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:
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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.

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Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

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Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

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Backyard Organic Garden

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Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

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"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2013 at 2:01am


Homemade Squirrel Repellent
This stuff keeps squirrels from eating up your garden, flowers and veggies.

  • 2 Tbsp. cayenne powder
  • 2 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Murphy's Oil Soap
  • 1 qt. warm water.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2013 at 1:51am


All Natural Squirrel Repellent 32 oz

This secret blend of garlic, castor, lemongrass, clove and cedar oils is specially formulated to help it stick and last longer. Protect flowers, leaves, bulbs, trees, garbage cans, outdoor furniture, storage containers, even house siding.

These products are expensive and I thought it would give an idea of how to mix your own.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2013 at 1:47am

www.spray-n-grow.com Animal Deterrents 

This catalog arrived today that claims to be safe for people, plants and pets. One product caught my attention,  

Flaming Squirrel Seed Sauce


Made from blistering hot habanero peppers. Wild birds can’t taste the heat so they’ll enjoy the treated seed, but mammals hate the taste. Works for other rodents and rabbits, too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2013 at 10:01pm

Dominic, can you put something in the photo with the frog to give perspective. When I first saw it, he looked huge, like on a shed roof. I assume he sits on a bird house and that helped clear up the size problem. A handsom prince, perhaps? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2013 at 9:58pm

Annie, is it a snake?

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 8, 2013 at 9:22pm

To stop the squirrels from chewing my springler system, I mixed cayene with vaseline, and then spread it on the tubing.  Also, talk about stowaways.These are Cuban Tree Frogs who have lived in a bird house for six years.  In the future, I'll take some pictures of them peeping out of the oppening.

Also, I mentioned my Lady Slipper in another post:

Comment by Annie Thomas on January 8, 2013 at 8:49pm

I've really enjoyed all of the wonderful photos shared here lately.  I thought I'd add my own.  No flowers, but a stowaway who found a nice basking spot in my solitary wasp house.  I go out every afternoon and have seen him there for the last five days.

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 8, 2013 at 7:56pm

Now I'm going to think of a hot pepper/glue variation for my fruit trees.  Maybe hot pepper / paint.   Or hot pepper / wax.  I was mulling over how to make that from habaneros, since they are so much hotter.   As others have commented, the deer might just find it a spicy flavor.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2013 at 1:56pm

Dominic, the cayenne pepper solution is interesting.  I'll remember it if I ever get some land in the country.

I used it as a solution to my squirrel problem.  There was one or more that found an opening in my porch attic and made a lot of bothersome noise, so I covered the hole with a board.  The squirrel promptly chewed through the board, so the next one I covered with pepper mixed with glue.  The squirrel chewed at the edges of it, but finally gave-up before it got through.

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 8, 2013 at 1:19pm

Foxes, coyotees, skunks, possums, raccoons, hawks, snakes, weasels, otters, bobcats, and neighbor's dogs and cats.  The only ones I really resent are the dogs and cats because that is a human issues.  The rest are welcome.  It is up to me to provide good fencing to protect my animals.  It's been a learning esperience on how to out smart them.  I just recently discovered how to combat rats.  My feed is in metal garbage cans, but they would eat whatever was in the hoppers and avoid poison.  I tried grating the poison sticks or mixing pellets with peanut butter.  I tried mixing all types of food items with poison, but only to very limited success.  Finally, I mixed the feed (as I do with my small pet birds) with cayene pepper.  The fowl like it, but the rats had no choice but to eat the poison.  It is working! 


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