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Godless in the garden

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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.
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

Discussion Forum

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 8. 21 Replies

Design with Nature

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 6. 0 Replies

Sepp Holzer´s Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Nov 6. 1 Reply

Permaculture, John D. Liu

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 3. 8 Replies

Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Nov 3. 2 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 2. 4 Replies

A texas garden I never thought I would see!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 30. 4 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 29. 10 Replies

What the heck is hugelkultur? How does it save water?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 29. 8 Replies

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 15, 2014 at 4:43pm

Daniel, I think so too - among friends.  And your flower is certainly too pretty to be called a weed. How about "volunteer wildflower"?

Joan, thanks for explanation. I have to admit I went looking for 'exoskeleton' as I wondered if DE would hurt my little chameleons and now I know it won't.  This site is certainly a wealth of information. 

Hollyhock discussion brought back memories of my life on our farm in upstate NY as a child. We had them surrounding our outhouse - one of the reasons I tried to grow them here in TX as they are so nostalgic for me. 

Joan, yes some biologists were in the cave just prior to our visit and they talked with us for a few minutes after they came out. They wore what looked like hazmat suits and gas masks when they went into the cave. They were placing some kind of testing equipment and said they were in about 20 minutes and that was about all they could stand as they began to get headaches even with their masks.  Amonia smell is incredible even outside the cave. 

Joan, worms! I warmly remember my efforts to grow worms to sell to fishermen. LOL I had a gazillion worms! Fed them daily with organic matter and corn meal. I was a better worm grower than a sales person and finally gave up on the idea. 

k.h. ky, sorry about your flowers, but i'll bet Sam sure had fun!  My little dog only weighs 7 lbs and his holes are tiny but he does an excellent job though. :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2014 at 12:47pm

Daniel, no I don't recognize the blossom. Remember that diatomaceous earth kills slugs and snails but has to be replaced after every rain or watering. It is dangerous to critters with an exoskeleton. People can, and do, eat diatomaceous earth and it is actually good for you! I'd love to see see a photo of Ming in his garden. And one of you in yours. 

Barbara, I wonder how the scientists figured out which baby belonged to which mom? I would hate to be the one to go in and tag them and then try to find them after the mothers returned. I wonder if the scientists had to wear gas masks? A fascinating topic. I will peek into my bat house today to see if I can see anything. I'll have to read the rest of that great bat site you provided us. 

Chris, funny hollyhock seeds sprouted this year, of all years. I hope you can get a photo of it to us if it blooms. 

Randall, I like the hollyhock because of the birds it attracts, as well as the pretty structure of the plant and blossom. The neighborhood kids like to play with them, just as I did when I was a child. 

My worm farm is going great numbers of wrigglers. To small to get a photo. 

Comment by k.h. ky on June 15, 2014 at 12:26pm
My dog, Sam, dug up the last of my black hollyhocks last year. I hate it when that happens.
Comment by k.h. ky on June 15, 2014 at 12:22pm
Sentient, that runs wild in ky. You can see fields of them. I can't remember the name though.
Comment by Daniel W on June 15, 2014 at 12:05pm

Barbara, the other photos are a few pages back on comments now.  That's something I love about this group - there is so much active conversation.  I feel among friends and neighbors.

Anyone know this weed?  It comes up among the flower borders and in vegetable beds.  It is not invasive - only a few here and there, and growth is compact.  They have a pretty flower, either blue or pink.

Comment by Daniel W on June 15, 2014 at 8:42am
Randall, thats what makes it great! Gardening is in full season!

I think the midwest and Northeast must be prime hollyhock growing country. Each year I try something new, either plant or technique. Sometimes several things. Now that the four o'clocks look like tey are sbout to start blooming, and the scallop and other squashes are growing, time for something new. I have never seen hollyhocks here. I read, rabbits snd slugs like them. I will plan for those. It will be interesting to start them now, for next year.

I got everbearing strawberries a few years ago. Not as productive by far, but they continue through the sumner here. We are getting a lot now.

Joan I would love to try those Turkish hollyhocks! That would be really special for me. If you think of it when they seed, i will plant them in both pkaces. Thank you!

Blooming now - Ning's wildflower meadow, especially poppies of all kinds. Daylilies. Lilies. Roses. Meyer lemon - in container, overwinter indoors. very fragrant.
Comment by Randall Smith on June 15, 2014 at 7:50am

Too many topics all at once!! 

On hollyhocks, they come up "wild" in my garden. Can't remember ever planting them on purpose. Same with sunflowers. I "wee" hundreds of them every spring, but leave one or two just to keep them coming--I suppose for the finches.

Barbara, cacti are out of my territory, both in knowledge and climate.

Spud, my strawberry season is coming to an end. I froze several gallons, however (unwashed, with stems). There used to be a wild patch nearby, but it's gone. Talk about sweet berries--but very small and tedious to pick.

Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2014 at 1:14am

Daniel, my grandmother had hollyhock growing out behind the chicken coop. They came back from seed every year. So when I brought home all those hollyhock seeds from Turkey, I just threw them on the ground. Didn't even cover them or stir the soil. They came up the first year and then I stared sorting the seeds by color. I put a colored ribbon on each stem revealing the color of the blossom. In the autumn, after the blossoms died, I cut the yellow ribbon ones and threw the whole stalk on the eastern part of my garden. The red ribbon ones I cut and threw the stalk with seed heads on the southern garden. Well, now, several years later, I have hollyhocks coming up everywhere; The birds didn't seem to like my color scheme and scattered all the colors all over the garden. I don't have any ripe seeds now, but I will mail you some in the fall. It will be fun having my experience in Turkey get shared in Vancouver or Battle Ground, WA 

Comment by Plinius on June 15, 2014 at 1:05am

I've tried to grow hollyhocks for five years, without succes. Bought small plants - they disappeared, tried seeds - they never grew. And this year, now that I have no time for my garden, there)s a hollyhock, almost as tall as I am! Will send pic when the flowers are open.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 14, 2014 at 4:58pm

Yes, they have a much better nose and ears than I do!

 

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