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.

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Comment by Sentient Biped on April 25, 2013 at 8:56pm

Today I opened the beehive to check on their progress and welfare.  They have built 8 full combs, one partial comb, and 2 are in progress.  There is a very large, old maple tree nearby in bloom.  I'm guessing that is a source of much of their nectar and pollen now.

The bees construct combs for raising brood, storing honey and pollen,  in a parabolic shape (I think).  The hive is built to accommodate that preference.

They are so docile.  Not even one attempt at a sting.  I may stop wearing the gloves and suit.

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 25, 2013 at 12:15pm

Chris, that you for posting.  THose are beautiful!

Comment by Plinius on April 25, 2013 at 10:10am

Spring flowers from the Low Countries!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 22, 2013 at 7:27am

I like that flower and desert scene Joan.

Comment by Steph S. on April 21, 2013 at 11:03pm

I love that Joan - wonderful cactus pic.

Comment by Steph S. on April 21, 2013 at 11:03pm

I enjoy reading about all your gardens. Wonderful.

When my grapes start producing I will post some pictures.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 6:33pm

John Caddy <morning.earth@earthlink.net>

"Buckhorn cholla opens flowers to desert sun,

every antler point another bud grown red.
Beebuzz intones each opened bloom.
Soon wrens will build nests in cholla forks
so predators will find not eggs but spines.

"Note: Photo Anza-Borrego desert, CA"

~ John Caddy 

Comment by Dominic Florio on April 20, 2013 at 10:39pm

Sentient, you  are right about figs.  They are not my favorite fruit, being that they are so sugary sweet.  

I saw and have made a great recipe from the food channel.  I don't have measurements, so I'll give approximates or leave it up to personal taste.

To a large bowl of sliced strawberries, add the zest and the juice of one lemon. add sugar or artificial sweetener to taste. Then add Balsamic vinegar, slowly to your taste.  You can always add more.  And then sprinkle the whole thing with fresh ground pepper.  It's great but even better if it sits over night.  You can eat it like that or put it on top of ice cream, or whatever.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2013 at 12:26pm

Thank you Dominic, for reminding me of Cicero. Here is another of his treasures: 

Cicero, "A Mind without instruction ..."

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2013 at 12:17pm

I just walked through the garden and it is calling me to clean up in expectation of new growth. It is 43 degrees F now and will be warming up to 70 on Wednesday. That will be a full week, and a day since my surgery  and I chomp at the bit.  Hyacinths, Bright Eyes, crucus of all colors and I found a burgundy Helleborus in the back garden. Rhubarb stands at about 9" ... my mouth waters. 

 

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