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: 161
Latest Activity: 5 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 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.

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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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 Sentient Biped 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 Sentient Biped 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 Sentient Biped 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 Sentient Biped 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 Sentient Biped 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. :)
Comment by Judy Freedman on September 27, 2010 at 5:03pm
If you mow leaves they will turn into crumbs that disintegrate. No need to rake or wait or spread the compost.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 27, 2010 at 2:31pm
Rake leaves and create compost piles. I deplore seeing all the yard waste going to the landfill when it could be turned into black gold! My garden flourishes because of the huge compost I spread each year. And my worms love it! So do birds.
 

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