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Godless in the garden

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Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
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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Design with Nature

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Sepp Holzer´s Permaculture

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Permaculture, John D. Liu

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Permaculture

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Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

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A texas garden I never thought I would see!

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Backyard Organic Garden

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What the heck is hugelkultur? How does it save water?

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Comment by Annie Thomas on March 22, 2013 at 10:04pm

The pods are certainly a detractor... especially if you like to walk barefoot.  I dislike them because mature trees topple easily.  The large surface area of the leaves collects a lot of water after a rainstorm, and they have rather shallow roots.  I used to live across the street from a park that had about 50 sweetgums.  They were beautiful and produced wonderful shade, but at least one would fall each year.  The ones in my lot, if they fell westward, would land on my house.  That, and the leaves create just one more raking season, as they fall when nothing else does around here.  I live in an old house in an old neighborhood.  It creates a lot of work, but I love it.  My yard feels like an aviary every morning and late afternoon!

Comment by A Former Member on March 22, 2013 at 9:58pm

My complex has nothing under the Magnolias, though we once tried English ivy. Why do you dislike the sweetgum? Because of the pods?

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 22, 2013 at 9:54pm

Dallas-  Under the magnolias I have azaleas, palms, ferns, and many weeds. ;-)  I'm on a half acre lot and have the two magnolias in the front corners, two live oaks in the back corners, and then 30+ mature pines, sweetgum (which I don't like one bit other than they are the larval plant for luna moths), and many fruit trees and palms.  I am always raking up one thing or another.  I grew up in Chicago, where you rake once a year. I try not to get aggravated by the leaves as I really enjoy having so many mature trees.

Comment by A Former Member on March 22, 2013 at 8:03pm

Have you ever had any luck getting anything to grow under you Magnolias?

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 22, 2013 at 7:59pm

I have a Neuton mower, which is battery powered.  It's so quiet I hear the grass being snipped, but it's not powerful enough to suck up and mulch the leaves.  After raking, I do use the leaves as mulch around the yard.  I have magnolias in the front, so I do prefer the live oak leaves to those.  I hope I am done with raking for a bit.  I need to get to work on my chicken coop!

Comment by A Former Member on March 22, 2013 at 7:48pm

They're just so messy!

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 22, 2013 at 7:32pm

Oh my gawd, I love live oak trees.  The twisty limbs and age of the trees intrigues me.  I love the hanging Spanish moss.  I mow the leaves, I never rake.  It is natural fertilizer.  The birds and squirrels eat the acorns.  My ferns, bromiliads, and other tropicals love to grow under and on them.  It is the perfect environment for my orchids.  I'm going to take some pictures in the daylight and prove their beauty and usefulness.  Don't diss the live oak.  LOL

Comment by A Former Member on March 22, 2013 at 7:08pm

Ugh, I hate live oak trees. They never stop shedding leaves, pollen, or acorns. Hate 'em I tell ya!

Yeah, I'm with you on loving plant (and animal) diversity. Amazes me, too. 

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 22, 2013 at 7:03pm

I spent about seven hours in the yard today... mainly raking up live oak leaves and chainsawing a downed tree.  It looks so good to me!  Here is my new vegetable garden, complete with a giant guard turtle.  Everything is growing nicely from heirloom seeds and I just hope the forecast of hail tonight misses us.  My husband and I refer to this plot as "the back 40", as it is about 40 square yards in size. ;-)

I've been enjoying all of the cacti photos.  I never cease to be amazed by the incredible diversity in plant adaptation.

Comment by A Former Member on March 22, 2013 at 6:32pm

I did plant mine a little deeper than yours, however, I'm almost certain I don't over water. I'm pretty light-handed with the watering can, and during the cold months I only water about once every two weeks. However, one problem I have each year is that they invariably get rained on during a cold dreary day. I try to protect them from that, but I don't always get them inside. As you know, they don't like to be cold, wet, and soggy, and this damages several of mine. They just end up rotting at the base. 

I noticed you have your Opuntia microdiasys staked. Does it fall over on you? Because that is what mine is doing. It was upright until this winter. I kept it away from the freeze, but this winter it started to lean. It was upright all summer.

 

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