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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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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 May 4, 2013 at 8:04am

Joan, just yesterday, I looked-up what temperature is needed to kill virus'.  I was surprised to find that Influenza viruses are weakened or killed with temperatures of 167 to 212 F.  Lower than I assumed.

I'm not familiar with the Hantavirus until now.  I've just read some on it and now know why my city wants to keep junk from piling-up which provides a home for mice.  They never mentioned the diseases that can be caught from mice.  I don't know how reliable this site is, but it says the virus is only viable for 3 days or less at room temperature, and sunlight kills it faster:  http://www.healthyhomespartnership.net/faqcd/PDF%20library/contamin...

This site says 150 F for 2 hours: . http://www.thermapure.com/environmental-services/viruses/

More interesting info on:  www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 12:12am

The northwest is my choice to live, by every measure I used to decide where I wanted to settle. It is hot and cold and beautiful and watered from an aquifer and just perfect for me. The bergenia is almost ready to go to seed, the Kwanzan Cherry coming into bloom very fast. I cleaned out only one raised bed, and I will get to the others as my energy developes. There are blossoms on strawberries and the raspberries look very healthy. 

Did I mention, Cary successfully blocked the holes of the skunk? He placed concrete stepping stones where she dug under the shed. 

Mice proliferate out under the compost pile so there should be some rich material coming from it. I probably should sterilize it with a plastic tarp and sun. Do you think that will take care of any Huntavirus?  

Happy gardening!

Kwanzan Cherry 

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 3, 2013 at 11:22pm

I have never seen a serpent gourd vine

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 3, 2013 at 10:04pm

Skimming the comments, I thought you were all talking about Sarah Palin.  I would not mind if she went into the snow storm and was lost.  But it didn't make sense to me so I googled.  Guess I missed some American Culture or something.  

I grew up in the Midwest near the Mississippi.  Summers, hot sticky humid mosquito ridden.  Winters bitter cold snow ice wind.  Spring floods but mostly ok, Fall OK.  Didn't like the climate.  Happier in Pacific NW which to me is paradise.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2013 at 2:10pm

The snowstorm was scary.  It reminds me of St. Anthony Idaho where I was raised.  Lots of snow and temperatures as low as -30 F or colder.  And walking a mile or two to school and back.  But I don't remember the snowstorms being as bad as in that movie.

I have it easy also Joan.  And I plan on continuing that way.  I never would have put-up with living where the land seemed intent on driving you out or killing you, as it did in that movie.  

If I would have been Sarah's husband, I would have accepted an offer to work on the coast where there was plenty of rain and relatively mild weather.  That business of writing your name in the soil, and belonging to the land that's trying to kill you did not resonate with my personality at all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2013 at 11:47am
I liked the "Sarah Plain and Tall" trilogy. One scene stands out, when Sarah went into the snow storm and was lost. I know she survived, but it was a scary scene. Also some of the tasks she had to do ... back breaking work. I have it so easy. Thanks for reminding me Spud.
Comment by Annie Thomas on May 3, 2013 at 10:09am

Well, I've been looking at that elderberry for years, wondering what to do with it, and finally got around to asking you all about it yesterday.  This morning at about 6 am, I woke up to the sounds of a heavy rain storm.  I went to the back window to look out at the weather and saw the elderberry fall!  It's still about 10 feet high, so I will saw it down a bit with the storm passes.  I love when nature makes my decisions for me.

Chris- after reading your comment I ran out into the rain and harvested the crowns of flowers.  I'll look online to see what I can do with them.  Thanks so much!

Comment by Plinius on May 3, 2013 at 12:13am

Wow Annie, what a beautiful harvest! I planted beans and they're just starting to flower.

As far as I know, elderberry grows anywhere, anyhow, whatever you do to it. You can also harvest the flowers when you're lopping it; there are recipes on internet.

Enjoy the rain, Dominic, I can imagine a place where it never rains, but I don't want to be there....

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2013 at 6:38pm

Dominic, your comment about standing in the rain reminds me of one of my favorite movies.  Have you seen "Skylark"?  It's the second in the "Sarah Plain and Tall" trilogy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2013 at 6:30pm

Annie, nice squash and beans!  

Dominic, I like your beach picture.  Makes me wish I were still on the California coast.

Hasn't rained here in about 10 days, and my rain-barrels are almost empty, being used on my transplants.

 

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