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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: 1 hour 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

Yacouba Sawadogo, 'the man who stopped the desert'

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 1 hour ago. 2 Replies

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 amer chohan on March 30, 2013 at 5:02am

Your wish is half fulfilled. They are on an astrophytum with few spines. Cactus can't do more than this.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 29, 2013 at 11:50am

I very much like those cactus flowers and all others like them. I just wish they were not on plants with spines.

Comment by Plinius on March 29, 2013 at 11:37am

I soak pots in a bucket - it works well.

Comment by amer chohan on March 29, 2013 at 11:24am

Sentinent, it is a pleasure to hear from you. Some Cactus flowers for you with wishes of fast recovery.

Comment by amer chohan on March 29, 2013 at 3:37am

Anything from Sentinent. Dallas have you any news?

Comment by Plinius on March 29, 2013 at 2:22am

Joan and Dallas, my rosemary is all right and two years ago it was just a potted sprig from the supermarket. I gave it room in one of my garden crates, a little fertilizer and plenty of water. It flowers every spring, I prune it now and then and put the washed leaves in the freezer. I don't know why it does so well, perhaps it's the rain and the mud ;-)  One rosemary bush I had grew too big for my roof garden, it's now somewhere along a ditch and covering an area of more than a sq. metre. Try watering more, that's all I can suggest.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2013 at 1:40am
Dallad, what a nice thing to read. Thank you for your expression of care. I appreciate that. And it is going to turn out fine.
About the rosemary, I cannot grow it inside or out. The leaves turn brown and ugly, and when I use them in chicken or other recipes, they add an undesirable taste.
There was someone on this site who grew it successfully. I hope they read your question and give us both some help.
About the pots, yes, clay pots collect salt. I just stick them in a big galvanized tub of water ... I usually do a bunch at at time ... give them a good scrub with plain water and a stiff brush. I don't notice any problems when planting in them. I prefer unglazed clay pots but they do need more watering than glazed pots.
I don't know about vinegar to clean them. I wouldn't until or unless I read another opinion.

http://www.ehow.com/how_6509515_clean-deposits-flower-pots.html
This article advises Step 1. using 2 tbsp. chlorine bleach and 1 qt. cool water into a bucket. Mix the ingredients well to incorporate them ...

I don't like to use chlorine bleach because it is hard on my skin.
My routine with unglazed clay pots is to fill a big old galvanized tub with water from the hose. Stack the pots in and leave them overnight. Next day I use a heavy brush to scrub all the gunk off. Dry the pots and saucers in the sun for a day or two, then stack them on storage shelves.
Comment by Plinius on March 29, 2013 at 1:38am

Scrubbing old pots with water and soap helps a lot. You should scrub them before using them, then soak them in clean water. If you put plants in a dry terracotta pot, the pot will drain all the water from the soil and hurt the roots. But you probably knew this.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 4:37pm

Anyone have any suggestions for getting a very large skunk out from under the tool shed? We've tried moth balls but she just throws them out. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 4:35pm
YES! YES! YES! Dominic, a garden needs our quiet enjoyment. Working all the time is not the point. It is a place to renew and refresh. Add a nice glass of freshly squeezed lemonade, and listen to the song of bees.
 

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