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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

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

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Larry on Friday. 8 Replies

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston on Thursday. 3 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

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

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

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

My south garden 1993 & 2013

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

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30. 0 Replies

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

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

Design with Nature

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 6. 0 Replies

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Comment by Plinius on May 10, 2013 at 12:55am

I think a hawthorn. I cannot see much of the leaves but it's the right time. Hawthorn has got some family members that look almost the same, so if it isn't the one, it's the other...

Comment by Daniel W on May 9, 2013 at 9:39pm

Hi all,

Any ideas as to identity of this tree?  I don't know.  It reminds me of spirea, but much bigger.  There is a row of them on a neglected area on my property.  They are near a creek that runs in fall/winter/spring, dry in summer.  I think I see them growing wild in fence rows, so either native or feral.  These reach about 30 feet tall, have bark like cherries.  Wild, sweet, and tart cherry trees are all finished blooming here.  Tart cherries just barely.  This mystery tree just started blooming.  i'm not aware of fruit but might not have noticed last year.  The flowers have a musty/sweet scent, sort of like Bradford pear, but fruiting pears here are long since finished blooming.

 

Bees like the flowers, which is good. We seem to be in a minor nectar and pollen low until something else takes over.

Comment by Daniel W on May 4, 2013 at 10:14pm

This was lush growth a few days ago.  Then it frosted.  

 

Oh well.  Into every life a little frost must land.  I think they'll grow back.

I wouldn't like mice or rats in my compost.  I found a mouse nest in the well house.  Fortunately they ran off before I had to make a decision about eliminating them.  

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 4, 2013 at 9:18pm

I'm enjoying the comments about killing viruses in composts.  I like to add horse manure to my compost, as it really makes it cook. I am abandoning one compost pile as I have at least one rat living in there.  I'll set up a new one in a sunnier area and hope I have more luck.

It was too rainy and chilly for any naked gardening here today... maybe next week? ;-)

And Dominic that serpent gourd vine is incredible... it looks like fine lace.  I'm off to look it up!

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 4, 2013 at 7:57pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2013 at 3:16pm

So, you think you've out-skunked the skunk?  Hope so.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2013 at 8:04am

Joan, just yesterday, I looked-up what temperature is needed to kill virus'.  I was surprised to find that Influenza viruses are weakened or killed with temperatures of 167 to 212 F.  Lower than I assumed.

I'm not familiar with the Hantavirus until now.  I've just read some on it and now know why my city wants to keep junk from piling-up which provides a home for mice.  They never mentioned the diseases that can be caught from mice.  I don't know how reliable this site is, but it says the virus is only viable for 3 days or less at room temperature, and sunlight kills it faster:  http://www.healthyhomespartnership.net/faqcd/PDF%20library/contamin...

This site says 150 F for 2 hours: . http://www.thermapure.com/environmental-services/viruses/

More interesting info on:  www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 4, 2013 at 12:12am

The northwest is my choice to live, by every measure I used to decide where I wanted to settle. It is hot and cold and beautiful and watered from an aquifer and just perfect for me. The bergenia is almost ready to go to seed, the Kwanzan Cherry coming into bloom very fast. I cleaned out only one raised bed, and I will get to the others as my energy developes. There are blossoms on strawberries and the raspberries look very healthy. 

Did I mention, Cary successfully blocked the holes of the skunk? He placed concrete stepping stones where she dug under the shed. 

Mice proliferate out under the compost pile so there should be some rich material coming from it. I probably should sterilize it with a plastic tarp and sun. Do you think that will take care of any Huntavirus?  

Happy gardening!

Kwanzan Cherry 

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 3, 2013 at 11:22pm

I have never seen a serpent gourd vine

Comment by Daniel W on May 3, 2013 at 10:04pm

Skimming the comments, I thought you were all talking about Sarah Palin.  I would not mind if she went into the snow storm and was lost.  But it didn't make sense to me so I googled.  Guess I missed some American Culture or something.  

I grew up in the Midwest near the Mississippi.  Summers, hot sticky humid mosquito ridden.  Winters bitter cold snow ice wind.  Spring floods but mostly ok, Fall OK.  Didn't like the climate.  Happier in Pacific NW which to me is paradise.

 

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