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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: 169
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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

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

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Comment by Randall Smith on April 24, 2014 at 7:19am

Thanks, Daniel. My linden is just now budding leaves. It'll be another month before I have blossoms and bees.

Comment by Daniel W on April 23, 2014 at 8:33pm
Randall have fun drive careful. Eat some of the local cuisine.

Today my bee shipment came. I just got them settled in. This year I hope they have some good linden blossons and a few on the sourwood I pkanted ladt fall. If they just survive I will be happy.
Comment by Randall Smith on April 23, 2014 at 8:09am

I'll be taking a "retiree's vacation" starting the 25th of April. I'm going to Utah- the Moab and Arches N.P area to do a Wilderness Volunteer service (trail work) trip for a week. When I return, the garden will have sprouted, hopefully!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 22, 2014 at 11:45pm

Randy, Oh, I don't think the honeysuckle I have is different than your invasive kind. I just keep it very closely trimmed to get out all the dead stuff from the previous years, and tied up so they top my fence. It is a time intensive task but one that I enjoy. 

Today, I started on the south raised bed with its grossly overgrown plants that had no attention last year. I dodged rain showers and was able to do about half. I came inside to a lovely dinner Cary prepared, sauerkraut and sausages with toasted buns with chipotle sprinkled on.

I live in paradise.  

Comment by Randall Smith on April 22, 2014 at 8:19am

That is so cool, Joan! I never thought of doing a generational garden. Around here, honeysuckle is considered an invasive. Perhaps it's a different species.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2014 at 9:32am

Randy, you are so productive, so much done and so early. 
I spent about an hour in the garden trimming the honeysuckle. If I try earlier, I can't tell living from dead wood, if I wait too long, it is difficult to separate the vines. I tie them up on the fence so they hang above the compost bins. 

Laura and Larry took me out for dinner with a lot of stimulating conversation to conquer the problems of the world. Returned for coffee and sweet treats and a tour of my garden. Larry built raised bed for a garden on their property in the forest. They have the usual forest folks who like to nibble dig, and pull things out. In addition to wonderful dogs and cats that keep wildlife away from the garden and buildings, he has fenced the vegetable garden. 

They created a "Generation Garden" where they have plants from my garden; I took root cuttings from both my grandmothers' gardens and my great-grandmothers grave. My great-grandchildren have this garden from six generations. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 21, 2014 at 6:44am

"Godless Progress" in the garden! I finally got the rototiller started (new gas helps!). Over the weekend, I planted many seeds--(can't wait for those edible pod peas) and some hardy greenhouse transplants (broc, cab, caul). Potatoes were already in. I put up a 2' chicken wire fence to discourage the rabbits and my new dog from entering a section. Although, since I've had the dog (Molly, the mastiff, for two weeks now), I haven't seen a rabbit. I may try an early corn planting, taking a chance on a late frost. I never plant corn all at once anyway. Now, sit back and watch nature do its thing! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2014 at 10:46am

Isn't it fun, Spud, to learn as you garden? You become your own best authority. Your watermelons from last year were glorious and interesting to follow their development. 

I choose plants that are short season as well. I grew Brandywine tomatoes in Texas and they were delicious. I tried them in Spokane and got 15 bushels of green tomatoes. I went outside on the first freeze of the season and picked them in the dark, hands freezing, and I remember that night very well. Obviously, we had lots of fried green tomatoes, green tomato pies (tasted a bit like apple pie) and green tomato sauce.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 20, 2014 at 9:28am

Yes, Joan, there are a lot of superstitions about gardening (and most things).  I'm sure I still have some, but I think I'm doing a reasonable job of getting rid of them one by one.  

There are a lot of things I don't know for sure, so I go along with the most reasonable ideas I can find, but don't dogmatically say they are correct or incorrect until I can find good evidence to support or dismiss them.

Those two watermelon varieties are both short season. Blacktail Mountain is 70 days, and Cream of Saskatchewan (an Heirloom) is 80 days.

The assistant extension agent plants nothing but short season varieties.  He didn't say anything when I said I planted 110 day moon & stars late & got several up to 50 pounds.  He may not have believed me.  I wouldn't have believed it before it happened.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2014 at 5:02pm

Spud, Your time was well spent at the  2014 Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair. I love to find someone to ask about gardening and finding those who have ideas and principles to follow. There are a lot of superstitions about gardening and I suppose I pass on as many as anyone. However, I have a lifelong love of plants and one can't help but learn with experience. 

Thanks for the names of the watermelon varieties, Blacktail Mountain and Cream of Saskatchewan. 

I forgot and left my grow lights on my violets last night. I don't do that very often, and I am sure your consultant gave the correct information. I do know that candlepower is the thing to watch for. I can't remember now what the overheads are, but I place the plants so they almost touch the lights. I use risers for the plants that are shorter than others, that way they get right up close and personal to the light. On sunny days, I raise the light so the ambient sun reaches them. 

 

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