Godless in the garden

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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!

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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 June 13, 2014 at 5:25pm

Daniel, what a lovely palm. I had no idea palms grow this far north. I don't remember seeing any when we lived in Seattle at UofW 55 years ago and Ft Lewis 50 years ago. I guess I had other things on my mind then.

I like seeing Ming, your garden with the roses, Charlie and chicken.   

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 13, 2014 at 8:11am
Barbara, thank you for the photos and amazing info!

I was in San Antonio at Fort Sam for a few months as a young soldier. I would have loved to see tbst! The bat story make me want to visit again some day.

I hope everyone you are anjoying your gardens. mHere it is a beautiful time of year. we are approaching the time of summer when the grass becomes brown and stops growing, but fruit trees start to bear and vegetables become productive with some regular watering.
Comment by Randall Smith on June 13, 2014 at 8:02am

Incredible pictures and information!! Thanks, Barbara, for posting them. It's interesting that the bat males sleep outside the cave.

Comment by BarbaraSATX on June 13, 2014 at 7:52am

Thank you for all your comments. I appreciate being able to share a great experience and pass along an important feature of our natural environment.  Bats are so often considered "bad", with many myths associated with them, when the exact opposite is true.  

South Texas had a series of serious thunderstorms last night!  Haven't heard the news this morning to see if their were any tornados as had been warned. All my flowers are at attention and looking happy. Lots of lightening along with the rain last night!

Comment by Plinius on June 13, 2014 at 12:26am

Thanks for your story, Barbara! Beautiful pics!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2014 at 5:11pm

Barbara, what an experience! Yes, bats are our friends. I have a bat house in my garden but I have never seen a bat go in or out. I don't look in to inspect it; I just leave it alone. 

The numbers amaze me! How can that many creatures exist together and live in the aroma of guano. I have been in bat caves before; nothing like this one. Mind boggling! Beautiful photography! 

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on June 12, 2014 at 3:09pm

Wow Barbara thanks for sharing that is really neat. Those pics came out quite nicely :)

Comment by BarbaraSATX on June 12, 2014 at 12:06pm

Spud, actually 24 million individuals ... as each female has a baby.  What is also fascinating is that for every female with a baby in the cave there is a male living somewhere in the area. Barns, buildings, under bridges, etc. Bats are good so if you see one don't kill it as it has a family somewhere close by. :) 

Comment by BarbaraSATX on June 12, 2014 at 11:59am

Benches are above cave opening and -+ 40 yards from it. Almost overwhelming smell of amonia from the bat guano. I can't get a better pic to upload. And yes, packed in. After babies are born they cling to mother. If they lose grip they drop to bottom of cave where they are eaten by a small black beetle which lives in the guano. :( Life is hard in a bat cave.   www.batcon.org 

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 12, 2014 at 11:40am

Wow, 500 bats per square foot!  They must be packed in wing to wing. 

I would like to see that many bats.  We saw bats at night where I grew-up, but nothing like 12 million.  

 

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