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 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

Permaculture U. of Mass

Started by Joan Denoo Jan 16. 0 Replies

"All I want for christmas is....."

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Larry Dec 26, 2014. 8 Replies

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 25, 2014. 3 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10, 2014. 3 Replies

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 6, 2014. 2 Replies

My south garden 1993 & 2013

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 1, 2014. 1 Reply

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30, 2014. 0 Replies

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16, 2014. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 8, 2014. 21 Replies

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Comment by Daniel W on July 11, 2013 at 9:48am

Chris you have a beautiful garden. 

Comment by Daniel W on July 11, 2013 at 9:47am

A bit of good news regarding one type of pesticide use - after the dramatic bumblebee mass death in a suburb of Portland Oregon, the state legislature placed a temporary ban on use of neonics (neonicotinoid pessticides) in the state. 

 

From another article, in "The Grist", "Somewhat confusingly, retailers will still be allowed to sell the products. It will just be illegal for landscapers and gardeners to actually use them.

Naturally, the pesticide manufacture is against the idea.  "“We do not believe the scope of these measures is necessary with the information available,” Safari manufacturer Valent said in a statement, “and we will work to get the restrictions lifted as soon as possible.”

For what it's worth, here is a list of pollen sources for honeybees.  These plants also provide food for native pollinators, which are probably more important in agriculture, than honeybees.  Bees need pollen and nectar - Here is list of Nectar sources for the North.   I imagine southern states have similar and more.

(Image from above source.)

Comment by Annie Thomas on July 9, 2013 at 10:04am

Great pics Chris!

Comment by Plinius on July 9, 2013 at 2:05am

Over six kilos of purring cat - what a harvest!

Comment by Plinius on July 9, 2013 at 12:55am

Enjoying my container garden on a summer evening in good company. The marrowfat pea harvest is almost done: eighty grams! It will take some more effort before I can invite you to share a meal with me. I also harvested a lot of parsley, rosemary and chives, and there is more to come: beetroots, chards, salad and green peas. I had to start all over again with many sorts of veg because of the long cold spring. I'm learning and enjoying myself.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 7, 2013 at 7:16am

Nothing of importance to add to the discussion (and photos). Simply enjoying reading all the comments. What a neat group of people!

Comment by Daniel W on July 6, 2013 at 7:10pm

I let the shallots bloom to provide bee forage.  The garden books say the shallots will be smaller if allowed to bloom.  That's OK.   The variety is "Holland White".  Honeybees, and wild bees, do like them.  They seem to like thistle flowers and clover, better  Maybe it's because the white shallot flowers harbor a white,  apiivorous  arachnid?

 

Just a little point and shoot camera. I use it because if I drop or lose it, I won't be too mad at myself.

 

Chris - now I have to study up on phacelia. If bees love it, then it's gotta go into the bee garden.

Spud - thanks! I went crazy this year, starting fig cuttings. Some co-workers want starts, so I started some to give them away. Plus the starts for my own use.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2013 at 9:12am

Sentient, I like the Brugmansia flowers.  I like most all trumpet shaped flowers.

I also enjoy the beauty of the fig leaves in your pictures.

Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2013 at 12:40am

I do hope they'll help you at work, Sentient, they should've lightened your workload long ago! I'm thinking of you.

I thought the blue flower you put in the same post was Phacelia, I know bees love it.

Comment by Daniel W on July 4, 2013 at 6:17pm

Here are some "cheap gardener" deck flowers in bloom now. 

All were kept over the winter by letting them dry out in October, outside but out of the rain, then stored in the garage over the winter.  I left them in the containers in the garage.  The brugmansia got an occasional glass of water, the others did not.  In April I brought outside and watered, cleaned up dead leaves and twigs.  So this year's growth is completely free.

Last year some were late season on-sale plants.  I grow  Brugmansia and Pelargoniums from cuttings, although this Brugmansia was purchased.

Doing it this way results in later flowers, compared to buying them in bloom but they are bigger and showier due to more years of growth.

 

Brugmansia

Agapanthus, Zantadeschia, Dianthus

 

Pelargonium (Geranium)

 

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