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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: 172
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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

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W May 2. 2 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 2. 1 Reply

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Plinius Apr 15. 13 Replies

Rooftop Gardens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 3. 20 Replies

How to Make a Food Forest Suburb

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 1. 1 Reply

Fantastic Fungi - a film by Louie Schwartzberg

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 28. 1 Reply

Michael Pollan On Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Mar 22. 1 Reply

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Comment by Annie Thomas on March 22, 2013 at 9:54pm

Dallas-  Under the magnolias I have azaleas, palms, ferns, and many weeds. ;-)  I'm on a half acre lot and have the two magnolias in the front corners, two live oaks in the back corners, and then 30+ mature pines, sweetgum (which I don't like one bit other than they are the larval plant for luna moths), and many fruit trees and palms.  I am always raking up one thing or another.  I grew up in Chicago, where you rake once a year. I try not to get aggravated by the leaves as I really enjoy having so many mature trees.

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 22, 2013 at 7:59pm

I have a Neuton mower, which is battery powered.  It's so quiet I hear the grass being snipped, but it's not powerful enough to suck up and mulch the leaves.  After raking, I do use the leaves as mulch around the yard.  I have magnolias in the front, so I do prefer the live oak leaves to those.  I hope I am done with raking for a bit.  I need to get to work on my chicken coop!

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 22, 2013 at 7:32pm

Oh my gawd, I love live oak trees.  The twisty limbs and age of the trees intrigues me.  I love the hanging Spanish moss.  I mow the leaves, I never rake.  It is natural fertilizer.  The birds and squirrels eat the acorns.  My ferns, bromiliads, and other tropicals love to grow under and on them.  It is the perfect environment for my orchids.  I'm going to take some pictures in the daylight and prove their beauty and usefulness.  Don't diss the live oak.  LOL

Comment by Annie Thomas on March 22, 2013 at 7:03pm

I spent about seven hours in the yard today... mainly raking up live oak leaves and chainsawing a downed tree.  It looks so good to me!  Here is my new vegetable garden, complete with a giant guard turtle.  Everything is growing nicely from heirloom seeds and I just hope the forecast of hail tonight misses us.  My husband and I refer to this plot as "the back 40", as it is about 40 square yards in size. ;-)

I've been enjoying all of the cacti photos.  I never cease to be amazed by the incredible diversity in plant adaptation.

Comment by amer chohan on March 22, 2013 at 4:09pm

Dallas, your plants are too deep in the pots. That may be one of the reason behind the failure. Catus pots should be filled upto neck with plant completely out of the pot so that air dries out the stem soon after watering. This also reduces the daner of overwatering too. Here are some of my pots

Comment by amer chohan on March 22, 2013 at 6:01am

Joan, when you talk of interior sindh, its physical distance from my home wich you mentioned does not count, you are talking of another world. A world very different from the world I and you live in. Don't google about its water and sanitation problem. People there got much bigger problems than that. As far as water and sanitation is concerned, water is much more scarce and costly commodity in a pure desert.

Comment by amer chohan on March 21, 2013 at 11:05pm

Lovely astro, Euphorbia(if I am right), and mammlaria dallas. If palnts with leaves like agaves and opuntias survive and other cactus suffer, surely it is over watering.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2013 at 8:35pm

Sindhi-Women-2.jpg

I wonder if there are women leaders in their community who are able to persuade others, men and women, for the need for potable water and those who would be able to engineer a water and sewer system? I realize this is far from your home. Does your area have similar problems?

Amer%20of%20Pakistan.pdf 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2013 at 7:54pm

Water, sanitation, hygiene and women in Sindh

These lovely women have so many burdens, carrying water being only one. 

"These women spend six hours daily fetching water for their families.

"Over 80 per cent of rural households do not have water supply on their premises. Malnutrition in common among rural women. There is a strong link between diarrhoea and malnutrition.

"A Stanford University research paper (Pickering and Davis, 2012) shows that a 15 minutes’ decrease in one-way walk time to water source is associated with a 41 per cent average relative reduction in diarrhoea prevalence, improved anthropometric indicators of child nutritional status, and a 11 per cent relative reduction in under-five child mortality.

"Another related study undertaken in four countries (Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, and Yemen), estimated that reducing the time it takes to fetch water by just one hour could increase girls’ enrollment in schools by over 30 per cent.

"A WHO report says that almost one-tenth of the global disease burden could be prevented by improving water supply, sanitation, hygiene and management of water resources. Another estimate reports that four per cent of all deaths can be attributed to water, sanitation, and hygiene.

"Interesting findings were reported in the WHO bulletin (Esrey et al, 1985). The authors studied impact of various interventions on average reductions in diarrhoeal diseases. They found that water and sanitation achieved 30 per cent reduction in diarrhoeal diseases; sanitation achieved 36 per cent; water quality 15 per cent; water quantity 20 per cent and hygiene 33 per cent.

"Based on this study, the authors concluded that sanitation and hygiene are major causes of diarrhoeal diseases. A recent survey conducted by the British Medical Journal identified sanitation as the greatest medical invention in the last 150 years.

"Poor water, sanitation and hygiene have a strong connection with women’s health. When these sectors fail, women and girls are disproportionately affected. An issue, which is neglected in Sindh is the menstrual hygiene management (MHM). The issue has reached high on the international agenda during the last five years. The MHM requires access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene sectors, in order for the women and girls in rural Sindh to live healthy, productive and dignified lives.

"Women in rural Sindh have the right to safe water and sanitation. The UN Assembly “declares the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

F. H. MUGHAL
Karachi

Comment by amer chohan on March 21, 2013 at 7:40am

Joan, you are right. Illnesses serve us too. My job becomes tougher in the winter. No day off even a sunday for log four to five months. Two years ago I contracted dengue virus. Doctors orderd me complete bed rest for a week. I spent my days sitting on an easy chair between my beloved cactus watching bees and flies polinating their flowers. Everybody in the neighbourhood knew how happy the patient was but they couldn't do anything about it because it was the doctor's order. It was most wonderful time I had for some years. After that unfortunatly I couldn't manage an illness in 2 years time.

I am already feeling jealous on the prospect of wonderful time Sentient is going to have next month. And that too in the best month of the year. Pleasant spring air, his plants flowering, bees buzing arround him. Boy its a luxury.

 

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