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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 Oct 19. 8 Replies

Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Daniel W (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 Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 20. 26 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2014 at 5:02pm

Daniel, your bees all gone is a bummer!  Are you worried about disease organisms remaining in your 1st hive?  Can it be sterilized?

Temperatures here have been warmer than normal most of the winter.  Usually the lows in the 20's  and highs in the 30's.  It did get down to negative 10 one day, and reached the 40's for several weeks.

We've only had a little snow this year, and a some rain due to the warm temperatures.  A small amount of snow is predicted for the next few days, with a little colder weather.  It's 34 F at the moment.

I appreciate the snow and rain because I think it's good for my soil.  Don't even mind shoveling and sweeping it off my sidewalk.  

Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on February 2, 2014 at 4:31pm

h.h ky, we have a cold spell coming too. Predicted to be under 20 F. I feel it too.

Checked the beehive yesterday. All dead or gone. I don't know why. No honey or pollen, so it might have been starvation. Where I took the class in organic beekeeping, they recommended against providing extra feed, stating the bees adjust their metabolism. Next year I will feed them anyway.

I'm bummed very much about the bees. Wanted to start a 2nd hive. Will just start over with the 2nd hive while I decide what to do with the original.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2014 at 4:30pm

Oh, ye of little faith!  HaHa.

When do you usually start working the soil in Kentucky?

Here, I start in May.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2014 at 4:21pm
Do you all think we're ever gonna get to work the soil again? Heavy Sigh!! It's snowing again.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 5:46pm

k.h. Good precaution about being careful not to put the bags too close to plants so that water can get to the soil. Great gardening tips here. Thanks to you all. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 5:42pm

Daniel, I like your response to pots and ways to use them in pots and to keep weeds down. It does prevent the problems you list. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 5:39pm

I love, love, love this site. So full of inquiring minds and research skills. I have never herd of pogonip! A perfectly fine word and I like its etymology. 

Thanks Spud!

Comment by k.h. ky on January 31, 2014 at 4:03pm
Sentient, I split the large dog food bags open and use them in my flower beds to keep the weeds down. I put them under the mulch around shrubs too. You just need to be careful not to get them to close to the plants so water can still get to the soil around the tops of them.
Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 3:52pm

Joan, thanks for the tip about hard water filters.  I've started looking for them.  

I have a house water softener that puts an small amount of salt in the water.  Such a small amount that I can't taste it, so I've thought of trying it on the garden, but haven't yet.

Of course it's been broken for quite a few years.  I don't want to pay to have it repaired, but have been to lazy to try repairing it myself.  Maybe this year.

Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on January 31, 2014 at 3:42pm

Beautiful frozen evergreens!

I don't know about the plastic vs. clay pots.  Things seem to do so well in plastic pots.  They need good drainage.

I think there have been studies showing either can work.

The biggest negative for me with nursery pots is they are black plastic, and absorb the sun's heat.  That can really overheat the soil.  The positive is I have lots sitting around, so they are free.  Also, lightweight.  Easy to get plants out of them, they usually just slide out with minimal root damage. 

 

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