Godless in the garden

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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.
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 Randall Smith on June 3, 2013 at 7:07am

I have identical looking "daisies" that are prolific--both in my yard and flower garden. They must be related somehow. What I like about them is they look so natural or native.

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 2, 2013 at 11:10pm

Late winter I set out two plants of German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla).  This is what they look like now.

 

I also set out two plants of Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) which is less than 1/10th as big, and not blooming yet.

Honeybees are not interested in these.   Some native pollinating bees, tiny bees, and a solitary bumble bee, have happened onto them.

I don't know what to do with this now that I've grown it.   Dry the flowers for chamomile tea?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2013 at 2:03am

I know, Sentient. Just trying to imagine you doing any of those things just didn't fit with your gentle character. I respect you for your fine qualities, and your caring and compassion rank right up at the top of the list. When you wrote something about catching and making rabbit stew set up conflict in me, knowing you would do no such thing. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 1, 2013 at 7:35pm

Joan, I can't kill any animal.  I can't eat them either.  But I don't judge others who do, and I don't see a difference between eating a rabbit or a chicken.  My partner, dogs, cat, and chickens are all higher on the food chain than I am!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 2:48pm

Sentient, I asked the dietitian about eggs for protein and she does not have the concern about eggs that was widespread a few years ago. It seems the chemicals are the friendly ones ... I can't remember their names, but it has to do with animal oil. The only thing that even sounds good to me for protein is scrambled or hard cooked eggs. 

We have a local mom and pop restaurant, Gordy's, that makes the very best fish soup, and it fulfills all my taste needs as well as providing protein and settles my stomach. I probably mentioned before that after my first surgery in the morning, Laura, Laurie and I went to Gordy's for lunch because the only thing that sounded good was his fish soup ... he calls it something else, but it is fish soup. Most Wed. after chemo, we go there, and I have my fish soup and they have some of the finest dishes I have ever eaten. They have only about a dozen tables in that little space. 

Jaymie

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 2:19pm

OOPPSS, you are making stew. Well, different story, same rabbits. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2013 at 2:18pm

Sentient, are you able to take that cute little bunny rabbit, knock it in the head, slit its throat and drain the blood and save it to make blood meal, pull the skin off and set it aside to treat with salt for making mittens, cut up that nude little body into pieces, dip it in buttermilk, eggs and flour, salt and pepper, and drop each piece into the cast iron skillet and watch as the muscles contact and appear to be alive? 

Bon appetite!

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 1, 2013 at 9:39am

Patricia, you inspired me to plant some more melon seeds.  We'll see how they do!

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 1, 2013 at 9:39am

Joan, the borage seeds will be planted today.

Randall, I hear rabbits make good stew.  A trap, some nice brassicas in the trap......  some carrots, turnips, and fresh garden herbs.....

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 1, 2013 at 9:37am

Joan, the free range chicken eggs are so much more "eggy".  The yolks stand up around the whites in the skillet, and the whites are not runny.  The yolks have a orange color, instead of pale yellow.  With those differences, there must be nutritional differences too.

Part of my recovery is to eat more protein.  Milk products cause me more problems.  I can only eat so much soy.  So it's more eggs.

We are working on some thoughts of how to use the hens to clear more areas of lawn for wild flowers.  Too much work for me.  The hens destroy a section of grass quickly, rendering the soil soft and fertile.  And the grass and weeds turn into fertilizer and eggs.

 

 

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