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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.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 6:03pm

Barbara, another bully that is so very pretty is Creeping Jenny. I planted one little piece about an inch long from my neighbor to the east and before you know it, it had taken over an entire flower bed. I had a devil of a time getting it under control. 

It creeped under my fence into the neighbor to the west and she told me in very clear terms to keep my "damned Creeping Jenny" out of her yard!

My cousin has it growing in a bird bath where she has water dripping on it. The birds love it, she can keep it under control and it glimmers with a pretty yellow-chartreuse color. 

Creeping Jenny in a birdbath (stock photo)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 5:55pm

Vinegaroons do have a bite that can become infected. It gives off a vinegar-like scent when disturbed. They are relatively harmless, compared with some of the BIG-BAD-BEASTS of W TEXAS. It is called a whiptail scorpion but does not have the terrible sting that a real scorpion has. They are a beautiful, shiny, black color and quite pretty in an ugly sort of way. 

Comment by king on May 9, 2014 at 4:19pm
Is that anything like the whiptail scorpion
Comment by Sentient Biped on May 9, 2014 at 3:53pm

Barbara, thanks for expanding my mind.  I have never heard of a vinegaroon.  Looks amazing!

We have slugs bigger than my thumb.  I don't like them.

Comment by BarbaraSATX on May 9, 2014 at 3:22pm

Liquid is falling from the sky!!! If I remember correctly, it is called rain. 

Comment by BarbaraSATX on May 9, 2014 at 3:19pm

Joan, oh gosh I hope it 'bullies' its way completely around my pavers and throughout the whole area.  The little green leaves look so innocent at this point.:) We'll see how it feels after hot direct sun and 100 temps. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 1:46pm

Randal, the beauty of the desert can be astonishing. When we got orders for El Paso, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, I cried. All I could remember was driving through on our west to east journey across the southern tier of the USA and seeing the drab, dirty, shabby, dry place that looked like hell. It took only a month or so to realize what a beautiful place the desert can be. I turned my garden into an incredibly lovely patch of Earth. Don took photos from a plane trip over the housing area and our garden stood out like a green oasis in the desert.

We had pet horned toads, well they weren't pets, really, just happy members of my little patch. We had a jumping spider that provided entertainment by waving at us as we worked in the kitchen. There was a vinegaroon that lived in our woodpile and looked like it could kill an elephant. A snake lived there, too, and took care of lots of insects. A mocking bird lived in the tree fort my kids built and enjoyed the fort as much as the kids. 

That little patch of Earth turned out to be a place full of wonder. 

Vinegaroon, a stock photo

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 1:31pm

Barbara, do keep me informed on how you like Dichondra. I have some reservations because of it possibly being a bully. There are spots where being a bully is not a problem, so I will keep this in mind. Thanks for the information. 

Comment by BarbaraSATX on May 9, 2014 at 9:04am

Sentient ... your radishes look like they are on sterioids :) You are a gardening inspiration.

Randall ... we were suppose to have thunderstorms yesterday and today. We got zero in my area ... I gave up at 9:00 last night and watered. 

Lovely pics guys!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 9, 2014 at 7:48am

Just thought I'd throw in a desert "garden" photo from last week. I'm currently waiting for some rain the weathermen predicted.

 

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