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!

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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 Sentient Biped 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 Sentient Biped 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 Sentient Biped 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.

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

Yes Sentient, my blackberry has lots of large leaves.  It also was root-bound and I had to pull-away a lot of the roots to keep them from continuing their circular path.

I didn't worry about the one I planted last year because I see no leaves on it yet and it's had time to adapt.

I like hearing about your bees.  How do you get them to stay where you want them?  I've heard they stay where the queen is, but how do you get the queen to stay?

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 9, 2013 at 8:58am

Spud, there is something about gardening and people who garden that gives as much peace of mind as any religion.  And exciting at the same time.  And rewarding.  Thank you and the others here for all of the great conversations, progress reports, info, and ideas.

Your blackberry should adapt well.  Here in SW Washington, the wild ones take over.  Yours is probably tamer and not as rampant.  Has it leafed out yet?  It will be more sensitive if it has broken dormancy.

Here is the box of bees I picked up at the bee store yesterday.  Until last year I had no idea there were bee stores.  Amazing.

 

After installing them in the hive I sat in a lawn chair in the drizzle and watched them buzz around and familiarize themselves with their new neighborhood.  I gave them a feeder full of sugar water, since they have no honey stores to depend on.  Occasionally, one would land on my trousers or shirt and feel me with its antennae, then apparently decide I'm useless as a source of nectar and pollen and fly away.

Not much to look at, but the spots on the white wood are bees.

I hope your temperature warms up soon. It's time for Spring!

 

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