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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: 173
Latest Activity: 2 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 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 Idaho Spud on April 13, 2013 at 6:52am

Thanks for the Rhubarb Crisp recipe and taste test Sentient.  

I remember Rhubarb fondly because my Grandmother had impressively huge plants and I usually munched on a stalk when we visiter her.

I used to grow it, but the only thing I knew to do with it involved strawberries, and the two weren't ready at the same time.

Comment by Daniel W on April 12, 2013 at 10:39pm

addendum:

The rhubarb crisp came out great.  There is one change- I used 1/4 cup butter, not 1/2 cup.  That was by accident, but I think it's just as well.

Comment by Daniel W on April 12, 2013 at 9:00pm

What to do with all that rhubarb?

There is an epic rhubarb plant in my yard.  The stalks grow 3 ft long and the leaves are big enough to.   I don't know, use for umbrellas?  The variety is Victoria.  It was a store rescue, a dead looking root that I felt sorry for about 10 years ago.

I should freeze some for later.  Maybe make a rhubarb syrup for pancakes?

Usually I make a pie, but one can only eat so many pies.

I wonder how it would be in stir fry?

This is what's in the oven now.  Recipe was a modification from one on the internet.

Rhubarb crisp.

4 cups rhubarb chopped 1/2 inch chunks.

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon.

Combine all of above in a bowl, coating all of the rhubarb evenly.  Spread into 8X11 glass casserole dish.

Then combine

1 cup flour

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup melted butter

stir up and sprinkle evenly over the rhubarb mixture.

Then bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

It's baking now.  I'll let you know how it turns out.

Comment by Daniel W on April 10, 2013 at 11:25am

Annie, thanks.  I was concerned I put too much here about the honey bees.  That just happens to be the newest thing in my garden and what I am learning. 

Dominic, my own thought is green burial in a forest or meadow, no embalming, no casket, just shroud.  The trees and grasses will have minerals from my body.  Not an idle thought - undergoing treatment for cancer.  Should be OK for a long time, but one never knows.

Joan, so glad you are here!  Do you have anything coming up for Spring?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 10, 2013 at 2:19am

Dominic, I like your composting plans. Seems just right. And what better way to live eternity!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 10, 2013 at 2:18am

Daniel, you beehive with bees crawling on it is beautiful. Happy bee keeping! 

Comment by Dominic Florio on April 10, 2013 at 12:38am

From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.

Comment by Annie Thomas on April 9, 2013 at 8:08pm

I have been enjoying all of the bee-related posts.  On Thursday, I have my first class in backyard beekeeping.  These posts have really added fuel to an already excited beekeeping fire.  My husband/carpenter, on the other hand, would like me to hold off on yet another project until we finish the chicken coop. ;-) 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 9, 2013 at 11:12am

The last average frost date is about May 15.

Thanks for the bee info.

Comment by Daniel W on April 9, 2013 at 9:54am

Spud, I think  you are right to protect the blackberry, since it it leafed out.  When is your expected last frost date?

Since I'm new at beekeeping - a true novice - I can't say for sure.  I've done a lot of reading.  

They are evolved to live in an enclosed space, such as a hollow tree.  The hive is how we imitate that space.  As long as the space is appropriate size for them, their instinct is to stay put.  The queen stays put as well.

When the bee community is too big for the hive, they create a new queen and she leaves along with about half of the workers, in a swarm.  They seek another space that simulates a hollow tree, such as inside house walls, or a hollow tree if there is one.  Often they hang out on a tree branch until they find a space - which freaks out anyone nearby.

Beehives are built on designs, developed over a long time - centuries.  This particular one is an older design, called Kenya Top-Bar Hive.  It is considered less "industrial".  This method  allows the bees to make the comb in their own preferred shape, instead of rectangular.  The comb is not reused over and over, unlike the commercial hives.  Since pesticides concentrate in wax, this exposes the bees to much less pesticide and toxin.  The commercial Box-type hives, called "Langstroth" Hives, are very heavy, resulting in bad backs for older beekeepers.  In a top bar hive, the beekeeper handles one comb at a time.  It's like standing at a keyboard.  So it's much easier on the beekeeper.  This hive produces less honey than the commercial hive, but I'm thinking it's better for the bees and the beekeeper.

 

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