Godless in the garden


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?
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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Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

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Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

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Backyard Organic Garden

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Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

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"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 22, 2013 at 12:13pm

Patricia, congratulation on the 5 melons.   I used to share the cherries from my 4 trees with the neighbors until the fruit flies found them.  Almost no one wants to eat cherries with fruit fly maggots in them!

If my watermelons taste good, I may share some with neighbors if any act interested.  So far, only the mailman and a few people that walk or drive down the alley have shown interested in them.

I have 3 Moon & Stars now, from 3 to 20 pounds, and 2 Sugar Babies, from 0.5 to 2 pounds.  Two or three weeks ago the Moon & Stars vines started growing about 6 more.  I cut 5 off so it would hopefully put more energy into the 2 large ones, and also because it's doubtful they would have ripened with the cold weather.  

I didn't have the heart to cut the first one off (it's now 3 pounds), so I'll see how it does.  The weather has been getting colder for about 3 weeks now, but no frost yet.  The coldest temperature so far was 38 F a few days ago.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 22, 2013 at 11:55am

Congratulations on your first melon Sentient.  Glad to hear the midget melon tastes very good, to you and the chickens.

My Braun blender doesn't spray unless I get carried-away and pull it up where the blade is at the top of the liquid.  

Funny thing:  I put a capital U in Braun in my last post because I thought that's the way they did it, but I was wrong.  They capitalize the whole thing, but make the A much larger (not the U).  They also make the N like nobody else.   Same way they do it on my electric shavers.  Well, I'll just spell it Braun from now on.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2013 at 11:53pm

Ruth, I have the same experience. Cary worked all spring to get them out of a border, even using a garden sieve to get the roots out of the soil. He even used Roundup - a NoNo in my garden. They have returned with a vengeance. Tiny seeds spread as well as the roots. Good luck on your effort. Birds spread the seeds as well. 

Our next strategy is to put a heavy back plastic over the area, making sure no sunlight gets to them; also withhold water. That should sterilize the soil killing everything under it. 

I welcome any other suggestions. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 21, 2013 at 10:39pm

This Spring one wild violet came up in my front garden from seed. I've had them in the shady back garden with no problems, so I let it bloom and grow. Now I have a mat of violet plants covering a fifth of the raised bed, going up a small wall and growing down into the holes between stones of the lower wall as well. I had no idea they spread so rapidly from roots in sunny areas. Not looking forward to all the work of digging them out. *head slap*

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2013 at 9:15pm

Comment by Patricia on September 21, 2013 at 8:40pm

Sentient, my husband wants to know how many melon plants you planted.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 21, 2013 at 8:01pm

Planted today.  Bulbs give me something to look forward to in Spring.  Some start growing in Feb - daffodils and hyacinths - which gives me a sense of hope and optimism.   All of these were listed as deer resistant.  



Over the years, I may have planted hundreds of bulbs. Some naturalize well, others die out. Survival of the fittest. Evolution in action.

Comment by Patricia on September 21, 2013 at 5:00pm

That melon looks perfect Sentient! We got 5 melons all tolled, & shared 2 with the neighbors, so I imagine we're the talk of the street now....hahaha. My husband started the plant from seed himself & I can't remember the variety other than a northern type. very flavorful anyway. Cherry tomatoes are still coming in but frost is imminent so will have to freeze some soon.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 21, 2013 at 4:29pm

Picked a good crop of ripe figs. Some fermented on the tree - like wine. A big yellow bell pepper. Some Thai peppers. A few tomatoes. This melon - the first ever for me. Variety is called "Minnesota Midget", from a heritage seed source - I think it was seed savers. It was very good, tasted like it was intended. And the chickens loved the seeds.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 21, 2013 at 4:23pm


The Braun sounds like a lot better than the Magic Bullet - less likely to spray hot soup.  You could also put in onion, garlic, pepper.  I like to sprinkle drief basil flakes or Italian spice over the top.

You are right, I use a  vegetable bullion. 


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