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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
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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 3 hours ago. 0 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud 8 hours ago. 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

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

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Comment by Randall Smith on February 9, 2015 at 7:46am

And speaking of parsnips and carrots--onions, potatoes, and garlic: I added them to a slow cooker with  a large roast. I could smell it all day and tore into it like a ravenous wolf at suppertime.

What a tremendous pleasure it is to dig into the freezer or take something out of a bucket or off the shelf that I placed there last summer or fall. My list is endless, seemingly--berries, sauces, dehydrated tomatoes, etc. etc. Who says gardening ends in the winter?

Comment by Randall Smith on February 6, 2015 at 7:42am

Barbara, I just store my sweet potatoes and squash on shelves in the cool (55 deg) basement. I do put parsnips and carrots and beets in my fruit cellar in buckets of sand, where it's as cold as freezing.

Comment by Daniel W on February 5, 2015 at 11:08pm
Barbara, that's really all my blog is. Im just very obsessive compulsive about it.

We are still a couple of months away from trees leafing out. But daffodils are growing.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 5, 2015 at 10:21pm

Ahhh, progress!  Both trees and all berry bushes have many new buds and leaves in just a couple of weeks. I'm taking that to mean they are alive and growing. I feel like I should start a 'baby book' to track their progress. :) 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 5, 2015 at 7:56am

Wow, another learning example for me - different sizes, shapes and colors because they are hybrid! And I thought they just woldn't germinate.  Well, that should be fun! And if I keep saving seeds and planting them will I eventually arrive at a stable variety, weird that it may be? (I never finished the book on seed saving (';') )

I prefer sweet potato pie over pumpkin - have never tried other squash as a pie. Butternut squash baked and drizzled with a bit of honey is like having a veggie and desert combined. :) 

Since you produced so many how do you store them? In sand?

Comment by Randall Smith on February 5, 2015 at 7:40am

Did I mention that I made a squash (acorn) pie the other day? I had a bumper crop of squashes (a variety), and can't eat them fast enough. For some reason I'm not a pumpkin pie fan, so I make either sweet potato or squash pies--although this was my first attempt at the latter.

I've planted seeds I've saved from squash. The results can be spectacular--or a total failure. By the former, I mean squash can come out in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Hybrids are crazy!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 4, 2015 at 9:19am

Daniel, thanks for the pics and all the good information.

Randall, (':') definitely not a fanatic here. lol  a tad OCD, perfectionist, worried about 'getting it right', afraid they won't grow and I'll be branded a 'failure' - all those things. Then after first cup of coffee this morning I stood looking and my plantings sitting under light on my kitchen counter and realized - well, hell if they don't grow I'll just plant some more outside in the dirt - and I'll keep planting until I find something that grows.  Easy peasey! Frees up some time from worrying that I can spend reading a gardening book since it's too wet and cold to do anything outside.

Cenek, I remembered I saved butternut and acorn squash seeds and put in fridge for a month - they are part of the seeds I planted. Will be interesting to see if they at least germinate as they are probably hybrids or at least treated with something - originally from Mexico. If they do germinate inside, I'm also going to plant some directly into the soil.  Love those squashes!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 4, 2015 at 7:46am

Oh you "fanatics"! Such complicated set-ups, Daniel!  I'm way too lazy to do all that. I've recently failed at trying to start radishes. They sprouted, then died. Every year I try to start early and fail. I say "never more". I'll just wait 'til April.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 3, 2015 at 12:53pm

My county extension agent said most plants need less than 8 hours darkness, so grow-lights can be left on for 16 hours.  I forgot why he said you might want to do that, but I think it would make the plants grow faster and be healthier.

Comment by Daniel W on February 3, 2015 at 10:38am

Last comment on the indoor light growing - this is my setup.  It's a mess now because all I am growing is some fig cuttings.  Seed starting is a month or two away.

I have the lights on timers, 12 hours on / 12 hours off.

The side fixtures are also fluorescent desk lamps.  I had them sitting around, so added for the taller plants.

The lights are held on with bungee straps.   I have also used string, which works almost as well.

The stand is a wine rack / serving stand.  I have also used a similar looking pie stand, same idea.  Estate sales and goodwill can be good sources sometimes for these, or similar.

 

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