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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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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 Joan Denoo on September 14, 2013 at 2:45pm

Daniel, I very much like the plant/garden/bug images! They remind me that the dimension in which we live is not all there is. Use a microscope and telescope and whole new worlds open up.

The adv for Chipotle gave a reflection of the world as we know it, but don't see or recognize exists. The farmer's produce stand gives a glimmer of hope. 

I have my seeds that I didn't plant this year ready to go for next year. That thought renews me. 

I'm not much of smoothie fan, however your recipes sound delicious. I have lost gobs of weight, which is good, but nothing tastes good to me. I smash food into my mouth, and it reappears as green pond slime.

We have had some really bad news this past week. Two of the firemen who volunteer with Laura and Larry on Dist 8 Fire Dept for Pend Oreille county are in the hospital with leukemia. It appears radon in the well water is the prime suspect. Laura took water samples in for testing because they are on well water. They have filters on supply lines, but are not sure if they filter radon.   They also have their water tested on a yearly basis, however, the test doesn't cover radon. 

Pend Oreille Co. is near the uranium mines on the Indian Reservation, so I suppose they are at greater risk. 

Laura was with me when I had my appointment with my radiologist and we discussed the issues with him. She told him what they are doing, he assured her that she is doing the right things. It appears Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is associated with 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year. 

Comment by Plinius on September 14, 2013 at 2:37pm

a bit scary - because it's all there but invisible - but very beautiful!

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 14, 2013 at 10:16am

These are not all plant/garden/bug images, but a lot of them are.  The series is labeled as "amazing and gruesome" but I think it's quite beautiful.

io9.com

this is a sample, a type of fungus with spores.

Photos of the Amazing and Gruesome World Under a Microscope

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 14, 2013 at 9:42am

This is an add for Chipotle...  but it sadly and beautifully expresses a lot.

 

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2013 at 9:20am

I just bought some frozen broccoli.  I'll try that smoothie if I don't get distracted by the thousand things I want to do bouncing around in my brain.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 14, 2013 at 9:02am

I like smoothies.  I eat them instead of ice cream.  I use a "magic bullet" blender.  Fill about 1/4 full with water.  Add a teaspoon of honey.  Blend to dissolve all of the honey.  Then add frozen fruit so it's about half full, and a little more water if needed to fully cover the fruit.  Blend until smooth.   Sometimes I have to add more water if it's too thick.  I like it sherbet consistency or like milk shake.

I do that with strawberries, or frozen fruit from the grocery store - tropical fruit mix, or blueberries, or peaches, or cherries, or apricots.

I also like a hot broccoli smoothie.  I use about a 1/2 cup of broccoli, a clove of garlic, some black pepper, and a bullion cube.  I add enough water to cover the broccoli and put it in a pan and boil a few minutes to soften the broccoli.  Then into a blender - the magic bullet leaks when hot.  I add some soft tofu, about 1/4 cup and blend until smooth.  Then I add some basil or oregano to the top.  I like that a lot and it's fast and easy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2013 at 8:36am

Randall, I've only had a couple of smoothies.  They were fairly good, but nothing to write home about.  However, two is not enough to make a good judgment.

How do you dry your pears?

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2013 at 8:33am

Joan, I see the event you talked about was not local, but in Iowa and Wisconsin. I don't remember if you have any local gardening events, but I remember you posting some great gardens in your locality, so I still get to be jealous (smile).

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2013 at 8:27am

Interesting tomato tasting event Joan.  You and Sentient have so many great events, I'm glad for you, but jealous at the same time.

I call Pocatello a 'meat & potato town' because if you want anything other than the standard fare or standard products, your out of luck.  Perhaps I should call Idaho a 'meat & potato state'.

I think I'll try growing the second place winner, Ananas Noire, next year.  The chocolate cherry tomato sounds interesting, but it seems I like the taste of the few large tomatoes better than the few cherry types I've tasted.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 13, 2013 at 10:58pm

Joan,

Thank you for posting the tomato tasting event!

We had our own tomato tasting event for two, spread out over a couple of months.

My favorites were Better Boy and SuperSweet 1000.  I know, they are not heirloom, and they lack that "heirloom flavor" but I just loved them.  Some nostalgia with the Better Boy, tasting like a great Mississippi River bottoms tomato grown in rural Illinois.  My partner's favorites were Hawaiian Pineapple and all the cherry tomatoes of any variety.

I didn't get Lemon Boy into the ground this year.  I also love that one.  It was messed up when a bull-in-the-china-shop doggie knocked over my seedlings.  That's OK.  I've had a taste of some great home grown tomatoes this year, and that's enough.

 

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