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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.
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 Plinius on June 4, 2013 at 10:09am

Parsley - then I can wait till autumn, dig up the parsleyplants that flowered and cook the roots. I read that parsley roots are normally a different variety, grown for bigger roots, but there's no harm in trying what I happen to have.

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2013 at 10:01am

Thanks for the link, Sentient!

I love that story about the tomatoes! Most people cannot see the difference between a real plant and a plastic plant and they have no idea what marijuana looks like. I knew a home grower once who told the police (and his parents) always the same: "These? These aren't marijuana plants! These are my rare Siberian Nettles!" He got away with it too. But the police have had some training since that time... 

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 4, 2013 at 9:43am

Chis, I thought of you when I saw this article. Rooftop gardener got into trouble when landlord and police thought tomatoes were marijuana.

tomato-plants-pot-article-1.1338781 What a strange story. Too much city life. The really thought tomatoes were pot?  Maybe I should dry tomato leaves and sell them.

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 4, 2013 at 9:33am

Chris, I will try some Echte Kamille today.  

Parsley is biennial.  The first year, it's just a plant.  The second year, it blooms and goes to seed.  I don't know if the blooms affect how edible the leaves are, or if it does the same thing either way.  The flowers attract beneficial insects, so I let mine bloom.

I use an organic product, sluggo, for slugs.  They contain iron phosphate, both of which help fertilize the plants.  It works well fro slugs and is supposed to work well for snails.  Here the slugs are bigger than my thumb.  THe link has other stragegies too.

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2013 at 9:13am

German chamomile - I like all the different names. Here it's called Echte Kamille, that is genuine chamomile.

After the endless cold spring the weather has become better now, and my roof garden is doing well - some hungry snails are doing well too, but I hesitate to buy poison. Perhaps I must leave them a share.

I have some big bunches of parsley just starting to flower. I remember a gardener who cut out the flowers but she wouldn't or couldn't tell me why she did that. Does anyone know if I should cut out the flowers and why? Stupid question? Perhaps. That's what you get from living in apartments.

Comment by Annie Thomas on June 3, 2013 at 8:20am

The German chamomile flowers do look very content in their location.They would be wonderful for tea.  The seeds are probably easy enough to collect to make seed bombs too! Children love to make seed bombs and make the most enthusiastic guerrilla gardeners. ;-)

Comment by Plinius on June 3, 2013 at 7:48am

Chamomile tea calms you stomach and works against inflammation. Might be the right plant for you, Sentient!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 3, 2013 at 7:07am

I have identical looking "daisies" that are prolific--both in my yard and flower garden. They must be related somehow. What I like about them is they look so natural or native.

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 2, 2013 at 11:10pm

Late winter I set out two plants of German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla).  This is what they look like now.

 

I also set out two plants of Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) which is less than 1/10th as big, and not blooming yet.

Honeybees are not interested in these.   Some native pollinating bees, tiny bees, and a solitary bumble bee, have happened onto them.

I don't know what to do with this now that I've grown it.   Dry the flowers for chamomile tea?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2013 at 2:03am

I know, Sentient. Just trying to imagine you doing any of those things just didn't fit with your gentle character. I respect you for your fine qualities, and your caring and compassion rank right up at the top of the list. When you wrote something about catching and making rabbit stew set up conflict in me, knowing you would do no such thing. 

 

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