Godless in the garden

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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: 170
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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

Permaculture U. of Mass

Started by Joan Denoo Jan 16. 0 Replies

"All I want for christmas is....."

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Larry Dec 26, 2014. 8 Replies

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 25, 2014. 3 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10, 2014. 3 Replies

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 6, 2014. 2 Replies

My south garden 1993 & 2013

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 1, 2014. 1 Reply

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30, 2014. 0 Replies

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16, 2014. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 8, 2014. 21 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 10, 2014 at 8:15pm

Čenek, I have very rich soil and have worked at building it up for 40 years, starting July 1, 1974. Last year, I was going through the protocol for cancer treatment and was sick as a puppy with distemper; I pulled nary a weed and thy all grew to be taller than I. I sat in the garden and just watched as it became a jungle. 

I almost have it cleared now. Worked on a patch that used to be where my butterfly bushes were. They died and Bachelor Buttons stood taller than my head when I started cutting this morning. I filled two of those 32 gallon trash cans and have more to clean up tomorrow. 

It feels so good to feel good again. 

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on July 10, 2014 at 7:21pm

wow Joan 5 hours is great. I don't have nearly that much garden but I wish I did. Next year :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 10, 2014 at 7:18pm

Spud, thanks for the information on garden hoses and safety issues. Just the thought of swallowing a slug or spider keeps me from drinking hose water. And besides, a nice cool homemade lemonade or iced tea refreshes too nicely to drink hose gunk. I do keep a wet hand towel in the garden and run it over my head, face and then wrap it around my neck to cool off. The heat drove me inside this morning at about 10: AM; I was in the garden at about 5: AM, so did get a lot of work done. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 10, 2014 at 4:02pm

It seems most garden hoses contain high levels of harmful chemicals: http://chemistry.about.com/od/waterchemistry/fl/Is-It-Safe-To-Drink...

Comment by Randall Smith on July 9, 2014 at 7:29am

I tried a different variety of sugar snap peas this year, and they are awful (Origon Giant)--very stringy and not particularly good tasting. Live and learn.

Spud, that's an unusual breakfast!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 8, 2014 at 8:42am

Hope you enjoyed your broccoli Patricia.  I didn't plant any brassicas this year.  Maybe I'll plant some cauliflower this fall.

Here's what I'm having for breakfast.  Beet greens from my garden:

Also been eating peas for the last few days.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2014 at 2:58pm

Still no bumbles, but honeybees are all over the onions.  Managed to catch a photo of one with a huge amount of pollen on his rear.  There was about twice as much as this photo indicates:

Also caught 3 on one flower:

Comment by Randall Smith on July 7, 2014 at 7:28am

Oh Joan, I love your positive "can do" spirit! Gardening is so theraputic--weeds and all!

Daniel and Cenek, I've been pouring my pee bucket water down mole holes in hopes the odor will discourage the little buggers. 

While the nitrogen (ammonia) is good for plants, the extra salt is not. So one has to be careful not to add concentrated "urine juice" directly to plant roots. And I'm having the same problem with my tomato plants--some doing great, others puny and worthless. Who knows why (rhetorical). 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2014 at 6:02am

Haven't seen any bumblebees in the last couple of days, but there's always a bee or two on my onion flowers, so I decided to snap one of those:

Comment by Daniel W on July 6, 2014 at 5:16pm

Cenek, I've only been using urine as fertilizer for 1 year.  I have not done a randomized, controlled trial, but I'm very impressed with the growth surge in many of my trees, fruit trees, shrubs, and vegetables.  In some cases it was bad.  I think it killed off a number of my bearded irises.  Other plants that demand high amounts of nitrogen include greens, squash, grasses like corn.  Too much is a bad thing, burns leaves or can cause overgrowth of leaves at expense of fruits, so it requires caution.

 

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