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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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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.

Discussion Forum

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 3 hours ago. 2 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo yesterday. 0 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don on Sunday. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don on Sunday. 4 Replies

Asparagus

Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Saturday. 4 Replies

Some pictures from my garden

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 26. 7 Replies

The Next Green Revolution May Rely on Microbes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jun 30. 2 Replies

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2014 at 9:58pm

My Monarda is so pretty now; covered with many hummingbirds and bees. I sat out there this morning and just soaked in all the life in the garden, happy to be back home and with many memories to carry me along as I putter. This is a scene of my Monarda taken on July 20, 2014:
"Monarda, also known as Bee Balm, Horsemint and Bergamot, is a colorful perennial that is native to North America. It caught the eyes of early settlers in the Colonial days and since then has been hybridized to include a great variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, making Bee Balm a must-have in any perennial garden."

A Showy, Native Perennial: Bee Balm

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2014 at 8:16pm

Randy, is your corn developed enough to pick? 

Spud, interesting question. I hope someone has answers. 

Paricia, beautiful harvest! They look healthy, disease and insect free.

I was in my garden this morning, bright and early, in my robe and slippers, the first since arriving back home. A HUGE bumble bee embraced my robe sleeve and was so pretty, i just watched it's actions. Finding no food, it quickly left for a pretty cluster of flowers nearby. 

Comment by Patricia on July 28, 2014 at 6:45pm

Clusters of grape....uh......peppers.

Comment by Patricia on July 28, 2014 at 6:43pm

Pole beans, broccoli, cauliflower, peas.

Comment by Patricia on July 28, 2014 at 3:33pm

Thanks Daniel.

I'm glad peppers freeze well because this year they are clustered like very large grapes! I have to go to town now, but will try for a photo later.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 28, 2014 at 3:21pm
Spud maybe the bees time some of their pollinating at times you are not out there? Or there are also some of the tiny native bees. There are some here.

They seem to have phases or fads. Last year they obsessed over oregano. I planted more but this year I dont see them there. They do love the borage and clover.

That rainbow sounds nice.

Randall, my theory is the more bee forage I plant, the more of them can flourish. So I am always thinking about what more to plant for them.

Patricia you have me planning already for next year!
Comment by Patricia on July 28, 2014 at 1:15pm

Peppers freeze well for soups, stews, pizza, casseroles, spaghetti sauce, etc., but I have used them in salad although not as good as fresh. The flavor is good anyway. We eat them sliced up raw as a crunchy side at dinner with tomatoes, cukes, radish etc.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2014 at 11:22am

I was just reading Michael Penn's comment about gawd's rainbows and the small rainbows in sprinklers.  I was going to respond, but my old computer wouldn't let me.  That's OK because I think this is the place to post what he reminded me of.

A couple of days ago I was working on something down on the ground near a tiny sprinkle one of my soaker hoses was putting-out.  The sun through the raspberry leaves made a minute rainbow in it, and it was so beautiful, I just sat and watched it for a few minutes.  Don't remember seeing one that small before.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2014 at 11:03am

There haven't been any bees on my onion flowers for quite a while.  Those flowers must not be producing nectar or pollen anymore.

Now the bees are all over my raspberries.  They don't seem to care for the blackberry flowers now, but there are plenty of blackberries ripening.

  They don't seem to find anything they like in my melon flowers, as they take off as soon as they land.  However, it looks like they do get the job done there as well, because I've spotted 14 melons so far.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 28, 2014 at 7:28am

Spud, field corn is either hardier or more protected in size to prevent it from being blown down.

Patricia, I envy your cauliflower. Mine hasn't headed up yet.

Daniel, happy to hear your report on a healthy bee population. Mine's been about average, which is to say, poor. No melons, but lots of squash, so somebody is doing his job.

 

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