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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 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.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 16, 2014 at 9:26am

Patricia, I like that huge green roof.  I do have one question.  Why does it have to be mowed?  To keep it from becoming a fire hazard?

Comment by Daniel W on November 16, 2014 at 8:23am

Kind of glad  we are in Winter now.  I need the rest.  And a chance to re-do some of the techniques.  Nothing is going to dry out and die in the winter.  Weeds will grow but not as fast. 

Projects -

Screened frames for 2 or 3 raised beds.  Deer/rabbit protection.  Finally got it through my thick head, protection from varmints is equal to soil, water, weeding, at this country place.  These will be simple, framework made from 2X2s, with handles to make them easy to open.

Also, simpler fencing system for some of the fruit trees, same issue.

Start a lower maintenance system for walks between raised beds - I'm thinking a layer of plastic with wood chip cover.  The plastic would be entirely re-used, from 50# dog food bags - tough plastic - and 50# chicken food bags. 

We also need a new front entrance walk.  The old one is too narrow.  It will be paving blocks on a gravel/sand bed.

Last, I want to try a different type of bee hive, and source bees from a different type.  Half of mine disappeared, after flourishing all summer, and the other half did not flourish, although they are still there.  I found a source of Russian / Carniolan hybrid bees, considered hardier, and will change hive type.  Normally I would build the hive but I am too tired, so pre-ordered and assembled one.

There is the whole winter to do those.

Patricia that green roof is a wonderful thing.  There should be thousands more of those.  Millions.  And with a beehive on top!

Randy, the up side is that should kill off a lot of bad insects?  I think?  Or is there a good side?  We had an early hard freeze, before all of the leaves abscissed - Spring will tell if that is an issue.

Fig trees next to each other.  One remained unfazed by freeze. The leaves on the other were severely affected.  Interesting difference.  They are different varieties.

To the "farm kids" - I grew up in a small town in Illinois.  Our family's farm was 20 miles out, across the Mississippi in Missouri.  During the week we lived in town, and on the weekends we were on the farm.  It wasn't required for our living, so I didn't feel too overworked.  Mostly gardening, which I loved.  I was so introverted, and other kids were so obnoxious, I was better off for the solitude.  To this day, it seems.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 16, 2014 at 7:45am

Patricia, I found it interesting. Thanks for posting. 

Comment by Patricia on November 16, 2014 at 2:18am
Comment by Randall Smith on November 13, 2014 at 7:21am

January like temperatures are to continue for the forseeable future. My so-called hardy greens aren't faring so well. Rats.

Comment by Daniel W on November 12, 2014 at 9:04am
Its only sn opinion, but I think growing your own can lead to healthier and more enjoyable eating. I hated mist grocery store fruit so never ate it. Now I love the sweeter juicier less sour, more flavorful fruit I grow, so eat much more. Vegetables, too.

Todays low here 29. I'll see later what that did. Yesterday I cleaned up the row of young fig trees and some of my little orchard.
Comment by Idaho Spud on November 12, 2014 at 8:38am

Nice looking xmas cacti Bertold & Daniel.  I always enjoyed seeing my mother's flower in the winter.

First very hard freeze of the season here.  0 degrees F this morning (21 deg below the forecast).

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 12, 2014 at 8:21am

Randall, nice yours is still a family farm and "in the family".  

Don, yes, I agree.Putting that idea behind us is easy when you try to shop for fruits and veggies in grocery - tasteless and hard unripened fruit, veggies drenched in pesticides ... makes growing your own very appealing. 

 

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