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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!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 172
Latest Activity: 23 hours ago

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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

Discussion Forum

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W May 2. 2 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 2. 1 Reply

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Plinius Apr 15. 13 Replies

Rooftop Gardens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 3. 20 Replies

How to Make a Food Forest Suburb

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 1. 1 Reply

Fantastic Fungi - a film by Louie Schwartzberg

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 28. 1 Reply

Michael Pollan On Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Mar 22. 1 Reply

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Comment by Daniel W on December 25, 2014 at 2:20pm
Barbara Im glad your vacuum mulcher is working. It sounds like a great tool!
Comment by Daniel W on December 25, 2014 at 2:19pm
Barbara, I dont know the answer to your question. Adding to the complicated picture - the Amazon is rapidly being converted to crops and grasslands. Maybe grasslands would hold the soil better, but cropland?

I also dont know, how long can Africa continue to give up its soil? It cant be endless. If the Sahara became green, and the Amazon lost soil... does it equal out?

I know all I can take care of is my little plot of land. Which is improving, year by year. Much of the additive is brought in - that is not permaculture, but still it is better for yard waste compost to go to my soil, than for yard waste to burn or go to landfill. As my trees grow larger, I hope they give lots of leaves for mulch, too.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on December 25, 2014 at 1:02pm

I was wrong when I said my B&D vacuum/mulcher didn't work so well.  Defective operators are often the cause, as in this case.  Works fine if you use it correctly - don't try to suck up a whole pile of leaves at once, instead vacuum them up from the lawn making sweeping motions and you wind up with finely mulched leaves. :) 

I was looking for Epazote seeds and found them online at the Nichols Garden Nursery - in Oregon. Who can resist a seed catalog, online or otherwise and after reading a bit I discovered a some heirloom seeds. I don't eat tomatoes as a general rule, but couldn't resist Currant Tomato seeds.  Who knew there were currant sized tomatoes!  Lemon Cucumbers! Purple Podded Pole beans and National Pickling cucumbers.  Such fun! Even Russian Mammoth sunflowers for my feathered friends.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on December 25, 2014 at 12:48pm

>>The comments on the dust bowl led me to recall, I read N American soil blew as far as Europe, and in other readings I've read that African soil has blown to Brazil, and recently China soil reaches USA.  Unfortunately, I imagine most is lost to the ocean depths.

Daniel, I saw a film on PBS not too long ago about the Amazon jungle.  It addressed the dust storms coming from Africa and it was their theory that it was needed and merely a part of the earth taking care of itself.  The rains in the Amazon are constantly washing away the soil, thus making it very thin.  The dust coming from Africa replenishes the jungle with dirt.

Made sense to me at the time, but since then I've watched many permaculture videos and they seem to feel the desert can be re-claimed.  My question then is, if we reclaim the deserts what happens to the Amazon?  

Comment by Randall Smith on December 23, 2014 at 7:32am

You're a very persuasive lady, Patricia!

Comment by Patricia on December 23, 2014 at 2:18am

Ok, I've made my A/N donation......your turn.

Comment by Patricia on December 21, 2014 at 6:44pm

My husband's ''other'' hobby.......

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2014 at 9:53pm

You have been busy, Daniel. Your Battleground property, with the rich variety of plants you take there, offers a treasure for you to share with your neighbors. The joy of gardens comes in the richness with building community. 

Comment by Daniel W on December 20, 2014 at 8:16pm

Joan, I'm glad you post!  You are not loading me with more work - I was sitting here vegetating and needed something that did not require too much energy or thought.  There is so much good info there, indexing makes it easier to find.  I didn't do a perfect job - we won't let the perfect be the enemy of the good enough.

This week I did a bit of plant scrounging.  Three lilac starts taken from suckers, at the base of my old lilac hedge.  Each is a different variety.  One hazelnut, a volunteer in the front border, squirrel planted.  Two staghorn sumac.  All went to the Battleground place.  Free, organic, locally proven, vigorous plants.  Each of those is in the 2 foot tall range.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2014 at 11:07am

Daniel, thanks for the link. It is worth a try. 

Also, thank you for your work to mak files available easily. I hate to load you with more work, but I want to post on your garden page ... the title, "Godless in the Garden" suits me well.

It is amazing how much material flows to us now about permaculture. I'm sorting by author, generally. If there is another way you want me to do it, I will happily comply.  

 

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