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!

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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 Plinius on April 26, 2013 at 2:18am

I love your bee-stories, Sentient! Tell us more!

Comment by Plinius on April 26, 2013 at 2:15am

You're right, Joan, it is a Frittilaria or Snake's head or Kievitsbloem.

The other one is a cymbalaria muralis or Kenilworth Ivy or muurleeuwenbek, it grows here on old brickwork along the water and on the 12th century ruin. I took a small piece home and it grows on happily.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 25, 2013 at 11:09pm

Gee, I don't remember the names of shapes. OK, the search is on. 

parabola = obtained as the intersection of a cone with a plane parallel to a straight line on its surface.

Honeycomb structure = structures that have the geometry of a honeycomb to allow the minimization of the amount of used material to reach minimal weight and minimal material cost. The geometry of honeycomb structures can vary widely, but the common feature of all such structures is an array of hollow cells formed between thin vertical walls. The cells are often columnar and hexagonal in shape. A honeycomb shaped structure provides a material with minimal density and relative high out-of-plane compression properties and out-of-plane shear properties.[1]

Another remembering of my ancient school days. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 25, 2013 at 10:50pm

Chis, Lovely colors and patterns. I used o have a plant that I no longer have and had not realized it was gone. It was called Fritillaria and looked like your purple flower. Is that what your is? 

I don't recognize your viney plant. It is very pretty, looks delicate. I loke it's lightness. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 25, 2013 at 10:40pm

An hour in the garden, snipping here and there, and I feel so good! Finally getting some warm weather and sunshine. 

Sentient, there are photos of people willingly covered with a swarm of bees. What are the risks of such an event? What precautions does a beekeeper take? If the bees don't sting, how do you make the decision to not wear protective gear. Can you free yourself if the bees do swarm? 

Is the photo of your beehive? 

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 25, 2013 at 8:56pm

Today I opened the beehive to check on their progress and welfare.  They have built 8 full combs, one partial comb, and 2 are in progress.  There is a very large, old maple tree nearby in bloom.  I'm guessing that is a source of much of their nectar and pollen now.

The bees construct combs for raising brood, storing honey and pollen,  in a parabolic shape (I think).  The hive is built to accommodate that preference.

They are so docile.  Not even one attempt at a sting.  I may stop wearing the gloves and suit.

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 25, 2013 at 12:15pm

Chris, that you for posting.  THose are beautiful!

Comment by Plinius on April 25, 2013 at 10:10am

Spring flowers from the Low Countries!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 22, 2013 at 7:27am

I like that flower and desert scene Joan.

Comment by Steph S. on April 21, 2013 at 11:03pm

I love that Joan - wonderful cactus pic.

 

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