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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 Joan Denoo on January 16, 2014 at 3:17pm

Spud, I like your idea about finding out about seed companies. So many that I have trusted for years have been sold and gone downhill. i.e. Wayside Gardens. I learned about Wayside when I was majoring in horticulture at WSU in 1955. It was a great company; sadly its reputation has gone down since its sale. 

I agree about Gurney's and Park seed companies. Not the best rated as far as I can tell from gardeners with whom I correspond. 

I have subscribed to Daves Garden for years. It is a to-go-to-place for evaluations by other gardeners. I Bookmarked their seed pages and have not seen the page you recommended. After reading it, I say this is the place to go for getting unbiased information: 

http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/#b

I don't like getting catalogues in the mail unless I request them because I want to save trees. The internet works great for me, except I love having my Seeds of Change Organic Seeds beside me for relaxing browsing. 

www.seedsofchange.com.

and

http://www.gardeners.com/Outdoor-Gardening/OutdoorGardening_SD,defa... 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 16, 2014 at 10:19am

Daniel, your sun-room idea sounds good.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 15, 2014 at 12:51pm

I was thinking of starting a new discussion about good and bad results with seed & plant companies, but with a limited number of active members here, it's probably better to use a site that has reviews from gardeners.

I've not been looking long, but I found this site that seems to have quite a few reviews: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/#b I've not been able to get the reviews to stop dropping words at the end of the window, but other than that, it seems to be OK.

So far I've noticed a large number of bad reviews for Gurney's and Park, two companies that send me catalogs without me requesting them.  I've received 5 or 6 catalogs this year that I didn't order, and I'm always suspicious of those companies.

What started this thinking is the Gurney's catalog that has 50% off before 2/12/14.  I was tempted, but after reading many negative reviews, ordering from Gurney's does not seem like a good idea.  Other catalogs that I didn't order are Totally Tomatoes and Vermont Bean seed Company.

Territorial Seed Company also sends me catalogs since I ordered seeds from them last year, but I don't remember if I told them to or not.  With my limited dealings with them, I can't say anything good or bad about them.  However, I do wonder why they showed the Moon and Stars watermelons as being purple, but mine were green.  Perhaps I'll email them and ask.

The site I referenced above has mostly positive reviews of Territorial, but there are a few complaints about the high price of their seeds and shipping.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 1:46pm

Safe journey Randall! 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 13, 2014 at 7:17am

FYI, I'm headed to Florida (Mexico Beach) for 17 days. I'll be back. Maybe it'll be warmer by then!

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 10, 2014 at 8:14am
That sounds good about the robin. Maybe if moss is growing on it, the humidity is up.
Comment by Randall Smith on January 10, 2014 at 7:30am

Those you mention, plus temperature (hot, cold, in between), wind (speed and dir.), fog (invisible). Even though it might shake in an earthquake, I don't think that's weather related. How 'bout if a robin sits on it, it's Spring?! And it's shadow could determine solstice dates. I'm making those up. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 9, 2014 at 8:36am
lets see... rain snow sleet hail sun earthquake tornado. Maybe clouds?
Comment by Randall Smith on January 9, 2014 at 8:31am

If I remember correctly, my rock can detect 15 weather related phenomena (nons?). Who needs TV weathermen? They're usually wrong, anyway. I'll consider a video camera.

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 8, 2014 at 7:35pm

I agree. A video camera on Randall's weather station would be awesome! Somewhere in the dark recesses of my memory, someone made a weather station by hanging a shirt on a clothesline. If the shirt was wet, it was raining, if it was moving around, it was windy, etc.

Thanks for the orchid info Spud. I didn't know that. I always feel like I can't throw away an orchid after I buy it, and so I have about a dozen, with no room to spare. In 2013 I summered them outside in a sheltered spot, and they surprised me by doing very well. I don't have enough window space. Should I build a greenhouse or sunroom?

 

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