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!

Location: Planet Earth
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Welcome to Eden!

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 Little Name Atheist on August 5, 2010 at 11:21am
I have never seen Dusty Millers bloom. I was going to guess Coreopsis before I read your comment.
Comment by Sentient Biped on August 4, 2010 at 1:53pm
Changed the pic. This one is Senecio cineraria, sold in the garden store as "dusty miller" for the grey leaves and drought tolerance. It almost never rains here in the summer, and I never water these. They grow and flourish anyway, and have this nice daisy-like flower. I don't feed the leaves to the chickens due to conern they may contain a liver toxen, found in some Senecio species.

If the bees would be more polite and sit still for a photo, I would have a better one. This one is a bit blurry.

Comment by Sentient Biped on August 3, 2010 at 7:12pm
Ingteresting stuff you can impress your friends with about orchids - here august 2, 2010 entry. I wrote this in my personal blog. I know that some people have issues with links to personal blogs, but I get no income or anything else, other than the warm fussy feeling that someone out there read it.

So now you can tell your friends why orchids are called orchids, why the name is silly, and more.

I've been growing orchids for about 1 year, but have had one for about 4 years. The never cease to amaze me. There's a bit of an art to it, and different ones are different, but Im learning.
Comment by Dejah Thoris on June 30, 2010 at 9:41am
I finally got my compost bin repaired and coon-proofed, yeah! Now I won't feel guiltly about all those food scraps going to waste.
Comment by Dejah Thoris on June 21, 2010 at 5:34pm
Thanks Orange. I'm not sure if slugs are the problem. I need to look in my book, I don't have much experience with strawberrries. I have read that putting out lids filled with beer makes good slug traps too. But I always have apples on hand and not beer, so your plan would be the first one for me to try.
Comment by Dejah Thoris on June 21, 2010 at 9:42am
Lots of hot, humid weather here. About half and half with the sun and rain. My girls have been picking plenty of wild raspberries around the edges of our wooded areas. My first strawberry of the season got eaten by bugs. Need to do something about that.
Comment by Sentient Biped on June 20, 2010 at 11:01pm
Orange,
That's just like here! Rain and rain and rain and rain and rain. And rain. Well, some things are growing. Mainly weeds. Figs are swelling, though - might jsut get a few next month.
Comment by K on June 7, 2010 at 8:48am
Orange,

I've never heard of that method; thank you! I'm gonna try it tonight. Much better than the poison pellets...I was just at my wits end and that saucer of beer thing doesn't work for crap around here!
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2010 at 2:45am
We had frost several nights last week and I put out tomatoes this weekend. I have had frost as late as June 16; none of the tender plants get set out until June 1, with lots of covering and uncovering going on. My first crop of rhubarb is finished and in the freezer, my strawberries are in full bloom, blueberries have lots of blossoms, raspberries only today began to show blossom color. Sage grows to almost shrub size and very healthy.

We had little rain in April or May, but downpours this past week. Our farmers suffer from wet alfalfa and hay. I envy you rosemary people ... can't grow it here, except as a annual.

The neighbor kids arrived en mass this long weekend loving to run the many paths and munch on herbs scattered throughout the beds. They represent the garden is coming alive and we play all summer long until school starts in the fall. We watch the baby birds begin to fledge, they love playing with the worms, gently, in the compost. My little mouse family lives in one of my planter boxes and we get to peek at them if we are very quiet.

I have a Summer Solstice celebration every year and we, my friends and I, are preparing to acknowledge all the wonderful gifts the Earth gives us freely; we avoid our vigorous discussions about the role of human action on the degradation of the Earth. This is a celebration of joy and gratitude.
Comment by K on June 6, 2010 at 12:29pm
I've got 3 inch cukes, 4-6 inch zukes, 4 inch yellow squash, plenty of green tomatoes, nice garlic bulbs, smallish onions...tender lettuce, the first few green beans and radishes. Blueberries are almost ripe and basil is full and bushy. Had to cut the rosemary back; it was 5 ft wide and blocking the paths. Potatoes are blooming, rhubarb looks good, and sage, oregano and grapes are coming along nicely.
Tomatillos are lush, but no fruit yet...not sure if they will at all from the looks of them.
Asparagus is too small to harvest, but looks pretty.
My blackberries look like they will be full of berries this year, and the autumn berry tree is loaded with green fruit...can't wait til Fall for those!
Dipper gourds are climbing, but the giant gourd is growing uber-slow...not sure if that's normal for it, as this is my first year with it.
Let's see...strawberries are finished, spinach and bok choy never came up, and half my bean crop has been slugged...just put down bait for the slimy bastards.
I have some mysterious squash coming in; it was supposed to be cantaloupe....but it ain't!
This is my last year to try watermelon...I've NEVER gotten anything bigger than a grapefruit, when I got anything at all, so if it doesn't produce this year, I quit.
Black eyed peas and soybeans all look nice; no flowers yet.
This spring I harvested and dried my first feverfew and lemonbalm, and I'm collecting enough St Johns Wort to steep in oil.

Sadly, the poison ivy is thriving, and I may end up spraying with brush killer...I HATE to use chemical sprays like that, but I have several spots in my yard that are blocked to me.
 

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