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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.

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Permaculture, Bill Mollison

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Plant Labels

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Design with Nature

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Sepp Holzer´s Permaculture

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Permaculture, John D. Liu

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Permaculture

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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

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

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 14, 2014 at 8:36am

Randall, it's the lifting that kills me or rather my back. With the cart with the pneumatic tires you can load it up and simply pull it across rough terrain. The Gorilla Cart I purchased is suppose to handle up to 600 lbs, although I wouldn't do that. I've hauled dirt, stones, cut up tree branches, you name it. The most helpful for me was that I could get someone to load the large bags of soil at the store, then I simply pulled them out of my car trunk directly into my cart.  Ditto with stones.  All the landscaping I've done this year I was able to do by myself with my cart - and working slowly a little bit each day. 

It came in a box and I had to get my neighbor to help me put it together. Also, I thought a bicycle pump would work to blow up the tires - Not!  So I wound up going back to HD and getting a automatic electric inflator. Good in the long run as I can use for my car.   

It's so true when everyone here says that gardening is so much more than simply planting things. It's the joy of knowing when you expend the effort the result is something beautiful growing - or even an edible product. For me the sense of accomplishment is just wonderful - "I did that!"  My therapy I guess. 

It is just gorgeous outside this morning.  We had the most rain we've had in a YEAR during the past 24 hours.  And the temp is a delicious 60F, probably as cool as it will get for many hot months to come.  Everything I've planted looks pleased!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2014 at 8:22am

Randall, I've used my Gorilla Cart to haul about 3 loads so far, and to be honest, I'm a little disappointed.  

Surprisingly, even at the 30 psi max inflation, the 4 knobby pneumatic tires make for hard pulling over rough surfaces, it has a rather small volume, my foot got bumped once by the hauling handle, it took me 2 hours to assemble, and it's hard to maneuver into tight spaces. I may have noticed some of those things if Home Depot would have let me try the assembled one in the store.  Their excuse was that it was firmly attached to the top of the case.  One positive thing is that it's low to the ground, making it easier to load.

If I had it to do over, or had enough money, I would purchase the  large wide wheelbarrow with 2 large diameter bicycle tires.  In Home Depot, it was very maneuverable, although I don't know how it would work on soil.

If I didn't have arthritic hands, I would also think about the new plastic wheelbarrows with one pneumatic tire.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 14, 2014 at 7:50am

A wheelbarrow or cart is on my list! Thanks for the tips. I haul lots of firewood from my woodshed 150' to my house every winter's day. The old barrow is wearing out.

King, my garden is greening up, too. This rain helped immensely.

Spud, my father used to get stomach aches after eating morels. I went searching yesterday, but came up empty. Boo hoo.

Comment by king on May 13, 2014 at 11:06am

so happy to see things growing cabbage foring heads b sprouts moving up corn rows poking out onions pushing to the sky beans forming ture leaves oh the thill

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 13, 2014 at 8:45am

Barbara, glad to hear of your great results with the Gorilla Cart.  I look forward to using it.  And I just checked my receipt and found it was $70 not 60.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 13, 2014 at 8:41am

Randall, I did not know about the ridges of mushroom caps.  We Finally got a good rain last night (thunderstorm) and it's like everything turned bright green during the night!  I noticed a mushroom has sprouted in one of my pots. I'm going to check it for ridges :)  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 13, 2014 at 8:32am

Spud, YES! I too bought a Gorilla Cart at Home Depot for $69.97. Of eveyrhing I have purchased to work in my garden I love my cart the best. I couldn't have acoomplished what I did by myself without it.  Last year I pulled a muscle in my back trying to lift and carry things ... this year I use my cart. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 13, 2014 at 7:24am

Yesterday I looked at prices and features of wheelbarrows and garden carts at 5 stores.  Some looked very nice, but with a $250 price tag I had to say no thanks.

I saw some nice-looking one-wheel wheelbarrows for a reasonable price but I remember using them many years ago and loosing balance with them, which caused them to dump the load to the side prematurely.  They also put much more force on my hands than the 2 wheelers.  I now have a bit of rheumatism in my hands so I don't think I would be happy with a 1 wheeler.

I wore my old one out by moving many tons of dirt last year.  It was a $30 wheelbarrow with two thin skinned plastic tires.  Those tires finally developed splits and depressions that made it very difficult to use.  One of them even wore-out it's bearings. It also had another feature I didn't like.  when it was heaped with dirt, it was easier to pull than push, especially when the wheels got wonky, but it would often hit the back of my feet when pulling.

Finally purchased a cart at Home Depot for $60 and put it together.  It has 4 pneumatic tires, a long rod to the handle to pull it with, and a latch on the container that allows it to swivel up to dump.  Haven't used it yet but looks like it should work well.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 13, 2014 at 6:53am

Methinks I've talked about my brother the mushroom hunter before, but what the hey.  If it's been too soon to repeat, tell me.

My brother Louis was an avid mushroom adventurer.  He read many books, tramped through many acres, and tried eating many kinds. 

He took some unwise chances and got sick at least two times, ending up in the hospital once.  

I wish I had went with him and learned from him before he checked-out (not from mushrooms).  I can only remember two things I learned from him.

1. One of his sicknesses was caused by eating some mushrooms that were too old.  They were safe when young, but became poisonous when old.  I think he said there were several kinds like that.

2.  I ask him if I could avoid getting too sick with an unknown mushroom by eating a very small portion, waiting a day before eating a little larger portion, and so on.  He said no.  He said there is a threshold above which you will get very sick.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 13, 2014 at 6:39am

Mushrooms: poisonous or edible? It's mostly experience and instinct, but a good rule of thumb is if it has ridges under the cap, it's poisonous. I'm certainly no expert with only local mushroom knowledge.

I had already purchased my necessary items from Rural King, when I broused through the garden section outdoors yesterday. Since half my Red Haven peach tree lost limbs over the winter, I bought another one (for $20). Plus, I couldn't resist buying another blueberry plant ($9). My only surviving plant needed a companion! 

 

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