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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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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 Patricia on August 23, 2013 at 9:06pm

Looooove olives!!!!!

Comment by Annie Thomas on August 23, 2013 at 8:24pm

My garden is a complete mess, as I just returned from a trip to Spain and quickly dove back into work.  I am a teacher, so the lazy days of summer are behind me and I hope I can catch up before fall planting time.  I thought I'd share a couple of photos from Spain.  My two hobbies are gardening and cooking, and so I am naturally fascinated by what other cultures grow and eat.  Olives were center stage in Spain.  Whether it be infused into dishes or simply presented as a tapas before a meal, I've learned that I love olives more than I ever knew.  Other crops that were prevalent in Southern Spain were grapes (lots of grapes, and lots of wine!), sunflowers, tomatoes, almonds, oranges, cork bark,and something that looked very much like the thistle we have growing wild in North Central Florida.  I still must research that. Honey is also widely produced, though I didn't see any hives from my views on the highways.  I have a strong interest in what I call gastrogeography.... how food traveled from one place to the next.  I need to research when tomatoes and sunflowers found their way to Spain from the New World.  I know the sunflower came in the 16th century, and other than oil and seeds I am not sure what they use them for.

Wishing you all the best- Annie

Comment by Annie Thomas on August 23, 2013 at 8:11pm

Joan-  I've been out of the loop for a while, but I was so glad to read that you are feeling well.  I love your avatar!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2013 at 7:38pm

Patricia, that is some yummy-looking bread!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2013 at 6:56pm

Joan, very glad to hear your feeling great.

I've had next to no rain this summer, but today it came with a vengeance!  It's been thoring, raining, and hailing for 4 hours now.  It was so heavy for a while that the street was like a river.  It covered most of my property and washed-away all the bark under my pear tree.  

I like all the rain, but the hail was not kind to my watermelon plants.  I don't know how bad it is yet, but It took pieces out of them here and there, and they don't look happy.  Hope it doesn't set them back too much.

Comment by Plinius on August 23, 2013 at 12:47am

Sentient, the blue flower is Lobelia siphilitica - as far as I know the flowers of a lobelia turn upside down before opening.

Freezing herbs is easy: wash, dry on kitchen paper for a minute, cut with scissors over a container and put it in the freezer. Easy enough to take out a spoonful when needed.

Thanks for all the compliments! The bamboo on the wall is in an old holder for a flower box.  And that bread looks very enticing - almost a pity I stopped eating carbohydrates.

Comment by Patricia on August 22, 2013 at 8:54pm

Yes, Joan. The yard has such a nice fragrance every year, & we also have a Russian Olive tree in front that also has a beautiful fragrance along side the lilacs. We like plenty of color & have lots of flowers in the back yard as well. Petunias, mini roses, peonies, lilacs, etc.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2013 at 8:29pm

The humming birds have moved from the Monarda to culinary sage blossoms, phlox, a second flowering of honeysuckle, and Perovskia sage.

I am letting the flowers go to seed and save them for my daughter. Deer eat all the usual garden flowers and perhaps some of the self-sewers will survive their great appetites. They also have a bunny that comes around when dusk closes in. They take their nibbles out of what is left after the deer dine. Well, we will see. The Monarda and Oregano roots should survive their munching. The moles have taken over one part of their garden so I am going to do a bit of research to learn how to convince the little diggers to leave the flower and future vegetable beds and go to the forest. If anyone has any ideas, please share with me. We don't want to kill them, just use natural deterrents.  

Larry has built fences around their fruit trees and plans to do the same with flowers and vegetables raised beds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2013 at 8:07pm

Patricia, how beautiful! Nourishment in every bite. Your petunias are so pretty; are they the fragrant kind. I like the color variety you selected. My grandmothers both grew very lovely fragrant petunias that I rarely smell these days. I hope someone saved those old seeds. 

Daniel, the sedum look like my "Autumn Joy". In the spring I take cuttings off of new growth and put them my garden near a soaker hose. Now I have very many coming up each year in places that tend to be empty. Or start them in a starter box and move them to wherever. Bees love them.

Spud, your butterfly on mint is so pretty.  Next year will be much easier on you and you can grow things in your prepared soil. 

Chris, your garden looks so lush and cool. A great place for a nice chat!

All of your photos give me a real lift. 

Comment by Patricia on August 22, 2013 at 7:09pm

Fresh out of the oven.....my high fiber bread....

 

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