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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: 173
Latest Activity: 42 minutes 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 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

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Randall Smith 1 hour ago. 15 Replies

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

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 Daniel W on March 14, 2015 at 5:55pm

With the season becoming nicer, I have taken the dried geraniums (pelargoniums) out of storage, cleaned them up, and sat them outside.  They should start growing soon.  I trimmed the broken or dead looking parts off of the plants.

There were some broken branches.  I also trimmed those, and placed them in a glass of water to see if they grow.  That usually works.

Chris, I think it's wonderful that you garden on a rooftop.

Spud, I hope you find your Eden soon.

I planted the last shipment of mail order fruit trees last week.  More than I should have bought.  Kind of an act of defiance, since they take a few years to fruit.  I planted a pawpaw - I researched to find the fastest growing variety, a multigraft apple - multi so additional pollinating trees are not needed, a kind of Frankensteinian hybrid called "Sweet Treat Pluerry", which counts as its ancestry 9/16 plum, 1/4 cherry, 1/8 peach, 1/16 apricot, and some bare root shrubs which came as bonus - highbush cranberry and some rugosa roses that, I hope, with have usable fruits too.  In Jan I had added a Persimmon that I bought mail order - a self fruitful variety originating from an exotic place called "Indiana". 

Yesterday I was driving past a crew cutting down beautiful mature sweetgum trees.  Nothing I can do about that, but I asked if they have to pay to dump the chips, and they said yes.  So I asked if they would like to dump them in my driveway, and they said yes.  So they gave me about 3 cubic yards of wood chips for free.  Lots of perfect mulch.  The lesson is, if you have need for woodchip mulch, which Linda Chalker-Scott promotes as the best of all mulches, you may be able to get them for free from local tree services, who save money by not having to haul them away and pay to dump them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 14, 2015 at 11:44am

I also want a place where I can have some privacy & quietness.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 14, 2015 at 11:42am

Chris, I second Randall's desire for you to be able to move to a better place some day, and I like that you plant things despite the less than desirable conditions.

I live in a city of 60 thousand people.  Some days there is smog from the fertilizer plant outside of town, but usually there is enough wind to keep the air reasonable clean.

Still, I want to move to a warmer place, but mostly a place where I can have some land to garden.  

Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2015 at 7:34am

That sounds like very bad smog, Randall. Good for you that you live in a clean area now!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 14, 2015 at 7:20am

Good for you, Chris. I spent 7 years in smoggy So. Calif., back when there were no "controls". I remember the burning eyes, persistant cough, and foul odor. I moved back to Indiana--away from any cities. Sorry you can't do the same. Some day, perhaps.

Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2015 at 3:05am

Randall, I must be stupid to make a vegetable garden twelve metres above a polluted street - but I'll do it anyway. There's one of those test points down in the street and the outcome for fine dust and other emissions are above the European norm. Why do I bother? I can't help myself - plants clean the air and only in this way can I prove to myself that I don't want to be part of the polluting community. Living here will probably take 13 months out of my life expectancy, I read somewhere, but that can't be helped either: I need a bag of money before I can move and besides, our two patients live near here. So today, Saturday, I'm going to dig and plant some more.

Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2015 at 2:52am

How was your day in the garden, Joan?

Comment by Patricia on March 13, 2015 at 2:18pm

To Joan

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 13, 2015 at 1:36pm

Each one of your messages is an inspiration to me that I greatly need today. I'm emotionally down for some reason, but I am headed for the garden now and expect to come inside full of enthusiasm and calm. Write to you later. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 13, 2015 at 7:53am

Chris, I've always maintained that if you're going to grow something, it might as well be edible. Herbs are great to grow in containers. Zucchini sounds interesting. The same theory is true for trees. Fruit and nut trees gives one blossoms (and bees) and delicious fruit--more bang for your buck!

 

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