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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

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Comment by Randall Smith on October 13, 2013 at 7:18am

Following up on the sweet potato subject, let me say a few things. First, they seem to take forever to get going. And rabbits love the leaves (need covering every night and watched closely at daytime). Eventually, vines go everywhere with pretty blossoms. Voles love the tubers (I use D-con to poison them--the voles, that is.). It takes a lot of digging to harvest the potatoes--roots go out a ways from the main mound. I've kept sweet potatoes in my basement for up to two years. If they start to sprout, I "start" the new shoots for Spring planting. Doesn't always work, but it's fun to try. Bottom line, they're delicious in a variety of recipes. Oh yes, and they can grow to the size of a football!

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 11, 2013 at 12:01pm

Randall, I just read about sweet potatoes on Wikipedia, and discovered they are rated tops in nutrition above all other vegetables.  Because of that, and because I like the flower, I many try growing some next year.  I'm also going to try DE in my strawberries.

Sentient, happy China trails to you.  Dumplings & noodles does sound delicious.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2013 at 10:28am

Sentient, happy travels. I envy you going to China, the dumplings and noodles sound delicious. Does your partner's family speak English? 

Comment by Plinius on October 11, 2013 at 9:13am

Have a wonderful holiday, Sentient!

Comment by Daniel W on October 11, 2013 at 9:08am
Randal, tell us about your harvest. I have some sweet potatoes but not expecting mech. Apparently the leaves are chocolate for slugs. need to get some DE.

To all - I will be off forum for a couple of weeks. Going to China, my partner's family lives in the Northeast - Changchun - affectionatley know as The Detroit of China". OK I made that up, but it is an old manufacturing city in the north, last palace of the last Emperor Pu Yi ( I think) and the dumplings and noodles there are wonderful. My goal is to go with the flow, let others be in charge, and try to not worry about stuff. And eat dumplings and noodles. If I can find anything about gardening that would be fun. Take care and talk to you soon!
Comment by Randall Smith on October 10, 2013 at 7:19am

I've used DE in my strawberry patch. Works wonders. After being gone for two weeks, my garden weeds got out of control. However, the Spring lettuce and spinach I allowed to go to seed has re-emerged. I'll have a nice fall crop soon. Gotta dig sweet potatoes before the first freeze. Don't know why, but that's what they say.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 8, 2013 at 8:53am

Thanks for the info about earthworms and diatomaceous earth Sentient.  Good to know.

Those diatoms are very interesting looking.

Comment by Daniel W on October 8, 2013 at 8:29am
I looked up multipke sites about diatomaceous earth and earthworms. The claim us there is no problem. Some even add diatomaceous earth to their worm bins to keep down flies. So I guess it's ok to use!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2013 at 10:42pm
Sentient, thanks for the reference and material about Slugo. I will give it a try. I don't know about earthworms and diatomaceous earth. Have to look into that.
Comment by Daniel W on October 7, 2013 at 10:15pm

Spud - me too on the diatomaceous earth.  It also seems so  exotic.

File:Diatoms through the microscope.jpg

(diatoms, via wikipedia).

I wonder if it hurts the earthworms? I wouldn't want that.

I use a natural slug bait, Sluggo. It's considered nontoxic, consisting of iron phosphate, and when broken down becomes iron and phosphate in the soil.  Kind of expensive, but around here slugs grow bigger than Volkswagens, and wreak havoc on most desirable garden plants.  The Sluggo works. for me.

 

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