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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: 169
Latest Activity: 3 hours 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 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

Stressed Bees

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Feb 12. 2 Replies

Permaculture U. of Mass

Started by Joan Denoo Jan 16. 0 Replies

"All I want for christmas is....."

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Larry Dec 26, 2014. 8 Replies

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 25, 2014. 3 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10, 2014. 3 Replies

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Comment by Daniel W on January 1, 2011 at 10:13am
Happy New year to all!
Comment by Daniel W on December 4, 2010 at 12:39pm
Dejah, I sort of became addicted to orchids. Every windosill has some. Some are easy, others are a challenge. THey give me something to focus on during the gloomy winter.

Today cleaned out the chicken house, shoveled the old wood chip / chicken poop bedding out, spread it across a dormant border, and provided a thick layer of fresh straw for the hens. They have been scratching through it and cackling ever since. The eggs will be cleaner. The border will get a layer of bark mulch some time this winter. I doubt that the chicken poop will be too much for the hostas and ferns, given the season and continuous rain, and that the chicken poop has been aging for a while, but if it IS too much, it's OK.
Comment by Dejah Thoris on December 1, 2010 at 8:17pm
Orchids sound lovely. My other challenge is finding a spot where my birds won't chew them up. They love houseplants!
Comment by Daniel W on November 30, 2010 at 10:43pm
Herbs indoors would be cool! I would like chives and cilantro. The challenge for me is space - my window sills are already filled with orchids. For me puttering around them is peaceful.
Comment by Dejah Thoris on November 30, 2010 at 4:47pm
I haven't been doing anything outside. I have a hard time making myself go out when it is cold. I would really like to grow some herbs inside. The trick is to find the time...
Comment by Daniel W on November 30, 2010 at 2:02pm
A desert place sounds nice this time of year. But I love the other seasons here in the NW.

The hens get extended days during the winter - a 100 watt bulb to keep them warm. The long days mean they continue to lay eggs. Well, 4 are. The 5th is a Leghorn who laid continuously for about 9 months, then the last month they all broke, shells like paper. They all get calcium supplement in their food. I think she just got egged out, maybe has osteoporosis. Now she's moulting.

Thanks for joining and commenting! Greens sound great now.
Comment by Daniel W on November 29, 2010 at 10:44pm
Winter approaches, 2010. Hey all, what's up in the garden? I've been so lax, I let some peppers freeze on the plant. Missed out on some tomatoes too. Way to busy. Finally took a voluntary pay cut in my job to get some breathing room with reduced hours - not to garden but to do my job better and maybe have a bit of a life. We'll see.

I think I need to cut back some of the gardening. The raised beds and barrels are definitely the easiest and most productive part for me.

This winter I'll be concentrating on making some higher maintenance areas into lower maintenance. I'll get rid of some irises (too weedy) and some ground covers (too weedy). Might remove a couple of nonperforming fruit trees. Do some winter pruning.

About all I'm getting now from the yard is eggs. Those hens keep me going.
Comment by Daniel W on October 14, 2010 at 3:04pm


On my front deck, north side of the house, this morning. I love the spider webs. Since spiders are our friends, eating all sorts of obnoxious insects, her presence is welcome and I left her beautiful web undisturbed. Nearby is a wasp colony, 2 years standing, inside a hollow rail. I'm not as enthusiastic about them, even though they are also carnivores that benefit the garden. A recent sting made me doubt my rationale for leaving them undisturbed, but for now, they stay.
Comment by Daniel W on September 28, 2010 at 9:19am
Your are all right! I collect leaves from my neighbors, and either put thim in the compost bin or run the lawnmower over them to chop them up, then spread around as mulch. Over the past 10 years, the soil hase gone from a near-brick consistency to crumbly and rich.
Comment by Sarah Walton on September 28, 2010 at 8:05am
I think I'll just head out there with a broom and rake one day. I saw one of my neighbors sweeping off his stairs, so I think I will follow suit. Maybe the trend will grow. :)
 

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