Godless in the garden


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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Welcome to Eden!

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?
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 August 5, 2013 at 10:05pm


I imagine they will collect as long as there is nectar and pollen for them.  I did read that when  a bee collects from a flower, they leave a pheromone trail marking the spot as "used".   That way other bees don't waste their time on a flower that is already collected.  Maybe they are noting the presence of prior bees and moving on to fresh forage.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 5, 2013 at 6:09am

Sentient, I notice the bees in my watermelon patch will visit several flowers and leave quickly before finding one to settle on.  Do you know if this is a sign that there are enough bees to deplete the nectar in most flowers, or something else?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2013 at 10:08pm
Wonderful photos of the Fair! The goats would be a nice addition to your acreage and help keep weeds down. Nice companions for your chickens.
Comment by Sentient Biped on August 4, 2013 at 9:42pm

Joan that's beautiful.   I love watching the bees work the flowers.

Here's a link to photos from my visit to the Clark County Fair today in Washington State.  I liked the animals, especially the goats.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2013 at 6:33pm

This lovely bee and flower came from John Caddy today: 


Comment by Sentient Biped on August 3, 2013 at 9:35pm

Spud, awesome ID on the caterpillar! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 3, 2013 at 5:07pm

After further investigation, I'm sure it's a Western Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar, Idaho variety.  http://www.raisingbutterflies.org/larva-to-pupa/larva-changes-color...  

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 3, 2013 at 4:36pm

After searching another hour, it appears to be a Canadian Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar.  They are green, but turn brown just before pupating.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 3, 2013 at 3:46pm

Can anyone tell me what kind of caterpillar this is?  I've looked through 25 pages of google images so far and haven't found it.

It's 2 inches long and came crawling out of the raspberries today.  There are also blackberries in there, as well as strawberries, grapes, and a couple of herbs.

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 3, 2013 at 11:04am

Joan, I don't know if this story is apocryphal....  According to this website, the west coast owes credit or blame, for both the Himalayan blackberry and its name, to Luther Burbank.   Also discussed here.  According to the website he had exchanged seeds with someone from India, and that was the source of the plant and the name.


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