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 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.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2012 at 10:02am

Nice chicken fortress Sentient.  

I've thought of raising chickens, but It seems like too much work at my age.  What I want to raise is rabbits.  I enjoy the taste as much or more than chicken, and they don't seem to be as much work.  I also can start with quite a bit of knowledge because I watched my dad raise them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 7, 2012 at 1:18am

Yes! a Pulletzer Prize indeed. It is a wonderful, and whimsical creation and one that will not only keep the raccoons out, but the chickens happy and productive. It looks nice and roomy, with places for everything you need. Are the water and feed hanging? It looks as though they are on a rope. However, they look like they sit on the floor. This is just great!

Comment by A Former Member on December 6, 2012 at 10:40pm

Well for that you deserve a Pulletzer Prize.

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 6, 2012 at 9:46pm

Work is done for the winter on the chicken fortress.  There wasn't time to complete the upstairs windows, so they are covered with plastic to keep the rain and wind out.  Keeping it warm and cozy. Next Spring I'll complete the upstairs, do something about the windows (maybe find some recycled house windows), and if I'm ambitious, construct a balcony in the upstairs part with a chicken stairway leading to the second floor.

 

 

Most of the parts are recycled. The main structure was originally a children's playhouse.

Inside there is a roost (an old wooden curtain rod), screening to the feed storage area (recycled from a prior chicken house kit), private egg-laying booths (recycled from recycling bins they no longer use in my town), a light to stimulate winter laying (recycled from a room light), and the usual feeder and waterer.  To keep the chicken feed safe from rodents, a reused heavy plastic bin.  The greens are dandelions. The hens love them.  Dandelions are growing like crazy now, and pulling them is fun since they get fed to chickens.  The leaf greens result in darker yellow, tastier yolks.  I expect the dandelion growth will stop when we get a freeze.

The white hens are leghorns. The brown pullets are sex-linked, a brown egg laying breed. There was some squabble on adding the pullets, but the pecking order is now extablished and they are back to clucking and cooing.

In addition to the eggs, we get chicken manure for compost, and I get a way to cycle weeds, grape vines, and kitchen scraps, into healthy tasty food.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2012 at 1:39pm

Alabama visit Phillip and Michael garden

I like the combinations of forms and textures and colors. It is a southern garden, but there are some basic ideas and northern species can be found. 

Comment by Plinius on December 3, 2012 at 1:17pm

Thanks Joan!  Found some new things in the links. I'm going to try a grow-light, but the South window is too difficult; all my windows are North-West.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 3, 2012 at 11:07am

Chris, here is another source from Googling "ginger horticulture".
Organic cultivation of Ginger

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 3, 2012 at 11:04am

Chris, my guess is that because ginger grows in the tropics, in moist, loamy soils, it will benefit by extra warmth and light. A single grow-light bulb should provide the extra candle power needed, and a south winder should provide the light and warmth needed. Cold room temperatures, especially at night, might be a problem. My guess is that an orchid mix would be a good soil, but I don't know that as a fact, just a guess. Here is a site I Googled that may offer some ideas you can use.

Ginger 

Comment by Plinius on December 3, 2012 at 12:27am

And an interesting colour change from bud to flower, thanks Sentient!

I had high hopes to see my first home grown ginger flower from a greengrocer´s gingerroot. In the beginning of November the plant had a big bud, but the diminishing light made an end to the plant's job above ground. I'll keep the container with the big healthy root on the windowsill for a winter rest, and see what happens next year.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2012 at 9:01pm

This lovely iris presents an outstanding blossom. I agree, the camera produced an interesting muted sepia effect that makes it even more interesting. "Romeo" is a keeper. I like your time references. 

 

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