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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 Patricia on June 1, 2013 at 1:33pm

Sentient,

My husband likes to try something different every year, & this time round it's the muskmelons. I really hope they turn out as melon freezes well & would like to get a little home grown winter fruit frozen as well as the store bought cherries, berries, etc. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 1, 2013 at 9:39am

Patricia, you inspired me to plant some more melon seeds.  We'll see how they do!

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 1, 2013 at 9:39am

Joan, the borage seeds will be planted today.

Randall, I hear rabbits make good stew.  A trap, some nice brassicas in the trap......  some carrots, turnips, and fresh garden herbs.....

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 1, 2013 at 9:37am

Joan, the free range chicken eggs are so much more "eggy".  The yolks stand up around the whites in the skillet, and the whites are not runny.  The yolks have a orange color, instead of pale yellow.  With those differences, there must be nutritional differences too.

Part of my recovery is to eat more protein.  Milk products cause me more problems.  I can only eat so much soy.  So it's more eggs.

We are working on some thoughts of how to use the hens to clear more areas of lawn for wild flowers.  Too much work for me.  The hens destroy a section of grass quickly, rendering the soil soft and fertile.  And the grass and weeds turn into fertilizer and eggs.

 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 1, 2013 at 7:14am

To Joan: I followed up on your "googling". I think the one gal had voles. Nobody mentioned that vermin. I've got 'em. But I'm betting on rabbits for my problem. Fences are working. I've never heard of borage--but then again, I've never heard of a lot of things! Thanks.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2013 at 11:08pm

The dietitian recommended free range chickens and showed reports that reveal the difference between free range and caged chickens i yoke content. It was amazing. I have been buying free range for several years, but I would like to see the source of my eggs. Will contact people tomorrow for more information. We have a wonderful organic shop and I know they will lead me to information.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2013 at 10:24pm

Sentient, Borage is a wonderful plant. The bees and hummingbirds visit, huge bumble bees love it. it has a delightful blue flower. When it goes to seed in the fall, just pull the plant,  give it a good shake where you want next year's growth, compost the plant and let nature take over. It grows about two feet wide and high, on somewhat flimsy stems. They flop over in a rain storm. 

It is a perfect plant for a natural setting. If the plants get messy looking, just yank them out, compost them, and save at least one growing for seed stock. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 30, 2013 at 9:22pm

Joan, I have some borage seeds, just need to find a place to plant it.  I think it grows pretty large.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2013 at 11:54am

I Googled "hot pepper to stop vermin eating brassicas"

Organic Gardening- Natural Pest Prevention and Control

here is one plant to use as companion plant, and there many others offered. 

  • Borage is a great companion for tomatoes and cabbage as it repels both tomato horn worm and cabbage moths. It also helps strawberries and is beneficial to practically everything in the garden. I plant throughout.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2013 at 11:48am

Here is a link I found by Googling, "Brassicas, something eating leaves."

IDigMyGarden Forums > Squashing Pests & Problems > Brassi...

It mentions rabbits, slugs, mice, aphids, gophers, rats. 

The remedies offered: cats, pet snakes, cam corder, motion detector sprinkler, and others. 

 

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