Godless in the garden

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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.
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
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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Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky on Monday. 8 Replies

Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Sentient Biped Oct 11. 12 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sky God Oct 10. 3 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 10. 9 Replies

Insectary

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Annie Thomas Oct 3. 10 Replies

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 20. 26 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on February 15, 2014 at 6:19pm

Got over 1/2 inch of rain last night.  I'm happy about that.  It should be good for the soil.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 13, 2014 at 2:04pm

Daniel, aluminum foil sounds great (and cheap!).  In fact, if I build one, I might use cardboard lined with aluminum foil.  That would be very inexpensive.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 13, 2014 at 7:54am

Okay, okay! While it'll be awhile (possibly a really long time) before I can even see garden soil, let along plant anything in it, you all have pushed me into at least planning and plotting what and how my garden will look like. Time to get out the old graph paper.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 10:33pm

Beans

  Green string, 50 days 

  Gold mine, 55 days

  Fin de Bagnol, 50 days

Beets

  Detroit Dark Red, 59 days

  Early Wonder, 40 days 

Broccoli, Bonanza, 55 days

Brussel sprouts, 78 days

Carrots, Touchon, 65 days

Cucs, Straight Eight, 58 days 

Pea 

  Mammoth Melting, 68 days 

  Sugar snap, 64 days

Peppers

  Sweet Golden Calif Wonder, 62 days

  Bull nosed large, 60 days

  Hot Pepperoncini, 65 days 

Tomatoes 

  Gardener's Delight, 65 days

  Stupice, 60 days

  Sun gold, 65 days

  Yellow Current, 60 days 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 10:12pm

My plan is to plant indoors on about Feb 15: 

Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers 

Indoor on or about March 1:

Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes 

Direct sow on or about April 1: 

arugula, greens, beets, brussel sprouts, carrots, kohlrabi, lettuce, onions, peas, spinach Swiss chard. 

Direct sow on or about May 1:

beans, melons, pumpkins, squash. 

Transplant half the indoor starts on June 1.

Transplant half the indoor starts on June 15.

Replant any direct sow that did not sprout. 

My latest killing frost in my garden was June 16 several years ago. 

I will start direct sowing on 

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 12, 2014 at 8:52pm

Joan, do you know what you are going to grow?

So far I've only started sweet pepper seeds and chili peppers.  They will be inside a long time to get nice size before it's really warm out.

I should start some brassicas....

Planning for the next week or two, some snow peas, bunching onions.

Spud I agree.  Maybe aluminum foil on hte ends to reflect light inwards?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 12, 2014 at 8:19pm

Daniel, that reflector looks like a good idea, but I think it needs reflective material on the sides to avoid light loss there.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 8:15pm

I am back home now, will get the last of my supplies and start seeds within a week. I am ready. We had a heavy dump of snow yesterday that turned to rain last night and the roads were clear when Larry and Laura brought me home. Cary had a big dump, too, cleared the driveway and parking area and the high winds and 47 degree F melted all the clear spots. Flooding occurs all around us, 

It feels good to get home after my five days in paradise. The ground is still frozen and the melt water lays on top of fields looking like lakes all the way home. The bottom hasn't gone out of the dirt roads yet and when it does they will be paths of mud until dry out occurs. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 12, 2014 at 8:51am
Randall, thanks for your experience! I'm probably too obsessive. With cool climate and late spring frosts, using a light in the window cheers me up. Ive been starting tomatoes and chilis indoors for many years. This year earlier than usual but I need the boost.

That light system looks so easy and costs so little its too tempting to pass up!
Comment by Randall Smith on February 12, 2014 at 7:50am

Not with this method, but I've "been there, done that" with trying to start veggies early (in the basement). With mixed results, I decided the effort wasn't worth the final product. I'll just wait for Spring. But lots of luck with your project, Daniel!

 

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