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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: 173
Latest Activity: 13 hours ago

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 sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Discussion Forum

Living in the forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud 15 hours ago. 6 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 17 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W May 2. 2 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 2. 1 Reply

Rooftop Gardens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 3. 20 Replies

How to Make a Food Forest Suburb

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 1. 1 Reply

Fantastic Fungi - a film by Louie Schwartzberg

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 28. 1 Reply

Michael Pollan On Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Mar 22. 1 Reply

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Comment by Randall Smith 13 hours ago

Daniel, again, I'm reduced to jealousy and envy. Why do you torture us so? Magnificent photos of a beautiful setting. Woe is me.

Comment by Daniel W yesterday

Joan, you are right of course!  That one is pallida variegata.

It's interesting, those irises look much better in the photo than they do in person.  I think I understand now how to grow them here - its simple, if you don't know too much.  I followed all of the rules, and got tons of leaf spot and bacterial rot.  I had others I planted in the fence row and forgot, and they did fine.   Next, year, maybe they will thrive.

Joan are you planting seeds in containers or in the soil?  I know what you mean about some plants not able to handle the chill.

This year I gave up on okra - needs way more sun  and heat that I can give it here.  But I am trying sun-and-heat-loving sweet corn.  There are some varieties reports as much faster than most.  I planted Early Sunglow Hybrid - 63 days to yield, and Trinity Hybrid - 64 days.  In this climate they may take 50% or more longer, but I have room.  I planted in containers and then transplanting the plants outside - something that would have been laughed at in my midwest farm town, but they have warmer soil and longer season.

Your new place sounds wonderful.  Like little house in the forest.

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

After all that HOT weather, we are now having April showers. Too cold for seeds to sprout. I will probably have to reseed everything I started the last weeks. 

Comment by Patricia yesterday

Beautiful photos Daniel!

Pleased to report that all Rick's seedlings are up, & he's trying honeydew along with the musk melon this year, as well as celery.

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Don, what a magnificent progression of your garden. Your temperatures must be at least as cold as it is in Newport, WA. We had unusually hot weather and now a streak of near freezing and rain. I'm sure the seeds can't decide whether to sprout or stay dormant. 

Daniel, your iris look stunning! What a beautiful variety you have. It looks like you have some iris pallida variegata. 

I like Ning's Bee Meadow. It looks as I would like to see in our bare ground. I will nurture the soils and attempt to create such a place of beauty. Please tell Ning that I like his plan and will try to duplicate it. 

We are still in a messy phase of gardening. Because we took out so many trees for a fire break, disturbing the soil, and creating a place for the greenhouse has made a greatly disordered area to be restored. The soil is pure sand with an occasional streak of clay. I tested the soil pH, 7+- throughout. 

My fall and bout with a blocked bowel knocked the wind out of my sails, even more than the cancer. I have some challenge to get busy, however, yesterday, with clippers in hand, I trimmed up some of the forest edges and loved every minute of it. I came in very weary and satisfied. The fire danger declines with each of our activities, making me feel safe and secure in my new forest home. 

Bird feeding stations all along the woods edge should draw in some birds. I play song-bird tapes during the day. We live very close to the headwaters of the Little Spokane River, and the Pend O'Reille Lake and River and dozens of little lakes left over from the Ice Age and Missoula Flood surround our property. Deer, elk, moose, and an occasional brown bear and bobcat wander through. 

Dominic, this splendid black Lab stays by my side wherever I am, in the forest or the home. He leaves me only to check on my new little great-granddaughter, Brooklyn. She is now ten months old and almost walking. 

I am content here. 

iris pallida variegata

Comment by Plinius yesterday

Fantastic! Your bee meadow is so beautiful!

Comment by Don yesterday
Lovely, Daniel.
Comment by Daniel W yesterday

A couple of last pics.  I over-nurture bearded irises, which seem to prefer neglect.  They didn't do well but were not a total loss.  Most are historic varieties, developed decades to centuries ago.

Comment by Daniel W yesterday

Hello all.

I haven't had so much to say lately.  Work, energy, house renovation, and some gardening.   Looks like you are all doing great in your horticultural pursuits!

This year my fruit tree grafts all took off.  Now my plums and apples are multigrafted with 5 to 10 varieties.

The bee meadow is awesome.  I can't take credit, Ning did all of the work

My  seedling tomatoes are growing like gangbusters.  We have Roma beans, Chinese wide beans, about 10 varieties of squash and pumpkins, all grown from seeds. I need to buy some replacement chilis, mine are stunted, probably planted too early outside.

I hand fertilized about 20 pawpaw flowers, and all but one fell off anyway.  I watch that remaining one closely every day, might still get my first pawpaw this year.  Asiminia triloba.

Really glad to see you are all growing great gardens and getting outside, watching things grow, and soaking in the wonders of nature, botany, horticulture.  That's awesome!

Comment by Don yesterday

Right, Randall.  I fertilize with Miracid and with organics, and I mulch with pine needles, but still have problems--except for the two that bear well.  It's odd.  Friends with similar trouble have told me they've had luck transplanting to a different spot.  So far I've been too stubborn to try that.

 

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