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: 165
Latest Activity: 3 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 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 BarbaraSATX 3 hours ago

Randall, I too have a new puppy. It's been years and I had forgotten how much time and effort they take -  and how much damage they can do when they chew! She is a sweetheart and will be a great companion for Rio once she matures a little.

When I first started to plant things I decided I would make an effort to buy non-Monsanto seeds, and when I bought existing plants they wouldn't end up killing the bees I was hoping to attract.  The link I posted is the first extensive list I have found of Monsanto seeds. Glad it is of use to someone.

Joan, I finally mowed my dichondra for the first time yesterday and I have to admit it looks pretty good.  My walkway looks as if it has been around for years instead of just months. :)  There are few spots that have yet to fill in, but for the most part there is a tight carpet of little green leaves that are soft when I step on them.

My zinnias wound up with the nasty powdery mildew which I have to admit was alot my fault as I didn't want to thin them properly as they were so pretty.  I pretty much decimated the bed cutting out all the ones with mildew. :(  Lesson learned: air circulation in hot and humid climate is important.

Also the native vines I bought online have really taken off and the Fuzzy Bean is blooming tiny delicate pink blooms!  

Comment by Idaho Spud 4 hours ago

Thanks for the list Barbara.

Comment by Randall Smith yesterday

Barbara, I can see the dirty word Monsanto in your list site. Ugh.

Had my first ear of sweet corn last night (out of my garden)! So far, my new dog has kept the raccoons away. I just have to tolerate some occasional nighttime barking.

Daniel, I've never planted okra. Hope the Neem works.

Comment by BarbaraSATX yesterday

I finally found a list I can print and refer to when I buy seeds or plants. http://againstthewall.info/2013/04/09/monsanto-owned-heirloom-seedn...

Comment by Sentient Biped on Tuesday

On my ongoing Don Quixotesque attempt to grow okra in the Pacific NW.... the plants sulked and declined.  The the sunroom was completed and I put them in there.  They started to flourish.  Now they are covered with aphids.  I  found a sprayer with neem oil.  That used to work for roses and orchids, we'll see if it works for okra!  The plants are lush and tropical - looking.  I don't know if they will survive winter in the sunroom, or have to start over next year.  Or give up!

Comment by Sentient Biped on Tuesday

Joan, congrats on a new family member on the way!

Helicopters flying overhead spewing chemicals...  sounds like warfare!  I understand fighting fire.  Spraying poison everywhere is evil.

Comment by Randall Smith on Tuesday

Helicopters have been filling the sky around here lately. But it's not because of fires. They spray bean and corn fields--fungicides, I think. One clipped a utility wire last week and had to ditch.

Last year about this time, some spray drifted over onto my kid's organic farm. They refuse to "settle up" and are being sued. Who knows how long this will go on.

Comment by Joan Denoo on Monday

Two large Chinook helicopters just flew over the house toward the landing field at Fairchild Airforce Base, perhaps loaded with firefighters coming from other fire districts. They were expected in this morning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Monday

My great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Grace Staab is due July 24. 

Laurie, my granddaughter, is so excited, her first baby and she loves being pregnant. Now, if I can convince her not to pump out babies as fast as she can, I will feel better. Her partner is a Jehova's Witness. Oh dear! He is a sweetheart; time will tell if he has a functioning brain. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Monday

I have had a great pleasure of eating tropical fruit right off the plants. A man with a machete whacked a coconut at the eyes and I drank it through a straw, then he broke it open for me and I ate the fresh meat. Delicious. Fresh lemons and limes picked and eaten or used in lemonade can't be topped. Of course, oranges and tangerines, taste outstanding if from good stock. Oh yes, pineapple tastes so good; especially walking into the grove with the farmer and he selecting one that he thought was perfect, and upon tasting it, I agreed. One other fruit that I have to include is lychee nut. We can get them in June at the grocery store, but they taste like dried up, tasteless globs of fruit. I had these in Indonesia and Thailand. 

My travel days are over and I have the most incredible memories! A wonderful way to spend the Golden Years. 

 

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