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Godless in the garden

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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.
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

Discussion Forum

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 8. 21 Replies

Design with Nature

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 6. 0 Replies

Sepp Holzer´s Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Nov 6. 1 Reply

Permaculture, John D. Liu

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 3. 8 Replies

Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Nov 3. 2 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 2. 4 Replies

A texas garden I never thought I would see!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 30. 4 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 29. 10 Replies

What the heck is hugelkultur? How does it save water?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 29. 8 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 25, 2014 at 12:44am

Well, I leave you today with photos from my garden that Cary took. 

Do you remember that scruffy south box and garden of late winter? It has been neglected for a year while I danced with cancer. 

Well, here it is this morning after I spent two days cleaning it out: 

Here is Cary's front border planted with his choice from my back garden, of bergenia, otherwise known as Pig's ears. He has full charge of the front garden. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2014 at 11:49pm

I just opened "History of honeybees". I will have a treat waiting for me when I read it tomorrow. My eyes are too tired just now. I glanced at the photos and was impressed with the photo:

Mesolithic rock painting of a honey hunter harvesting honey and wax from a bees nest in a tree. At Cuevas de la Araña. ca 8000 to 6000 BC)

The oldest large production facility for producing honey identified to date is from Iron Age Tel Rehov, in the Jordan Valley of northern Israel. At this site a large facility of unfired clay cylinders contained the remains of honey bee drones, workers, pupae and larvae.

Fascinating! 

Comment by k.h. ky on April 24, 2014 at 11:47pm
Good luck with your bees this year Daniel.
Joan, I'm glad you're feeling up to being outside working.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 24, 2014 at 11:45pm
It must be squirrels. There are hundreds in these trees. But I've never seen them destroy shrubs before. They have plenty of other things to choose from. I gave up on the bird feeders after having had more than thirty of them destroyed in just a few years.
Maybe the birds will eat more ticks this year. There's plenty of those already.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2014 at 10:45pm

Squirrels made a real job on my arborvitae last year. I sat and watched as they broke off rather heavy green growths and pulled them into the shrub where they build beautiful nests. I was quite impressed with their engineering skills, even as I mourned the loss of some significant branches.
My neighbors seem to have a hate relationship with those vermins, even as I have an affectionate relationship with them. They play so joyfully, fight like great wrestlers, and perform the most amazing tricks to get to my bird feeders. I went to the hardware today to see if I can't rig up a system to keep the feeders in the trees. I watched as the squirrel came to the feeders and lifted them right off the hanger and dropped them to the ground.
Now, a rodent cant be smarter than I am, surely! I will see if I can out squirrel them. They watch me engineer this or that device and have it figured out before I finish building it.  

Comment by Daniel W on April 24, 2014 at 10:30pm
I have some animal resistant plants. So far they avoid buddleias, garlic, ginkgo, pine, scilla, daffodil, dandelions, crabgrass, most of the lilac growth, some of the weigelas, all of the smoke
trees and viburnums.... daisies, quackgrass, violets...
Comment by Daniel W on April 24, 2014 at 10:25pm
Somewhere i read rabbits can stretch in their hind legs to reach upward for more tender parts. I just lost all new growt wnd flowers from 2 new sweet cheeries that are only waist high, all low growth and flowers from 3 tart cherries, some leaves from the persimmon saplings.

The plums each have their own fence, and dwarf apples have their own fence. Its getting to be a bit much.

They are even eating onion leaves.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 24, 2014 at 10:14pm
Rabbits have been eating a lot of flowers and plants this week here. Every year they eat hostas. And a few flowering plants.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 24, 2014 at 10:11pm
Lol Daniel. Would squirrels do something like that? It's obviously been bitten but if it's rabbits I'm going to need a cannon to control them that size.
Comment by Daniel W on April 24, 2014 at 10:01pm
I think cutworms work lower.
I was very discouraged the week by deer damage. Damn giant rodents.
maybe you have giant rabbits?
 

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