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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
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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 Ceil 2 hours ago. 14 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 Daniel W on May 19, 2013 at 11:30am

Chilly wet morning here.  I've been concerned about the dry spring, then we had a week of rain.  I put in another raised bed and planted tomatoes.

Pic below is a bumblebee (Bombus species) - not a honey bee.  It's from  public domain wikimedia commons.   They don't look at all aerodynamic.  I'm surprised they can fly.  This morning, there were so many in the buckeye tree, Aesculus × carnea, they could be heard humming before they could be seen.

File:Bumblebee heuchera.jpg

In Darwin's day, bumblebees were known as humblebees.  From Charles Darwin:

 From experiments which I have tried, I have found that the visits of bees, if not indispensable, are at least highly beneficial to the fertilisation of our clovers; but humble-bees alone visit the common red clover (Trifolium pratense), as other bees cannot reach the nectar. Hence I have very little doubt, that if the whole genus of humble-bees became extinct or very rare in England, the heartsease and red clover would become very rare, or wholly disappear.

Comment by Daniel W on May 19, 2013 at 12:18am

Joan, you are probably the smartest person on here.  My sense of humor is just strange. 

Spud, the cages are made by attaching short lengths of rebar to the sides of the raised bed.  The pvc is slid over the rebar, as seen in the photo.  Then I attach the chicken wire using baling string.  The ends are chicken wire, attached using clothes pins.  That's because I don't have the ambition to make a gate.  It's all fairly cheap and the complete cover also keeps birds off the strawberries.  Chicken wire is not fun to work with, but I hope it keeps out both rabbits and deer, as well as birds. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 18, 2013 at 11:13pm

Dallas, those succulents are stunning. Such wide varieties of shapes, textures and colors. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 18, 2013 at 11:12pm

Daniel, I am so stupid, I didn't catch your joke when you wrote:

"Biggest damn rabbits I've ever seen."

Dah! Wake up, Joan. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 18, 2013 at 8:40am

I like the Saguaro with the starry sky.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 17, 2013 at 12:05pm

Sentient, I also am curious about your chicken wire design.  Are those cloths pins holding it together?

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 17, 2013 at 11:15am

Sentient-  I like your chicken wire design.  What did you use for the frame?  It looks like PVC.  The deer are lovely too.  I know they are a nuisance to gardeners, but they are still so wonderful to see.  Where I live, I have to outsmart the squirrels to harvest before they do.

Comment by Daniel W on May 17, 2013 at 8:01am
Chris there is a small woods and creek there. Much is farm and hoses on 2 to 5 acres.

Joan betwen the deer rabbits moles and mice, there is still a lot to lears for me about how to garden in the presence of wildlife. The birdsong is wonderful. Several hummingbids feeding on buckeye nectar.

Those irises are mainly old and ancient varieties in their first year here. They are interplanted with chamomile oregano thyme chives creeping rosemary and so far animals leave them alone. Cant wait to go there on Saturday. have to get through today first!
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 17, 2013 at 1:30am

Beautiful photos! Looks like rabbits will have a challenge getting into the strawberries. Lovely iris in bloom. Mine are still in tight bud. The deer look as though they have some plan in mind to get to the tasty stuff. Do they bother Iris? My daughter and cousin tell me that deer eat everything the nursery says are deer proof. 

Comment by Plinius on May 17, 2013 at 12:42am

Have you got a wood behind your house, Sentient?

 

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