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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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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

"All I want for christmas is....."

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Larry on Friday. 8 Replies

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston on Thursday. 3 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

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 5, 2014 at 4:09pm

Randall, I never left ... I've been reading the various posts as they pop up in my email and the posts have been filled with lots of pics and info on veggies and fruits y'all have grown - and are enjoying.  Since I only grew flowers this year about all I could contribute was a tad bit of jealousy and envy.

However, I've been busy planning for next year; gathering info on what to plant in my zone, soil admendments, etc. I've joined a group of gardeners and this week's lecture is on Hugelkulture, Wicking Beds, OLLAS, and Aquaponics with demonstrations in all. With our water restrictions I need to find a system that works and will provide adequate irrigation for my garden.   

AND!  I ordered my very own tiller today and it should arrive next week.  I was not looking foward to digging up my backyard by hand so I found a little lightweight 6.5 amp electric tiller - and a tilling I shall go!

I'm off to Puppy School with my little girl.  So far she has nailed each class, but tonight will be new things so we'll see how she does.  Woof!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 5, 2014 at 3:57pm

Daniel, your link is very similar to the one I posted. Here are the instructions I cut and pasted from my link:

Here’s what you’ll need:
~ cardboard
~ a cage. I used a stretch of fencing joined in the round
~ straw
~ a bucket-full of compost
~ seed potatoes

Start by setting up the cage on top on the cardboard,  this will go a long way in keeping the weeds out of the potato tower. Next, add a thick layer of straw to the bottom of the cage, top the straw with your 2/3 of your compost.

Push the seed potatoes into the compost and cover with the remaining compost.  Top with another layer of straw.
Once the potatoes sprout out, keep adding straw to the tower, keeping about 4 inches of greenery exposed at all times.  Stop adding when the plants set blooms.


The bottom line of both of them, along with your wishing well is growing potatoes vertically instead of in long rows. For those us with small spaces it makes sense. I think I'm going to go with using a wood frame using landscape timbers, and as the plant grows I'll simple add another 'collar'  -maybe using a metal rod on each side to hold them in place, although I should think with weight of timbers they should be okay.  It will be a fun winter project getting them ready.  And if the potatoes don't grow well in it I can convert it to flowers!  :)

Comment by Daniel W on September 5, 2014 at 2:24pm

Barbara, I tried the link but my computer would not take me there.  After trying some searches, I did findthis, which I thought was interesting.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 5, 2014 at 8:07am

Barbara, glad to have you back. I was wondering...

Spud, I put up (froze) two batches of sweet corn. I do it the old fashioned way--stick a boiled ear on a nailed board and cut off the kernals with a knife. Otherwise, I eat one or two ears a day, in season. Now the season's over. :(

Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 4, 2014 at 10:09pm

Daniel, this is the link to the tower:  http://blog.greenthumbsgalore.com/tag/growing-potatoes/  Given my new puppy's penchant for digging, I just know she would dig the crap out of it, if I just used the tomato cage and didn't protect it in some way.  

You are so right about the So TX heat heating up the stone rings. I was thinking of it as a protective measure, in addition to it looking nice in my backyard, but, you are correct that wood would be better.

Back to the drawing board :)  Surely I can make something out of untreated landscape timbers.  Your 'well' looks as if it is approximately 2' in diameter, correct?  All I would need to do is create a frame and use same process as link indicates. Maybe I can talk the guys at Lowe's into cutting them for me!

Everyone's comments about the fruit you have grown has really inspired me.  A quality nursery here in SA has Dwarf Fruit trees that only require a 4' x 4' growing space and in the next month I hope to be planting plum, nectarine, and peach trees!

Thanks Daniel, for your response and information. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 4, 2014 at 9:23pm
Barbara good question! I imagine your part of Texas gets really hot. Dark stones might absorb the heat and dry them out too fast.

I would look for a wooden container, which I think would insulate better, and paint it white to reflect heat. If you used the tree ring edging that I used, you could still paint it white. On the insided sude, a layer of bubble wrap might help too.

Just making this up. I dont know how the tomato tower is made. If it is black plastic, I would be concerned it will get too hot.

I used wooden planters in the past, sort of like half wine barrels but not as big. Those worked nicely.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 4, 2014 at 5:24pm

Daniel, a question about your potato wishing well.  I'm going to be working with a young woman who helps people with edible landscaping.  I found online instructions for a potato tower using a tomato cage instead of the stones you used.  Yours is much more appealing and I wonder if you had tried anything else before using the stones.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2014 at 7:19am

How much corn did you get, and how much did you eat fresh?

Comment by Randall Smith on September 3, 2014 at 7:08am
Sweet corn all harvested and stalks chopped down. Big bare spot in the garden, but it looks cleaner.
Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2014 at 9:15am

Better try it indoors, Daniel.

 

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