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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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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 Joan Denoo on October 17, 2012 at 10:27am

Sentient, thank you for the information and your report on your crop. I start the hunt to find prevention and remedy.

How did your crop turn out, taste-wise? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2012 at 10:23am

Fractals in nature: fibonacci number, and golden ratio. Science was the one created all these beauties around us.

 

The correct spelling is Fibonacci number

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2012 at 10:13am

Fractals in nature: Fabonacco Sequence and the Golden Ratio.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2012 at 10:06am

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2012 at 10:03am

The Hypnotic Patterns of Sunflowers

Nature's mathematical marvel, the sunflower displays the Fabonacco Sequence and the Golden Ratio. These are not numbers that just happened, inquiring minds figured these out by observing and asking why and experimenting and trial and error. These were not a "rule" handed down by ancient beliefs, they were discovered, much as an explorer discovers new lands. The discovered patterns then became codified into the sciences and used for effective, efficient and beautiful  designs. 

Fibonacci sequence: or 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 ... each number in the sequence is the sum of the previous two numbers. In sunflowers, the spirals in the center are generated from this sequence -- "there are two series of curves winding in opposite directions, starting at the center and stretching out to the petals, with each seed sitting at a certain angle from the neighboring seeds to create the spiral."

Golden Ratio: or  2/3, 3/5, 5/8, 8/13, 13/21, etc. ..."choose the most irrational number there is, that is to say, the one the least well approximated by a fraction. This number is exactly the golden mean. The corresponding angle, the golden angle, is 137.5 degrees. (It is obtained by multiplying the non-whole part of the golden mean by 360 degrees and, since one obtains an angle greater than 180 degrees, by taking its complement). With this angle, one obtains the optimal filling, that is, the same spacing between all the seeds

 

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 17, 2012 at 9:32am

A reason to save your own seeds.  From seed saver's exchange, garlic crops reduced by bacterial infection.  Infection could spreads as garlic heads are shipped around the country.  Saving your own likely reduces the spread to others, and likely reduces your own risk of losing your crop.  (my take on this).   I did buy starts this year of another variety - my aquisitional little demon demanded it! - but they are in a separate raised bed, and were big cloves, so I hope unaffected.  My beds are far from any other gardens.  In addition, individual growers are more likely to have a reservoir of unaffected plants and can resupply if the large growers are affected.  

"Many garlic growers in the Midwest have reported yellowing leaves and premature browning resulting in both crop loss and smaller garlic heads at harvest. Some growers have had almost 100% crop loss while others have had little or none."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 15, 2012 at 2:20am

Nerdless, a favorite flower of mine, sunflowers. Glad to learn stevia works out well for you.

Comment by Nerdlass on October 15, 2012 at 2:14am

This weekend I went to see the sunflower fields in the town over. A typhoon had come and knocked most of them down, but I was able to enjoy them, nonetheless. I was simply amazed at the size of the heads! Like dishes! Wow! LOL Anyway, I just want to thank you, Joan for all your advice with the stevia. So far, so good!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2012 at 11:30pm

Here is a better video of fractals that explains techniques and processes. If you try to create a fractal with pencil and paper, it is virtually impossible. I spent several days doing the geometry to bring cosmos out of chaos. With a computer, it just means punching in a few numbers, pressing a "Go" and wait. The original Mandelbrot set was left to run overnight, I think by accident, and resulted in unbelievable patterns.

"Understanding Fractals"
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/tlc/33733-understanding-fractals-vi....

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2012 at 8:46pm

This rather fundamental fractal, showing only a brief example of fractal tree design, reveals a representation of how natural growth develops. I wish he would stay with forms of flora growth, that could be very interesting to watch. I find the geometric patterns less interesting than flora, sometimes. 

https://vimeo.com/51366486

 

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