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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 sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

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Comment by Randall Smith on November 24, 2014 at 7:38am

Cool, Patricia! I liked when your husband (I assume!) poked his head up. That's quite a hobby.

Spud, if your ground hasn't frozen yet, you might be able to harvest onions. I'm still getting the green tops.

Comment by Patricia on November 24, 2014 at 1:19am

My husband's ''other'' hobby when the garden/yard work is done for the season.

HO Model trains with the new ''moo'' car.......

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 23, 2014 at 7:54am

Sounds like a well-stocked root cellar Randy.  I'm jealous.

I wonder if I could find some edible onions in the ground this time of year.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 23, 2014 at 7:21am

The ground thawed out enough for me to dig up all my carrots. Talk about a mixed bag in size. Some huge, others teeny. The worms didn't get to them. I'll stick them in a bucket of sand and add them to my root cellar. Just another addition to my stash of potatoes, squash, onions, and fruit (apples and pears). If the "apocalypse" arrives, I'm all set!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2014 at 11:36am

Arid Lands Permaculture, start at 5:00 to learn about fungus and permaculture. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 17, 2014 at 9:32am

Joan, yes! same grinder in our house and used for a variety of things.

Randall, :) we were suppose to have a freeze, but my patio thermometer read 40F this a.m.  5" of snow! Nice snowmen?

Daniel, yes, I too like the re-cycling ideas. I went to local grocery and got cardboard to create walkways, but still need more. Your idea will work too. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 17, 2014 at 8:02am

Five inches of snow has covered the garden. That's not all bad. The insolation might protect the kale, etc. from the 8 degree temps we're expected to have tonight. But I'm afeared the garden is shot for the year. Like Daniel, I'll begin planning for next spring. I like his (your) idea of reusing my dog food bags for paths and weed control.

Like B.sprouts, persimmons taste better after a freeze. And yes, the rule of thumb is, pick persimmons off the ground, not the tree. I shake the limbs. 'Possums and 'coons love them and keep the ground cleaned up. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2014 at 4:33pm

Patricia, what a wonderful roof garden, and a model for other buildings. Wish our city architects had something like that when they designed for the World's Fair in 1974. The plant lists offer some more options for my garden, too.  

Daniel, I wonder about your fig trees, and the other tender things you have been able to grow that I cannot. Your winter project may keep your mind and hands busy and you can stop and take naps with this kind of plan. 
Horseradish evokes very happy days in our home. All the aunts, uncles and cousins on my dad's side came over. We set up fans at the back of the garage pointing toward the garage door. The grinding tables were set up outside the garage so the fans blew as much air as possible away from the grinders to the outdoors. Tables held the hand grinders, you know, the old fashioned kind in those old kitchens. We had four or more grinders going. They ground into big bowls and we kids spooned the mash into sterilized jars. I can't remember if we canned them in a water bath. I know everyone involved in the project had tears running down their cheeks, men, women, children, and grandparents sitting and supervising. As I remember, we used vinegar to cover . 

Preparing a Horseradish Root

We had big potlucks with the world's bests cooks in our family. Everything was from farms and gardens in those days. Probably the only thing that was purchased was salt and coffee. 

We also used shredders 

Comment by Daniel W on November 16, 2014 at 1:46pm
There are some kitchen garden plants that are considered especially good after a freeze - Brussels sprouts, Jerusalem Artichokes, and Horseradish.

I don't have any Brussels sprouts. I dug up a Jerusalem Artichoke, and there were barely any chokes - I don't know why that is. But the Horseradish - here is what I was able to dig up.


I'm sure Joan will know what to do with it. My thought is shred and mix with mayo.

I read persimmons are better after a freeze - Randy can weigh in on that.
Comment by Patricia on November 16, 2014 at 1:26pm

To make compost, & then put it back as plant food.

 

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