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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
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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

Living in the forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Wednesday. 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 Joan Denoo on April 22, 2012 at 12:01am

These photos of your garden are beautiful and holding promise of some wonderful tastes later on. Your garden is very far ahead of mine. Not o sign of color in the tulips, although the buds are huge this year. Do you freeze or can or dry your fruit? Delicious!

Comment by Annie Thomas on April 21, 2012 at 11:03pm

Sentient-

Your fruit trees look so good!  I'm envious of you being in an area where apples and cherries grow well.  I'm in Florida, so I have no choice but to have citrus is my specialty. ;-)

Comment by Steph S. on April 21, 2012 at 9:41pm
Lovely photos Sentient!
Comment by Daniel W on April 21, 2012 at 9:38pm

Dallas, Hollywood Plum is more a group of plum varieties rather than a single variety.  They are all maroon leaves, some grow into full size trees, others are smaller.  I don't know the subtype for this one- it was from a catalog (Raintree nursery)  and just listed as "Hollywood" plum.  It is considered one of the few Asian plums that is self fertile but some sources state it needs a pollinizer.  I got Shiro to be a pollinizer but the sources don't all agree that will work, so last year I added Methley.  The plums are unlike any I've seen in the store - the maroon color of the leaves goes through the entire plum and its juice.  They are extremely good, but on my 3 or 4 year old tree I've only had about 5 plums.  This year was the most flowers ever, but so early and there was a frost while blooming, so maybe no fruit.

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As for ME being Hollywood, right!  Vin Diesel on line 2!

Comment by Daniel W on April 21, 2012 at 8:36pm

Today....

I pruned some more winter killed twigs from my Petite negri fig, but only a few.  Most of the fig trees have lots of tiny figs, but there is a big June drop so it's not a promise of a big crop.  

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Some photos from today....

Hollywood Plum.  I can't tell yet if they took.  Looks like the Shiro plum might have pollinated well - if so it MIGHT be my first big several-bowl-full crop of those.  Hollywood plum is so beautiful, with zillions of pink flowers and then maroon leaves.

 I'm letting violets take over as a ground cover.  They reproduce very fast, and no weeds seem to grow through them.  I often find violets in the grass, and when I do I pull them up and plant them in the borders.  Gradually they are taking over the ground level.  

Stella Cherry.  This year is the most flowers ever.  Behind it is an old Japanese cherry that doesn't have fruit but I love the pink flowers and gnarled branches.</p>

Liberty Apple on a highly dwarfing root stock.  It's 8 years old and still only 4 1/2 feet tall.  We get several big bowls of apples every year.  Unlike the Golden Delicious that I cut down last year after 7 years with no fruit, Liberty is disease free here and bears very well.  The flowers are really pretty on this shrub-sized tree.

Comment by Daniel W on April 13, 2012 at 10:05pm

Thanks all for the great compliments!  My yard is actually a mess, but there is almost always something to eat, almost always something in bloom, and experiments everywhere.   Not seen in the pic, between the cherries and the street is a ginkgo grown from seed, a sibling to one in the back yard - it's about 8 ft tall.  My attempt to leave a long lasting heritage for a future generation.  Under the cherry trees are blueberries - haven't quite figured them out yet.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2012 at 11:29pm

I love spurge and have several varieties; I know it can take over. Given the soil conditions where you have it, seems like a great choice for that spot. The wall is lovely, and looks like a good "sitting" wall. Beautiful plants and great design! I can tell, you like loveliness. 

Comment by Steph S. on April 12, 2012 at 11:27pm
I just love the picture you posted Sentient! I wish I was there right now. You have a lovely yard. Breathtaking. Charlie is a handsome dog too.
Comment by Daniel W on April 12, 2012 at 11:00pm

Hi Joan, thank you for your comment!  The plant that you ask about is a prostrate spurge - probably should pull it out since they can be invasive, but that location is dry clay and not much else grows there.  The retaining wall allowed me to expand the usable area by converting a steep hill into a terraced bed that now contains shrubs, flowers, flowering trees and a Japanese plum.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2012 at 10:49pm

This scene is just lovely, with the stone or block wall in the background, beautiful greens and yellows and handsome Charlie enjoying it all. Do I see Alchemilla 'mollis', Common Name: “Lady's Mantle” on the right side? Whatever, it is a pretty color. 

 

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