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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 no particular order:
Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.
What's your gardening style?
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Wild Parsnip - It can burn skin.
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2013 at 4:55pm

Sentient, I like your beautiful buffalo grape leaves.

I first typed buggalo, maybe because I just watched the Buggalo episode of Futurama yesterday. :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2013 at 4:51pm

I've known about diatomaceous earth, but keep forgetting to apply it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2013 at 4:50pm

My disappearing beets could be due to slugs.  I used to see lots of slugs when I had most of my garden covered with bark.  I see very few once I removed the bark, but I did find some underground when I was digging near plants this summer.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2013 at 4:37pm

Joan, I saved your beet greens recipe and will try it.  I'm usually lazy and just steam them with butter.

Comment by Plinius on October 7, 2013 at 3:25am

Forgot half, as usual, so this is to complete it

My favorite beetroot recipe:

boiled beetroots, cooled down and diced

boiled potatoes, cold, diced (can be left out)

some mature goat's cheese, diced

a handful of walnuts or peccannuts, roasted

a small onion, finely chopped or some green herbs

Mix, and make a dressing from some pesto, black pepper, olive oil and lemon juice. Mix, add the nuts and serve.

Comment by Plinius on October 7, 2013 at 2:05am

Perhaps the explanation is that I'm only a starting veg gardener who has a lot of other jobs to do as well...

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2013 at 12:40am
I am really curious why you and Spud had trouble with young beets disappearing. There has to be an explanation. Yes, copper is a good deterrent for slugs and I use wires, screens or copper tape. It is expensive, so I only use it sparingly.
I Googled natural slug control and found this site; lots of new information.
http://eartheasy.com/grow_nat_slug_cntrl.htm
Comment by Plinius on October 7, 2013 at 12:13am

http://www.naturephoto.nl/Reptielen-UK.html 

Only four, Joan, but in Schiedam probably only in a terrarium.

I'm going to find diatomaeous earth or something that works in the rain here. I had some stuff with copper (I think) in it, and it worked rather well, but after a heavy shower you can start again. Thanks for thinking with me!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2013 at 11:56pm
Chris, do you have lizards in The Netherlands?
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2013 at 11:24pm

Chris, well that exhausts my ideas. I surely hope you find why they didn't grow and let us know. Loved your description of Luna and birds. Thanks for the beets/potato recipe. It sounds delicious and colorful. 

If slugs are the cause of disappearing beets, perhaps a dusting of diatomaceous earth will solve that problem. 

Slug Stoppers Slugs can do a lot of damage to tender plants. Learn ...

"Diatomaceous earth (DE).
After testing all kinds of slug barriers, Jeff Gillman, author of The Truth about Garden Remedies and professor of horticulture at the University of Minnesota, concluded that DE is the most reliable. "DE is a white powder made from the fossilized remains of diatoms, one-celled algae that have a skeleton made of silicon," Gillman says. "To a slithering slug, this lethal powder is extremely sharp and cuts their undersides, causing dehydration." DE does have to be replenished each time it rains, making it a better choice for climates where it does not rain frequently. (Note: Buy only untreated diatomaceous earth formulated for garden use, and wear a dust mask when applying it. DE made for swimming pools is chemically altered and not suitable for use in any garden, much less an organic one.)
You can buy bags of Diatomaceous earth at Gardener's Supply or Planet Natural.

I also wrote to my favorite gardener and asked her. I will let you know when I hear from her. 

 

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