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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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.

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 BarbaraSATX on September 6, 2014 at 7:17am

Ruth, I adopted Lily in late June at 7 lbs. thinking she was a maltese mix and 6 mos. old.. I quickly learned she was NOT maltese, but a 4 mo. old Chinese Crested Powder Puff mix - the mix being who knows what but her behavior indicates Jack Russell Terrier.  She is now 15.2 lbs and a very stubborn, feisty, and lovable piece of work!  Chews on my plants, digs holes, caught and killed a cowbird, has left her "mark" on door frames, chairs, bookcase, recliner, cell phone charger, and probably other things I don't even know about. Rescue dogs are the Best! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 7:14am

Oh, yes.  I forgot about grass!  A tiller is a huge time and aching back saver on grass!

Comment by Randall Smith on September 6, 2014 at 7:11am

Barbara, good luck with the new tiller. Even with a more powerful tiller, turning sod is difficult. Don't hurt your back.

My potatoes are the largest I've ever had. A rainy summer made the difference. Surprisingly, my onions were not so big. A major drawback to all the rain is the mosquito population. I have to take a bath in "Off" before entering the yard and garden. I have no standing water around--must be the farm fields.

Comment by BarbaraSATX on September 6, 2014 at 7:00am

Spud, I don't have a clue as I just discovered the process about a month ago via online site.  You have a point and I'll definitely check into it.

I just couldn't face the idea of having to dig up all the grass for planting beds, etc. without a tiller.  Decided it was a good investment. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 6, 2014 at 6:13am

Barbara, glad you're getting a tiller.  Saves a lot of work.

How do you harvest the potatoes in the tower.  Do you harvest them all at once, or can you tear into the cardboard to get baby ones?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 5, 2014 at 9:17pm

Barbara, so very nice to read your posts. Looks like you have been getting valuable information for exploring and experimenting. Always something to learn if one gardens. Do you have photos of garden and your new dog? Would love to see them. I used ollas when I gardened in El Paso and in Killeen. It is a great way to get water to the roots. 

Comment by BarbaraSATX on September 5, 2014 at 4:09pm

Randall, I never left ... I've been reading the various posts as they pop up in my email and the posts have been filled with lots of pics and info on veggies and fruits y'all have grown - and are enjoying.  Since I only grew flowers this year about all I could contribute was a tad bit of jealousy and envy.

However, I've been busy planning for next year; gathering info on what to plant in my zone, soil admendments, etc. I've joined a group of gardeners and this week's lecture is on Hugelkulture, Wicking Beds, OLLAS, and Aquaponics with demonstrations in all. With our water restrictions I need to find a system that works and will provide adequate irrigation for my garden.   

AND!  I ordered my very own tiller today and it should arrive next week.  I was not looking foward to digging up my backyard by hand so I found a little lightweight 6.5 amp electric tiller - and a tilling I shall go!

I'm off to Puppy School with my little girl.  So far she has nailed each class, but tonight will be new things so we'll see how she does.  Woof!

Comment by BarbaraSATX on September 5, 2014 at 3:57pm

Daniel, your link is very similar to the one I posted. Here are the instructions I cut and pasted from my link:

Here’s what you’ll need:
~ cardboard
~ a cage. I used a stretch of fencing joined in the round
~ straw
~ a bucket-full of compost
~ seed potatoes

Start by setting up the cage on top on the cardboard,  this will go a long way in keeping the weeds out of the potato tower. Next, add a thick layer of straw to the bottom of the cage, top the straw with your 2/3 of your compost.

Push the seed potatoes into the compost and cover with the remaining compost.  Top with another layer of straw.
Once the potatoes sprout out, keep adding straw to the tower, keeping about 4 inches of greenery exposed at all times.  Stop adding when the plants set blooms.


The bottom line of both of them, along with your wishing well is growing potatoes vertically instead of in long rows. For those us with small spaces it makes sense. I think I'm going to go with using a wood frame using landscape timbers, and as the plant grows I'll simple add another 'collar'  -maybe using a metal rod on each side to hold them in place, although I should think with weight of timbers they should be okay.  It will be a fun winter project getting them ready.  And if the potatoes don't grow well in it I can convert it to flowers!  :)

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 5, 2014 at 2:24pm

Barbara, I tried the link but my computer would not take me there.  After trying some searches, I did findthis, which I thought was interesting.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 5, 2014 at 8:07am

Barbara, glad to have you back. I was wondering...

Spud, I put up (froze) two batches of sweet corn. I do it the old fashioned way--stick a boiled ear on a nailed board and cut off the kernals with a knife. Otherwise, I eat one or two ears a day, in season. Now the season's over. :(

 

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