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.
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 Annie Thomas on March 22, 2013 at 7:59pm

I have a Neuton mower, which is battery powered.  It's so quiet I hear the grass being snipped, but it's not powerful enough to suck up and mulch the leaves.  After raking, I do use the leaves as mulch around the yard.  I have magnolias in the front, so I do prefer the live oak leaves to those.  I hope I am done with raking for a bit.  I need to get to work on my chicken coop!

Comment by A Former Member on March 22, 2013 at 7:48pm

They're just so messy!

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 22, 2013 at 7:32pm

Oh my gawd, I love live oak trees.  The twisty limbs and age of the trees intrigues me.  I love the hanging Spanish moss.  I mow the leaves, I never rake.  It is natural fertilizer.  The birds and squirrels eat the acorns.  My ferns, bromiliads, and other tropicals love to grow under and on them.  It is the perfect environment for my orchids.  I'm going to take some pictures in the daylight and prove their beauty and usefulness.  Don't diss the live oak.  LOL

Comment by A Former Member on March 22, 2013 at 7:08pm

Ugh, I hate live oak trees. They never stop shedding leaves, pollen, or acorns. Hate 'em I tell ya!

Yeah, I'm with you on loving plant (and animal) diversity. Amazes me, too. 

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 22, 2013 at 7:03pm

I spent about seven hours in the yard today... mainly raking up live oak leaves and chainsawing a downed tree.  It looks so good to me!  Here is my new vegetable garden, complete with a giant guard turtle.  Everything is growing nicely from heirloom seeds and I just hope the forecast of hail tonight misses us.  My husband and I refer to this plot as "the back 40", as it is about 40 square yards in size. ;-)

I've been enjoying all of the cacti photos.  I never cease to be amazed by the incredible diversity in plant adaptation.

Comment by A Former Member on March 22, 2013 at 6:32pm

I did plant mine a little deeper than yours, however, I'm almost certain I don't over water. I'm pretty light-handed with the watering can, and during the cold months I only water about once every two weeks. However, one problem I have each year is that they invariably get rained on during a cold dreary day. I try to protect them from that, but I don't always get them inside. As you know, they don't like to be cold, wet, and soggy, and this damages several of mine. They just end up rotting at the base. 

I noticed you have your Opuntia microdiasys staked. Does it fall over on you? Because that is what mine is doing. It was upright until this winter. I kept it away from the freeze, but this winter it started to lean. It was upright all summer.

Comment by amer chohan on March 22, 2013 at 4:09pm

Dallas, your plants are too deep in the pots. That may be one of the reason behind the failure. Catus pots should be filled upto neck with plant completely out of the pot so that air dries out the stem soon after watering. This also reduces the daner of overwatering too. Here are some of my pots

Comment by amer chohan on March 22, 2013 at 6:01am

Joan, when you talk of interior sindh, its physical distance from my home wich you mentioned does not count, you are talking of another world. A world very different from the world I and you live in. Don't google about its water and sanitation problem. People there got much bigger problems than that. As far as water and sanitation is concerned, water is much more scarce and costly commodity in a pure desert.

Comment by amer chohan on March 21, 2013 at 11:05pm

Lovely astro, Euphorbia(if I am right), and mammlaria dallas. If palnts with leaves like agaves and opuntias survive and other cactus suffer, surely it is over watering.

Comment by A Former Member on March 21, 2013 at 9:08pm

Neato. This is called a Mexican Grass Tree.

 

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