Godless in the garden

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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!

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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 May 29, 2014 at 1:04pm

Randall, you are so right! A real challenge, especially if you add in pests and diseases. That is part of the hurdle, being smarter than all the other elements that make gardening difficult. A good gardener has so many qualities, vision, dreams, hopes, ambition, knowledge, skills, patience, appreciation of nature and all its elements. So, off I go to the garden, bed unmade, kitchen piled with dirty dishes, floors needing attention and those garden challenges take priority! Not complaining, just describing. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 29, 2014 at 8:55am
Barbara that's all true. and it's all part of nature.
Comment by BarbaraSATX on May 29, 2014 at 7:36am

Nope "it's not easy"!

However, when you taste the first veggie you've just dug out of the ground and cleaned off on your jeans while standing in your garden, or you've just taken a picture of your first flower to bloom, or you are simply standing and smelling the earth that produced this wonder you realize it is worth every expense, every sore muscle, every invasive bug/animal, and every disappointment to bring you to this wonderful moment.  

Comment by Randall Smith on May 29, 2014 at 6:55am

Moles, voles, rabbits, deer, digging dogs (and Bengal cats!)--in the words of the late Paul Lynde, "You think it's easy?" (to be a gardner).

Comment by king on May 28, 2014 at 10:02pm
Dynamite I like maybe it will get rid of the stupid neibores also they already don't like the guns and fireworks
Comment by k.h. ky on May 28, 2014 at 4:41pm
Have you thought about an electric fence to keep the deer out? It works well here.
Comment by k.h. ky on May 28, 2014 at 4:40pm
Sentient, I use chicken wire on the bottom of raised beds too. It keeps the moles out. And I've made my peace with them. As bad as they can be other things, as you've pointed out, can be worse.
Comment by Sentient Biped on May 28, 2014 at 3:57pm

Moles have a visible effect on the garden and yard here.  Big molehills appear overnight all over the place.

My neighbor tells me he watches them come out at night, and has ordered some sort of rifle to shoot them.  He tried traps and they didn't help.

For me they can be a problem, but not my worst one.  When I need soil for raised beds or to fill in, I harvest molehills.  There are usually enough to fill a wheelbarrow twice over.  Nicely ground up, fluffy soil, free of stones.  When I don't need the soil, I spread the molehill over a wide area, to smooth the lumpy yard.  I figure the mole hill has brought up deep layers of soil, full of minerals that leach in the winter rain.

In the flower or vegetable garden they are a nuisance.  But I do understand their role in nature, eating grubs that might otherwise be a problem.   I keep them out of raised beds by using a chicken-wire bottom for the beds. 

Voles are a bigger issue in winter.  They destroy the bark on trees and kill them.  And deer destroy entire shrubs and trees that take years to grow.  And rabbits eat away the vegetable garden.

But I'm learning, and one day we will all live in harmony.  Maybe.  Maybe not.

Comment by k.h. ky on May 28, 2014 at 2:47pm
Idaho, when you get the levitation thing figured out levitate me the hell out of here. Laugh
Comment by k.h. ky on May 28, 2014 at 2:43pm
Something like that Joan. But it has a high back and a low, sloping front to make for easier loading. To unload it you just turn it over on the sloped side and remove the amount you want.
It's a handy thing. Perfect for moving mulch.
 

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