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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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Latest Activity: 6 hours ago

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.
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

Discussion Forum

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

Sepp Holzer´s Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Nov 6. 1 Reply

Permaculture, John D. Liu

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 3. 8 Replies

Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Nov 3. 2 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 2. 4 Replies

A texas garden I never thought I would see!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 30. 4 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 29. 10 Replies

What the heck is hugelkultur? How does it save water?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 29. 8 Replies

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by A Former Member on May 28, 2012 at 8:27pm

Thanks SB.

Comment by Tammy S on May 28, 2012 at 1:57pm

I'm thinking of starting some hives this fall and saw this link this morning in my email from Common Dreams, thought you might find it interesting, or like myself, frightening.

A Last (Chemical) Gasp For Bees?

Comment by Daniel W on May 27, 2012 at 4:59pm

maybe here?  tell them you are a landscape designer, instead of a landscaper.  more $$$.

Comment by A Former Member on May 27, 2012 at 2:09pm

My COA is asking me to do some landscaping work -- making a raised bed, etc., and I don't know what to charge them per hour. Do any of you have any input on this, becasue you've done it or paid for it?

Comment by Daniel W on May 27, 2012 at 12:45pm

$5.00 for a tomato plant!  Oh well.  I normally grow grow them from seeds, on the windowsill.  This year, for the first time in a decade, I decided to buy plants instead.  Save the effort.  Which actually isn't that much effort, just wasn't in a mental "place".   A couple weeks back I found all but one of the ones that I like the most.  But - my favorite - no where!  Yesterday, one last nursery, found a 18 inch tall Lemon Boy for $5.00.  So I bought it.  Never paid that much before for a tomato plant.  Oh, Cherokee Black is also my favorite.  And so is Better Boy. And so is Supersweet 100.  Next year....  I'll plan on growing from seeds again.


Can't wait for some fresh tomatoes.  Two are blooming.  I've started staking them.  That Lemon Boy is already in bloom too.  Maybe by mid July?  The cool summers here usually mean late start.

Comment by Steph S. on May 22, 2012 at 5:45am
I'm enjoying all your lovely photos of your plants! Just beautiful!
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2012 at 11:00pm

Dallas, here is some information about Bolivian Jew
PlantFiles: Variegated Inch Plant, Bolivian Jew

Hardy euphorbias are good value for money

Here is one source of euphorbia through mail order:

10 Great Plants for Shady Gardens, Euphorbia (Spurge)

Happy growing. 

By the way, stay away from Alchemilla (Lady’s mantle). It reseeds invasively and has very deep roots that are hard to ferret out. The plant is lovely, I love it, except for its bully behavior.
 

 

Comment by A Former Member on May 21, 2012 at 10:12pm

SB, amazing. That's pretty. Is it the orange rocket variety, or one of the others?

 

Joan, now that you mention it, Jews are perennial, so it probably will die back this winter. I hadn't thought of it. I may see if we can plant some in the ground around my property.

 

Also, I think I'm sold on the euphorbia. Thing is, I don't recall ever seeing it at the nursury or planted anywhere about town. I have no idea where the person got theirs in that yard, but it's the first time I ever recall seeing it, and your flower description does not ring a bell at all. If it was a popular local plant, I feel certain I would have seen it by now.

 

Annie, thanks for the feedback on the bottlebrush. Are they all red? Is this the only color they come in? I see you're in FL. I don't recall ever seeing the bottlebrush around town in a yard or commercial property, but the nursury I go to has a few of them every year. Maybe it's too hot or too dry here in Tx. ????

Comment by Daniel W on May 21, 2012 at 9:59pm

Dallas, here's a barberry on my deck.  The colors are not enhanced - I don't know how.  This one went without water for 2 months last summer while the kitchen was being remodeled, and turned brown and all of the leaves fell off.  This pic was last weekend - 100% recovery.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 21, 2012 at 9:26pm

Dallas, that is such a pretty way to display your Jew. My hunch is, you will want to cut it to the soil level and bring it inside. New growth will start in early spring and a nice dose of compost tea perks it right up. 

I hope I am not misleading you on this particular plant. 

 

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