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 Plinius on July 12, 2013 at 12:34am

Thanks for the compliments! Most of the time I feel quite silly with my 4th floor boxes, like a child pretending, but I haven't got anything else, so this must be my garden. ;-)

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 11, 2013 at 9:48am

Chris you have a beautiful garden. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 11, 2013 at 9:47am

A bit of good news regarding one type of pesticide use - after the dramatic bumblebee mass death in a suburb of Portland Oregon, the state legislature placed a temporary ban on use of neonics (neonicotinoid pessticides) in the state. 

 

From another article, in "The Grist", "Somewhat confusingly, retailers will still be allowed to sell the products. It will just be illegal for landscapers and gardeners to actually use them.

Naturally, the pesticide manufacture is against the idea.  "“We do not believe the scope of these measures is necessary with the information available,” Safari manufacturer Valent said in a statement, “and we will work to get the restrictions lifted as soon as possible.”

For what it's worth, here is a list of pollen sources for honeybees.  These plants also provide food for native pollinators, which are probably more important in agriculture, than honeybees.  Bees need pollen and nectar - Here is list of Nectar sources for the North.   I imagine southern states have similar and more.

(Image from above source.)

Comment by Annie Thomas on July 9, 2013 at 10:04am

Great pics Chris!

Comment by Plinius on July 9, 2013 at 2:05am

Over six kilos of purring cat - what a harvest!

Comment by Patricia on July 9, 2013 at 1:19am

Did you plant the kitty from seed or buy the already grown kitty?.......hahahaha

Comment by Plinius on July 9, 2013 at 12:55am

Enjoying my container garden on a summer evening in good company. The marrowfat pea harvest is almost done: eighty grams! It will take some more effort before I can invite you to share a meal with me. I also harvested a lot of parsley, rosemary and chives, and there is more to come: beetroots, chards, salad and green peas. I had to start all over again with many sorts of veg because of the long cold spring. I'm learning and enjoying myself.

Comment by Patricia on July 7, 2013 at 12:38pm

Lovely pics guys, thanks!

Comment by Randall Smith on July 7, 2013 at 7:16am

Nothing of importance to add to the discussion (and photos). Simply enjoying reading all the comments. What a neat group of people!

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 6, 2013 at 7:10pm

I let the shallots bloom to provide bee forage.  The garden books say the shallots will be smaller if allowed to bloom.  That's OK.   The variety is "Holland White".  Honeybees, and wild bees, do like them.  They seem to like thistle flowers and clover, better  Maybe it's because the white shallot flowers harbor a white,  apiivorous  arachnid?

 

Just a little point and shoot camera. I use it because if I drop or lose it, I won't be too mad at myself.

 

Chris - now I have to study up on phacelia. If bees love it, then it's gotta go into the bee garden.

Spud - thanks! I went crazy this year, starting fig cuttings. Some co-workers want starts, so I started some to give them away. Plus the starts for my own use.

 

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