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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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.

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2014 at 1:18pm

Oh! Isn't this a pretty garden design!

Sally's garden in Maryland, in winter

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 5, 2014 at 12:47pm
Joan, 2 years ago I planted 4 european Linden, one American Linden. Last year I added a sourwood. Also 2 more map,es added in 2012. Plus a lot of shrubs for the pollinating insects, especially bees.

I hope neighbors drive by snd ask. Sometimes they do. I proselytise about pollinating insects and not using pesticides, at every opportunity!
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2014 at 12:20pm

Daniel, great news that you are getting a batch of bees. With all the new plants and blossoms coming onto your place, let's hope the bees stay home to forage. 

This pesticide business is really an important one to manage. The general public doesn't realize the effects on bees and natural processes and public education is key. 

We are never too old to plant a tree. After all, a gardener doesn't only garden for his/her own benefit but for those coming after us. Would it not be grand, on the final year of one's existence on Earth, to plant a whole orchard, or a bower. Sure, it can be cut down in seconds, but what the heck, we won't be around to see it happen, I hope, and we can imagine a whole lot of celebrations under those leaves.

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 5, 2014 at 11:23am
I ordered another package of bees. Delivery in March or April. I hope I have learned from this snd can keep thrm going better. Might build another hive or try to sterilise the last one. I dont think it was a bacterial disease. I worry about pesticides and am growing a lot more pollen and nectar bearing plants but the forage 3miles.

Randall hope you enjoyed florida!

I know what you mean about fruit trees. Still this year I added a multigraft apple, a peach and a jujube. I ordered the larger size of each to get a head start. I think the peach w,ill bloom this Spring. Nice size tree. Same for a Jonathan apple that is to be shipped in March. The apples and peach can be expected to give a taste - maybe- next year, and at least one pie in 2 years.

last year I bought a tart cherry in bloom. It had cherries in a month and looks great for this year.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 5, 2014 at 8:34am

Daniel, what a tragedy. I've witnessed two feral hives suddenly disappear in the past 2 years. When I lose a fruit tree, it always hurts. At my age, it gets to be too late to start (plant) another.

Comment by Plinius on February 3, 2014 at 1:15am

That's bad about the bees, Daniel!

Comment by Patricia on February 2, 2014 at 9:17pm

We've gotten into another cold snap with minus 20's C, & wind chill of -33*C. This is very unusual for the end of Jan. beginning of Feb.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2014 at 9:12pm
Joan, I wish the starting over theme applied to our current Congress. That's one instance it would be the best possible thing to do.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2014 at 8:48pm
Our temps have been dropping to zero at night and only climbing to the upper teens, low twenties for highs. Add that to wind chill of - 10 and it's been a nasty winter.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2014 at 8:42pm
Daniel, I was reading an article a couple of months ago that was about bees dying due to previously unknown pesticides. New theory is that it's not any particular pesticides but even small amounts of known ones that are making a mix fatal to the bees even though there are not large amounts involved. Seems to make sense to me. Kind of like mixing ammonia and bleach together. Any amount, no matter how small, is usually fatal.
 

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