Godless in the garden

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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 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 Plinius on November 8, 2013 at 12:59am

What a beautiful place, Randall!

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 7, 2013 at 8:47pm

couldn't get topic to post - here is a link.

 

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 7, 2013 at 8:43pm

Spud I think the earthworms will love your partially composted compost.  I've done that sort of thing in the past.  I think it works well.  And it might support soil bacteria and fungi.

 

On an related but different topic....  if you don't mind subtitles, Phosphorus and mycorrhizal fungi, and how those fungi might save the world....

 

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2013 at 11:07am

My compost pile, which is visible from the sidewalk, was looking ugly because of all the weeds, watermelon, squash, and pear waste that were doing almost nothing because of the cold weather.

So...I buried it all in the watermelon area, as well as the leaves that had fallen.  Digging the hole, I didn't see many earthworms.  I hope that's because most are just deep to keep warm.  Also hoping all that organic matter will help them proliferate.

I'm going to add some more soil & sand to the spots that have settled and top it with finer compost and peat moss.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2013 at 10:55am

Like Randall, I enjoy looking at a neat beautiful garden, but I don't have space or time to make mine that way.  I have many other things I want to do.  Even though gardening is valuable and the most enjoyable enterprise I have, It's not my whole life.

Joan, I noticed in your last reference to the southeastern garden, I noticed some pitcher plants.  I've always been fascinated by carnivorous plants.

About 40 years ago I tried growing some venus fly-traps in my house.  Besides being very interesting, I thought they might eliminate some of the flies in the house.  I obviously didn't know how to take care of them, because they died very quickly.  I'd like to try again some day.

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 7, 2013 at 8:46am
Sorry for the typos. Ipad not best choice for my typing.
Comment by Sentient Biped on November 7, 2013 at 8:43am
Randall, pluease do indulge. You live in a beautiful setting! I would love to have more trees for sll of their benefits, including compost! Sometimes I have raked neighbors' yards for that reason!

The local composting place has mountains of leaves, yard trimmings, and wood / plywood / particle board waste. I suspect the demolition stuff goes into the yard waste compost - the grinding is much more coarse thsn. the leaf compost. I much prefer the leaf. Leaf compost is $26 a cubic yard which completely fills up my little pickup truck.

Iwill need another truckload for the other trees snd shrubs, and one last one for the ladt 1 and 1/2 raised beds. Not in a hurry.

Deer have buun chewing down a row of winter onions. I thought they didnt eat onions! I putdownsome chicken wire but those onions are almost destroyed now.


The best thing aboutcompost mulch in the orchard is its done for winter. Except one seedling tree to move,another to replace it, and one large plum to trim. No loss if none of those gets done before Spring. On my inspections, most have loads of incipient flower buds so weather and other dactors permitting next ring will be nice.
Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2013 at 8:25am

And yes, the view (previous) is from my garden with Brussels sprouts in the forground, house in shadows in the rear. Let me try another angle (if I may indulge).

Comment by Randall Smith on November 7, 2013 at 8:20am

Daniel, your "truckload of leaf compost" sounds a lot easier that my raking, hauling, compacting, and waiting for my leaf and pine needle bounty to process. Check out this photo of only a part of my yard.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2013 at 12:47am

Randall, I know what you mean about garden design that is a more wild and natural looking garden. The great thing about these photos is the chance to see combinations of colors, forms, textures, stuff like that. 

Daniel, your truckload of leaf compost is a goldmine! Your trees will reward your care and attention. Feeling good in the garden ... something one can't buy. 

 

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