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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 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 10 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 Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 10:40am

The photo didn't come through in my mail, but found the citation. Is this your talavera lizard and  chameleon?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 10:34am

Barbara, how nice to have such companions in your garden. They are to be treasured. 

Intrigued by the name "talavera lizard" I looked it up and found lovely pieces of Mexican art with the vivid colors, and charmed by the shapes. 

"Gaze at a Talavera pottery urn, vase or platter, the finest ceramics of Mexico, and behold the art of a Spanish colonial period rich with old world design and a colorful heritage.
The rich Talavera pottery heritage was introduced to Mexico by Spanish guild artisans of the Colonial period. Commonly called "majolica" in Spain, Mexican Talavera draws its name from the 16th century Spanish pottery center, Talavera de la Reina. While the intricate polychrome and more typical blue and white designs show their Old World legacy, native floral and animal motifs claim these colorful ceramics as classically Mexican."

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 11, 2014 at 10:22am

Joan, I too had spider mites on my milk weed, but after heavy rain on Sunday and Monday them seemed to have disappeared.  I have a family of chameleons (Anolis carolinensis) living on my patio and they are pretty handy at pest control of  a wide variety of small insects such as crickets, cockroaches, moths, grubs, beetles, flies and grasshoppers. I found it fascinating to watch him capture a moth and consume it. Yum! They do not chew their food but swallow it whole. This little guy was completely enamored with the talavera lizard I put on my trellis and spent the afternoon sleeping with it. :) 

Comment by king on June 11, 2014 at 10:13am
I think my peppers will be fine I read that spider mites like it dry so I gave my peppers a good watering then there was the rain on top of that and I found a little daddy long legs in there with them today I will leave him to his eatting lol
Comment by Daniel W on June 11, 2014 at 9:14am
Joan those are great pictures. Your style of growing sounds similar to mine. I do sometimes spray with neem oil, which is organic. But that is now almost only plants I bring inside, where there are no natural predators. Except kitty cat, who doesnt eat aphids or spuder mites.

Im trying to let go of things that are too difficult to grow here, or are too much of a herbivore magnet but without other benefits, like food for us. Its difficult, because that covers a lot of plants.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 8:43am

"Controls aphids, mealybugs, immature scales and whiteflies, thrips, spider mites and other plant pests. Lacewings are the best all-purpose predator for your garden or greenhouse."

Green Lacewings

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 8:38am

Spider mites

Albert spruce with spider mite damage (stock photo)

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 8:33am

It has been several years since I used chemical pest controls. I bring in ladybugs and lacewings and they do a tremendous job of keeping my garden free of pests. I don't know if they will eat spider mites, but they seem to have reduced my red spider mites that attack my Albert Spruce. 

My problem in the garden is fungus. I use GardensAlive and have good results. I use these products very sparingly and only when I see signs of problems. 

I have a worm farm and they work day and night producing worm casting which I spread throughout the garden. My soil is very healthy. What plants I lose are from these crazy winters of warm and freeze all winter long.

Also, the squirrels make a mess of my arborvitae; they strip whole branches to build their wonderful nests. This photo, taken just last week, reveals their mischief. It is my own fault because I feed them peanuts and watch them play and fight and romance and enjoy them. Just wish they would leave my arborvitae alone. Can't fight mother nature. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 11, 2014 at 7:59am

I'm not sure what a spider mite looks like, but it doesn't sound good! You've had a lot of rain down your way, King. Me, enough.

Comment by king on June 10, 2014 at 8:28pm

so i found spider mites on my pepper plants that i am going to plant as soon as the soil drys out a bit

 

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