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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.

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Plinius on March 8, 2013 at 1:17am

At last found the time to watch the video, Joan, thanks, I love good news!

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 7, 2013 at 9:44pm

Joan, dramatic change there!

Here's a interesting article - at least to me.  Bees like caffeine, and return to flowers that produce it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 5, 2013 at 9:29pm

Allan Savory: How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate ...

a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 5, 2013 at 8:29pm

Here is my fig cutting setup.  At other times it's my tomato and pepper seedling setup.  Wine rack / bar repurposed as plant stand, 2 light fixtures, one with one 20 watt and one with two 20 watt fluorescent lights, aluminum foil reflectors to keep light in.  It's in a window, East, but not nearly enough light from the sun.  There is a seed warming mat under the bottom cuttings.  I root them in moist paper towels in plastic bags, and when roots form they are planted in potting soil.  Most of these are given away.  I plan to keep about 8 or 10 interesting varieties, including several Italian heritage varieties, but also one Chinese, one Turkish, a couple of French varieties, and a few from Louisiana.  As far as I know, almost none of these is tested in the Pacific NW where I live.  That is part of the fun.

 

My partner comments we will have a fig forest. I keep them pruned to compact size, and I have a place for this small orchard. These are my favorite fruit. Easier to grow here than peaches, and apricots here all die. They have the most extended season of my fruits, starting after cherries and plums and continuing until the first freeze.

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 5, 2013 at 11:57am

Here is a weed of the moment.  Interesting about weeds.  What some references label as weeds, I make a conscious effort to grow - dutch clover, violets, and sometimes dandelions for chicken feed and now bee nectar.  Then, there's some plants others buy, I cant eradicate despite heroic effort - Spanish bluebells, lemon balm.  This weed is henbit.  It makes a nice low ground cover in the perennial bed.  I haven't decided whether to pull it out or not.  It's easy to pull but I think I'll leave it there.  According to Wikipedia, tastes vaguely like spinach.  Also one of the few plants blooming for bees now.

The henbit (not hen bane, completely different plant) is quite pretty in bloom.

 

I turned over this patch or grass and weeds last summer, and planted irises, many rescued or starts from others. Plus a big load of compost. Now it's covered by henbit (Lamium amplexicaule). I think I"ll leave it there.

Meanwhile, I'm also moving my former nemesis, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and http://christineinportland.com/2012/04/hyacinthoides-hispanica-span... (Hyacinthoides hispanica) to my rural place. The reason is deer and rabbits, which eat a lot of plants, reportedly avoid these too. And the Melissa is a good bee plant.

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 5, 2013 at 9:30am

Amer, those cacti are beautiful.

Comment by amer chohan on March 4, 2013 at 9:59am

My gardening like my country is different from most of friends. Hope I am not infecting people with too much cactus. But I will like to introduce another beautiful cactus named Epithelantha Bokai commonly known as button cactus. This plant is native to Taxas USA.

As for as I am concerned I have some small seedlings of these. Hope that if everything goes well, my next generation could become proud owner of some pelecyphoras and epithelanthas.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2013 at 11:31pm

"Just as we got rid of slavery, we've got to get rid of slavery of life, through patents on seed. We have a higher duty to protect life on earth, to protect biodiversity and to pass on living seed to our future."

~ Vandana Shiva 

http://youtu.be/Ub2rvFi0k_w

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 3, 2013 at 4:40pm

Yes Annie,

I have always liked them and I hare kept a colony for years.  They do very well outside, living on the bottom of an aviary with birds up above.  Once in awhile I have had them in with chickens.  It's adorable to see new born guinea pigs hiding under a hen.

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 3, 2013 at 4:26pm

I haven't checked in for a few days, so I've been enjoying everyone's photos!  Dominic- it looks like you have a bunch of guinea pigs.  Are these pets?  Amer- I loved seeing the cacti you grow. And Sentient- I love hearing what others plant in their vegetable gardens.  Thank you all for sharing.

We are expecting a freeze here in North Central Florida tonight, so I've just come in from covering all my newly planted seeds.  I knew I should have waited until mid March, but I was too excited.  A typical rookie mistake, but I look forward to seeing what makes it through.  So far, only my radishes, a couple of beans, some of my quinoa and some corn has sprouted.  I hope they will be warm under the wadded up newspaper I placed under sheets.

 

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