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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 March 26, 2013 at 8:28am

I'll think of you Sentient. Hope you'll wake up to a view of better health!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 26, 2013 at 6:31am

Thinking of you Sentient.  Will be glad to hear from you again.

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 25, 2013 at 9:37pm

Wishing you the very best Sentient!  I will anxiously await news that all is well.  Stay clear of the jello, and if your nurse has the last name of Ratched... by all means, request another! ;-)

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 25, 2013 at 7:49pm

Well everyone, early tomorrow am I'll be in the land of the non-conscious, having a surgeon work on me.  This forum is a place of friendship and comfort to me, and I value all of you.  Once I have computer access afterwards, I'll update you.  That could be a couple of days.  Best wishes to all.

Comment by A Former Member on March 24, 2013 at 10:33pm

The chollas are Opuntias, related to the prickly pears. 

Comment by A Former Member on March 24, 2013 at 10:32pm

I bought one of these today, a walking stick cholla:

Of course, mine is small compared to this one. Under it in the pot, if I can fit it, I'm planting a "Chocolate Balls" stonecrop sedum, if I can get it to survive. 

Sedum hakonense ‘Chocolate Ball’

I put a stonecrop sedum in a pot before, and it did okay but didn't seem suited for a pot. When I put it in the ground it died (from too much water, I assume). 

The cholla cost me $18. I don't normally spend that much on a cactus because I'm not yet that confident in my abilities to blow that kind of money. Still, I stopped at Lowe's too, and they had a $20 cactus I really wanted and two smaller ones I'd never seen before. It was hard to talk myself out of buying all of them. 

I spent that much on the cholla because it was a rare find and because they are pretty hardy, so I don't worry about killing it that much. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2013 at 2:18pm

Dallas, thanks for those beautiful photos. Dominic, your garden is so refreshing, please do keep us up to date throughout the seasons.  

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 24, 2013 at 2:17pm

Yes my Platycerium does live outside all year.  Yes it can freeze very easily, but attached to the live oak, it is in a micro climate.  I have never had it damaged.  I do know of people who have had to build tents around theirs.  It depends on where you position the plant.  That is the trick to many tropicals in Florida.  It also depends on age.  Many plants will die in a freeze, but if you can get them to grow for a few years and put on some size, they will do much better.     My goal is to constantly create islands of plants, which are micro climates for the plants and sanctuaries for wildlife, who can move easily from one island to another.  The tighter I plant and the more I mulch, the better protected the plants become.  This means dealing with weeds.  It is just a fact of life.  When they get really big, they are easily pulled and I feed them to the chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, and goats.

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 24, 2013 at 2:03pm

Today it comes in a lot of colors and with variegated leaves, which is my favorite.  I am a sucker for anything with variegation.  It is very thorny and birds love to nest in it.  One of my future projects is to increase my Bouganvilla plants.

Comment by A Former Member on March 24, 2013 at 10:29am

Wow, that all sounds so wonderful Dominic. Kudos to you for keeping track of your wildlife. (BTW, do you ever listen to the Living on Earth radio program?)

I love Bouganvilla. It is so pretty and just has an old-south mystique to it, imo. It is actually too cold in North Texas for it to survive the winter, so you rarely see it planted anywhere. 

For you Northerners not familiar with Bouganvilla, here are some pics:

 

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