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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 Sentient Biped on February 5, 2014 at 11:23am
I ordered another package of bees. Delivery in March or April. I hope I have learned from this snd can keep thrm going better. Might build another hive or try to sterilise the last one. I dont think it was a bacterial disease. I worry about pesticides and am growing a lot more pollen and nectar bearing plants but the forage 3miles.

Randall hope you enjoyed florida!

I know what you mean about fruit trees. Still this year I added a multigraft apple, a peach and a jujube. I ordered the larger size of each to get a head start. I think the peach w,ill bloom this Spring. Nice size tree. Same for a Jonathan apple that is to be shipped in March. The apples and peach can be expected to give a taste - maybe- next year, and at least one pie in 2 years.

last year I bought a tart cherry in bloom. It had cherries in a month and looks great for this year.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 5, 2014 at 8:34am

Daniel, what a tragedy. I've witnessed two feral hives suddenly disappear in the past 2 years. When I lose a fruit tree, it always hurts. At my age, it gets to be too late to start (plant) another.

Comment by Plinius on February 3, 2014 at 1:15am

That's bad about the bees, Daniel!

Comment by Patricia on February 2, 2014 at 9:17pm

We've gotten into another cold snap with minus 20's C, & wind chill of -33*C. This is very unusual for the end of Jan. beginning of Feb.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2014 at 9:12pm
Joan, I wish the starting over theme applied to our current Congress. That's one instance it would be the best possible thing to do.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2014 at 8:48pm
Our temps have been dropping to zero at night and only climbing to the upper teens, low twenties for highs. Add that to wind chill of - 10 and it's been a nasty winter.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2014 at 8:42pm
Daniel, I was reading an article a couple of months ago that was about bees dying due to previously unknown pesticides. New theory is that it's not any particular pesticides but even small amounts of known ones that are making a mix fatal to the bees even though there are not large amounts involved. Seems to make sense to me. Kind of like mixing ammonia and bleach together. Any amount, no matter how small, is usually fatal.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2014 at 8:33pm
Idaho, the last few winters I was able to work my compost year round. I know we need the cold weather to kill off the pest but we've been extremely cold this winter and had three power outages that lasted over 24 hours each.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2014 at 5:07pm

Danial, sorry about the bees. Starting over seems to be the theme of this era. Have you talked to other bee keepers and shared your story with them? Perhaps they have some folk wisdom they are willing to share. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2014 at 5:02pm

Daniel, your bees all gone is a bummer!  Are you worried about disease organisms remaining in your 1st hive?  Can it be sterilized?

Temperatures here have been warmer than normal most of the winter.  Usually the lows in the 20's  and highs in the 30's.  It did get down to negative 10 one day, and reached the 40's for several weeks.

We've only had a little snow this year, and a some rain due to the warm temperatures.  A small amount of snow is predicted for the next few days, with a little colder weather.  It's 34 F at the moment.

I appreciate the snow and rain because I think it's good for my soil.  Don't even mind shoveling and sweeping it off my sidewalk.  

 

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