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!

Location: Planet Earth
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Latest Activity: 23 hours ago

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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.

Discussion Forum

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 13 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 7 Replies

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped on Sunday. 4 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 26 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 27. 2 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies

Asparagus

Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 4 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2013 at 1:40am
Dallad, what a nice thing to read. Thank you for your expression of care. I appreciate that. And it is going to turn out fine.
About the rosemary, I cannot grow it inside or out. The leaves turn brown and ugly, and when I use them in chicken or other recipes, they add an undesirable taste.
There was someone on this site who grew it successfully. I hope they read your question and give us both some help.
About the pots, yes, clay pots collect salt. I just stick them in a big galvanized tub of water ... I usually do a bunch at at time ... give them a good scrub with plain water and a stiff brush. I don't notice any problems when planting in them. I prefer unglazed clay pots but they do need more watering than glazed pots.
I don't know about vinegar to clean them. I wouldn't until or unless I read another opinion.

http://www.ehow.com/how_6509515_clean-deposits-flower-pots.html
This article advises Step 1. using 2 tbsp. chlorine bleach and 1 qt. cool water into a bucket. Mix the ingredients well to incorporate them ...

I don't like to use chlorine bleach because it is hard on my skin.
My routine with unglazed clay pots is to fill a big old galvanized tub with water from the hose. Stack the pots in and leave them overnight. Next day I use a heavy brush to scrub all the gunk off. Dry the pots and saucers in the sun for a day or two, then stack them on storage shelves.
Comment by Plinius on March 29, 2013 at 1:38am

Scrubbing old pots with water and soap helps a lot. You should scrub them before using them, then soak them in clean water. If you put plants in a dry terracotta pot, the pot will drain all the water from the soil and hurt the roots. But you probably knew this.

Comment by A Former Member on March 28, 2013 at 9:46pm

Joan, sorry to hear about your illness as well. : [

Hope everything works out well for you. You're like the nicest person, ever. 

Comment by A Former Member on March 28, 2013 at 9:44pm

Another question: Last year I planted some rosemary in a pot. It survived, but the leaves always look splotchy and brown, almost striped like, and I can't figure out what is causing it. A soil deficiency?

It survived the winter and is growing again, but I don't want to eat it because I don't know what is wrong with it. The one I planted in the ground does not look like that at all. 

Comment by A Former Member on March 28, 2013 at 9:40pm

Question: Someone gave me some old terra cotta pots, but I've noticed that the plants I put in them don't seem to do too well. A lot of them are covered with a white chalky substance. I recently recalled that I THINK I heard that older pots can accumulate a lot of salts and minerals from the water, so if this is the case, it may be why they aren't doing well. 

Has anyone heard this, and is there anything that can be done to eliminate the salts? Like vinegar or something?

Comment by A Former Member on March 28, 2013 at 9:37pm

Glad your doing well Daniel. : )

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 4:37pm

Anyone have any suggestions for getting a very large skunk out from under the tool shed? We've tried moth balls but she just throws them out. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 4:35pm
YES! YES! YES! Dominic, a garden needs our quiet enjoyment. Working all the time is not the point. It is a place to renew and refresh. Add a nice glass of freshly squeezed lemonade, and listen to the song of bees.
Comment by Dominic Florio on March 28, 2013 at 3:54pm

Wow, the best to you Joan.  I'm not one of those who looks for silver linings in every cloud, nor do i see dark clouds everywhere.  But, when you mentioned sitting, I thought about how most of us do not take time enough to enjoy our own gardens.  We always find something to do and feel guilty if we are relaxing.  I'm trying to take some time at the end of the day, after tending to plants and animals, to sit for awhile and enjoy my efforts.  Sure I could trim another leaf or wash down the chairs, or whatever...but it also feels really good to just appreciate what nature and I have created together.  That is a lesson for all of us.  The old saying is that tomorrow is not promised to anyone.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 28, 2013 at 3:47pm

Joan, I feel the same way about Sentient.  No pressure, but I'm waiting with wormy breath for updates.

 

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