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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.
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
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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A texas garden I never thought I would see!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BarbaraSATX 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BarbaraSATX yesterday. 10 Replies

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BarbaraSATX on Tuesday. 9 Replies

Scientific Gardening. "The Informed Gardener" a book review

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on Monday. 2 Replies

Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) Oct 11. 12 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sky God Oct 10. 3 Replies

Insectary

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Annie Thomas Oct 3. 10 Replies

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

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Comment by Randall Smith 6 hours ago

Spud, I accidentally found a small (6") watermelon buried in the weeds two days ago. Not very good tasting, but I didn't let it go to waste!  And leaves! I have enough for all my gardening friends. I'd almost like to have a strong wind to blow them away.

I'm still picking and eating red raspberries, but a hard freeze is forecast for the weekend.

Comment by BarbaraSATX yesterday

<chuckling>

Comment by Idaho Spud yesterday

I just realized that it was probably the heavy winds we've had the last few days that carried all the leaves off her tree and lawn, scattering them all over.  I'm not going hunting for them. : )

Comment by BarbaraSATX yesterday

Sigh ... we are still a month away from our first frost, although the trees are starting to drop a few leaves. Spud, sorry you missed out on all the "gold". :(

Comment by Idaho Spud yesterday

You peeps reminded me of my neighbor's huge tree that deposits great quantities of leaves on her lawn.  I've been waiting until most of them are down, but I just looked, and somehow I missed them.  

The tree is empty and her lawn is mostly empty also.  She must have got rid of them while I wasn't looking.  Oh well, there's always next year.

On September 12, we had an early freeze, but just barely at 32 degrees.  Yesterday morning was the first hard frost of the season.  It was 28 degrees.  Four degrees F below freezing.

The Tomatoes are all dead as well as the watermelon.  However, I did harvest the last of the watermelon and tomatoes before it happened.

The berries are still producing a few, and I see a few honeybees on them.

Comment by BarbaraSATX yesterday

Randall, Yep, leaf mold or "mould" is suppose to be great stuff. Sometimes I think I know just enough about gardening to muddle through each day. I'm slowly working my way through all the gardening books at my local library while reading online also. Leaf mold and worm farms are new things in my world this month. Think I'll put a sign on my front lawn "Leaves Wanted" since I only have one tree on my front lawn and a mesquite tree in the back. :) Burning leaves is definitely a thing of the past for here in the city, and the county also has a burn ban in place.

Comment by Randall Smith yesterday

Barbara, I'm not a leaf know-it-all, for certain. I just rake them up, put them in a wire bin, and use them as needed to alternate with grass clippings in my compost pile(s). Leaves don't break down easily. They're supposed to turn into "leaf mold", whatever that is, before they are garden viable. I just don't want to burn them (air pollution and a waste of compost material).

Comment by BarbaraSATX on Tuesday

Oh gosh everything you ever wanted to know about worms is on the internet. What did we do without the "Net"?  

Joan, I learned that I do not want earthworms. Did you know that earthworms tend to be solitary and like lots of space and don't multiply in worm boxes? Surely you must already know that since yours is so successful. I have a friend who volunteers at a Equine center and I'm hoping to go with her to dig through a pile and try to find some of the composting type worms, or red wigglers, rather than having to buy some online.  Need to be frugal. :)  

Comment by BarbaraSATX on Tuesday

Joan, As I mentioned in previous post I watched the Worm Factory 360 video and liked the idea of a small way to compost. I just checked the price - ouch! So I went in search of something I can afford and look - http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/easywormbin.htm  and they even tell you how to gather your own worms with cardboard.  I know I have worms in my two beds close to the house so it's just a matter of enticing them to the surface!  Thanks for the suggestion. Another fun project.

Comment by Idaho Spud on Tuesday

I can understand your sense of accomplishment and smiling at the thought of growing things.

 

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