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!

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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 January 9, 2013 at 1:03pm
When I lived in El Paso, I brought home some wild cactus for my garden. A friend told me tarantulas and scorpions breed in cactus and when the babies get big enough, the cactus will shake and explode. When you wrote about cactus, I Googled cactus + scorpions and this is what I found:
Exploding cactus an urban legend.
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/insects/cactus.asp
Comment by Idaho Spud on January 9, 2013 at 12:01pm

I like the frog pictures.  Frogs are some of my favorite creatures.  More hansom than most princes and a lot more beneficial.

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 9, 2013 at 11:44am

Ahandsome prince, I wish!  He would fit in the palm of my hand.  He is a very large Cuban and several smaller ones live in the birdhouse also.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 9, 2013 at 9:19am

Robins.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 9, 2013 at 9:17am

Thanks for the hints at squirrel repellent.  It may be easier to spray my strawberries than build squirrel proof fences around and over them, necessitating opening up a portion and crawling to harvest some every day.  Of course, the robbins eat a lot too, and it sounds like that won't keep them out.

Comment by Plinius on January 9, 2013 at 4:09am

Never knew that squirrels could be such pests! There's the sunny side of a roof garden!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2013 at 2:01am

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf76080492.tip.html

Homemade Squirrel Repellent
This stuff keeps squirrels from eating up your garden, flowers and veggies.
Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. cayenne powder
  • 2 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Murphy's Oil Soap
  • 1 qt. warm water.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2013 at 1:51am

http://www.spray-n-growgardening.com/All-Natural-Squirrel-Repellent...

All Natural Squirrel Repellent 32 oz

This secret blend of garlic, castor, lemongrass, clove and cedar oils is specially formulated to help it stick and last longer. Protect flowers, leaves, bulbs, trees, garbage cans, outdoor furniture, storage containers, even house siding.

These products are expensive and I thought it would give an idea of how to mix your own.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2013 at 1:47am

www.spray-n-grow.com Animal Deterrents 

This catalog arrived today that claims to be safe for people, plants and pets. One product caught my attention,  

Flaming Squirrel Seed Sauce

http://www.spray-n-growgardening.com/Flaming-Squirrel-Seed-Sauce-8-...

Made from blistering hot habanero peppers. Wild birds can’t taste the heat so they’ll enjoy the treated seed, but mammals hate the taste. Works for other rodents and rabbits, too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2013 at 10:01pm

Dominic, can you put something in the photo with the frog to give perspective. When I first saw it, he looked huge, like on a shed roof. I assume he sits on a bird house and that helped clear up the size problem. A handsom prince, perhaps? 

 

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