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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!

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bees.
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Discussion Forum

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky yesterday. 8 Replies

Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Sentient Biped Oct 11. 12 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

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

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 10. 9 Replies

Insectary

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Annie Thomas Oct 3. 10 Replies

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 20. 26 Replies

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Comment by Steph S. on July 19, 2012 at 8:42pm

Wow! Lovely pictures of your garden Sentient! Cool beans!

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 19, 2012 at 8:20pm

These scented leaf geraniums are interesting.  I'm going to try to overwinter them, dry, this winter.  I think they will make it.  Scented leaf geraniums have great fragrances and are dry tolerant.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 19, 2012 at 8:02pm

First veggies of the year for us.  These beans were planted in a large plastic tub in April.

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I left too many plants growing in the containers. Still, I don't know that doing so has resulted in lower yield. There are lots and lots of beans still on the plants.

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We are also getting snowpeas, which I love, we have harvested all of the garlic and multiplier onions, and the very first cherry tomato (Sungold) is orange and almost ripe. For my maritime Pacific NW garden, this is as early as I've had tomatoes.  Figs are going to start ripening soon.  Or so I hope.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2012 at 4:03pm

Annie Thomas, what an exciting adventure you had, and the experiences with children delights me. Precious memories for you and as an old woman with lots of adventures stored away in my mind, I am able to entertain myself for hours, just remembering. 

Thank you so much for sharing. 

Comment by Annie Thomas on July 18, 2012 at 2:58pm

Joan- We went in 1994.  My husband's master's research involved using satellite imagery to monitor encroachment of Kinabalu Park in Sabah.  Lucky for me, I was able to go as his field assistant!  For three months, we lived in the staff quarters of the national park and learned to tolerate the smell of salt fish cooking in our neighbors' kitchens (kitchens had a concrete slab where you built a fire).  The flora (especially the orchids) and fauna were equally spectacular and unusual. My favorite was chatting with the children of the park workers, most of whom were Dusun.  They used to sing their folk songs to me, and every once in a while one of their mothers would stick her head out of the window, look at us, and shake their heads. I later learned they were love songs that the men normally sing to their sweethearts.  One day I brought a tape recorder out to record them singing.  When they started, instead of singing in their language they sang, "Scooby scooby doo, we are you!"  So cute.  Ah, I just spent about 20 minutes remembering that trip, and it occurred to me that those children most likely have little ones of their own by now.  Thanks for bringing me back there Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2012 at 10:42am

Annie Thomas, Borneo! I tried to go there many years ago but Marcos was having wars or threats of wars, so travel there was restricted. Please tell me about it. There are so many aspects of Borneo that intrigue me, especially a tribe or tribes of matriarchal leadership. I really wanted to see how that worked for them. 

Comment by Lillie on July 17, 2012 at 8:41pm

I have never heard of this plant but it is certainly worth knowing.  Thanks for the introduction.

Comment by Annie Thomas on July 17, 2012 at 7:57pm

Sentient-


Your Bunga bakawali is amazing!  What a special treat.  Many years ago, I spent days traipsing through the forests of Borneo to see a rafflesia flower in bloom.  We saw one, but it was past its prime and beginning to rot.  It didn't matter to me though, I was just thrilled to see one!  I read up on your flower and it said it is very fragrant.  How would you describe the smell?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2012 at 2:03pm

SB, I didn't know these garlic "scapes" are edible and have used the cloves the usual ways. Trying to find their name, I ran across many recipes. Young, tender, and enchanting, they make for whimsy in the garden and now I know to cook them, the stems, as well. Do you steam them? How are the scapes in braising? And does scape mean its name or its form? 

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 17, 2012 at 11:01am

Joan, those garlic scapes are beautiful.  We used them for cooking too.  Best when they are young and tender.

The bunga bakawali was a gift from a coworker.  She came from Hong Kong and regarded it as a Chinese cactus.  They grow easily from cuttings, but they do tend to get really large.

 

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