Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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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

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 7. 4 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

Some pictures from my garden

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 26. 7 Replies

The Next Green Revolution May Rely on Microbes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jun 30. 2 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2014 at 8:31am

Randall, I have not grown goji berries but am preparing a place for a couple of goji plants. I plan to espalier them on a north/south running fence. They need full sun, and I am hoping full afternoon sun will give them what they need. If not, I can move them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2014 at 8:12am

Daniel, I know what you mean. I can't put in a full day of tending the garden. My energy simply gives out. I've worked out a rhythm that seems to work for me. I go into the garde after breakfast and do tasks until I get hungry, which is about noon. I am totally exhausted. There just is no energy left. I eat lunch, take a little nap and by two o'clock, I return to the garden and run out of energy after about an hour. I change tasks, thinking I can get some more tasks done, but there is no reserve upon which I can pull. So I come in, get a little rest and then make dinner. 

I don't know how you keep up working as hard as you do and add in the gardening. That is a heavy load while still on medication for cancer treatment. Gardening is a very good way to take one's mind off work and the problems of the world. 

Seeing the roses recover from a hard winter for them ... little snow and hard freezes interspersed with warm spells ... gives me encouragement. The weeds look very healthy and pretty; the problem is they go to seed very quickly before I can get them pulled. I asked Cary for help with pulling weeds that have gone to seed. I don't usually ask him for help in the back garden because I get so much pleasure from playing there. He has full responsibility for the front garden and neighbors and strangers comment on his fine work. 

Yesterday, a stranger came into the back garden because she had heard how pretty it is. She was dismayed to see all the healthy weeds growing there until I explained my one year sabbatical from physical activity while I battled cancer. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 3, 2014 at 7:55am

Randall, have you tried vinegar on weeds? You have to be careful because it will kill all living plants. On a driveway, you want to kill all living plants, so vinegar is your friend. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 3, 2014 at 7:46am

Spud, I'm with Daniel. I think you'll be okay. It's fertilized.

King, I only got .15" of rain. Boo. I continue to spray my brick driveway with weed killer, but I'm going to quit and use salt brine. Nice photo, by the way.

Comment by king on June 2, 2014 at 2:50pm

i cant weed :(

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 2, 2014 at 1:39pm

I don't use plant killers anymore.

Comment by king on June 2, 2014 at 1:33pm

and here comes the rains glad i got some weeds pulled befor it hit

Comment by king on June 2, 2014 at 1:32pm

yep i leave them as a nice little treat for the mower i have radishes that are bigger then golf balls and does anybody use plant killers for weeding

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 2, 2014 at 1:31pm

Daniel, sorry about your tiredness.  Do you know when your cancer treatments will be at an end?

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 2, 2014 at 1:23pm

king, nice photo.  Now you know how to post photos of your gardening!  Excellent!

Spud I wouldn't throw away the plant.  I don't  think the bacteria will hurt you or anyone else.  By the time they get to the melon stage, they will be long gone from competition by soil bacteria, sun, and watering. 


I think I'm done staring seeds this year.  I bought melon seeds but they will have to wait for 2015.  I wore out.  Next winter I want to build a couple more protected  raised beds, so the animals don't get ahead of me.  That needs to be a winter project, plus I have a neighbor building a road on their easement on my property, and I want to see where that winds up before putting in more effort.

The herbivore predation  is the main limiting factor at the moment.  Most edible plants need protection.  And my cancer / treatment drains me, and work.

 

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