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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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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.

Discussion Forum

Insectary

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Annie Thomas 20 hours ago. 2 Replies

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

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

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 7 Replies

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 20. 4 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

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

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 27. 2 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies

Asparagus

Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 4 Replies

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 6, 2014 at 8:04am

Yes, Daniel, boooring. Just kidding. Love 'em. My neighbor sprays like crazy to rid his lawn of clover. Boo hiss. Wish I had my camera when I saw two honey bees sharing the same clover flower. Hoping they find their way to my melon patch. My basswood tree didn't buzz with bees as much this year. Fewer of them, I suppose.             Randy (yes, Joan, but either is okay) 

Comment by Plinius on July 6, 2014 at 12:43am

I love those bumblebee photos! And thanks for the support! We've had two very dry months, so my rooftop garden dried out and there was no time to water it. I also saw that the plastic crates I garden in start to desintegrate - after only seven years! I'll wait and try to find better containers when there's time left. So my garden is dry and wild; the one thing I did was plant garlic but somehow it didn't grow. There are the kitchen herbs, parsley, chives and rosemary - they always come back. And there was a big surprise; I tried to grow a hollyhock for four years in a row and no succes at all, but now there's one - from nowhere perhaps?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2014 at 11:44pm

Daniel, What a delight! The borage is so pretty and with the bees we get a bonus. Your camera does a beautiful job of capturing the images. I always look forward to reading your posts. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 5, 2014 at 9:52pm

Spud, with honeybees I can often catch them on camera when sipping nectar.  They seem to pause longer on each flower.  Bumblebees - at least here - don't pause as long.  Maybe their flight is slower between flowers?  Maybe they are faster at collecting nectar?  Or maybe they do not get as much nectar from a single borage flower, so they don't pause very long. 

Here is another photo attempt, taken just now.  One of many attempts.   I think the bumblebee is more clear.  Bumble bees have a cool name - their tribe name is "Bombini", their genus name is "Bombus".  Looks like the Western US Bumble bee is species "occidentalis", which gives them the whimsical name "Bombini Bombus occidentalis".     The domesticate honeybee is Apis mellifera, which I find kind of poetic.

Like you, I'm fond of bumblebees too.  Some bumblebee info- bumblebees.org

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2014 at 4:08pm

Plinius, I'm sorry you don't have time to garden, and so much of your time is taken-up with unpleasant work.

Daniel, I'm not sure what you mean by bumblebees being more mobile than honeybees.  Do you mean they fly further?  One reason I like them is they fly slowly, at least when they are in my garden, and that translates in my brain as not being a threat.  I think them being round and fluffy helps with that notion also.

Nice picture of borage flowers, even if the bumble is not well defined.  Perhaps I'll try to capture one with my camera one of these days.

Comment by Patricia on July 5, 2014 at 3:38pm

I always learn good stuff from your posts Daniel, please keep doing what your doing.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 5, 2014 at 3:22pm

Thank you Chris and Spud!  Chris, I was hoping you had some food or flowers from your beautiful rooftop garden.

 

Spud likes bumblebees.  They are more mobile than honeybees, which is saying a lot.  Which is interesting, considering they look round and fluffy, and Im surprised they can even fly.  Difficult to catch with the camera.  This is the best I could do, on some borage. 

Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2014 at 2:47pm

You don't over-post at all, Daniel! I'm just quietly enjoying all your garden posts, I still have no time to garden and I hate that - I'll have to wait for next year.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2014 at 2:19pm

I don't think you over-post Daniel.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 5, 2014 at 2:13pm

Joan and Spud, thanks for the comments.  I worry that I  over-post about things I like, like the bees.  Not a lot of people to share this with.  Not wanting to bore anyone with my obsessions.

Until modern chemical-laden times, clover lawns were common.  Grass seed often included clover.  The lawn I grew up on in the midwest had a lot of clover.  Then we got weed killers and nitrogen fertilizer, grass catchers and irrigation, and the modern carpet-like lawns resulted.

It's easy to convert back to clover.  We just don't use chemicals.  I did buy packages of Dutch clover seeds, and planted bare spots - mainly  mole hills - with clover.  When mowed in late bloom, the lawn mower spread the seeds all over, and the clover lawn results.  We didn't even try, it was just nature's way.

Clover adds a lot of nitrogen to the soil, so grass also benefits.  In the wet spring, it's mostly grass.  In the dry summer, mostly clover.  Listening in the evening, there is buzzing everywhere.

 

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