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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!

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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.

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Comment by A Former Member on May 16, 2012 at 9:08am

Cool stuff Michael.

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 16, 2012 at 8:26am

I love the pallet idea!  Here's a link to a garden challenge my husband and I won a few years ago. It was a fun process, though a lot of hard work.  There is a second photo of the outdoor shower area that you can see if you find the little "next" button below the picture of the beds.

http://www.readymade.com/projects/wine_bottle_garden_border

(My apologies if I've already shared this.  A friend just asked for the link and it seems fitting here with the recently shared ideas.)

Comment by Michael R Mills on May 16, 2012 at 8:22am
Comment by A Former Member on May 16, 2012 at 8:08am

Fun idea Michael. I was trying to find this post I saw once on another site in which someone had converted old toasters, old radios and TVs, and other trash items into planters, but I can't seem to find it. Oh well, you can visualize...

Comment by A Former Member on May 16, 2012 at 7:59am

Just ran across this:

 

5 Ways to Use Eggshells in Your Garden

5 Ways to Use Eggshells in Your Garden

A normal person looks at an egg and thinks “omelet” or “frittata.” A gardener (especially one who tends to be on the obsessive end of the spectrum) looks at an egg and thinks “yes! Eggshells!”

Five Ways to Use Eggshells in Your Garden

1. Add crushed eggshells to the bottom of planting holes, especially for tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. These crops are susceptible to blossom end rot, which is caused by calcium deficiency. While this deficiency is most often caused by improper watering, there’s no harm in making sure your plants have a steady source of calcium. As the eggshells break down, they’ll nourish the soil, and your plants.

2. Use eggshells as pots for starting plants from seed. Then plant the seedling, “pot” and all, into the garden.

3. Use crushed eggshells to deter slugs, snails, and cutworms. These garden pests are a real pain in the gardener’s neck, and cutworms are the worst, killing seedlings by severing the stems at soil level. All three of these pests have soft undersides, and dislike slithering across anything sharp. Crushed eggshells, applied to the soil’s surface, may help deter these pests.

4. Add them to the compost pile. If you aren’t planting tomatoes or trying to deter slugs, add the eggshells to your compost pile, where they’ll add calcium to your finished compost.

5. If you are feeding birds in your yard, crush up the eggshells and add them to a dish near the feeder. Female birds, particularly those who are getting ready to lay eggs or recently finished laying, require extra calcium and will definitely appreciate it!

No matter how you want to use them, be sure to rinse the shells out well before using them in the garden.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-ways-to-use-eggshells-in-your-ga...

Comment by Michael R Mills on May 16, 2012 at 7:22am

Saw this too and think it's  a project I can use: http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-into-a-garden/

Comment by Michael R Mills on May 16, 2012 at 7:19am

Just saw those flower pots on Pinterest yesterday - it's a fun idea!

Comment by Sandi on May 16, 2012 at 6:39am

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 15, 2012 at 1:52am

 Black bugbane are beautiful! I've never had one; do they have any disease or pest problems? I like the design idea of purples and blacks and silver/blue color combinations. That is a great idea. And somewhere in the garden a white combination for night wanderings. 

The Bloodgood maple is pretty and I have not seen it before. You guys have such great plants. Great ideas. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 15, 2012 at 1:41am

Dallas, thank you, I do know how to make Hollendaise sauce. Tomorrow night's dinner salad. 

 

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