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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.

Discussion Forum

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo 2 hours ago. 26 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 7. 4 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 27. 2 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies

Asparagus

Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 4 Replies

Some pictures from my garden

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 26. 7 Replies

The Next Green Revolution May Rely on Microbes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jun 30. 2 Replies

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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. 

Comment by Plinius on October 6, 2013 at 10:45pm

Thinking again:

It's not birds - the rucola and lettuce were left untouched.       Mice - not likely because of the cats. Moles - never seen them in concrete. But on top of the concrete are big loose tiles, far too heavy to lift, so I can only guess what lives beneath. Spiders, wood lice, bugs and creepy-crawlies and what do THEY eat?

Comment by Plinius on October 6, 2013 at 10:29pm

Beets - I like the smell of earth!

I have no idea what ate the young beetplants - the same something that ate Spud's or snails perhaps. It cannot be birds; my Luna is fierce enough to attack a crow.

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 small onion, finely chopped

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

 

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