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.

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

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Comment by Sentient Biped on December 6, 2013 at 9:01am

Big weather on the news!  Cold cold ice snow cold.

I hope you are warm and don't need to do much outside!

Keep those faucets covered!

We are expecting the coldest days I can recall in years.  The gardener always has to deal with what nature brings.  I may lose some / most / all of my little fig orchard....  if it happens, it happens.  The coldest they've had to handle is, maybe, 15.  I have to work, and I'm too tired to go outside and cover them.

A few other plants / trees / shrubs may not make it.  The good side, a hard freeze is thought to kill off pest insects overwintering in the soil.

Other than that, I'm just hoping no pipes freeze!

Keep warm everyone!  Stay safe!  No driving on ice or in blizzard!  Spring does come.  It always does!

Comment by Plinius on December 4, 2013 at 7:57am

Good story, Joan, thanks! How I remember the frost on the windows - ice flowers we called them - and the ice crystals on the blankets on winter mornings - brrr! Beautiful, but I'm happy with my comfortable double glazed apartment.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 4, 2013 at 7:20am

Joan: I'm old enough to relate to your story. Fun to look back, but glad we don't have to live that way. I have pine trees and spread needles all over the garden. Still......   I may have mentioned before that my garden sits on the site of an old barn. Rocky (even chunks of concrete) and clay-ish (and alkaline). I've worked it for 36 seasons. Somehow, it produces most of what I want. Talk about a labor of love!

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 3, 2013 at 6:45pm

Joan, that's a beautiful story! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 3, 2013 at 4:06pm

Randall, you wrote: "No wonder I can't grow blueberries."I did the same thing, had my soil tested by WSU Extension Service, picked a part of my garden that I wanted blueberries to grow and started pouring on sulfur. I also have a cheap little pH testing kit and check from year to year. 

Acid loving plants in my West garden pH 4.5 to 5.5

Parsley

Rhubarb 

onions 

Azalea

blueberry

Magnolia

Pieris

Pine

Mountain ash, American

Spruce 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 3, 2013 at 2:45pm

Christmas cactus memories: When I was a little girl, my grandmother Whitehead had a huge one sitting in a window on the south side of the house. There was a very big wood cabinet radio next to it that stood about 3 feet high. The house was a tiny little structure built by the railroad to house their workers in Tekoa, a small town that had a railroad roundhouse to repair engines and cars for the Spokane to Idaho mines. Most of the houses there are railroad houses, poorly insulated, very high ceilings that held all the heat her wood stove and kitchen wood stove could generate. The windows were single pane.

A great deal of steam was generated by cooking and by laundry which was done in a big boiler on the stove. She had a hand-crank machine she placed on the boiler that wrung the clothes, sheets and linens from the boiling, soapy, Clorox water on the stove to a big rinse boiler sitting on the floor. Steam roiled from this operation.

In the winter, hoarfrost formed on the single pane window in the tiny living room, making incredibly beautiful patterns. On laundry day, if the windows were clear, the hoar frost formed quickly to cover the entire pane right before one's eyes. 

The Christmas cactus loved that window, the ambient temperature was always cold; the huge blooms by the hundreds burst into blossom as hoarfrost exploded across the window.

Imagine a little child watching these natural processes occurring right before one's eyes! There was some kind of magic far greater than the events taking place in the crying, moaning, beseeching, wailing, and praying activity that took place in our little Free Methodist church. A first sense of wonder, of questions, of investigations began. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 3, 2013 at 1:14pm

Found what looks like a reasonable lab and plan to send a sample.  We'll see what happens.

Spud I hope you didn't nail  that bug with anything too solid, like a hammer!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 3, 2013 at 7:50am

Sentient, I reached up to squash your gif bug, figured it was a gif before my finger reached it, but nailed it anyway, just to be sure.

I've had bugs that look similar eating my dried corn and corn meal this year.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 2, 2013 at 7:43am

I had my soil tested years ago (like over 30), discovered it was too alkaline. Bought my own soil testing kit to see if I had acidified it enough (with sulfur). It hardly changed! So every year I continue to add nitrogen (horse and cow manure plus more sulfur). I can't seem to add enough. No wonder I can't grow blueberries. Good luck, Daniel.

Comment by Patricia on December 1, 2013 at 1:12pm

My cats would go berserk Sentient!

My husband buys his own soil testing kits to do it himself. I don't know anything about it but he seems satisfied with the results. He also took agriculture in high school, so he does know some things.

 

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