Godless in the garden


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?
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


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 Daniel W on April 13, 2014 at 8:56am

Joan, those pandas are beautiful!

We have some chionodoxa.  They came in with some transplants.  Every year they spread a little more.  The leaves are like grass, and they die down in summer.  Very pretty.

I'll have a hot cocoa in your honor.

Comment by Daniel W on April 13, 2014 at 8:50am

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 13, 2014 at 8:16am

Patricia, thanks for the panda cam shortcut.  I have it in my "Entertainment" folder.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 13, 2014 at 7:08am

Looks like everybody is busy as bees (with Daniel acting like one)! I'm impressed.

Yes, Spud, I remember the day I had two truck loads of sand dumped in my clay-ish garden. Spreading it is hard work. 

Joan, I'm so happy for you to be feeling good enough to spend so much time in the garden. It appears all you "westerners" are far ahead of me in blooming and growth. But my gooseberry and blueberry plants are budding nicely. What a relief (after this winter)!

I'd swear, Joan, that all those pandas were fake! Amazing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2014 at 1:24am

Patricia! That is a great panda cam. They are so cute. Thanks. 

Spud, you had quite a challenge with that pile of sand ... heavy! It should do the job for you, and be worth the effort. Keep those photos coming of your wonderful garden. 

Daniel, looking forward to learning how your grafts turn out and how our orchard produces. Wonderful projects. 

I like the image of you tending to pollinating blossoms. I wonder if the flowers notice the difference? No, they just want the pollen any way it comes ... whether by bee or brush. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2014 at 12:14am

I spent two very special hours in the garden today; worked on the second rose bush. This one had a lot of winter-kill. It should survive and I will give it special attention this fall in preparation for winter.

Rain chased me in, with huge fluffy white clouds mixed with the black monstrous ones that look as tho they come out of a gothic painting.  Mix that all up with bright blue sky, moments of warm sun and then a shower passes through. Chilly, windy, calls for a hot cup of cocoa after putting my tools away. 

The star magnolia is in full bloom now. So is the Easter Rose, otherwise known as Helleborus. The color of pale cream with just a hint of pink gives a nice image as it rises above the wreckage of last years' dead leaves.

Starry eyes, with their eager naturalizing of my west garden gives promise of some more blues coming along soon.  

"Chionodoxa forbesii - Glory-of-the-Snow is easy to grow bulb that naturalizes quite well. It has short-stemmed starry blue flowers with white centers (in early spring) over green foliage. This native of Turkey is deer resistant and a good choice for planting under deciduous trees in a woodland garden. Chionodoxa forbesii grows 4-8″ tall and is hardy to zone 3."

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2014 at 11:49pm

In honor of our intrepid China travelling leader, Daniel, here is a scene from Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in south-west China's Sichuan province.

China shows off 14 adorable baby pandas

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2014 at 4:18pm

I'm quite sore after shoveling 3 tons of sand, but it doesn't go very far, especially when I incorporate it into the soil.

Comment by Daniel W on April 12, 2014 at 4:06pm
Patricia those tulips are amazing. I cant believe it. I bet the hybridizers were in awe at what they created!

Joan Im glad you are out in the yard. Good for you in every way. I can just see you there.

Spud 3 tons of sand sound like a lot! Wow!

I get out and putter when i can. All of the pear and asian pear grafts took. Some doing better than others. I think all of the apple grafts too. Some have flowers which sap the energy that shoukd go to growth. In the pear trees Im letting those bloom to pollenize the main tree. The lilac grafts are further behind. One, I thought I grafted onto lilac, turns out was onto a filbert instead. So that wont grow. No problem, I did many.

I'm walking around the fruit trees pkaying the bee using an artists paintbrush. I think some of the plums were successful. Not sure about the peaches. The cherries almost always have a good crop here.

Paw paws under 2 feet tall, about to bloom. If I can get just one ripe pawpaw It will be very rewarding. In theory, I should not let them bear so small. But who knows what next year will bring?
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2014 at 2:42pm

Your labeling is correct Patricia.  I was just pointing-out my brain-fart.


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