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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.
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
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

Permaculture

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 January 7, 2014 at 9:44am

Joan, it's stuff like that that keeps us going in the winter months!  Sounds like a great empowering device and fun!  I often lose pruning shears and hand diggers - the baskets & tool pouches would be helpful.

My raised beds are built, filled, weeded, given a dusting of lime, and each is tucked in under a blanket of compost blanket.   Now i can putter and daydream about Spring too.

I started a handful of seeds and cuttings just because.  They may not be good for Spring.  They keep me optimistic.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 6, 2014 at 10:25pm

Well, it has begun! I placed my first order for garden equipment, a sit down device on wheels to use as I get my strength back with matching baskets to carry tools and stuff. Also a kneeler with tool pouch. I am going out into the garden in style!

I put an outdoor thermometer on my wish list since I spent my budget. The last two I bought lasted about a year each, so I am going to look for a sturdier one to hang outdoors where I can see it from my kitchen window. 

My seed starting trays are in a detached garage, and I just don't have the interest in going out there to bring them inside. I cleaned them last autumn in anticipation of needing them in early spring. 

Next is a trip to Northwest Seed to see if they have the kinds of seeds I want, heirlooms, organic, and GMO free. 

All of you have colder temps than I. Would if I could send you some warmth and I don't need any snow in return. Although I suppose next summer we will be wanting more water for gardens. Water prices will probably go up and I am glad I have soaker hoses through my entire garden. I fully expect some winter kill with the fluctuations in temperature and no snow cover. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 6, 2014 at 9:52pm

Randall I loved what you said about your garden living on in your kitchen and stomach. We are also still getting apples, onions, garlic, and have frozen strawberries and rhubarb. And some dried spearmint for tea. Looking forward to doing it better next year!

Randall, Spud, Joan, keep warm! Spring will come! It really will!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 6, 2014 at 12:35pm

Thanks Chris : )

Comment by Plinius on January 6, 2014 at 11:52am

That sounds horrible, Spud! I'll send a packet of warm weather.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 6, 2014 at 10:39am

Joan, I like your comment as well.  Warm weather can't get here soon enough for me.

Randall, one chart says your wind chill is -44 F, but it's always felt much colder that the wind chill numbers.  It would probably feel like -88 to me.  Brutal indeed!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 6, 2014 at 8:39am

What I wonderful "comment", Joan! Internet friends are an inspiration to me. And on this cold (-15 F), blustery (25 mph), very white (12") Monday morning, I need all the inspiration and encouragement I can get!  WOW! It's brutal out there. I'm thankful (or grateful) for having electricity. 

Thanks for the words of optimism, Daniel, not to mention the Campbell quote.

Of course, wintertime is when I bring the garden indoors. By that I mean eating the "fruits" of my labor. I am enjoying  corn, green beans, asparagus, strawberries, etc., from the freezer, apples, pears, nuts, root veggies (sweet potatoes, onions, squash) from the basement, and beets, parsnips, carrots, white potatoes from the root cellar. Then there's the dill, fennel, dried chives, etc., to "spice up" my food. I even have my own home grown popcorn for snacks. So, while the real garden is buried in 5 foot snow drifts, it lives indoors and in my stomach. Life is good.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2014 at 2:18pm

Randall, thanks for the encouragement. Our cold snap remains and looking forward to the expected changes as days lengthen. 

Sentient, I like the internet as well. Lots of information, especially for short season plants. "Why you garden" fits for me; soil, water, sun, all refresh my spirit. Your photo showing dormancy, and the call of nature to stop, rest, and renew inspires me, even as I sit in my nice warm room with virtual friends coming through with very special ideas and thoughts. 

Beverly, you offer great ideas and inspiration. Love your participation.

Spud, I can almost feel your chomping at the bit to get back into your inspiring garden. Seeds on our minds mean planning and planting for a healthy future.  

Chris, a warm winter in the Netherlands, and with your garden to begin to enjoy very soon, we are partners in gardening all these many miles apart. 

I hope each of you, and the others on this string, has a very special day. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 5, 2014 at 12:23pm

For those in the MIdwest and East coast of the US - hang in there!  The cold snap is just that, a snap.  It will "snap" back!

We had 8 degrees for a week or two in December.  I didn't like it either!  I hope there is not a repeat, but no way to know what to expect!

Today we had a beautiful winter frost.

Comment by Daniel W on January 5, 2014 at 9:25am

2016 to be the "International year of Pulses".  Beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils....

 

I'm not sure it's something to celebrate. But I do like lentils, and hummus, and snowpeas, and green beans.

 

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