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 Patricia on July 20, 2013 at 2:40pm

Sentient, thought you might enjoy seeing the lilacs under our dining room window.....of course they're done now but it's my favorite flower.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 2:24pm

Yes, blue is difficult to find that will last year after year. Monkshood is a nice plant, it re-seeds each year and cones up from old roots. Pansies offer sweet reminders of both my grandmothers' gardens. 

I have some dwarf Greek oregano that tastes so good, is very pretty with its short growing habits. If anyone wants seeds, I can supply all you want. It will be late autumn when the seeds are ready to harvest. Even dwarf oregano can be invasive, but is very easy to pull out what you don't want. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 2:02pm

Actually it is to pull oxygen into the soil. You don't want the roots to dry out because they have tiny littler filaments that go out into the moist soil. The worms will stay below that line. If the soil becomes dry and hard, worms cannot survive. You want the worms to come to the surface and make their little journey from top soil to lower layers. When the kids were small, we had a worm farm, as well as ant farms and aquariums for lizards and snakes. Watching how they keep house is quite amazing. We even had a pet jumping spider in our kitchen window and she was very clean. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2013 at 12:58pm

Joan, If I had room for flowers, I would make sure blue was well represented.  I probably like the color because it's harder to find.

I've a question Joan.  You said let the top 2 inches of soil dry before watering again.  Is that to pull air into the soil and/or to keep the worms happy?

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 20, 2013 at 12:48pm

Some Perovskias attract pollinating bees.  Blue flowers are harder to find, so your blue garden is really special. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 11:47am

From left to righ in the blue garden: hollyhock, monkshood, pansies,  Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia). 

http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/1934/russian-sage.php

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 20, 2013 at 11:47am

Hollyhocks, roses and mullein.  Seems like perfect candidates for a cottage garden.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 11:39am

From left to right: garlic, hollyhock, roses, mullein.

Common Mullein

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 11:35am

This is a photo of a small garlic patch with one gigantic garlic as high as the hollyhocks. I am eager to taste it to see if it is like its brothers and sisters in the patch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 11:03am
Sentient, how timely your article is for me. My roses are developing a strange growth pattern on new leaves. Much like the calcium deficiency shown here. I have some in the shed and will give it a try.
 

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