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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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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 Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 1:22pm

Daniel, Have you been experimenting with mycorrhiza? We had a discussion some time ago, and I did nothing to start using it. This video gives convincing evidence that we benefit in many ways by using fungi. I'll have to find out where to not use it; I've killed far too many of my plants already.

Here is where I am starting my search:

http://www.mycorrhizae.com/

This should keep me busy for a while.  I have a tray and light in my south facing dining room and can experiment through the winter. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 12:36pm

Daniel, a lovely harvest. Ning must like spicy foods! Oh, I think you said he is from Schezuan.
Your Ginko looks lovely. Do you have a female? I understand their seeds smell badly. Did your dad know Herman Deege? A lovely memorial.
I am able to eat Gordy's Schezuan regular dishes now, and several have those skinny little red ones.

Comment by Daniel W on November 9, 2013 at 12:02pm

From the yard today.

I grew the ginkgo from seed.  My dad collected the seeds from a tree grown by Herman Deege, who taught me that ginkgos were among the oldest species of trees, and lived with the dinosaurs.  Mr. Deege was a POW in Britain during WWI.  I was 15 at the time.  He's long dead.  My Dad collected the seeds from me 16 years ago.  So they are part of my heritage from Herr Deege and from my Dad, and of learning about fossils and evolution.   Ning and I planted them in flowerpots in our Chicago apartment.  We brought the seedlings with us to Washington when we moved here 13 years ago.

The peppers are grown in a half barrel.  That helps them stay warmer and productive in this cool climate.  Ning puts them into stir fries, then is shocked at how hot the stir fry is; then puts them in the next stir fry and is shocked at how that stir fry is, then puts them in the next.....

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 12:37am

Spud, Oh, I understand now; I thought you referred to my garden. That photo shows a lovely plant. The grower knows how to manage them. I notice there is water at the base of the plants. Thanks for clarifying for me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2013 at 4:46pm

Wow!  75 trees!  That's wonderful.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2013 at 4:43pm

Thanks for the information on carnivorous plants and earthworms Joan.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2013 at 4:41pm

Joan, I was referring to one of the pictures at the http://www.finegardening.com/item/30527/jeffs-season-finale-in-tenn... site:

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 2:38pm

Randall, your garden looks so inviting, lots of nice shade, many varieties of plants, especially Brussel sprouts! Your home looks well shaded from summer sun an shielded from winter winds. The sounds must present interesting seasonal impressions.

Thanks so much for sharing, I love to see the results of your efforts. Beautful!  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 2:12pm

Spud, your plan to dig a hole or trench and throw your leaves in and cover with soil perfectly prepares for earthworms. Yes, they do go into deeper soil to keep from the cold. They have plenty of food down deep, unless it is pure clay or rock. In any event, next season should produce beautifully! 

One technique is to put a bucket of soil on top of pile now or next spring and plant vining plants in it. Zucchini, spuash, pumpkins, all like the humus and break it down into soil as they grow. The roots like the nourishment and if you keep it slightly moist, not wet, they will grow healthy green stems and leaves as well as the edible part.

According to "is zucchini a fruit or vegetable?" 

http://www.ask.com/answers/92572181/is-zucchini-a-fruit-or-vegetable

"The scientific definition of a fruit is that which is formed around or by the seed bearing part of a plant, and a zucchini contains seeds, therefore making it a fruit. So if you are a botanist, it is a fruit, if you are a chef, it is a vegetable."

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 1:56pm
Spud, I don't have any pitcher plants or carnivorous plants. I looked to see to what you might be referring, and see nothing similar. My hunch is, carnivorous require swampy places.
According to "Horticulture & Home Pest News",
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1998/12-11-1998/carnplants....
"Their Culture:Carnivorous plants require a moist, acidic growing medium, high relative humidity, and bright light.

According to "General Care of Carnivorous Plants",
http://www.carnivorousplantnursery.com/info/growing.htm.
"Always use mineral-free water with your carnivorous plants, such as rainwater or distilled water. Try keeping a bucket near the downspout to collect rainwater. Distilled water can be purchased at the grocery store, but avoid bottled drinking water."

My hunch is your soil and water have very high mineral content.
 

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