Godless in the garden


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!

Selected topics, in no particular order:
Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
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


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky on Monday. 8 Replies

Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Sentient Biped Oct 11. 12 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sky God Oct 10. 3 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

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Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Annie Thomas Oct 3. 10 Replies

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 20. 26 Replies

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Comment by amer chohan on December 21, 2012 at 8:48am

Echinocereus pictures are googled. I have only 3 of the shown species. Reason behind pasting the picture was that usually plant lovers value the beauty of plants on florination, very few are aware of the fact that spination could be that beautiful.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 20, 2012 at 12:34pm

Joan, have you tried your Morels yet?  Not that I'm advocating it!  Don't want to be responsible for you getting sick.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2012 at 12:16pm

Amer, your cactus are lovely, and they look so healthy.  Do you have them in your home or in a greenhouse? 

Just look at the fractal patterns! What a joy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2012 at 12:10pm

Garden Design Ideas from one of my favorite e-garden publications:

Judy's garden in Oklahoma - Fine Gardening

Comment by amer chohan on December 18, 2012 at 9:45am

Beauity of spination " Genus Echinocereus ".

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 17, 2012 at 9:26pm

Joan, I imagine the morels are fine.  Dried foods have a long shelf life, assuming they are thoroughly dry.  Then again.....  never know.  Spud is probably right.  I think I'd eat them.  Morels are food for the gods.  Except morels are real.

Still thinking about those morel-growing kits.  The only thing that has stopped me is the time of year.  I don't think this is the best time.

Thank you for comments on the bee house.  I am good at cobbling things together with my hands.  Lots of work on the house, remodeling, built some furniture, chicken houses...  but the bee house is just a piece of wood with 5/16ths holes drilled in it.  I'm no "fine woodworker".  

Spud, there are zillions of ways to make a house for orchard mason bees. This is basically what I do.  You can spend $$$ to buy one, but some are $15 or $20, but all you  need is a scrap of untreated lumber big enough to drill 15 or so holes in it, 15/16ths inch diameter, 4 or 5 or 6 inches deep.  Mine are actually 3 1/2 inches deep but supposedly 5 inches gets you more females, which is what you want.  Mine get  colonized, completely full, for years.  Also plan here.  and here.  I bought my original bees locally or via mail order - I forget which - but if you have a location where you see them working, you can try putting up a bee house there and let them fill it to start a "colony" for you.

Be careful.  Orchard Mason Bees are considered a "gateway drug" for beekeeping of honey bees.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 17, 2012 at 6:22pm
Thanks Spud, I think I will put them in a sauce and see if I survive. I know they won't taste fresh after all these years, but I don't want to put them in the compost if they are still eatable. I'll let you know how they taste.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 17, 2012 at 3:23pm

One site says Morel mushrooms are good for over a year if kept in a cool dry place:  http://www.salmancorp.com/morel.htm

Another says almost indefinite:  http://www.dried-morels.com/

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 17, 2012 at 3:18pm

Amer, your country sounds so exotic, with such huge alluvial plains and such high mountains. Do you have interest in geology? That was my minor degree from college. Whenever I see a mountain or river or whatever, I wonder why? How did it get there? What were the forces that created that feature. Fossils hold a special interest for me.


Comment by Joan Denoo on December 17, 2012 at 3:13pm

Sentient, Your bird house and bee house make such good sense. Do you have interest in woodwork, or is it that you do what it takes to keep birds and bees happy? 

You set a really good example for all of us. 

I ran across some dried morel mushrooms in my pantry that I bought from the grocery store three years ago. Do you suppose they would still be OK to use in my cooking? 


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