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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 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.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 2, 2014 at 4:21pm
Do you all think we're ever gonna get to work the soil again? Heavy Sigh!! It's snowing again.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 5:46pm

k.h. Good precaution about being careful not to put the bags too close to plants so that water can get to the soil. Great gardening tips here. Thanks to you all. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 5:42pm

Daniel, I like your response to pots and ways to use them in pots and to keep weeds down. It does prevent the problems you list. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 5:39pm

I love, love, love this site. So full of inquiring minds and research skills. I have never herd of pogonip! A perfectly fine word and I like its etymology. 

Thanks Spud!

Comment by k.h. ky on January 31, 2014 at 4:03pm
Sentient, I split the large dog food bags open and use them in my flower beds to keep the weeds down. I put them under the mulch around shrubs too. You just need to be careful not to get them to close to the plants so water can still get to the soil around the tops of them.
Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 3:52pm

Joan, thanks for the tip about hard water filters.  I've started looking for them.  

I have a house water softener that puts an small amount of salt in the water.  Such a small amount that I can't taste it, so I've thought of trying it on the garden, but haven't yet.

Of course it's been broken for quite a few years.  I don't want to pay to have it repaired, but have been to lazy to try repairing it myself.  Maybe this year.

 

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