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!

Location: Planet Earth
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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 August 14, 2013 at 5:14pm

I haven't seen any posts anywhere from Joan since Sunday.  Does anyone know how she's doing?

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 11, 2013 at 8:27pm

Today I opened my beehive to check on honeycombs and general bee health. Took this pic looking into the hive. Liked how it came out.

Not enough honey to harvest any. That's fine. I like the honeybees too much to worry about whether I'm getting any product.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 11, 2013 at 2:01pm

I agree about the Borage.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2013 at 9:41pm

Your Borage is so pretty, and those tiny little yellow blossoms popping up just add to the pleasure. Dandelions, I presume! 

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 10, 2013 at 7:45pm

A while back Joan recommended planting borage. It took a while but I found some seeds and planted them. Here is the result.

On wikipedia I read borage is excellent honeybee forage, very high yield of nectar. The honeybees agree and many of them are working the borage plants.

I think borage is very photogenic.  It was hard to decide which pic to upload.

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 9, 2013 at 9:08am
Spod that beetle looks fearsome! I hope its a type that preys on harmful insects.

Randall and Spud I also like volunteer plants. I harvested a couple pounds of volunteer garlic this summer. I dont knoe the variety. Its different from my other garlic but very good. Also the potatoes and some flowers. Its like a gift.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 9, 2013 at 8:05am

A few days ago, there came crawling out of my chives, another unusual insect.  It was a beetle with bright red head and thorax.  

That coloration made me leery of touching it, so I let it crawl into a jar.  Sat it by my computer for reference while I searched for it.

Fount out it's a Blister Beetle that can produce large painful welts, so my leeryness paid off.  Glad I never touched that critter!

Didn't take a picture of it, but it looked like this one except mine had a red head & thorax:

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 9, 2013 at 7:16am

I usually get volunteer peas, but I was surprised to find healthy looking squash and cherry tomatoes growing in the small area between my garage and the fence because it doesn't get much light back there.  

The seeds must have came with some garden soil I put there when I was modifying my soil.  I gave them some water two days ago just to see if they produce anything.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 9, 2013 at 6:48am

Some comments have reminded me of all the "volunteer" vegetable plants I always have. Haven't bought cherry tomato seeds in years! Other volunteers include melons and squash (including pumpkins), parsnips, lettuce, potatoes, and the ubiquitous dill. Of course, I permit many plants to "go to seed", harvesting them for future use.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2013 at 6:01pm

Sentient, if I were close, I'd come over.

 

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