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: 165
Latest Activity: 23 hours ago

Welcome to Eden!

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 Sentient Biped on Saturday

Thank you Chris and Spud!  Chris, I was hoping you had some food or flowers from your beautiful rooftop garden.

 

Spud likes bumblebees.  They are more mobile than honeybees, which is saying a lot.  Which is interesting, considering they look round and fluffy, and Im surprised they can even fly.  Difficult to catch with the camera.  This is the best I could do, on some borage. 

Comment by Plinius on Saturday

You don't over-post at all, Daniel! I'm just quietly enjoying all your garden posts, I still have no time to garden and I hate that - I'll have to wait for next year.

Comment by Idaho Spud on Saturday

I don't think you over-post Daniel.

Comment by Sentient Biped on Saturday

Joan and Spud, thanks for the comments.  I worry that I  over-post about things I like, like the bees.  Not a lot of people to share this with.  Not wanting to bore anyone with my obsessions.

Until modern chemical-laden times, clover lawns were common.  Grass seed often included clover.  The lawn I grew up on in the midwest had a lot of clover.  Then we got weed killers and nitrogen fertilizer, grass catchers and irrigation, and the modern carpet-like lawns resulted.

It's easy to convert back to clover.  We just don't use chemicals.  I did buy packages of Dutch clover seeds, and planted bare spots - mainly  mole hills - with clover.  When mowed in late bloom, the lawn mower spread the seeds all over, and the clover lawn results.  We didn't even try, it was just nature's way.

Clover adds a lot of nitrogen to the soil, so grass also benefits.  In the wet spring, it's mostly grass.  In the dry summer, mostly clover.  Listening in the evening, there is buzzing everywhere.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

Daniel, your front yard i beautiful! I have never seen a glover yard before and it is just perfect. Your sunroom looks so pretty and I can just imagine how much pleasure you get puttering there. The bee photo captures the mood and value of clover in ways that will entice others to create such a haven for bees. Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on Saturday

I like your front yard lawn, but probably not as much as the bees.

Comment by Sentient Biped on Saturday

Joan, our garlic lasted until now, so it was ideal.  And now the new batch.  So glad you like it!  I like the idea of it as much as the real thing.  I love crushing it and using on spagetti with some olive oil and parmesan.  But I only do that on the weekend - people might have trouble with the scent if on a workday :-)

Comment by Sentient Biped on Saturday

Yet another bee photo.  The front yard clover is blooming like crazy.   I'm truly hoping for some honey this year, even if only a cup.

The lawn / clover field.   When the clover blossoms dry out, I will mow again.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Saturday

Daniel, I forgot to tell you we have been eating your garlic for several weeks now, and they are delicious. Nicely flavorful, not too hot and they seem to like my stomach just fine. Or is it that my stomach likes them? 

Your potatoes look perfect, no blemishes or bruises. Nice clear skin. Are they nicely firm all the way to the middle? I can only imagine the flavor of freshly dug potatoes. Do you have fresh peas to go with them? With a little salt, pepper and butter! Oh, how I remember Grandma's early summer potatoes and peas. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on Saturday

Joan, your soil sounds wonderful.  

Randal, so does your harvest!  It will be great to pull fresh veggies out of the freezer this winter for a hearty stew.

Today I harvested a bed of garlic.  Nice big garlic bulbs, Inchelium Red, a Pacific NW Native American variety.

Also, saw a couple of potato plants were turning brown, so dug them out.

 

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