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!

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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 on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 0 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies

Asparagus

Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 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

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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.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 28, 2014 at 6:46am
Patricia that is a beautiful harvest! Perfect snd healthy!

We had grilled summer squash with onions and garlic, and a side of potato salad, all from our garden. Also plums, figs, blueberries. Really nice time of year. Browsed the yard for mulberries and cherry tomatoes.

Spud the bees are doing great. We planted big patches of borage this year, and a wildflower meadow. The honeybees look healthy and very active on both. also on the clover, which is almost done flowering. Lots of bumblebees too. Last year I planted buddleias thinking they would feed bees. Honeybees dont like them so much, but bumblebees are on them constantly.

I doubt they leave nectar for other bees on purpose. Maybe the flower continues producing it for a while.
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2014 at 5:20am

Nice Patricia.  I didn't plant any of those things this year.  I miss broccoli and cauliflower, but I never know what to do with peppers.  My mother used to stuff them with meat and other things.  I should try that sometime.

Comment by Patricia on July 27, 2014 at 6:35pm

Just picked, broccoli, cauliflower, & peppers.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2014 at 3:24pm

Daniel, how are your bees doing?

When I finish my work for the day, I often watch the bees and wonder a few things about their work.  

I've noticed that each flower get a visit about once a minute.  Do you know if they leave any nectar or pollen for the next bee when they visit a flower?   If depleted, do you know how long it takes a flower to produce enough to interest another bee?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2014 at 12:33pm

Randall, how does your neighbor's commercial corn fair?  I assume  commercial corn is not flattened or people couldn't afford to raise it.  Perhaps the large amount means the stalks protect each other from the wind.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 27, 2014 at 7:24am

It's been 50 years since I learned (and have since forgotten) how to graft in a college botany class. I may have to review the techniques.

Happy to pick up 0.6" of rain last night. Not so happy the storm flattened my sweet corn. It happens every year! Grrr. At least I haven't seen any raccoons (thanks, Molly dog!).

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 26, 2014 at 10:57pm

Daniel, thanks for reminding me of Cycle of Life page!

Those grafts look very healthy. I am eager to learn how the fruit progresses. 

 

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