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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.

Discussion Forum

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BarbaraSATX 20 hours ago. 10 Replies

What the heck is hugelkultur? How does it save water?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BarbaraSATX 21 hours ago. 8 Replies

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BarbaraSATX yesterday. 9 Replies

Scientific Gardening. "The Informed Gardener" a book review

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on Monday. 2 Replies

Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) Oct 11. 12 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sky God Oct 10. 3 Replies

Insectary

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Annie Thomas Oct 3. 10 Replies

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 20. 26 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 5:44pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 5:35pm

Just looked up "shadbush" because I never heard of it before. It is also called, "shadwood or shadblow, serviceberry or sarvisberry, wild pear, juneberry, saskatoon, sugarplum or wild-plum, and chuckley pear is a genus of about 20 species of deciduous-leaved shrubs and small trees in the Rose family (Rosaceae)."

"Though the Amelanchier group has outlived its once-important cyclical functions — when to fish, go to church and plant cabbage — its delicious berries are still to be had, and the shadbush is still an incredible sight in spring. This April and May, consider taking a walk in the Maryland woods when the shadbush is blooming. If there are any in your locale, you cannot miss them. In June, however, you can expect to have a harder time finding a diner that serves saskatoon berry pie. Of course, you can always plan a road trip to Saskatchewan…"

shadbush #1

Shadbush #2

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 4:44pm

George Harrison (The beatles Here comes the sun)

Here Comes The Sun Lyrics Beatles

My garden explodes with green everywhere, the magnolia springs into beautiful pink blossoms, crocus of all colors pop up hither and thither and sparrows by the dozens sing from that big old Blue Spruce. Wind, hail, rain and sun come and go, clouds with huge black patches and white fluffy balls move swiftly past the sun. 

"Here comes the sun, and I say, 'It's all right'".

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2013 at 4:28pm

Ruth, your "It's Spring!!!" says it all. I'm reposting to Facebook. Thanks. 

Daniel, your cherry trees look very promising. You inspire me with your experiences of raising bees. Have bees come to your new hive yet? The film, "Queen of the Sun", is a wonderful illustration of the value and ease with which to grow them. I reposted on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks. 

Spud, I love blue Muscari; it blooms for me in the spring and then blossoms turn to seed heads and the green leaves die back to return in the autumn, not the blossoms. To keep the garden tidy, the died-back leaves easily come out and provide good material for the compost. I gather seed heads and scatter them wherever I want them to naturalize. They can grow very close together and can hinder other bulbs from coming up, however, that is easily remedied by digging out some of the clump of Muscari bulbs, also easily done because they grow on top of the soil.   

Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on April 6, 2013 at 3:50pm

Spud, those are very easy to grow.  In my old yard I thought of them as invasive, but now I appreciate them more.  Supposedly deer dont eat them.  I think rabbits sometimes do.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2013 at 2:55pm

The blue Muscari flowers are beautiful.

Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on April 6, 2013 at 2:46pm

Watched this movie last night.  Bought it at the Beekeeping store in Portland.  Liked very much.

Queen of the Sun

 

There was an undertone regarding colony collapse disorder - enough to know it's a major worry, but not making the entire film into doom and gloom. I was uplifted by the positive aspects, and the somewhat individualistic people some of the beekeepers were.  I say that in an entirely positive way, since I aspire to be one and

Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on April 6, 2013 at 2:24pm

Spring is definitely here in my area.

Almaden Duke cherry tree.  I moved it last summer from my old place to the new place.  Given the move, would have been happy if it just lived, let alone bloomed.  Not sure there will be enough for a pie but maybe....

Multigraft sweet cherry in back yard.

Muscari.  No maintenance.  They multiply and bloom on their own.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2013 at 2:11pm

I like the wet plants sign Ruth. :)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on April 5, 2013 at 11:14pm

 

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