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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!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 173
Latest Activity: 56 minutes ago

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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

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Randall Smith 1 hour ago. 15 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W May 2. 2 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 2. 1 Reply

Rooftop Gardens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 3. 20 Replies

How to Make a Food Forest Suburb

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 1. 1 Reply

Fantastic Fungi - a film by Louie Schwartzberg

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 28. 1 Reply

Michael Pollan On Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Mar 22. 1 Reply

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Comment by Annie Thomas on September 7, 2013 at 6:33pm

Wow!  Congrats Patricia!  That looks delicious.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 7, 2013 at 6:33pm

Congratulations Patricia.  Nice tasty-looking cantaloup.

Comment by Plinius on September 5, 2013 at 9:56am

buy a tree to mark 6 months after cancer diagnosis

 

I admire such an attitude, Sentient!

Comment by Randall Smith on September 5, 2013 at 7:35am

I could sure use some of your rains! It's been a month since we've had any. My downspout rain barrels are empty. My fall plantings of lettuce, peas, and radishes are faring poorly. My acorn squash succumbed to beetles and borers. Sweet corn season over--but what a great season it was!!

I drove a tractor for 6 hours yest. while two people sitting behind me stuck 8000 strawberry plants in the ground. That was for my son-in-law's vegetable farm (Silverthorn-farm.com). If I'm not helping them out directly, I'm babysitting. 

I've just about got all my winter's wood cut, split, and stacked. Actually, I'm working on next winter's supply. I want to be prepared in case something happens to disable me. I think of Joan and Daniel's health issues. Speaking of which, I hope you're both "hanging in there". And Spud, keep up the "improved health" battle. I like your positive attitude. Wish I had more time to continue.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 5, 2013 at 6:25am

While I'm complaining, I should do it right and mention that besides 6 inches, half of the garden was flooded for about 6 hours the first time and about 1/4 for 2 hours the second time.

However, I know it probably won't happen again for many years, and my garden will do amazing things most of the time, giving me lots of good food.

I've been eating volunteer cherry tomatoes on a regular basis for 3 weeks now, and it looks like I should be able to eat a few sprigs of asparagus next year.  Asparagus is a taste treat I enjoy quite a bit.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 5, 2013 at 6:12am

Sentient, I love thunderstorms also, except for this year.  I still found some amazement and enjoyment in the power of the things, but I'm concerned for my garden.  That much at once is probably not good for it.  6 inches is half of the average yearly total in 11 days!  

That much at once is unprecedented.  We usually get about 0.7 inch/month during the summer and fall.

How much do you get?

Comment by Daniel W on September 4, 2013 at 9:10pm

forgot to attribute -  the ruminant pic also from wikimedia commons.

Comment by Daniel W on September 4, 2013 at 9:09pm

Spud,

I love thunderstorms. Saving the water is great. I should do that too.

Today I bought a tree to mark 6 months after cancer diagnosis. I like to mark occasions by planting trees. This pic is from Wikimedia website.

File:Sourwood leaves and flowers.jpg

Sourwood—Oxydendrum arboreum

I bought a as a bigger tree - maybe 10 feet tall -  so it would make a show for me sooner. Plus the branches are higher and maybe not looking like a salad bar for bands of marauding ruminants, "Odocoileus hemionus columbianus" - pic below

File:Black-tailed deer.jpg

I did some research on what tree to plant. The flowers of Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum) look like "lily of the valley" flowers. They provide a rich source of nectar for honeybees. The tree is somewhat "deer resistant".

I"m looking forward to planting it next weekend. It should not need too much watering. The rainy season is about to commence. Then I'll look forward to it leafing out again next year....

While at the nursery, I saw a 7 foot tall Madrone tree. Madrones are an iffy proposition - often die the first year. But if it grows, it will be cool. So I bought that too, but not to commemorate anything.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2013 at 6:39pm

Another intense thunderstorm and downpour with some hail.  The roads were flooded again, but not as high as last week.  It appears to be tapering-off and the flood-water is going down.

It didn't take long to fill my new containers.  Have nearly 400 gallons now.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2013 at 4:32pm

Joan, I loved how you started the preschoolers and others growing good things to eat.  Brought tears to my eyes.

Good idea, keeping track of the first frost date.  I'm going to try to remember to do that.

I remember you saying last winter that you loved that relaxing time of year, and asked us if we agreed.  I didn't respond because I don't like winter anymore.  Most of my life, I've enjoyed doing things indoors during the winter, but for the last decade or two, I've not been able to get myself to exercise, and I put on weight, my blood sugar starts getting in the red, and I feel miserable.

However, with my new-found ambition and control of the amount of food I eat, I'm hopeful I can keep it up this winter.  I've lost 37 pounds of fat in the last 4 months, and feel much better than in the 2 decades before that.  So, I'll probably agree with you this winter.

Oh, I just now hear the rain on the roof again, so I'm going up & out to see how much.  Bought 3 more 32 gallon containers today that were reduced from $15 to $10 each.  Maybe I'll get to use them this afternoon to store more rain water.

 

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