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!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 174
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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

Fruit Pests: Apricot

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 3 Replies

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 24. 1 Reply

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 16. 4 Replies

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo Jun 15. 0 Replies

Favorite Flowers

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 8. 8 Replies

The Evolution of Ecological Consciousness

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 4. 1 Reply

Living in the forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 27. 6 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 25. 17 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W May 2. 2 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 2. 1 Reply

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 14, 2014 at 7:04am

Joan, I've not been pruning and taking care of my raspberries like I should, and so they run rampant.  But I'm getting better at it.

Why do yours fall over?  Mine don't tend to do that.  My best guess is that you have more friable soil than me and it's probably also more moist.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2014 at 9:02pm

Daniel, what is the process for clearing out the sand and iron deposits? I guess that the problem is in the pipes ... or is it in the tank? Remember the old cisterns of earlier days? with windmills drawing water from the well? I don't remember the maintenance on that equipment, but I assume there were lots to do to keep it running efficiently. 

The chores never end, do they! In some ways it is nice because by being in the garden a lot, and paying attention to what is happening to the different processes, one can almost have a conversation with plants and wildlife. Even the well tank talks to you. 

My arborvitae look much happier tonight. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2014 at 8:54pm

Randy, I bet your tongue is purple and there is a big smile on your face. Would love to have some blackberries ... just not enough room on my place to grow more. 

Our summer is scorchingly hot! I thought my arborvitae were getting water from soaker hoses, but it turns out, the water wasn't getting through. So, I pulled up the old hose, except where they were too entangled with roots, and laid down a new hose yesterday. The poor shrubs looked so thirsty and the green began turning brown. So, I got out there at 5:AM and got the task done before 10. 

Your garden sounds very lush. Do you have any photos to share? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 13, 2014 at 8:49pm

Spud, in the autumn, I cut out all the raspberry stocks that bore fruit that summer and tie up the new growth so that I can pick berries standing up. Sadly, my raspberry frame failed this year and they are laying on the ground, bearing lots of fruit, but impossible to get to. I will leave these berries for the birds and squirrels and eat from the stocks that remained tied up. My construction was too weak and I will have a fellow build a stronger frame for next year. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 13, 2014 at 1:15pm

Oh, that's the problem!

Comment by Daniel W on July 13, 2014 at 8:26am

Randy, that was my China trip last October.  I thought it was more clear than the prior one.

Hot weather here too.  We are getting zucchinis - are the yellow ones called zucchini or summer squash?  And tomatoes.  Very soon there will be some favorite plums.  A few have begun to change color.

Our well tank clogged with sand and iron deposits.  Time to flush it out.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 13, 2014 at 7:56am

I've only seen 1/2 inch of rain in the last 65 days, so I have to keep watering with the city water, which has chlorine, a lot of hard water chemicals, and worst of all, it's alkaline, so I have to add sulfur to my garden periodically.  However, now that I'm using more organic matter, I may be able to stop adding sulfur.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 13, 2014 at 7:42am

Hey Daniel, a new avatar?! Cool. Where was it taken?

We've had a very cool summer so far, with perfect timing on rainfall (another 0.4" last night). So much for the cold winter, hot summer theory. My garden never looked better. Green beans are delicious.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 13, 2014 at 6:07am

Patricia, I hope you get better temperatures for you garden.

The temperatures here have been 95-100*F (35-38*C) for about 2 weeks now, but I keep the garden well watered and things seem to be doing well.  I planted peas late, but they're still producing.

Randall, as usual, I'm jealous of your location, especially because of the blackberries.  I guess it's too dry here for any to grow wild.  Maybe if I ask the extension agent, he may know of some that are growing in permanently moist areas.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 12, 2014 at 6:55am

I picked my first blackberries yest from my secret spot--a fence row separating a baseball outfield from a cemetery. The berries are HUGE! I just wish "they" would quit trying to kill the thorny bushes off. I also picked 6.5 lbs of blueberries from a farm down the road. Thus ends my berry picking for year (maybe a few more blacks).

 

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