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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.
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 10 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 Joan Denoo on August 7, 2013 at 10:20pm
  • Keep coldframes or cloches well ventilated and shaded if hot
  • Feed with a high potash fertiliser
  • Keep well watered

Royal Horticulture Society

Potassium

Grow Juicy Sweet Watermelons

This article says "As much as 95 percent of a watermelon's weight is water. Regular deep watering is especially crucial during the first 3 to 4 weeks that the vines are growing in your garden. Cut back on the water once the plants have begun to set fruit; overwatering dilutes the melon's sugars and makes the flavor weaker and less sweet."

Comment by Patricia on August 7, 2013 at 9:52pm

I read online they were classified as a vegetable, so who knows......

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2013 at 9:45pm

Hard to believe melons are classed as berries. Well, the seeds are inside. 

Just as an aside, when I was in China, watermelon was served frequently all day long. So many melons were consumed, the rinds were piled up to 10 feet high in the streets to be carted off by trucks. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2013 at 5:33pm

An interesting thing I've noticed that my Moon and Stars plant is doing.  It's putting all it's energy into that one berry.  There were others that started, but they stopped growing at one inch.  I was going to thin them to one or two, but it looks like I don't need to.

I wonder if it's doing that because it senses the days getting shorter, or it's not getting all it needs from the soil, or what.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2013 at 5:27pm

Thanks Joan and Sentient.  I'm amazed at how well it's doing all things considered.  And, I will definitely let you know how it tastes, good or bad.

Just read something interesting about watermelons.  They are not classed as melons, but berries.

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 7, 2013 at 5:09pm

Spud, I'm in awe of your awesomeness!  Wow!  My little melon plants are just starting to bloom!

Note to self for next year:  Build a temporary greenhouse over the melons and okra plants.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2013 at 2:21pm

I agree with Boo! Hiss! on store-bought melon.  Last week, Winco foods had seedless watermelons for a relatively good price and I was tempted to buy one, but resisted.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2013 at 2:12pm

Great "Moon and Stars". Be sure to let us know when you harvest that beauty and how it tastes! I will celebrate with you with a store bought melon (Boo! Hiss! )

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2013 at 2:08pm

My "Moon and Stars" watermelon is looking good at 13 by 11 inches:

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 7, 2013 at 2:06pm

Wikipedia say hornworm caterpillars are found throughout the US, Northwest Mexico and southern Canada.

 

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