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.
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.

Discussion Forum

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

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

Design with Nature

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 6. 0 Replies

Sepp Holzer´s Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Nov 6. 1 Reply

Permaculture, John D. Liu

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 3. 8 Replies

Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Nov 3. 2 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 2. 4 Replies

A texas garden I never thought I would see!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 30. 4 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 29. 10 Replies

What the heck is hugelkultur? How does it save water?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 29. 8 Replies

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Comment by Randall Smith on October 29, 2014 at 11:13am

Barbara, I'm not a leaf know-it-all, for certain. I just rake them up, put them in a wire bin, and use them as needed to alternate with grass clippings in my compost pile(s). Leaves don't break down easily. They're supposed to turn into "leaf mold", whatever that is, before they are garden viable. I just don't want to burn them (air pollution and a waste of compost material).

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 28, 2014 at 1:23pm

Oh gosh everything you ever wanted to know about worms is on the internet. What did we do without the "Net"?  

Joan, I learned that I do not want earthworms. Did you know that earthworms tend to be solitary and like lots of space and don't multiply in worm boxes? Surely you must already know that since yours is so successful. I have a friend who volunteers at a Equine center and I'm hoping to go with her to dig through a pile and try to find some of the composting type worms, or red wigglers, rather than having to buy some online.  Need to be frugal. :)  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 28, 2014 at 11:26am

Joan, As I mentioned in previous post I watched the Worm Factory 360 video and liked the idea of a small way to compost. I just checked the price - ouch! So I went in search of something I can afford and look - http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/easywormbin.htm  and they even tell you how to gather your own worms with cardboard.  I know I have worms in my two beds close to the house so it's just a matter of enticing them to the surface!  Thanks for the suggestion. Another fun project.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 28, 2014 at 9:42am

I can understand your sense of accomplishment and smiling at the thought of growing things.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 28, 2014 at 9:21am

Spud, putting the stones in the truck, taking out of the truck and putting in garden cart, hauling cart to back yard, unloading stones out of cart and then putting into place in yard. Better than hours spent in a gym pumping iron!  LOL  The sense of accomplishment when I walk outside is the best part though.  And when I think of all the beds filled with growing things, welllll, just makes me smile broadly. :) 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 28, 2014 at 9:16am

Randall, thanks for the comment. I can understand why you bought the Tacoma, rides like a dream and a ton of features my car doesn't have! :)  

The hard part is now over .... and the fun begins in a few months when I start to plant and see if I can really grow something. One of the many books I've read said to start small. He recommended a 10' x 10' veggie garden and so that is what I created with a path for the garden cart down the middle.  I have room and all beds can be expanded a little each year as I gain experience and have success with different plants. Laying out a seating area and a herb garden is a winter project. 

I have a question for anyone. I want to use some of  my leaves as mulch on beds, but, I don't have a bag on my mulching lawn mower. When I run the mower across them it pulverizes them and there is nothing to rake up. Everything I read says not to put them on whole as they prevent moisture from getting to bed over winter and don't break down.  One guy suggested putting them in trash can and then using 'weed wacker', I'm assuming he means weedeater, to chop them up. Does this make sense, or does somebody have a better method? 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 28, 2014 at 9:15am

Barbara, It looks like it did take a lot of work to get your yard looking like that.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 28, 2014 at 8:19am

Barbara, I'm impressed! Looking good. I own a Toyota Tacoma and love the bed liner for loading rocks and wood. No scratches!

Daniel and Joan, back in the days, land owners were too ignorant to realize the results of erosion due to the lack of grass cover. The government finally had to step in and PAY farmers to shelter the potential gullies. On my farm, I have 3.3 acres in CRP grasses (Big Bluestem). I get paid $700 a year not to farm it.

Comment by Daniel W on October 27, 2014 at 9:45pm
My family farm in Missouri was formerly flat prairie, which developed gullies 20 feet deep due to erosion. It was all clay and sand. Grew good foxtail and johnsongrass.

Barbara thanks for the update! What a huge project! You should be proud.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 27, 2014 at 2:11pm

Randy, you wrote, 

"Here in Indiana (north central), we used to have a deep topsoil, but it's been decapitated by farm field erosion. We have a lot of rocks, too, from glacial deposits."

Your landscape is so much like mine in many ways. 

 

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