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Godless in the garden

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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!

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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.

Discussion Forum

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

Sepp Holzer´s Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Nov 6. 1 Reply

Permaculture, John D. Liu

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 3. 8 Replies

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Comment by Dominic Florio on March 23, 2013 at 10:08pm

I have been on the property for six yrs & it is an acre and 1/2.  The house was built in 85, 2 & 2, with a stone fireplace.  The only plants in existence when I moved there was the large oaks and the woods in the background.  The field was a swamp of Brazilian Peppers (invasive species).  I had it leveled out and the original pond re-dug.  I have all sorts of wildlife including otters.  I have seen raccoons, possums, armadillos, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, hawks, skunks, all sorts of wading and song birds, hummingbirds, various owls, cottontail and swamp rabbits, flying squirrels, bats, native mice, shrews, moles, corn snakes, black rat snakes, water snakes, scarlet snakes, leopard frogs, American, Fowler, & spade foot toads, tree frogs, skinks, anoles, and a huge variety of insects, including dragonflies, and butterflies.

Every plant was planted by me and I had a couple of bad winters with freezes.  This winter was milder and I never took my orchids inside.

I am at sea level, between the Gulf of mexico and the Manatee River, but far enough away from flooding.  Our climate ranges from my pond flooding from an abundance of rain, to drought. I bough a fantastic system from Lowes called the Myster.  You attach it to your hose bib and run a line, which branches off into other lines and various sprinkler heads.  Believe me, it is simple and comes with an instructional CD.  I'm legally blind and have no trouble with it.  You can add on any time.  The squirrels like to chew it and I am constantly spraying it with oil and cayene pepper. 

I love to incorporate my aviaries and animal enclosures into the landscape so that they don't appear to look like makeshift after thoughts.

I use only clay or resin which looks like clay.  I hate plastic pots, plastic fencing, and plastic furniture.  Wood, wicker, bamboo, or metal are the only materials I like.

Joan, that plant is a bouganvilla, which is very common in the south.  The structure you are seeing is actually a solid wood gate, and a cat proof fence, which contains my six dogs, 3 cats, 2 goats, and 3 tortoises.

If I forgot anyone's questions, please remind me.

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 23, 2013 at 9:55pm

Ha ha Dallas!  We don't have it in Florida either.  But thank you Joan.  I have never heard of graupel.  I will find a way to ask my students about this.  They'll have fun figuring it out. 

Comment by A Former Member on March 23, 2013 at 9:26pm

Well you learn something new every day. We don't have graupel in Texas. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2013 at 9:19pm
Ooppss, I misspelled it. Graupel is snow, not hail; it is round, soft and easily squeezed.
"Definition: Graupel forms when snow in the atmosphere encounters supercooled water. In a process known as accretion, ice crystals form instantly on the outside of the snow and accumulate until the original snowflake is no longer visible or distinguishable.
The coating of these ice crystals on the outside of the snow is called a rime coating. The size of graupel is typically under 5 millimeters, but some graupel can be the size of a quarter (coin).

"To tell the difference between graupel and hail, you simply have to touch a graupel ball. Graupel pellets typically fall apart when touched or when they hit the ground. Hail is formed when layers of ice accumulate and are very hard as a result.

"Also Known As: snow pellets, soft hail, small hail, tapioca snow, rimed snow, ice balls"
http://weather.about.com/od/g/g/graupel.htm
Comment by A Former Member on March 23, 2013 at 8:51pm

I was wondering that same thing. Never heard the word gropple before.

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 23, 2013 at 8:38pm

Dominic-  your property looks lovely!  You have a nice "Old Florida" place.  Have you read the book, "A Land Remembered"?  If not, I think you might enjoy it.  The main "character" of the book is the state of Florida.  I had my students read it this year (the student edition) and they thoroughly enjoyed it.  Congrats on created such a beautiful spot. 

Dallas-  I love the idea of us all sitting around having lunch!  I know it's not physically possible, but I sure would enjoy that!

Joan- What is gropple??  I grew up in Chicago, but never heard that term.

Keeps the photos coming everyone!  Like Joan, I love to see all of the incredible work everyone has done with their plants and landscapes.What a talented you all are!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2013 at 7:41pm
I just want to say to each one of you how much I enjoy your photos. It really is a relaxer for me to come to this site and browse through all the beautiful and healthy plants.
We had snow yesterday that stuck for several hours. Lots of gropple too.
My Helleborus niger, (Christmas Rose, Lenten Rose, or Easter Rose) is in full bloom now. I have whites, pinks, yellows and a dark maroon.
Comment by A Former Member on March 23, 2013 at 7:19pm

Dominic, about how much was already there when you bought the property, and how much have you added?

Comment by A Former Member on March 23, 2013 at 7:17pm

Nice Dominic. When are you inviting us over for lunch. SB can bring the eggs, figs, and walking onions. Joan can bring something, I'm sure. Annie can bring the beans. I'll bring my appetite. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2013 at 7:17pm

Dominic, how beautiful the way you put the birds areas into the landscape! I bet there are a lot of natural insects that come in and provide fresh treats for your critters. 

What about snakes and reptiles? Do they visit you? and what kinds? 

How do you manage watering? Everything looks so fresh and flourishing. Even the pots. I live in a semi-arid area and have a hard time keeping clay pots watered unless I have them on drip hoses.  

 

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