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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.
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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Insectary

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Annie Thomas 19 hours ago. 2 Replies

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 7 Replies

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 20. 4 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 20. 26 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 27. 2 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies

Asparagus

Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 4 Replies

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Comment by Plinius on August 24, 2013 at 10:32am

Some shower, Spud! A good thing your Rain&Thunder-melon is behind chicken wire.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2013 at 10:08am

900 block of East Hayden 'river':

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2013 at 8:03am

Joan, a TV weatherman said that this was the most rain in such a short period ever recorded.  It's the most I've seen in the 20 years I've lived here.  We don't usually get that much hail either.

Two years in the first 5 years I was here, I saw that much flooding, but it was not due to as much rain as we got yesterday.  It was due to the housing developments on the hills.  More pavement and concrete meant less places for the rain to soak in.  That meant the valley got flooded.  The city finally put in a larger rain-water collection system so it didn't happen for the next 15 years, until this humungous rain-storm.

The first two times it flooded, my basement got wet due to a hole in the foundation, so I patched that hole and dug a large hole outside the foundation, and filled it with gravel.  That gave some of the water a place to go, so no more wet basement.

That's an interesting row cover article.  I may try something like that.  I think it would reduce the hail damage.

I noticed something that may have caused more damage than the hail.  I didn't water the soil I modified much because I didn't want the cold city water to make it too cold for the watermelons comfort.  I knew it would settle over the next year or so, but that storm caused it to settle immediately, which probably broke a lot of roots.

Oh, well, It only means the difference of one or two watermelon, so no big deal.  However, after all the work, I do feel some pain when damage happens.  But, I'll try again next year, and will surely have better results.

Comment by Annie Thomas on August 24, 2013 at 6:51am

Joan-  I did purchase a traditional paella pan in Valencia, but no new spices.  I haven't used it yet though.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2013 at 10:36pm

Spud, that rain storm sounds dreadful! Is that a usual event? Maybe it is part of the new normal. I wonder if row covers would have protected them, such as seen here: Wire Hoop Row cover https://www.naturalgardening.com/shop/Rowcover_instructions.php3 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 23, 2013 at 10:21pm

Annie, very much like your report on Spain and your culinary delights. Did you find some new seasonings to add to your menus? I like your term gastrogeography". Sounds like a very interesting project. 

Comment by Patricia on August 23, 2013 at 9:06pm

Looooove olives!!!!!

Comment by Annie Thomas on August 23, 2013 at 8:24pm

My garden is a complete mess, as I just returned from a trip to Spain and quickly dove back into work.  I am a teacher, so the lazy days of summer are behind me and I hope I can catch up before fall planting time.  I thought I'd share a couple of photos from Spain.  My two hobbies are gardening and cooking, and so I am naturally fascinated by what other cultures grow and eat.  Olives were center stage in Spain.  Whether it be infused into dishes or simply presented as a tapas before a meal, I've learned that I love olives more than I ever knew.  Other crops that were prevalent in Southern Spain were grapes (lots of grapes, and lots of wine!), sunflowers, tomatoes, almonds, oranges, cork bark,and something that looked very much like the thistle we have growing wild in North Central Florida.  I still must research that. Honey is also widely produced, though I didn't see any hives from my views on the highways.  I have a strong interest in what I call gastrogeography.... how food traveled from one place to the next.  I need to research when tomatoes and sunflowers found their way to Spain from the New World.  I know the sunflower came in the 16th century, and other than oil and seeds I am not sure what they use them for.

Wishing you all the best- Annie

Comment by Annie Thomas on August 23, 2013 at 8:11pm

Joan-  I've been out of the loop for a while, but I was so glad to read that you are feeling well.  I love your avatar!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 23, 2013 at 7:38pm

Patricia, that is some yummy-looking bread!

 

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