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!

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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.
What's your gardening style?
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Wild Parsnip - It can burn skin.
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Plinius on July 26, 2013 at 1:02am

Looks delicious, Sentient!

Here we still have high temperatures - over 30° - about 86° for you - and with the high humidity I constantly think of fleeing North. Instead I water my garden boxes. Everything is growing like mad and the harvest so far is quite something for a tiny roof garden:

50 grms of peas

100 grms of marrowfat peas

1 meal of lettuce for the two of us

plenty of garlic, rosemary, parsley, lemon balm and chives

1 (one) horsebean 

And there's more to come! I'm getting rid of some small shrubs that want to expand, so there'll be more room for vegetables.

And now I'll continue my rain dance, the thunderstorm I heard yesterday missed my town, but perhaps we'll be lucky today.

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 25, 2013 at 5:06pm

Looks yummy Sentient.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 25, 2013 at 5:03pm

Fresh Today.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 25, 2013 at 9:20am

Joan,

Thanks for the recipe!  If I get past eating them off the tree I'll have to try that!

How's the gardening everyone?

Here we have ripe plums,  a few ripe figs.  Some swiss chard.  Planted some young fig trees in the ground, should have first small crop  next year if all goes well.   Tomatoes have a few almost-ripe fruits.  Occasional mulberries - my favorite, when I am eating them.  Otherwise figs are my favorite when eating them.  And tomatoes.  And plums.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 22, 2013 at 10:49am
Comment by Sentient Biped on July 21, 2013 at 5:23pm

Randall, marigolds are supposed to help in a variety of ways, attract beneficial insects, repel  some harmful ones, and some varieties are supposed to have a toxic effect on some nematodes.  I planted marigold seeds along the edges of a couple of raised beds.  Also sweet alyssum seeds to attract beneficial insects.  Even if it doesn't work, they look nice and they are fun to raise from seeds and cheap.

Lillie, there is quite a lot of literature regarding translocation of minerals among plants via mycorhizzal fungi associated with roots.  It's hard to know how far to go with that.  If some plants excrete substances, that are translocated by fungi and have effects on other plants - even without cognition, is that communication?  We could call it that.  As a microbiologist I studied effects that bacterial species have on one another in certain consortia - some giving off substances that influence others.  Again, it's not cognitive communication, but some do biochemical things that affect others. 

Comment by Lillie on July 21, 2013 at 11:22am
Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2013 at 7:30am

I love all the blues and purples in these photos. I can't add to the gallery because rabbits ate all my petunias. They must be yummy! I know they don't care for marigolds. I scatter them all over my vegetable garden to repel cabbage butterflies (doesn't work).

Comment by Plinius on July 21, 2013 at 12:51am

Thanks for the picture, Sentient, it's just what I needed!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 3:33pm

Patricia, these are lovely lilacs. When I drive through the Palouse in Whitman County there are many vacated farms taken over by agribusiness. Some of the old farm houses have caved in upon themselves, and the lilacs, peonies and iris continue to grow. A real hardy trio.

 

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