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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 May 13, 2012 at 10:05pm

I have two kinds of compost: one is covered and I use for kitchen vegetables and fruit waste; the other is open and I throw garden waste in there and eggs shells. I often find the open compost disturbed and broken egg shells scattered around the ground, probably by  birds; I have seen birds eating egg shells at the feeding station. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2012 at 9:57pm

Dallas, thank you for The Natural History of the Chicken"; I sent it off for my grandsons to see. 

Comment by A Former Member on May 13, 2012 at 5:50pm

Is catagory 1 bad or not so bad? It probably grows rapidly down in Florida, with all that humidity. I wonder if it is truly from Mexico, or if this is one of those names that got applied for no apparant reason. (Which sometimes happens, I think, to plants and animals.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2012 at 5:36pm

Dallas, I ran across this article which confirms much of what you told us about Mexican petunia. At first I thought I might like it, but not if it so easily seeds. It grown in zone 5, if Dave's garden is correct, although he was describing Ruellia humilis, not Mexican petunia  (Ruellia brittoniana), which is on Category I list for the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (EPPC).

Comment by A Former Member on May 13, 2012 at 3:33pm

Great way to describe them.

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 13, 2012 at 3:05pm

One of my neighbors had a Gunnera.  It looks Jurassic, which I like.  Another had a hardy banana, which also looked like it should be harboring a Brachiosaurus.

Comment by A Former Member on May 11, 2012 at 9:17am

Something else I'd love to plant. So impressive. The Gunnera:

 

 

Comment by A Former Member on May 11, 2012 at 9:11am

Annie, those are not my pics, just images I found online. The one I bought did spread. In fact, it pops up on the other side of the courtyard now, so it seems to pollinate or seed easily, though I've honestly never seen any seeds. It does prefer full sun, so if it is too shady, that may affect it. Also, there are some in my neighborhood that do seem to stay in a big clump without spreading, so it may be the variety as well. Being in Florida, I'd think you're far enough south for them to do well. Are yours the soft pinkish-purple color? Some I've seen are vivid purple.

 

Yeah, the bamboo is gorgeous, but you have to watch it when you plant it, cuz it can take over.

 

You do see some bamboo in Tx, but it isn't very popular. Most nursuries don't sell it any more, as it is considered too invasive. And the bamboo you see in this area isn't very beautiful. It tends to be thin (slender) and very dense, and not very green--not luxuriously green as you see in some photos, like of Japan.

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 11, 2012 at 8:07am

Dallas-  Is that your Mexican petunia growing so nicely?  I planted some a few years ago, and it isn't doing too well.  It looks healthy and flowers, but just never spread.  I'm guessing it doesn't get enough sun where it is.

The black bamboo is gorgeous.  They sell it at our local botanical garden (they have a bamboo sale every year).  I'll have to check it out and make sure it's a clumping variety.

I'm really enjoying all of your photos.

Comment by Steph S. on May 10, 2012 at 11:27pm
Joan .. Great website!
Dallas those are great photos!
Glad you guys figured it out! Awesome!
 

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