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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: 173
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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

Living in the forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 27. 6 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 25. 17 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W May 2. 2 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 2. 1 Reply

Rooftop Gardens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 3. 20 Replies

How to Make a Food Forest Suburb

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 1. 1 Reply

Fantastic Fungi - a film by Louie Schwartzberg

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 28. 1 Reply

Michael Pollan On Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Mar 22. 1 Reply

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Comment by Randall Smith on October 18, 2014 at 7:39am

We're expecting a light frost tonight--our first. I'll cover up the few tomato plants that survived the rains. And, I'll finish digging up my sweet potatoes. They say frost harms them someway. It's never been proven to me, but I'll take no chances.

I let my green beans "go to seed" a couple months ago, and have picked, dried, and popped out the seeds. Half done, anyway. It's a tedious job, like getting the meat out of hickory nuts. But I enjoy doing it for some reason. I think I'm a little crazy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 2:06am

I like gathering every leaf and needle, too. It is like finding gold. I am not quite finished spreading this past year's compost yet. The squirrels enjoy it because it is so light and easy to bury horse chestnuts in. Also, easy to pull them out. So, we both win.

I picked all the ripe tomatoes and have several dozen green ones. Guess I'll bring them in. We had a light frost on the garage roof this morning.  

Comment by Daniel W on October 17, 2014 at 11:16pm

I look at raking leaves, pine needles, and other tree products, as collecting free mulch or free compost resources.  I love that, it's like finding gold.

 

 

Comment by Daniel W on October 17, 2014 at 11:04pm

Oh Joan, that's so beautiful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2014 at 9:58pm

Japanese Garden, about two blocks from my home. Photo by US National Weather Service, Oct 2014

Comment by Randall Smith on October 17, 2014 at 7:31am

Well, shoot. Here I thought adding pine needles was a smart thing to do. Live and learn. I'll probably still rake and spread them in the garden--or simply add them to the compost pile. Can't hurt.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2014 at 9:50am

I prefer my compost and if I don't have any, then pine needles for mulching because the rain goes strait through them without them becoming moldy. I thought I was adding to the acidity of the soil. Glad to know the truth. 

Daniel, your lovely sun room makes a delightful rain room. I like the trees outside, too. Like living in a forest. 

Barbara, isn't it nice to have peace in the house and have your little Rio and cat content. 

Čenek, you will have a wonderful year ahead of you with all that sauerkraut. The aromas waft through the house. I very much like the smell, some guests do not. Freshly homemade kraut provides a perfect taste and good healthy food. I didn't use heat. I put my reservoir of kraut in a cool basement sitting on the concrete floor. That worked for me. I wonder if the warmth is good for the flavor? I don't know. Never thought about that. 

Bertold, your photo reveals a lovely scene, tranquil with colors of autumn, the leaves, dogs and the healthy shrubs. 

 

Comment by Don on October 16, 2014 at 8:01am

I used to mulch my blueberries with pine needles, Randall, until an old berry man here told me it doesn't make a lot of difference.  Peat and other (artificial additives) are a lot better.

From GardenWeb:  "Research done by many people including Dr. Abigail Manynard at the UCONN Agricultural Research Station in New Haven, Conn, has shown that there is no significant change in soil pH after years of adding oak leaves or pine needles to that soil."

Comment by Randall Smith on October 16, 2014 at 7:06am

I'm surrounded by pine trees (for wind break), so I have pine needles, too. They're falling now. Since my garden is alkaline rich and acid poor, I spread the needles around every autumn. Perhaps it's working--my two surviving blueberry bushes made it through the summer!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 15, 2014 at 12:06pm

Bertold, I have a mesquite tree and raking the pods is very similar to your cedar chores. 

 

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