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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 March 30, 2014 at 9:34pm

Daniel, they are beautiful! And I bet they are full of flavor! I haven't raised radishes here either for years. I will get some seeds and give them a try. We are in much better temperature ranges these days. Haven't had your snow, Spud, but have had hail and graupel. Glad you got some rain, and hope it is slow and steady so as not to flood. 

Daniel, you put me to shame, I haven't been out in the garden to do anything other than just walk through and enjoy the structure of it. Lots of work to do and I plan to just puttttsss around. I feel fine and I just have learned how to ignore chores; kind of a mañana attitude that I developed this past year. Everything survived without my attention, so I don't need to be such an "A" personality any more. I like it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 30, 2014 at 8:19pm

Cute saying Daniel.  Cheating?  I should be such a cheat!

I haven't eaten any radishes in probably 30 years.  They just seemed to spicy for my palate.  Now that I like stronger flavors, I'll have to try them again.

I do remember my dad putting them on sandwiches that I liked.  Part of my lapse in eating them is probably laziness.  Perhaps just not getting into the habit for some reason.  I do (or not do) that a lot.

Hooray for the weather!  Between rain and snow, my garden received a nice 0.74 inch of water last night and today.

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 30, 2014 at 7:57pm

Somehow a big handful of radishes says "Spring!"

My mother always said
"Spring has sprung.
The grass has riz
I wonder where the flowers is?"

These were planted in the poly tunnel raised bed in January. I know that's cheating. But they are still home grown organic radishes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 29, 2014 at 2:06pm

Thank you Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 1:50pm

Of course! I watched many farmers in China and Asia using "honey buckets" and their food was delicious. I had concern about health issues, but I didn't get sick. Weary, but not sick. 

Good for you! innovation, experimentation, exploration! these are the qualities that make things better and challenges the status quo. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 29, 2014 at 1:31pm
Joan, the NPK is similar to fish emulsion and it's free! Ning took to the idea with great enthusiasm. Once I researched, it seemed like "why didnt I do this before?"

The chicken yard is already lush and very green, so none goes to the trees there. Nature gives generously.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 1:07pm

Spud, I just want to tell you how special you are to me, even if I don't respond to your many nice comments. I always read your work and treasure them. 

Thanks for the information about the sound being OK on your computer. It must be mine, then. OK, a new challenge to get on with. You know how much I like challenges. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2014 at 1:05pm

Daniel, you are ingenious. And such a natural thing for a gardener to do. Sorry I don't have the equipment to easily save mine. But what the heck, I can collect privately so what is the big deal? 

Gardeners are our best teachers!

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 29, 2014 at 12:48pm

Joan, on the nitrogen boost question, I was being discrete for esthetic reasons. But I should be honest.

I wrote up on the general topic here:

http://growinggreener.blogspot.com/search/label/urine%20fertilizer

We keep a half-gallon jug in the bathroom and pee into that instead of flushing. I have a watering can that I use to dilute the urine, about 3 parts water to 1 part urine. Then I water that into the ground. This time of year, with the constant rain, there is no residual odor at all. Odor is most people's objections, and culture. Fish fertilizer is very stinky, but the rain washes that into the soil quickly too, when I use it. We have a septic system, so the urine goes into the ground anyway, just a different location.

This will be a growing trend among organic types. I think.

http://www.nwedible.com/2013/03/how-to-use-pee-in-your-garden.html

The trees are just budding out. Around each tree is a wide tuft of grass that is faster growing, thicker, and greener than the rest of the lawn, so I know there is a nitrogen boost that is getting into the soil. I don't want to use too much, but I do want them to be lush and grow faster and greener this year.

So that secret's out. :-)

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 29, 2014 at 12:22pm

Yes, David Esterling is who I was referring to.

 

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