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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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Comment by Idaho Spud on June 27, 2013 at 3:12pm

50000 bumblebees dead is sad.

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 27, 2013 at 1:36pm

Joan,

The local news article, that I saw, pretty much blamed the bumblebee deaths on neonicotinoids - today's answer to DDT as the next class of poisons to create a Silent Spring,,, Silent Summer.... Silent fall.  There was some argument the trees may have been toxic species of Linden, but my question there is, why now and not previous years when they bloomed?   I suspect the insecticides that were recently sprayed to prevent aphids from eating leaves - in this case not harmful to the trees, but they drip honeydew onto the cars.    My answer to cherry aphids is a strip of Tanglefoot around the trunk, hinders aphids and their ant "shepherds" from climbing the trunk.  I don't know if that would work on lindens.

All in all a mess, stupid behavior by poison-happy horticulturalists - but maybe will increase awareness.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 27, 2013 at 10:57am

50,000 Bumblebees Dead After Neonicotinoid Pesticide Use in Oregon

"an estimated 50,000 bumblebees, likely representing more than 300 colonies, were found dead or dying in a shopping mall parking lot in Wilsonville, OR. Authorities confirmed Friday that the massive bee die-off was caused by the use of a neonicotinoid pesticide, dinotefuran, on nearby trees. Then on Saturday, it was reported by The Oregonian that what could be hundreds of bees were found dead after a similar pesticide use in the neighboring town of Hillsboro."

How are your bees doing? 

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 27, 2013 at 10:05am

Lovely tree-lined street.  One of my favorite types of tree.  Thank you, Joan!

Comment by Plinius on June 27, 2013 at 1:07am

Such a beautiful picture, Joan! I know a few ginko trees in the neighbourhood but on their own they have less impact.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 27, 2013 at 12:29am

Ginko Trees, Jingu, Tokyo, Japan

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 23, 2013 at 3:39pm

No Joan, I don't use timers.  I have both battery operated and house current operated timers, but have been too lazy to set them up here since I moved.  I also have a moisture monitor that I've never hooked-up.  Thanks for the reminder.  I may get it done this year or next.

For happy unknown reasons, my ambition has increased 100 fold starting 4 months ago, so, if it keeps up, I may get many of those things done that I've been putting off for years :)

In the past I've put the full 120 lbs/sq.in. water pressure on my soaker hoses and I've not noticed blowouts.  However, since you mentioned it, there have been some large leaks that may have been due to the pressure.

But this year, I plan on using a pressure reducer.  The main reason being that with full pressure, they act like lots of little sprinklers and get some of the leaves wet.  

I keep them on top of the ground because it's less work and I can see where they are if I need to dig.

Ruth, did you use the black recycled tire soaker hoses?  That's what I've always used, and I've not noticed the sun scald that Joan mentioned.  I do have one made of cloth that I've not dared try.  I may put it down on an unimportant area to see what happens.

Comment by Angela on June 23, 2013 at 3:33pm
Oh and a greenhouse would be a dream come true for me!
Comment by Angela on June 23, 2013 at 3:33pm
I haven't yet Spud. They are still young and not fruit-bearing yet. I did find a recipe that involves cayenne pepper, garlic, hand soap and water for the bugs!
Comment by Idaho Spud on June 23, 2013 at 3:16pm

Angela, sorry I don't have any good suggestions, but I do have a question:  Have you eaten bananas ripened on the tree?

I've always wanted to try tree-ripened bananas, but have never had the opportunity.  I've always thought of building a greenhouse for banana and other plants with similar requirements.  I still may do it someday.

 

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