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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: 3 hours ago

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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

Living in the forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 6 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 17 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 February 12, 2015 at 10:56am

Randy,

It is true the temperate earthworms in the US are considered exotic species.  They are considered very good for the garden, beneficial to the point where some gardeners consider them a great blessing. 

For native forests, earthworms are considered disruptive.  But I think that genie is out of the bottle.  They are ubiquitous, the ecosystem is already highly changed, the climate is changing. 

It's said that on rich pasture, the biomass of earthworms below the soil is greater than the biomass of cattle above the soil.  I don't know if that is true.

I like my earthworms very much.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 12, 2015 at 8:41am

And I understand that nightcrawlers, i.e., earthworms, were imported from Europe to the U.S. For you that googled it, true?

Hope you can get your energy back, Daniel. Do you still have chickens? If so, do you eat them? I know you're a vegetarian, but....

Comment by Daniel W on February 12, 2015 at 8:25am
Lumbricus terrestris. Thanks for asking, Chris. Big juicy worms that come up at night to feed. I googled on Wikipedia, learned a few things about worms.
Comment by Plinius on February 12, 2015 at 1:24am

Thanks Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2015 at 1:15am

Chris try earthworm, nightcrawler. This is what I got. 

Comment by Plinius on February 12, 2015 at 12:52am

Daniel, what is a nightcrawler? The only thing that comes up when I google is a movie.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 11, 2015 at 9:58am

Daniel, "solarize" that's the word! Thanks. Why make work for myself, eh?  If it works, don't fix it - I'll add a bit of compost and call it good. And this year I'll make a note of what I plant in each pot and next year rotate. Sorry you don't have the energy to do what you so love in the way you want - glad you are able to do some things though. Your situation makes me realize how grateful I am that I'm able to do what I do - thanks to you and your inspiration!  ((((Daniel))))

Chris, it's nice you have someone to help you - and I'll bet she is glad to have you as a sitter.  I've discovered it is alot like the only way to eat an elephant - one small bite at a time. Otherwise I completely overwhelm myself with all my plans.

Today I actually get to lay out my spiral herb garden - or at least my version of one. :)   Plant on!

Comment by Daniel W on February 11, 2015 at 8:48am
Barbara, I do not solarize my potting soil. I like to keep the localized micoorganisms happy and healthy. So far I have not had any disease issues at all. Or insect problems. It probably wont hurt to do it, I just dont.

I do alternate plant types. If a barrel had beans, next year it might have tomatoes, then onions.

It tends to settle as the humus degrades, then I add more on top.

No particular pattern. If the growth medium looks too worn out, it goes into the compost. Sometimes I find earthworms in it. In the soil for the fig tree that I moved into the ground yesterday, there were two big fat nightcrawlers. I gently moved them to a vegetable raised bed.

I make plans too. Then I ignore about half of them, Some borders are completely stream of consciousness.

I have no energy right now. Even so, I dug out a young fig tree that succombed to the freeze - untested in this area, so now I know - and planted a potentially hardier one that I started last year. And moved about 10 clumps of bulbs and herbs from the old place to the country place. The country place is becoming more home-like, which is what it will be next year. Barring any major speedbumps and potholes in life.
Comment by Plinius on February 11, 2015 at 8:43am

I have to, Barbara, all my containers are out of shape and torn. First I'll have to get hold of my neighbour who'll drive me to a garden centre and help me carry (I'm her cat-sitter so I can count on her). Then compost and the earth I used one and a half year ago, then clean up my garden space and sow vegetables and herbs.  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 11, 2015 at 8:21am

Randall, we are well-above our average - 80 yesterday. It may appear I'm industrious, but keep in mind everything I'm doing is new. First veggie garden, first compost pile, first planting of trees, etc. All the planning, the great lists, diagrams, etc. were fun to do. However, reality is they are just a guideline and I find reality is a tad different. Mother Nature doesn't give a wit about my well laid plans. :) 

Joan, certainly a learning experience with the rabbits. Design of my hutch very poor - okay for rabbits, but I want to handle them everyday as they are only 7 weeks old. Real challenge to catch them. By this time next year I'll know exactly what both me and the rabbits need cage wise. Meanwhile, each morning I go out to see them brings new information.  

For those of you who do container gardening - do you 'refresh' soil in your pots at beginning of every season? I read that we should empty all container soil onto tarp in sun for a couple of days to get rid of any organisms, then mix in some compost and re-use. This method is for annuals where you are going to plant something new in old dirt.  Instead of growing flowing vines on my patio in pots/trellis, I'm going to attempt beans and peas in the smart pots this year, using dirt from last year - 'refreshed'.  Pretty purple beans should be as attractive as flowers - and I can eat them!

 

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