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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
Members: 170
Latest Activity: 6 hours ago

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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 sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Discussion Forum

"All I want for christmas is....."

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Larry 19 hours ago. 8 Replies

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston yesterday. 3 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10. 3 Replies

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 6. 2 Replies

My south garden 1993 & 2013

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 1. 1 Reply

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30. 0 Replies

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

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 14, 2014 at 2:16pm

Spud,  I agree about your strawberries. Those in store are tasteless so I don't bother to buy anymore. 

Daniel, I tried growing hollyhocks from seed. They came up but heat was simply too much for them I guess.

? I don't see any of King's radishes nor Daniel's palm tree. Wonder why?  

Randall, liberated feminist bats :) don't let males in cave I suppose.  

Hot and humid here in SA today. Mowing my tiny lawn was a struggle.

I have a question for you serious and experienced gardeners:

I had a ginormous cactus in my back yard - 6' w x 4' high and most likely over 25 yrs old. Scrawly, prickly, ugly and a pain to mow around, plus it was growing around a tree. I decided to liberate the tree, and after almost 3 months I removed the entire thing, using a borrowed reciprocating saw to cut the 24" diameter trunks. By the time I got to the last big trunk the blade was dull, so I decided to keep the trunk and use it to put a large tray for feeding the birds.  Dang thing has sprouted new pads. So, my neighbor is going to help me cut the trunk off to the ground.  Now comes my question:  How can I kill the root of the cactus without harming the tree?  The tree is recovering nicely and appears to have grown now that it gets more water. Can never have too much shade in Tx. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 14, 2014 at 1:28pm

My two small strawberry patches are giving me some tasty berries every day.  They are not in the best of health, but even the most pitiful berries taste 1000 times better than any of the big beautiful-looking ones they sell in stores.

Among the pitiful berries, there are some whose taste is beyond description.

Comment by Daniel W on June 14, 2014 at 10:52am
Have any of you great gardeners grown hollyhocks?

I bought some hollyhock seeds last night at lowes. I read they should be started in summer or fall, so now seems a good time. Hollyhocks would be a dramatic flower if I get them to grow and bloom.

Any suggestions? The web instructions recommend soaking the seeds, and starting either in place or outside. With the slugs and other animals here. I think I will try starting in containers.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2014 at 6:31pm

They look like delicious radishes to me. Let me know if I missed, king. They look like they would be nicely sharp flavor. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 13, 2014 at 6:05pm
Josn, I bet there are a lot of windmill palms in Seattle. They are surprisingly hardy. There seem to be more snd more in Vancouver. We had freezes that killed my eucalyptus after 3 years, and opuntia, and agapanthus, but the palm was unphased. Makes a nice, drought tolerant tree, minimal maintenance, tropicsl looking. Slow growing, sbout one foot a year with no fertilizer or watering.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2014 at 5:25pm

Daniel, what a lovely palm. I had no idea palms grow this far north. I don't remember seeing any when we lived in Seattle at UofW 55 years ago and Ft Lewis 50 years ago. I guess I had other things on my mind then.

I like seeing Ming, your garden with the roses, Charlie and chicken.   

Comment by Daniel W on June 13, 2014 at 8:11am
Barbara, thank you for the photos and amazing info!

I was in San Antonio at Fort Sam for a few months as a young soldier. I would have loved to see tbst! The bat story make me want to visit again some day.

I hope everyone you are anjoying your gardens. mHere it is a beautiful time of year. we are approaching the time of summer when the grass becomes brown and stops growing, but fruit trees start to bear and vegetables become productive with some regular watering.
Comment by Randall Smith on June 13, 2014 at 8:02am

Incredible pictures and information!! Thanks, Barbara, for posting them. It's interesting that the bat males sleep outside the cave.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 13, 2014 at 7:52am

Thank you for all your comments. I appreciate being able to share a great experience and pass along an important feature of our natural environment.  Bats are so often considered "bad", with many myths associated with them, when the exact opposite is true.  

South Texas had a series of serious thunderstorms last night!  Haven't heard the news this morning to see if their were any tornados as had been warned. All my flowers are at attention and looking happy. Lots of lightening along with the rain last night!

Comment by Plinius on June 13, 2014 at 12:26am

Thanks for your story, Barbara! Beautiful pics!

 

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