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: 8 hours ago

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 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

Permaculture U. of Mass

Started by Joan Denoo Jan 16. 0 Replies

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

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Larry Dec 26, 2014. 8 Replies

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 25, 2014. 3 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10, 2014. 3 Replies

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 6, 2014. 2 Replies

My south garden 1993 & 2013

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 1, 2014. 1 Reply

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30, 2014. 0 Replies

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16, 2014. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 8, 2014. 21 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 31, 2014 at 10:13am

Joan, I found one small ripe strawberry this morning.  Did I beat you?  Have you found any ripe ones yet?

Comment by Randall Smith on May 31, 2014 at 7:32am

Does anybody have any experience with growing goji berries? I hear they're super beneficial for one's health.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 29, 2014 at 1:04pm

Randall, you are so right! A real challenge, especially if you add in pests and diseases. That is part of the hurdle, being smarter than all the other elements that make gardening difficult. A good gardener has so many qualities, vision, dreams, hopes, ambition, knowledge, skills, patience, appreciation of nature and all its elements. So, off I go to the garden, bed unmade, kitchen piled with dirty dishes, floors needing attention and those garden challenges take priority! Not complaining, just describing. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 29, 2014 at 8:55am
Barbara that's all true. and it's all part of nature.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 29, 2014 at 7:36am

Nope "it's not easy"!

However, when you taste the first veggie you've just dug out of the ground and cleaned off on your jeans while standing in your garden, or you've just taken a picture of your first flower to bloom, or you are simply standing and smelling the earth that produced this wonder you realize it is worth every expense, every sore muscle, every invasive bug/animal, and every disappointment to bring you to this wonderful moment.  

Comment by Randall Smith on May 29, 2014 at 6:55am

Moles, voles, rabbits, deer, digging dogs (and Bengal cats!)--in the words of the late Paul Lynde, "You think it's easy?" (to be a gardner).

Comment by king on May 28, 2014 at 10:02pm
Dynamite I like maybe it will get rid of the stupid neibores also they already don't like the guns and fireworks
Comment by k.h. ky on May 28, 2014 at 4:41pm
Have you thought about an electric fence to keep the deer out? It works well here.
Comment by k.h. ky on May 28, 2014 at 4:40pm
Sentient, I use chicken wire on the bottom of raised beds too. It keeps the moles out. And I've made my peace with them. As bad as they can be other things, as you've pointed out, can be worse.
Comment by Daniel W on May 28, 2014 at 3:57pm

Moles have a visible effect on the garden and yard here.  Big molehills appear overnight all over the place.

My neighbor tells me he watches them come out at night, and has ordered some sort of rifle to shoot them.  He tried traps and they didn't help.

For me they can be a problem, but not my worst one.  When I need soil for raised beds or to fill in, I harvest molehills.  There are usually enough to fill a wheelbarrow twice over.  Nicely ground up, fluffy soil, free of stones.  When I don't need the soil, I spread the molehill over a wide area, to smooth the lumpy yard.  I figure the mole hill has brought up deep layers of soil, full of minerals that leach in the winter rain.

In the flower or vegetable garden they are a nuisance.  But I do understand their role in nature, eating grubs that might otherwise be a problem.   I keep them out of raised beds by using a chicken-wire bottom for the beds. 

Voles are a bigger issue in winter.  They destroy the bark on trees and kill them.  And deer destroy entire shrubs and trees that take years to grow.  And rabbits eat away the vegetable garden.

But I'm learning, and one day we will all live in harmony.  Maybe.  Maybe not.

 

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