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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.
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.

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A texas garden I never thought I would see!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BarbaraSATX 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

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Compost

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Scientific Gardening. "The Informed Gardener" a book review

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Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) Oct 11. 12 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

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

Insectary

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Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2012 at 1:09pm

Since I've been building a storage shed in my back yard, front yard gardening is my thing also, and I've been getting compliments. 

One was from a woman that wanted to know what my garlic plants were :)  One from a 7 year old girl that passes by on the way to school, and one from a teenage boy (if you can imagine that!).  He talked about how his grandmother grew lots of things also, and was very impressed with my 1.3 foot diameter squash leaves all over my fence.

It's disgusting that some cities don't know what looks good and what doesn't.  I think it mostly comes from people with a little authority throwing their weight around.  It sounds like Orlando is backpedaling on the issue after so many people signed the petition to let the garden stay. 

It also sounds like the brouhaha was started by a ridiculous neighbor that complained to the city.  My city also has codes that I think are not good.  They've gotten after me for several things, although it appears not until one or two neighbors complained. 

For one thing, they have a code that says you cannot grow anything in the space between the sidewalk and the curb except certain trees.  The only things allowed on the ground are grass, gravel, or bark.  I found-out about that code after I grew vegetables there one year.  I think the problem was that one neighbor wanted to park there and I put a temporary fence around the veggies to discourage kids from picking them just to throw at each other.  That made it hard for anyone to get out of their vehicle from the passenger side.  The code enforcement officer said that was the problem, but I've not grown anything in that area since except fruit trees, because the code says I can't and I don't want another hassle.

Green growing things never look like a mess to me, but I know they do to some people :(

Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on November 29, 2012 at 10:26am

Joan, thank you for posting on front yard gardening.  I've been doing that too.  There are more popping up in my neighborhood now.  People often stop and talk about what I'm growing.

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There are still places where people have to fight for the right to garden in their front yards.  motherearthnews.com   Imagine - "It's a free country" but some people can't plant tomatoes in their front yards, without being harassed by neighborhood associations or city councils.

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Mine is always a mess.  I understand people who think it's unsightly.  I try, but perfect appearance of a kitchen garden is much harder to achieve than a lawn with a couple of "pillow shrubs".

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2012 at 1:48am
Comment by Steph S. on November 24, 2012 at 12:59pm

Enjoying all the pictures and posts here.

Trying to get caught up.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 23, 2012 at 12:43pm

I also very much enjoy lizards, but don't see any in the middle of this city of 60,000.  No amphibians or snakes either.  I've often thought of importing some to help my garden along.

Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on November 23, 2012 at 12:16pm

Dallas,

Love the lizard!  I've seen a couple around here.  Very rare here.  We do have frogs, toads, snakes.  Our insect-eating friends.

Comment by amer chohan on November 23, 2012 at 12:10pm

Dallas cereus with yellow spination are very difficult to identify.there are so many arround. Spineless green one on the back with white ribs  stenocereus marginatus is a grand cactus. One of my favourites, a plant I wish to have in my collection.

Comment by A Former Member on November 22, 2012 at 9:02pm

And here's another cactus that nursery had, but I thought it was too expensive so I didn't get it. This one looks familiar, but I don't know the name. 

Comment by A Former Member on November 22, 2012 at 9:00pm

I had a little visitor outside my door today. This little guy or gal was about 6" long. We have a lot of little brown lizards about an inch in length, and kind of stripped in a way, but I've never seen a green one around here.

Also, I passed a nursery today near my grandmother's house, and they had these planted outside. The first is some sort of cholla cactus, though I don't recall seeing any for sale around here. This was planted in an upright, shallow, but broad planter and it was kind of spilling over the edge. It was nice looking. They also had some huge agave outside, too. I just love these so much. Such stunning plants. 

Also, I've been meaning to post these pics I took at another nursery some time ago. Just really neat plants I thought, but they were unlabeled. The first one looks wicked, I think. Reminds me of the hair on those little troll dolls. The other is some sort of curly plant, and the last one is called a Mexican Grass Tree. It was huge, though the picture is deceptive. 

Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on November 22, 2012 at 2:11pm

Beekeeping donkey.

Technically, a beekeeping donkey probably doesn't count as gardening.  But maybe it does.

 

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