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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 June 11, 2014 at 11:17am

Barbara, I hope you are able to get some good photos, and share them with us. I just now joined the conservation group for bats. Thanks for the citation. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 11, 2014 at 10:55am

Speaking of pest control, I'm going to the Bracken Bat Cave tonight to watch the departure of bats. I've lived here for over 30 years and have never been.  www.batcon.org   They consume enormous amounts of flying insects during their excursions from the cave each night.  We aren't allowed to use flash to photograph them, however, I'm hoping for a least one good picture.  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 11, 2014 at 10:46am

Joan, yes, on recent trip down to coast I happened upon a shop with a gazillion different Talavera pieces. My budget only allowed for three of the lizards in brilliant blues and greens. I just love them and of course living in South Texas they are very popular, albeit a tad expensive. 

I discovered I have a "midnight visitor" of unknown origin who has figured out how to take the lid off my bird seed bucket. Guess I'll need a bungee cord to secure it. Maybe a squirrel?  I figure my troubles are few and far between given all the wild critters everyone on here seems to be dealing with. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 10:42am

The second citation didn't come through at all. 

Love the whimsy of the lizard; 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 10:40am

The photo didn't come through in my mail, but found the citation. Is this your talavera lizard and  chameleon?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 10:34am

Barbara, how nice to have such companions in your garden. They are to be treasured. 

Intrigued by the name "talavera lizard" I looked it up and found lovely pieces of Mexican art with the vivid colors, and charmed by the shapes. 

"Gaze at a Talavera pottery urn, vase or platter, the finest ceramics of Mexico, and behold the art of a Spanish colonial period rich with old world design and a colorful heritage.
The rich Talavera pottery heritage was introduced to Mexico by Spanish guild artisans of the Colonial period. Commonly called "majolica" in Spain, Mexican Talavera draws its name from the 16th century Spanish pottery center, Talavera de la Reina. While the intricate polychrome and more typical blue and white designs show their Old World legacy, native floral and animal motifs claim these colorful ceramics as classically Mexican."

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 11, 2014 at 10:22am

Joan, I too had spider mites on my milk weed, but after heavy rain on Sunday and Monday them seemed to have disappeared.  I have a family of chameleons (Anolis carolinensis) living on my patio and they are pretty handy at pest control of  a wide variety of small insects such as crickets, cockroaches, moths, grubs, beetles, flies and grasshoppers. I found it fascinating to watch him capture a moth and consume it. Yum! They do not chew their food but swallow it whole. This little guy was completely enamored with the talavera lizard I put on my trellis and spent the afternoon sleeping with it. :) 

Comment by king on June 11, 2014 at 10:13am
I think my peppers will be fine I read that spider mites like it dry so I gave my peppers a good watering then there was the rain on top of that and I found a little daddy long legs in there with them today I will leave him to his eatting lol
Comment by Daniel W on June 11, 2014 at 9:14am
Joan those are great pictures. Your style of growing sounds similar to mine. I do sometimes spray with neem oil, which is organic. But that is now almost only plants I bring inside, where there are no natural predators. Except kitty cat, who doesnt eat aphids or spuder mites.

Im trying to let go of things that are too difficult to grow here, or are too much of a herbivore magnet but without other benefits, like food for us. Its difficult, because that covers a lot of plants.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 11, 2014 at 8:43am

"Controls aphids, mealybugs, immature scales and whiteflies, thrips, spider mites and other plant pests. Lacewings are the best all-purpose predator for your garden or greenhouse."

Green Lacewings

 

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