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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.

Discussion Forum

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

Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Nov 3. 2 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 2. 4 Replies

A texas garden I never thought I would see!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 30. 4 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 29. 10 Replies

What the heck is hugelkultur? How does it save water?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 29. 8 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2014 at 11:47pm

Barbara, I didn't get that far to see there was a cost. I just read "free" something or other. There is so much information on the internet, I don't think paying for classes is necessary. I would love, however, to go for a series in Australia with Geoff. That isn't going to happen and besides, I don't want to travel any more. That is out of my system. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 8, 2014 at 11:47pm

With the high heat on my patio using plastic pots just cooked the plants. Smart Pots are made of a fabric type material that allows the plants to breath, and they allow the plants to self prune. The one aspect of smart pots is that you can use a heavier soil in them and are not restricted to potting soil. And as I told Chris, you can grow anything from a small flower up to a tree in them.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GrnTSXsFKI

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 8, 2014 at 11:37pm

Joan, I did NOT sign up for classes - they are about $525 with a discounted amount of $375+-.  I'm just watching the free videos available - just click on the Lectures button.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2014 at 11:24pm

Daniel, I wonder what permaculture has to say about wet soils such as you have. Well, another search is on. See you later. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2014 at 11:23pm

I have never used "Smart Pots". Has anyone else? I very much like clay pots because they allow the roots to access oxygen as well as moisture. 

I am going to get smart pots, a plastic container, and a clay pot to grow potatoes in next year and see which I like the best.

I didn't have nearly enough compost this year to do my entire garden. Pretty soon, my garden will be as much compost piles as garden area. The compost I did spread feels so good, the worms love it and I see the cats have been having a great time with that nice, cool, friable compost. The squirrels love it for horse chestnut burials. Thankfully, they are easy to pull out before they sprout or after. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2014 at 10:13pm

Barbara, I tried to sign up for the classes, but the site wouldn't let me process until I took off the Ad Blockers I have on my computer. I don't know how to do that. Laura is coming to town and I will have her teach me how to do it. I have a couple of other problem I need help with. I am so grateful my daughter and son-in-law are so generous with their time. 

I am absolute klutz with technology. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 8, 2014 at 9:52pm

Daniel,   I read and then re-read an article on pollination vs. self-pollination when I first decided to get fruit trees. I understand that even if tree is self-polinating it will be produce more heavily if it is cross-polinated, as appears is the case with your pears. As usual I'm a wee bit envious of you and the other serious gardeners on here. 

Joan, Thanks for additional videos. Will watch tomorrow.

I've watched three lectures (3 hours) of the permaculture site I posted before. He confirmed my original thought that permaculture is not "neat and tidy", but does look a bit messy. However, there is a method to it, a method of arranging plants together so they benefit each other. A system of helping the earth recover from all the damage we have done to it.  Love what the man said is the Permaculture Ethic: 1. Care of the Earth, 2. Care of People, 3. Share all Surplus. - and some people think - 4. Limit consumption & Be concerned about population growth. 

Chris, Have you heard of "Smart Pots"?  Because of high heat I use them on my patio area. They come in various sizes and you can even grow small trees in them. When no longer needed you simply empty them and fold up for storage. Other advantage is not having to move around heavy pots. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 8, 2014 at 8:01pm
Barbara, the persimmons and most if the peaches are considered self pollinating. The paw paws require a second variety and probably a human with a paintbrush. Paw paws are very picky, and need flies, not bees, to pollenize them, and the stigmas are only receptive before their own anthers start producing. The apples, plums, and some of the cherries require a second variety. I have been adding grafts of second varieties to some, to have that within the same tree. Figs do not need a pollenizer. Mulberries, none needed. Pears do need a second variety. I had a large crop of asian pears this year, for the first time. That may be because the pollinizing varieties ploomed and also I played the bee transferring pollen from each to the other.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2014 at 7:15pm

Barbara, I was so impressed with what the design team accomplished, I realized there were things we could learn to suit our situations. Thankfully, you found a site that is more appropriate for our learning. I will do the same, and learn as much as I can from it.

Of course, the fellow that I learned about before Geoff, was John D. Liu

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 8, 2014 at 6:39pm

There is simply an overwhelming amount of information on the various aspects of gardening for the beginner. Three months ago the word Permaculture was not part of my vocabulary. This week I went in search of a local source of affordable classes where I could learn the basics, and none really seemed available. Instead I found this online site: https://www.openpermaculture.com/permaculture-fundamentals  I'm going to go through all the lectures in hopes of obtaining a good foundation. I like the lecture format with comments and I can do it at my pace. 

 

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