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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 Joan Denoo 7 hours ago. 5 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 June 29, 2014 at 7:21am

Interesting connections to me: Gardens Alive is based in Indiana, and I live 15 miles from Battleground IN, home of Wolf Park, featured on PBS, etc. (and named after a major fight between the forces of Wm. H. Harrison and Tecumseh),

Spud, I like you idea of covering the watermelon mounds. I just spent an hour weeding around mine--mostly nasty crabgrass.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 29, 2014 at 6:47am

Thanks Joan.  I just did the best I knew how to encourage my melons.  I never thought of it as art, although, after the fact, I did think it made an interesting pattern.

Comment by Patricia on June 28, 2014 at 10:51pm

Thanks, will check into it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2014 at 10:38pm

Spud, your melon patch is beautiful! A real work or art! It looks like it should be included in an art show that some communities have. You are so clever and inventive. You have ideas that make great sense! Oh my goodness, I wish Dr. Kalin, my old Hort. prof.,  were alive so I could share this masterpiece with him. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2014 at 10:29pm

I have been using Gardens Alive for many years and find it does the job it claims to do. If you don't want to use this product, find the ingredient that does the job and see if you can find it locally or through another source. In this case, the ingredient is Bt, a naturally occurring bacterium for insect control. I especially like it because it doesn't harm birds, worms, bees, and ladybugs when used as directed. 

I use ladybugs and lacewings for insect control, especially aphids and red spider mites and I have a worm farm. So I don't want to harm them. 

I hope this works for you. 


Green Step II™ Caterpillar Control

"Controls worms and caterpillars on fruits, vegetables, ornamentals and shade trees."

"Gardens Alive!® has been offering Bt, a naturally occurring bacterium for insect control, since 1984. Recommended for Imported Cabbageworm and Cabbage Looper, Green Step must be eaten to be effective. After ingesting the insecticide, worms and caterpillars immediately stop feeding, though they may otherwise appear to be unaffected for several days. Best results are obtained by treatments when worms are actively feeding on treated, exposed foliage. 

  • Kills worms and caterpillar-stage insects, but has no effect on birds, earthworms or beneficial insects, such as honeybees and ladybugs, when used as directed.
  • Worms and caterpillars eat treated foliage, then stop damaging plants.
  • Acceptable for use on edible plants up to the day of harvest.
Apply Green Step when worms or caterpillars are first noticed, then repeat every 5-7 days while active. Apply more frequently for heavy infestations. 


This item ships at the proper planting time for your region in both spring and fall. 

If the current shipping season is closed, your order will ship at the proper planting time in the next season. 
Comment by Patricia on June 28, 2014 at 6:17pm

We've lost a couple of cauliflower likely due to cutworm. Anyone with ideas on how to tell & what to do about it?

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 28, 2014 at 3:57pm

Spud, I like bumblebees too.  

When I bought the 2 acres in Battleground, bee forage became a big issue for me.  Each year I add more bee forage plants.  I've bought a few pounds of white clover seeds, and whenever i clean up molehills, I sprinkle clover seed on the disturbed soil.  That, combined with natural spread, has made what I think is a beautiful lawn, not pure green carpet but filled with clover flowers.

I also try new bee forage plants each year.  They really love onion-relatives, like Alliums, and Chinese chives, and shallots.  Last year I did not eat the shallots we grew, because the bees loved the flowers so much.  I replanted all of them to let them bloom.

I also planted a lot of borage seed, and a plant called "bee friend".  The bumblebees are on those constantly.  They also love agastache.  The butterfly bushes I planted  - Buddleia - get foraged by bumblelees, but not honeybees.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 28, 2014 at 3:42pm

Thanks Daniel.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 28, 2014 at 3:41pm

Randall, after I said sorry, I noticed your melons are doing great this year.  With all the flowers in your area, I imagine the bees will do a good job.  

I still don't know where the bees and bumbles come from here in the city, with mostly grass everywhere, but they do come.  

I don't know why but I'm especially fond of the bumble bees.

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 28, 2014 at 12:53pm

Spud, I really like your melon hills.  They are like a work of art.  Please keep us posted on your progress.

I imagine the black fabric does give beneficial warming, plus the fact they are in hills.  Very creative.

 

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