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!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 170
Latest Activity: 14 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

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W 14 hours ago. 2 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10. 3 Replies

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 6. 2 Replies

My south garden 1993 & 2013

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 1. 1 Reply

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30. 0 Replies

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

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 24, 2014 at 3:43pm

Randall, I too have a new puppy. It's been years and I had forgotten how much time and effort they take -  and how much damage they can do when they chew! She is a sweetheart and will be a great companion for Rio once she matures a little.

When I first started to plant things I decided I would make an effort to buy non-Monsanto seeds, and when I bought existing plants they wouldn't end up killing the bees I was hoping to attract.  The link I posted is the first extensive list I have found of Monsanto seeds. Glad it is of use to someone.

Joan, I finally mowed my dichondra for the first time yesterday and I have to admit it looks pretty good.  My walkway looks as if it has been around for years instead of just months. :)  There are few spots that have yet to fill in, but for the most part there is a tight carpet of little green leaves that are soft when I step on them.

My zinnias wound up with the nasty powdery mildew which I have to admit was alot my fault as I didn't want to thin them properly as they were so pretty.  I pretty much decimated the bed cutting out all the ones with mildew. :(  Lesson learned: air circulation in hot and humid climate is important.

Also the native vines I bought online have really taken off and the Fuzzy Bean is blooming tiny delicate pink blooms!  

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2014 at 3:07pm

Thanks for the list Barbara.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 23, 2014 at 7:12am

Barbara, I can see the dirty word Monsanto in your list site. Ugh.

Had my first ear of sweet corn last night (out of my garden)! So far, my new dog has kept the raccoons away. I just have to tolerate some occasional nighttime barking.

Daniel, I've never planted okra. Hope the Neem works.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 22, 2014 at 8:48pm

I finally found a list I can print and refer to when I buy seeds or plants. http://againstthewall.info/2013/04/09/monsanto-owned-heirloom-seedn...

Comment by Daniel W on July 22, 2014 at 12:20pm

On my ongoing Don Quixotesque attempt to grow okra in the Pacific NW.... the plants sulked and declined.  The the sunroom was completed and I put them in there.  They started to flourish.  Now they are covered with aphids.  I  found a sprayer with neem oil.  That used to work for roses and orchids, we'll see if it works for okra!  The plants are lush and tropical - looking.  I don't know if they will survive winter in the sunroom, or have to start over next year.  Or give up!

Comment by Daniel W on July 22, 2014 at 12:18pm

Joan, congrats on a new family member on the way!

Helicopters flying overhead spewing chemicals...  sounds like warfare!  I understand fighting fire.  Spraying poison everywhere is evil.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 22, 2014 at 7:02am

Helicopters have been filling the sky around here lately. But it's not because of fires. They spray bean and corn fields--fungicides, I think. One clipped a utility wire last week and had to ditch.

Last year about this time, some spray drifted over onto my kid's organic farm. They refuse to "settle up" and are being sued. Who knows how long this will go on.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2014 at 10:46am

Two large Chinook helicopters just flew over the house toward the landing field at Fairchild Airforce Base, perhaps loaded with firefighters coming from other fire districts. They were expected in this morning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2014 at 10:45am

My great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Grace Staab is due July 24. 

Laurie, my granddaughter, is so excited, her first baby and she loves being pregnant. Now, if I can convince her not to pump out babies as fast as she can, I will feel better. Her partner is a Jehova's Witness. Oh dear! He is a sweetheart; time will tell if he has a functioning brain. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2014 at 10:39am

I have had a great pleasure of eating tropical fruit right off the plants. A man with a machete whacked a coconut at the eyes and I drank it through a straw, then he broke it open for me and I ate the fresh meat. Delicious. Fresh lemons and limes picked and eaten or used in lemonade can't be topped. Of course, oranges and tangerines, taste outstanding if from good stock. Oh yes, pineapple tastes so good; especially walking into the grove with the farmer and he selecting one that he thought was perfect, and upon tasting it, I agreed. One other fruit that I have to include is lychee nut. We can get them in June at the grocery store, but they taste like dried up, tasteless globs of fruit. I had these in Indonesia and Thailand. 

My travel days are over and I have the most incredible memories! A wonderful way to spend the Golden Years. 

 

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