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Godless in the garden

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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.

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

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Comment by Sentient Biped on November 20, 2013 at 8:08pm

Spud, that's hilarious!

Then there's the X-Files episode when Mulder and Scully are engulfed by a malevolent fungus....

Joan, I wonder - are there no conifers around the Oregon giant fungus?  It's been there thousands of years and cover thousands of acres.  Maybe it only eats bad trees?

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 20, 2013 at 6:50pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 20, 2013 at 6:36pm

Excellent! Great information. 

Strange but True: The Largest Organism on Earth Is a Fungus.

"Discovery of this giant Armillaria ostoyae in 1998" "occupies some 2,384 acres (965 hectares) of soil in Oregon's Blue Mountains." "Based on its current growth rate, the fungus is estimated to be 2,400 years old but could be as ancient as 8,650 years, " "This one, A. ostoyae, causes Armillaria root disease, which kills swaths of conifers in many parts of the U.S. and Canada. The fungus primarily grows along tree roots via hyphae, fine filaments that mat together and excrete digestive enzymes. But Armillaria has the unique ability to extend rhizomorphs, flat shoestringlike structures, that bridge gaps between food sources and expand the fungus's sweeping perimeter ever more." 

Oh oh! Not such a good one to have around conifers.  

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 20, 2013 at 5:02pm

Thanks to Joan I found this video on the topic of mushroom circles / fairy rings / Heksenkring. Kind of interesting.

 

 

The speaker does not mention witches disguised as moles, or moles that are really little witches, dancing around. He is probably not well informed.

Now that I see this, I think it is not helpful for me to add mycorrhizal inoculant. It looks like there is plenty of locally adapted mycelium already, and I am just buying coal to spread around Newcastle.

Comment by Patricia on November 20, 2013 at 2:08pm

Aw c'mon....we all know the moles are the night dancing witches....hahaha!!!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 20, 2013 at 12:50pm

Chris, like your story of ´Heksenkring´or witches' circle. It seems those old tales, which were believed for centuries, have a certain charm to modern ears. I wonder what it was like for people living with those fears?

I looked it up on Google but my translator isn't working and so I sent the above video. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 20, 2013 at 12:41pm
Chris, It is true we use our cars when we could just as well walk. At first the box stores gained favor because our homes are spread out across the landscape and not vertically as in Netherlands. As box stores grew in popularity, small neighborhood shops closed.

I don't think women have any more problems walking the streets as many other places. My working years were spent with people in trouble and some of us had to go and check on the health and welfare of our clients. I have been in the worst of the worst in Spokane and never felt afraid. I felt more afraid in my own home than when in cheap hotels checking on patients.
Oh yes, one has to be careful. Women alone at night has presented problems in the past. We had a serial rapist in our midst from 1978 to 1981. He was brutal!
http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&fil...
In the midst of his rampage, some women drew pictures of bodies laying where the rape occurred. The city police chief told the women of Spokane to "Lay back and enjoy it!" Well, he was replaced by a Roman Catholic Priest police chief. Many women felt the change wasn't much of a change.

We are a consumer society, buying up all the cheap trinkets that Asia can produce. We buy stuff without thinking of the cost to those who make them. We ignore even asking if slave labor is used or child labor. We are getting a bit more sensitive to labor laws and our farmers' markets spring up all over the place, a most welcome recent phenomenon.

I have walked the streets from China to Istanbul and all over Europe and have never been afraid. I didn't walk alone in Mexican border town.
Comment by Randall Smith on November 20, 2013 at 9:35am

A mushroom ring is often an indication of an old tree that was once there. Pretty common in Indiana.

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 20, 2013 at 9:07am
Heksenkring.... must have the same root word as "hex"! I didnt see any dancing witches but there is a mole hill near the center. One of hundreds of mole hills. Chris thanks for the folklore
Comment by Plinius on November 20, 2013 at 5:45am

A beautiful circle, Sentient! ´Heksenkring´ or witches' circle it is called here. People once thought that witches had danced in the circle.

And thank you for helping with the questions!

 

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