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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.

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Comment by Plinius on February 3, 2014 at 1:15am

That's bad about the bees, Daniel!

Comment by Patricia on February 2, 2014 at 9:17pm

We've gotten into another cold snap with minus 20's C, & wind chill of -33*C. This is very unusual for the end of Jan. beginning of Feb.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2014 at 9:12pm
Joan, I wish the starting over theme applied to our current Congress. That's one instance it would be the best possible thing to do.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2014 at 8:48pm
Our temps have been dropping to zero at night and only climbing to the upper teens, low twenties for highs. Add that to wind chill of - 10 and it's been a nasty winter.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2014 at 8:42pm
Daniel, I was reading an article a couple of months ago that was about bees dying due to previously unknown pesticides. New theory is that it's not any particular pesticides but even small amounts of known ones that are making a mix fatal to the bees even though there are not large amounts involved. Seems to make sense to me. Kind of like mixing ammonia and bleach together. Any amount, no matter how small, is usually fatal.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2014 at 8:33pm
Idaho, the last few winters I was able to work my compost year round. I know we need the cold weather to kill off the pest but we've been extremely cold this winter and had three power outages that lasted over 24 hours each.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 2, 2014 at 5:07pm

Danial, sorry about the bees. Starting over seems to be the theme of this era. Have you talked to other bee keepers and shared your story with them? Perhaps they have some folk wisdom they are willing to share. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2014 at 5:02pm

Daniel, your bees all gone is a bummer!  Are you worried about disease organisms remaining in your 1st hive?  Can it be sterilized?

Temperatures here have been warmer than normal most of the winter.  Usually the lows in the 20's  and highs in the 30's.  It did get down to negative 10 one day, and reached the 40's for several weeks.

We've only had a little snow this year, and a some rain due to the warm temperatures.  A small amount of snow is predicted for the next few days, with a little colder weather.  It's 34 F at the moment.

I appreciate the snow and rain because I think it's good for my soil.  Don't even mind shoveling and sweeping it off my sidewalk.  

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 2, 2014 at 4:31pm

h.h ky, we have a cold spell coming too. Predicted to be under 20 F. I feel it too.

Checked the beehive yesterday. All dead or gone. I don't know why. No honey or pollen, so it might have been starvation. Where I took the class in organic beekeeping, they recommended against providing extra feed, stating the bees adjust their metabolism. Next year I will feed them anyway.

I'm bummed very much about the bees. Wanted to start a 2nd hive. Will just start over with the 2nd hive while I decide what to do with the original.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 2, 2014 at 4:30pm

Oh, ye of little faith!  HaHa.

When do you usually start working the soil in Kentucky?

Here, I start in May.

 

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