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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 no particular order:
Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
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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Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky 4 hours ago. 8 Replies

Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Sentient Biped Oct 11. 12 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sky God Oct 10. 3 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 10. 9 Replies

Insectary

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Annie Thomas Oct 3. 10 Replies

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 20. 26 Replies

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 20, 2013 at 10:15am

Thanks for your insights on melons Randall, and, your good wishes. : )

I didn't notice any of mine tasting sour, so maybe they weren't overripe.

Anyway, I look forward to learning more in years to come, and hope I can acquire a little land, so I can grow more varieties every year.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 20, 2013 at 8:03am

Spud: Like most fruits, watermelons do taste different according to "ripeness". Your first one probably wasn't ready. Overripe ones begin to taste sour. My father still rates cantelopes on a 1 to 10 scale. May you continue to get 10s!

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 19, 2013 at 3:41pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 19, 2013 at 10:18am

I've been enjoying eating my watermelon, and they taste much better than they did at first.

I don't know why that is.  High expectations?  Doesn't seem likely.  Flavor improved while in the refrigerator?  People say that they don't ripen anymore once they're picked, but maybe the flavor can improve if they're already ripe (or overripe).  Any thoughts?

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 13, 2013 at 7:55am

No worries about voles and rabbits here, but I'd rather live in the country with the country problems than the city with city problems.

The country has less government regulations, more peace & quiet, and less costly land.  

Even just a half acre garden would be wonderful compared to the pitiful 10 by 30 foot garden I have here. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 13, 2013 at 7:18am

Following up on the sweet potato subject, let me say a few things. First, they seem to take forever to get going. And rabbits love the leaves (need covering every night and watched closely at daytime). Eventually, vines go everywhere with pretty blossoms. Voles love the tubers (I use D-con to poison them--the voles, that is.). It takes a lot of digging to harvest the potatoes--roots go out a ways from the main mound. I've kept sweet potatoes in my basement for up to two years. If they start to sprout, I "start" the new shoots for Spring planting. Doesn't always work, but it's fun to try. Bottom line, they're delicious in a variety of recipes. Oh yes, and they can grow to the size of a football!

Comment by Patricia on October 11, 2013 at 2:21pm

Safe trip Sentient! Wish you could bring some noodles back for us....hahaha!

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 11, 2013 at 12:01pm

Randall, I just read about sweet potatoes on Wikipedia, and discovered they are rated tops in nutrition above all other vegetables.  Because of that, and because I like the flower, I many try growing some next year.  I'm also going to try DE in my strawberries.

Sentient, happy China trails to you.  Dumplings & noodles does sound delicious.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2013 at 10:28am

Sentient, happy travels. I envy you going to China, the dumplings and noodles sound delicious. Does your partner's family speak English? 

Comment by Plinius on October 11, 2013 at 9:13am

Have a wonderful holiday, Sentient!

 

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