Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

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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 sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Discussion Forum

Permaculture U. of Mass

Started by Joan Denoo Jan 16. 0 Replies

"All I want for christmas is....."

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Larry Dec 26, 2014. 8 Replies

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 25, 2014. 3 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10, 2014. 3 Replies

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 6, 2014. 2 Replies

My south garden 1993 & 2013

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 1, 2014. 1 Reply

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30, 2014. 0 Replies

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16, 2014. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 8, 2014. 21 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 13, 2014 at 8:16am

Patricia, thanks for the panda cam shortcut.  I have it in my "Entertainment" folder.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 13, 2014 at 7:08am

Looks like everybody is busy as bees (with Daniel acting like one)! I'm impressed.

Yes, Spud, I remember the day I had two truck loads of sand dumped in my clay-ish garden. Spreading it is hard work. 

Joan, I'm so happy for you to be feeling good enough to spend so much time in the garden. It appears all you "westerners" are far ahead of me in blooming and growth. But my gooseberry and blueberry plants are budding nicely. What a relief (after this winter)!

I'd swear, Joan, that all those pandas were fake! Amazing.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2014 at 1:24am

Patricia! That is a great panda cam. They are so cute. Thanks. 

Spud, you had quite a challenge with that pile of sand ... heavy! It should do the job for you, and be worth the effort. Keep those photos coming of your wonderful garden. 

Daniel, looking forward to learning how your grafts turn out and how our orchard produces. Wonderful projects. 

I like the image of you tending to pollinating blossoms. I wonder if the flowers notice the difference? No, they just want the pollen any way it comes ... whether by bee or brush. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2014 at 12:14am

I spent two very special hours in the garden today; worked on the second rose bush. This one had a lot of winter-kill. It should survive and I will give it special attention this fall in preparation for winter.

Rain chased me in, with huge fluffy white clouds mixed with the black monstrous ones that look as tho they come out of a gothic painting.  Mix that all up with bright blue sky, moments of warm sun and then a shower passes through. Chilly, windy, calls for a hot cup of cocoa after putting my tools away. 

The star magnolia is in full bloom now. So is the Easter Rose, otherwise known as Helleborus. The color of pale cream with just a hint of pink gives a nice image as it rises above the wreckage of last years' dead leaves.

Starry eyes, with their eager naturalizing of my west garden gives promise of some more blues coming along soon.  

"Chionodoxa forbesii - Glory-of-the-Snow is easy to grow bulb that naturalizes quite well. It has short-stemmed starry blue flowers with white centers (in early spring) over green foliage. This native of Turkey is deer resistant and a good choice for planting under deciduous trees in a woodland garden. Chionodoxa forbesii grows 4-8″ tall and is hardy to zone 3."

stock photo 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2014 at 11:49pm

In honor of our intrepid China travelling leader, Daniel, here is a scene from Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in south-west China's Sichuan province.

China shows off 14 adorable baby pandas

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2014 at 4:18pm

I'm quite sore after shoveling 3 tons of sand, but it doesn't go very far, especially when I incorporate it into the soil.

Comment by Daniel W on April 12, 2014 at 4:06pm
Patricia those tulips are amazing. I cant believe it. I bet the hybridizers were in awe at what they created!

Joan Im glad you are out in the yard. Good for you in every way. I can just see you there.

Spud 3 tons of sand sound like a lot! Wow!

I get out and putter when i can. All of the pear and asian pear grafts took. Some doing better than others. I think all of the apple grafts too. Some have flowers which sap the energy that shoukd go to growth. In the pear trees Im letting those bloom to pollenize the main tree. The lilac grafts are further behind. One, I thought I grafted onto lilac, turns out was onto a filbert instead. So that wont grow. No problem, I did many.

I'm walking around the fruit trees pkaying the bee using an artists paintbrush. I think some of the plums were successful. Not sure about the peaches. The cherries almost always have a good crop here.

Paw paws under 2 feet tall, about to bloom. If I can get just one ripe pawpaw It will be very rewarding. In theory, I should not let them bear so small. But who knows what next year will bring?
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2014 at 2:42pm

Your labeling is correct Patricia.  I was just pointing-out my brain-fart.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2014 at 11:52am

Patricia, I looked at those monkey faces, read the label that said "Ice Cream Cone tulips", and thought, what?  They should be called something like "Monkey flowers".

Joan, sounds like you got some enjoyment in working in the garden again.  Nice.

Yesterday, I got 3 tons of sand and unloaded it on my garden.   Some around the pear tree to keep the weeds down and most of it on the area I plan on planting an Apricot. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2014 at 11:18am

Yesterday was my first real day of puttering in the garden. I ran out of energy after about an hour, and it was a very lovely hour. I did none of last autumns work and have it ahead of me. As I work a small portion, like one rose bush yesterday, it seems to come to life! Oh! what a glorious sight! I get to do the whole garden. 

Randall, as you stated, "Finally! 

Cary is chomping at the bit to get it done, but has kindly agreed that I will do as much as I can. He has the front garden beautifully tended. The Bergenia is in full bloom. He made a bergenia bed, otherwise known as "Pigs's Ears", so it is now a solid bed of pink blooms standing above the ears. There is not one bruised or dead leaf. He likes everything in rows (I don't) and he designs and maintains his front garden and I make a naturalistic garden in the back. Anyone seeing the front from the street would be very surprised on coming into the back garden. A very different mood. Both beautiful in their own ways. 

Here is a stock photo of Pigs Ears: 

 

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