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: 1 hour ago

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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 Randall Smith 1 hour ago

Barbara, I can see the dirty word Monsanto in your list site. Ugh.

Had my first ear of sweet corn last night (out of my garden)! So far, my new dog has kept the raccoons away. I just have to tolerate some occasional nighttime barking.

Daniel, I've never planted okra. Hope the Neem works.

Comment by BarbaraSATX 12 hours ago

I finally found a list I can print and refer to when I buy seeds or plants. http://againstthewall.info/2013/04/09/monsanto-owned-heirloom-seedn...

Comment by Sentient Biped 20 hours ago

On my ongoing Don Quixotesque attempt to grow okra in the Pacific NW.... the plants sulked and declined.  The the sunroom was completed and I put them in there.  They started to flourish.  Now they are covered with aphids.  I  found a sprayer with neem oil.  That used to work for roses and orchids, we'll see if it works for okra!  The plants are lush and tropical - looking.  I don't know if they will survive winter in the sunroom, or have to start over next year.  Or give up!

Comment by Sentient Biped 20 hours ago

Joan, congrats on a new family member on the way!

Helicopters flying overhead spewing chemicals...  sounds like warfare!  I understand fighting fire.  Spraying poison everywhere is evil.

Comment by Randall Smith yesterday

Helicopters have been filling the sky around here lately. But it's not because of fires. They spray bean and corn fields--fungicides, I think. One clipped a utility wire last week and had to ditch.

Last year about this time, some spray drifted over onto my kid's organic farm. They refuse to "settle up" and are being sued. Who knows how long this will go on.

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Two large Chinook helicopters just flew over the house toward the landing field at Fairchild Airforce Base, perhaps loaded with firefighters coming from other fire districts. They were expected in this morning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

My great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Grace Staab is due July 24. 

Laurie, my granddaughter, is so excited, her first baby and she loves being pregnant. Now, if I can convince her not to pump out babies as fast as she can, I will feel better. Her partner is a Jehova's Witness. Oh dear! He is a sweetheart; time will tell if he has a functioning brain. 

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

I have had a great pleasure of eating tropical fruit right off the plants. A man with a machete whacked a coconut at the eyes and I drank it through a straw, then he broke it open for me and I ate the fresh meat. Delicious. Fresh lemons and limes picked and eaten or used in lemonade can't be topped. Of course, oranges and tangerines, taste outstanding if from good stock. Oh yes, pineapple tastes so good; especially walking into the grove with the farmer and he selecting one that he thought was perfect, and upon tasting it, I agreed. One other fruit that I have to include is lychee nut. We can get them in June at the grocery store, but they taste like dried up, tasteless globs of fruit. I had these in Indonesia and Thailand. 

My travel days are over and I have the most incredible memories! A wonderful way to spend the Golden Years. 

Comment by Randall Smith yesterday

Joan, glad you got your problem solved. Now, enjoy a week off!

Spud, I'm with you, although I have eaten many of the foods you mentioned. With my new goji bush, I hope to find out what they taste like in a year or two. I had 10 gooseberries on my new bush this year--new taste treat.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Spending all last summer sitting in my garden, not checking to see if everything was working properly, I saw what I wanted to see, beauty and tranquility while I was feeling unsure, and somewhat afraid. 

This spring came and I started doing routine checks on pipes, hoses, soakers, and soil pH. I didn't notice my arborvitae were getting sicker and sicker. I did notice that last year the squirrels stripped one arborvitae branch of its green leaves and I assumed the squirrels were back at their destructive work and began thinking what I should do about the "squirrel problem". Should I trap them and take them to the country? Or what other options did I have?

Then, it began to dawn on me that all eleven of my arborvitae were loosing leaves, and they were all setting seeds. The setting seeds is what caused me to look for another cause. Setting seeds on conifers implies they are under stress.  

My soaker hose that watered all eleven was working as it entered one group, but the water was not coming out the end of the hose.

Drought! Last summer was a drought year. I garden over an ancient creek bed that is a remnant of the last Ice Age. The creek was dry at its head this year. This creek used to freshen the pond at Manito Park Pond and over the years the city supplies city water to keep the pond full all year. Otherwise, it would become a bog or dry up altogether. It is such a beautiful pond, the city invested in making it permanently full.  

So, a very quick analysis to figure out how many feet of soaker I needed, a call to the hardware store and bought enough to replace everything. I gave the perimeter trees and shrubs a deep, deep watering, trimmed out as many dead branches as I could find, and gave everything a strong bath from my hose. I check the soil moisture each morning and find where I need more water.

Tasks done, now I am free to go for a week at my daughter's home. 

 

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