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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.
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.

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Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky on Monday. 8 Replies

Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Sentient Biped Oct 11. 12 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sky God Oct 10. 3 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 10. 9 Replies

Insectary

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Annie Thomas Oct 3. 10 Replies

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

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

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

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

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Comment by Sentient Biped on August 24, 2013 at 4:01pm

Bees on Sedum Autumn Joy.  It was hard to choose a picture.   liked several.  This is the plant I moved last week.  The leaves plumped up with repeated waterings.  Now it almost looks like it started out in this location.

Comment by Patricia on August 24, 2013 at 1:35pm

We had a drenching downpour like that at the end of June with our street becoming a ''river''. It was caught on the security cameras, but I haven't yet learned how to get the footage onto a flash drive to transfer to the pc. NEVER have we ever had rain like that in all the years we've lived here.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2013 at 12:44pm

Yes Sentient, you got Thoring.

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 24, 2013 at 12:18pm

Annie,

I like your adventures.  I think it was Joan who brought up the concept of Terroir- which I can't pronounce - that a food's flavor is so influenced by local soil conditions, minerals, climate characteristics. 

So the same variety of, say, tomato, grown in Illinois will be different when grown in Washington, for example.  I think I can tell the difference, comparing with the tomatoes of my childhood grown in river bottom soil in humid, muggy, hot day and night, mosquito-ridden area of my childhood.  Those tomatoes were a delicacy.

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 24, 2013 at 11:55am

I love a good rainstorm.  That was one of my favorite things in the midwest. Here in Maritime Pacivic NW they almost never happen.  Mostly drizzle. In the summer it almost never rains.  If I don't water, everything turns brown.  I actually like this climate a lot.

Still, a hail storm that damages your garden - I would not like that!

I'll look into more about tree cuttings as things start to go dormant.  For me it is something to do garden-wise.  This year I took grape cuttings and stuck them in the ground in the vegetable bed.  That's all the care they got, and most of them are growing.

Joan, hummingbirds are one of the most interesting visitors!  I love having them visit.   I started some Perovskia this year for bees - no humming birds on that.  Some visited buddleia and crocosmia.

Spud - is "thoring" the actions of Thor? 

Chris - what a name for a plant!  I sounds like it has a disease!  But beautiful flowers.

Comment by Annie Thomas on August 24, 2013 at 11:51am

Wow!  That's a lot of rain!  Here in North Central Florida we've hat the wettest July in 105 years.  I think it rained all but two days last month.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2013 at 10:50am

"Rain&Thunder-melon"  That's funny!  : )

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.

 

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