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
Members: 170
Latest Activity: 10 hours ago

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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

"All I want for christmas is....."

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Larry on Friday. 8 Replies

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston on Thursday. 3 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10. 3 Replies

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 6. 2 Replies

My south garden 1993 & 2013

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 1. 1 Reply

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30. 0 Replies

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 8. 21 Replies

Design with Nature

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 6. 0 Replies

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Comment by Plinius on September 22, 2012 at 10:13am

Thanks Annie, just what I needed! I'm off chopping!

Comment by Annie Thomas on September 22, 2012 at 9:06am

Joan-

Thanks for the link for chicken coops!  So many wonderful ideas!  I am still trying to devise a coop that will keep my large dog, and pesky racoons, away from the chickens. 

Comment by Annie Thomas on September 22, 2012 at 9:03am

Hi Chris Breman-  I use ice cube trays to freeze fresh herbs.  Once frozen, I take them out and store them in a container in the freezer.  When making soups or sauces, you can just pull out as many cubes as you need, and throw them in your pot!  I have found a small tray that makes smaller cubes, and this seems to work best.  Or, you can just fill a standard size tray halfway.  I do this with homemade pesto after a basil harvest as well.  You will need some sort of liquid to add to your herbs.  I have tried water, but prefer butter or ghee.  Good luck!

Comment by Plinius on September 22, 2012 at 12:27am

The supermarket put me on the idea: they sell small expensive boxes of frozen herbs. So I thought I'd chop rosemary, parsley and chives and freeze them - I can find a small cheap box. Who has got ideas about how to do this?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2012 at 8:24pm

How To Improve Soil Fertility

Let me stress, grow your soil and your plants will grow themselves. I have stopped using commercial fertilizers and use items the speaker suggests. This year proved to me growing tomatoes with Miracle Grow produces lower quality than 

Tomatoes Alive!® Plus 100% All-Natural Fertilizer

I like Gardens Alive products, especially for fungus and molds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2012 at 7:57pm

Nerdless, If you keep the water fresh, you might be able to get some roots started. I don't know, I have never tried stevia. If you want to dry it, put it on a clean cotton towel and set it out of the way. In a few days, the leaves should become crumbly; I am not sure about the stalks. I dry almost all my herbs this way and it depends on the plant if it works. For example, I dry parsley, oregano, sage, basil, and they do fine drying this way. I don't dry chives, they lose too much of their flavor. 

I bought a simple kitchen wire rack with short drawers at one of the building stores. I bought seven drawers: 
Stor-Drawer One-Runner Basket - Series 16. Item No: 046964160114 St...
and organizeit: 

Hobby Room Storage, Wire Basket Image Office Storage organizeit.com

This system is easy to move indoors and out, and I do the trimming and lay out my herbs in the garden. If I need to move them to the basement, it is light weight and easy to do by myself. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2012 at 7:28pm

How to Make Compost

I have gardened and made composts in Spokane, Tacoma, Kenai Alaska, El Paso, San Antonio, Ft. Hood, Washington, D.C., and again in Spokane. I have used every style of composting, from piles, to trenches, to homemade bins, to fancy revolving ones. Each one has pros and cons so I cannot say which is best. It depends on your budget, available space, and access to material. The only thing I think you must have is WORMS; preferably worms that survive your coldest weather. 

Composting

Comment by Nerdlass on September 21, 2012 at 8:13am

My vice principal gave me a clipping of Stevia from his garden the other day and I'd like to dry it, but it's humid right now... any suggestions? I'd rather not leave it to chance to mold... been changing the water out...

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2012 at 12:12am

Chicken Tractors & Mobile Coops

My goodness, there are all kinds of coops for the urban farmer. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 11:41pm

Backyard Homesteads: Honey, I Shrunk the Farm

More people find ways to incorporate farm animals, even chickens and goats. Just think of the fine compost these critters can make!

 

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