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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 Joan Denoo on September 26, 2012 at 2:22pm

Chris, great! Do keep us informed on your different methods. I have lots to learn. 

Comment by Plinius on September 26, 2012 at 1:40pm

I couldn't find the ice cube trays, so I just put the chopped herbs in a container in the freezer - the leaves didn't stick together and it was easy to take out a spoonful or whatever I needed. The harvest of rosemary, chives and parsley is in and I'm going to try other methods too!

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 25, 2012 at 11:05am

Joan, beautiful house!


Anyone here got ideas about good blogs to follow on gardening?  I need some good RSS feeds to keep myself sane.  Or semi-sane, sane might be to late!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2012 at 10:59pm

House garden design

To mow your roof lawn, get goats; they eat grass and don't pull it up by the roots, they fertilize as they chew, they are fun and funny, and sometimes you can get milk from them that tastes good and makes great cheeses. Get a chicken or two to take care of the slug problem and get eggs, add in some lady bugs and lacewings and you have no aphids, get some worms and they till the soil.

Comment by Plinius on September 22, 2012 at 10:13am

Thanks Annie, just what I needed! I'm off chopping!

Comment by Annie Thomas on September 22, 2012 at 9:06am

Joan-

Thanks for the link for chicken coops!  So many wonderful ideas!  I am still trying to devise a coop that will keep my large dog, and pesky racoons, away from the chickens. 

Comment by Annie Thomas on September 22, 2012 at 9:03am

Hi Chris Breman-  I use ice cube trays to freeze fresh herbs.  Once frozen, I take them out and store them in a container in the freezer.  When making soups or sauces, you can just pull out as many cubes as you need, and throw them in your pot!  I have found a small tray that makes smaller cubes, and this seems to work best.  Or, you can just fill a standard size tray halfway.  I do this with homemade pesto after a basil harvest as well.  You will need some sort of liquid to add to your herbs.  I have tried water, but prefer butter or ghee.  Good luck!

Comment by Plinius on September 22, 2012 at 12:27am

The supermarket put me on the idea: they sell small expensive boxes of frozen herbs. So I thought I'd chop rosemary, parsley and chives and freeze them - I can find a small cheap box. Who has got ideas about how to do this?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2012 at 8:24pm

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2012 at 7:57pm

Nerdless, If you keep the water fresh, you might be able to get some roots started. I don't know, I have never tried stevia. If you want to dry it, put it on a clean cotton towel and set it out of the way. In a few days, the leaves should become crumbly; I am not sure about the stalks. I dry almost all my herbs this way and it depends on the plant if it works. For example, I dry parsley, oregano, sage, basil, and they do fine drying this way. I don't dry chives, they lose too much of their flavor. 

I bought a simple kitchen wire rack with short drawers at one of the building stores. I bought seven drawers: 
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This system is easy to move indoors and out, and I do the trimming and lay out my herbs in the garden. If I need to move them to the basement, it is light weight and easy to do by myself. 

 

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