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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 sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Discussion Forum

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W 7 hours ago. 2 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10. 3 Replies

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 6. 2 Replies

My south garden 1993 & 2013

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 1. 1 Reply

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30. 0 Replies

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 8. 21 Replies

Design with Nature

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 6. 0 Replies

Sepp Holzer´s Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Nov 6. 1 Reply

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Daniel W on August 8, 2013 at 12:03pm

Chris, I've grown similar white lilies in the past, but I also forget the name.  They are very fragrant.  Nice to look at and smell in the evening.

Comment by Daniel W on August 8, 2013 at 11:58am

Not much by way of tomato-eating caterpillars here right now.  I did have one tomato plant outside the deer cage.  Emphasis on past tense....  The experiment was a success in the sense that deer DID eat that plant once it started producing, but have not got into the deer cage.

Cole crop caterpillars ate my chinese cabbage last year but not the  broccoli this year.  They have not eaten the swiss chard which is very lush right now.  Deer have not eaten the chard either.  Maybe they just haven't seen it yet.

We have potatoes coming up where we missed digging them last year.  One nice one for lunch now - potato soup.  Spud, if you were close we would have you over!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2013 at 8:38am

I want to say that I would grow lots of potatoes if I had the room.  I think you've heard me say before that I love those tubers!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2013 at 8:35am

Randall, I'm thinking now that you were asking if we have hornworms in our gardens.  I havn't seen any for years.  Of course, I very seldom grow tomatoes or potatoes.

I have tomato plants again this year because they volunteered from last years tomatoes that were left because I didn't see them under the tangle of plants that I let run amok.

In the past I've had considerable trouble with cole crop caterpillars, but last year, I didn't find even one on my cauliflower, even though there were lots of white butterflies landing on them.  Strange!   This year, I found a couple on my  Brussels sprouts, but no big deal.

Comment by Annie Thomas on August 8, 2013 at 7:53am

The melon looks wonderful Idaho!  I too would love to see pics when you harvest it. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2013 at 7:21am

Sentient, building a temporary greenhouse over okra and watermelon sounds like a great idea.   I like your amusing phrase "in awe of your awesomeness".  Right back atcha. 

Thanks Joan.  With the fair amount of manure I put in the soil, hopefully my watermelon have enough potassium.

Patricia, from what I've read, botanically watermelon is a fruit, but can be considered a vegetable in the sense that all plants can be considered vegetables.  It can also be used as a vegetable, especially the rind.  

Chris, that's a beautiful white lilly.

Comment by Plinius on August 8, 2013 at 12:07am

Beautiful Moon and stars Spud! I hope it tastes as good as it looks!

And my white lily flowers just now - I have no idea of the name but it doesn't matter when you've got only one. I wish I could copy the fragrance for you; sweet, spicy and very strong, like a gardenia.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2013 at 10:27pm
I read somewhere, can't remember which article, that a bucket of well composted manure supplies the needed potash/potassium.
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 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. 

 

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