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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!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 172
Latest Activity: yesterday

Welcome to Eden!

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

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius on Saturday. 2 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W on Saturday. 2 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Plinius Apr 15. 13 Replies

Rooftop Gardens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 3. 20 Replies

How to Make a Food Forest Suburb

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 1. 1 Reply

Fantastic Fungi - a film by Louie Schwartzberg

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 28. 1 Reply

Michael Pollan On Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Mar 22. 1 Reply

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2014 at 2:18pm

IT IS SPRING! Officially! We have bright sun, blue skies, and a promise of the rest of the week above 47 degrees! May the planting and gardening begin!!!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 20, 2014 at 10:33am

If I accire enough land, I'll grow some Basswood.  I used to make boomerangs with it because it's soft, which makes it easy to carve, and probably won't kill you if you get hit in the head!

When reading about it on Wikipedia, I noticed this picture of Lime Nail Galls on basswood leaves.  I thought it was interesting because I used to collect galls.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 20, 2014 at 8:38am

I've mentioned it before, but my basswood (linden) is huge and bountiful when it comes to blossoms and bees--that is, if Spring ever arrives!

Comment by Plinius on March 20, 2014 at 2:00am

I hope your lindens bloom, Sentient! Here there are lindens everywhere along the quays and the river that meanders through town - really intoxicating when they bloom! A lot of people grumble because the nectar stains their cars, but I love the fragrance!

Comment by Daniel W on March 19, 2014 at 4:51pm

Particia, I hope the snow melts soon, and the robins are happily digging worms among the blooming dandelions.

Comment by Daniel W on March 18, 2014 at 8:14am
Randall I like the food producing trees too. I was surprised to learn even maples, lindens, and sourwoods produce tons of nectar for honey. We just have to know how to harvest it. So my definition of food tree expanded.

I am hoping my lindens bloom this year. They are small trees - the largest about 12 foot tall - but I can hope.

I have a big maple but the land is part of an easement so I worry that someone will destroy it.
Comment by Randall Smith on March 18, 2014 at 8:04am

Those days of tree-lined streets are gone. I was devastated when all the hard maples on "Main Avenue" were cut down in my home town. Then, when some cities tried to beautify their avenues, they planted invasive "Tree of Heaven" (Ailanthus) trees! Nashville comes to mind. 

Pesonnally, if I plant a new tree, it'll bare fruits or nuts. Might as well get something edible out of it. 

Comment by Daniel W on March 18, 2014 at 7:53am
Josn what a beautiful street.

There should be more honor given to old trees. Not that we should have laws preventing owners from cutting all old trees, but removing them prevents the next generations from having these majestic living things. So thinking twice, three times, longer, before cutting them down. And then planting 5 for every one removed, snd nurturing those 5 to maturity.

Plus they sequester co2, cool their surroundings, and provide habitat.

My little editorial on trees. I also think we should promote growing trees from seeds. They grow faster, better, stronger, more genetic diversity, more resilient, compared to grafted clones. Those old trees can be a source of genetic diversity for future generations, too.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 3:00pm

Yes, Spokane is noted for its urban forest. They were planted early in the building of the city, from the late 1880s on. Sadly those giant trees lined streets built for horse and buggy. When the paved streets were put in, many trees were taken out, or allowed to remain with the result that sidewalks and streets get dislodged by growing roots. The telephone lines run through the trees and so the power company keeps the tops cut out in anticipation of snow and ice causing power failures.

There is a project going on now to replace those old trees with new ones that are far enough away from concrete and asphalt to cause no problems, or choosing species that do not interfere. 

This photo is of Grand Blvd, 1/2 block from my home. It used to be the main dirt road to the south of downtown. Many gorgeous mansions lined the blvd; most are gone now. This Manito Park was designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers in 1913. They designed Central Park in NYC. 

The basalt outcropping on the near left is common for my street. Many such exposures occur and are used as part of landscape designs. The Ponderosa pines are part of the ancient forest that covered the city. The maples were planted by the early wealthy miners and loggers who built their mansions, thus the south hill became known as the wealthy part of town. Halfway up the sharp incline is a cement water trough put there in 1907 for the horses to drink and rest. It is interesting to see the little bungalows and cottages built between the mansions as the wealth dried up. 

There is some grumbling in the autumn because of all the falling maple leaves and the plugged sewers. Homeowners are supposed to clear their yard waste, but many try to rake leaves into the street where the big machinery gathers them. Much growling goes on with the city scolding the homeowners, and homeowners claiming it is the city's responsibility. City ordinances name the owners. 

This is a Google Earth photo and probably taken in late summer. 

Comment by Daniel W on March 16, 2014 at 8:48am

Joan, thanks for posting on pruning the ancient ginkgo.  It's amazing.  Here in the US, by necessity we think of ancient trees as having been planted by nature.  Apparently that tree was planted by a person.  Amazing.

Around here, and I think in most of the US, there is little reverence for trees.  Most people seek excuses to cut them down.

We are getting some Spring here.  I needed it so bad.  Hope Spring comes your way soon as well.

 

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