hammocks. Yes, that is a time consuming job, but it is an outside job and anything that keeps me in the garden keeps me happy. 

No, I have not tried using young Hubbard squash like zucchini. Sounds like a great idea. How do you fix it?

Comment by Steph S. on August 25, 2012 at 12:29pm
Sentient those are some great looking plums from your garden! Wow! How wonderful!
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2012 at 11:11am

S.B., wonderful photos of your fruit and I especially like your comments about this summer's conditions and your solutions.  Two acres! Heaven! How come you still have grass? It is such a waste of time, money, energy, and I like perennials, shrubs and trees better. Your plant choices sound like some beautiful days ahead for you and your family and friends. A garden seems to be a great attractor to everyone, especially as different things come into season. 

Right now, blueberries are almost gone - they give me a lovely cup of fruit every morning and they are in a cool part of the garden, so I just stand, pick, eat and enjoy their loveliness.  

Talked to a goat farmer Thursday at the Farmers Market and he showed me before and after photos of a thicket turned into a nice place to enjoy. He has all kinds of fruits and vegetables and flowers and goats. Oh! Oh! have to keep an eye on the goats, but with careful management, he has the best of all worlds. 

You probably have rosemary and lantana growing all year long outside. We can't, and I have been unsuccessful in growing rosemary inside. It is one of my favorite flavors.

I harvested sage yesterday and it is so healthy, and pretty, and delicious. I have it drying now.

Do you have a good way to store garlic without it drying out or rotting? This year I am going to put them in small Rx bottles with oil and freeze them; what do you think? Do you have a good procedure? 

Will Hollywood Plums come from seed? 

Worm pods came in; There should be an abundance of worms in a short time. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2012 at 7:28am

I forgot to say, it's Hubbard squash I do this with.  I planted two kinds this year, and don't know which ones I'm eating so far.  I've also got several other kinds of winter squash on the fence that I haven't tried eating the young ones yet.  But, I'll have to try it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2012 at 7:19am

I'm eating young winter squash as if they were summer squash again this year.  I tried it last year and found they tasted just as good as Zucchini and possibly as good as the yellow crook-neck I used to grow (I didn't plant any summer squash this year).

I grow large winter squash that love to climb the chain-link fence.  If I let them grow squash on the fence, they get so heavy that they eventually fall off, ripping the vines apart when they do it, so I remove them before they become large and throw them in the compost pile.  

Last year, I tried netting one on the fence, but didn't do it right, so it fell off.  This year I tried netting two, and so far it seems to be working, but it's a little too much trouble, so next year I'm going to keep them from climbing the fence until they start developing some squash on the ground.

Anyway, last year, I finally wondered how they would taste, and fried them like Zucchini.

I'm sure others have done this, but I've not heard of it.  How about you peeps?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 25, 2012 at 6:48am

Mmmmmm, makes my mouth water!

I'm doing OK with the heat.  I get my exercise before sunup, and get my outside work done before the head sets-in, so I'm good.  My plants are thriving also (once I started giving them enough water).

 

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