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Godless in the garden

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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.
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
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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An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10. 3 Replies

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 6. 2 Replies

My south garden 1993 & 2013

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 1. 1 Reply

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30. 0 Replies

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 8. 21 Replies

Design with Nature

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 6. 0 Replies

Sepp Holzer´s Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Nov 6. 1 Reply

Permaculture, John D. Liu

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 3. 8 Replies

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Comment by Daniel W on July 19, 2014 at 4:34pm

Spud, the grocery store fresh figs are picked before ripe.  Unfortunately, figs ripen to a soft delicate state, almost liquid, and that is when they are the sweetest and most flavorful.  I've had fresh grocery figs and they were tasteless, even kind of bad tasting.

Unfortunately, they don't ship well at all.  Hobbyists in northern states grow them in barrels and put the trees in the garage for the winter.  They mostly survive unscathed here in the winter, althoug last year my newest most tender fig trees died to the ground in the big freeze.  They came up again from roots, so we'll see what happens this winter.

Joan, this is my favorite part of summer in the garden.  I love figs the most.  Except when the plums are juicy ripe.  Then I love those the most.  Except when peaches are juicy ripe....  And tomatoes....  and grapes..... and mulberries....

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 19, 2014 at 4:02pm

Daniel, these are beautiful specimens of figs. I am impressed!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2014 at 12:43pm

Daniel, how does the taste of ripe from the tree figs compare to store purchased figs?

Comment by Daniel W on July 19, 2014 at 12:03pm

Had the first ripe figs today.  Readers in Texas and California have probably seen ripe figs for week, but for me this is the start.  Each winter, I start new fig trees from cuttings of the best ones, and give away the starts in the fall.

"White Marseilles", also called "Lattarula". This was reportedly a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, who grew it at Monticello in Virginia. Petite aubique, French variety, black on outside, blood red on inside.

I belong to an online internet fig forum and have exchanged cuttings with fig fanciers around the country.   Growing various types, we get ripe figs from now until late fall.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 19, 2014 at 7:02am

WOW!!!!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 18, 2014 at 2:34pm

Patricia, I like the purple one without the green.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 18, 2014 at 7:28am

Daniel, I didn't realize you had "tests". Thinking of you (no prayers). Plus I appreciate the word I couldn't think of: repurposed! You should see my "repurposed" brick driveway and walkway! (Photo time next go around.)

I mentioned in the food group, today is reorganizing my freezer day. Who knows what I'll find?!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 17, 2014 at 4:25pm

gawdjeezuzzfreezone! is a funny one Patricia.

Comment by Daniel W on July 17, 2014 at 4:08pm

I like re-using wood from one thing, to another.  I built Ning a chicken house using entirely repurposed wood.  Some of the remodeled rooms in my house have framing recycled form walls I tore out.  The wood is much harder than new framing wood.

Joan, no results yet.  I'm not all that worried either way.  Beyond that I guess. 

Four O'clocks are blooming like crazy.  That was the "try for the first time" project for this year.  That and grafting.  And okra.  The grafting worked amazingly well.  The okra is still sulking and looks bad.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2014 at 4:02pm

Patricia, I very much like your gawdjeezuzzfreezone! I would have to store it in a place where I could copy and paste it ... I had trouble getting all the d's and z's in the right places. 

Randy, A torn down garage is the perfect material for a wood shed. I have a high wooden fence that is 18 years old and beginning to lean and needing supports. I was thinking about how I would use the wood when I replace the old one. I don't have room for a woodshed, but I think with a little creativity and imagination, I put that wood to good use. I won't replace it this year, so I have lots of time to think about it. 

Spud, I had raspberries for breakfast in the garden, too. They are so good. Yes, I find they get better as the season goes on. Sadly, it is over far too fast. I noticed my blueberries had a great struggle this year because of the failure of my soaker system. That is all replaced now and the bushes are already putting out healthy, robust leaves and the berries begin to fatten and ripen. Can't wait to get that first one in my mouth. 

Daniel, thinking about you and hoping you have good news to share about your test. It is only Thursday and those reports come awfully slowly. It may be another week; whatever the outcome, we stand with you. 

 

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