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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
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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

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 10, 2015 at 10:52pm

Randy, no cellar here. Guess I'll just have to freeze or can.

Spud, we can get an awful lot out of a small space. Mine is small and yet I'm encouraged. I have fleeting thoughts of a larger property, and then quickly say no as I've too much of my labor and money invested here - and I want to see my trees grow up. :)

Bertold,  I too have things in bloom that will get zapped with frost - and our last frost date is a ways away.

Joan, I wonder where all the employees of Monsanto will work when pesticides are legislatively determined toxic and illegal. Fantasy on my part.

Bunnies are in the hutch, little Lionheads. Little pooping machines. We are all adjusting.  Huge mistake in buying fancy wood hutch online before investigating it thoroughly. Bunnies are munching away at it ... next year they will get new wire cage. Enthusiasm doesn't replace knowledge, ugh!

Planted goji bushes Can't wait to see what they taste like as I've read so much about them on internet.  Seeds from grocery store butternut squash germinated - I planted many since I didn't believe they would grow!  lol, have enough for entire neighborhood.  Combined two hugelkultur beds into one in better position and larger - messy and tiring, but had to be done.  Now to let it settle for a month and then plant it. Moving hugelkultur bed created space for a real compost pile in shady area - now to remember to turn it!

If like me you ever doubted whether cardboard draws worms, trust me, it does. When I created veggie beds I put down two layers of cardboard, sprinkled compost to hold in place and then loaded up with about 4" of mulched leaves.   Yesterday I dug a trench to put in trellis for cucumbers.  WORMSSS!  lots of worms, I couldn't believe my eyes.  

Life is really about learning something new every day! 

Comment by Patricia on February 10, 2015 at 9:06pm

Well.........we can see the pavement here now.........hahahaha!!!!!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 10, 2015 at 8:21pm

Only one I have right now. I can get a better one tomorrow. (It's the doggie run.)

Comment by Daniel W on February 10, 2015 at 8:10pm
Photos!?!?
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 10, 2015 at 7:56pm

I've got some rhodies blooming already. Early for them too.

Comment by Daniel W on February 10, 2015 at 7:51pm
That's great the state is collecting pesticides.

Since Dupont, Dow, and Monsanto consider those chemicsls safe, it it too much to hope we can dispose of them by spraying over their corporate headquarters, and over their corporate stockholders, executives, and corporate scientists' homes? Please? Those chemicals are safe, right, so no problem?

In my yard, the plum buds are nearing bloom time. Too early, but we'll see!

I dug up some clumps of daffodils and Hyacinthoides and moved them to my country place. Moving them at a small size usualy works for me. Accidentally dug up an Erythronium and a hosta, so moved those too.

I also dug up a young, dead fig tree I was hoping would survive the winter, but didn't. Its replacement reportedly survives New Jersey winters unprotected. We'll see. One less to care for in container, anyway.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 10, 2015 at 6:20pm

Washington State Dept of Agriculture (WSDA) plans to collect unwanted agricultural and commercial-grade pesticides in Eastern Washington this spring.

To participate, contact WSDA by Feb. 27 at wastepesticide@agr.wa.gov (mailto:wastepesticide@agr.wa.gov) or call the agency at (360) 902-2056. The collection dates and locations will be set later, based on the response we get. WSDA works with a contracted hazardous waste company to package the pesticides for safe, legal transportation and disposal.

“We encourage farms, businesses, residents and landowners to check their property and buildings to look for pesticides no longer used or wanted,” said Joe Hoffman, coordinator of pesticide collection. “Proper disposal prevents expensive cleanup, protects public health and helps growers seeking Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, certification.”

Visit www.agr.wa.gov/wastepesticide for information about the WSDA Waste Pesticide Program.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 9, 2015 at 2:27pm

Randy, I'm jealous of you and Daniel.  The way to get rid of that jealousy is to get off my asstiblule and find an acre or two of land I can afford even if it's in a cold climate.

Joan, I plant most things later than earlier.  It appears they more than make-up for the lost time, because they are warmer.

However, I do try to plant peas very early.  They've always done well no matter how cold it gets (within reason).

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 9, 2015 at 2:13pm

Randy, your pot of vegetables with you roast sounds so yummy. I can almost smell it.

A couple of comments ago you said you have trouble with planting too early. I learned 40+ years ago, don't even think of seeds into the ground before June 1. One year our last hard freeze that killed all seedling was June 16. Wonder what it will be this year?

I do try starting peas early and just plan on restarting them until the weather finally makes up its mind if it is spring, not winter. 

Comment by Randall Smith on February 9, 2015 at 7:46am

And speaking of parsnips and carrots--onions, potatoes, and garlic: I added them to a slow cooker with  a large roast. I could smell it all day and tore into it like a ravenous wolf at suppertime.

What a tremendous pleasure it is to dig into the freezer or take something out of a bucket or off the shelf that I placed there last summer or fall. My list is endless, seemingly--berries, sauces, dehydrated tomatoes, etc. etc. Who says gardening ends in the winter?

 

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