"Thanks Joan. I appreciate the suggestions. I am enjoying the process of learning how to deal with all of the problems. I tried to purchase lady bugs, but there was no place in town and the aphid eruption was so pressing that I…"
"Well it has been a humbling past week in the world of organic gardening for me. I thought I'd share in case more seasoned members have any advice, or simply want to commiserate with me.
I check the garden at least twice daily. I…"
"Sentient- I like your chicken wire design. What did you use for the frame? It looks like PVC. The deer are lovely too. I know they are a nuisance to gardeners, but they are still so wonderful to see. Where I live,…"
"I weigh everything I harvest from the garden. It helps me keep track of what produces well and reminds me of success when things go wrong. Yesterday, I passed the 5 pound mark for the spring harvest! So far we've harvested…"
"I'm enjoying the comments about killing viruses in composts. I like to add horse manure to my compost, as it really makes it cook. I am abandoning one compost pile as I have at least one rat living in there. I'll set up a new…"
"Well, I've been looking at that elderberry for years, wondering what to do with it, and finally got around to asking you all about it yesterday. This morning at about 6 am, I woke up to the sounds of a heavy rain storm. I went to…"
"Thanks Joan! Come July, it will be my turn to have gardener's envy, as everything here will be dried up.
Dominic- we've had a wet spring up here in Gainesville. It's raining here today too... slow and steady, just as you…"
"My daughter and I were able to harvest some veggies yesterday for dinner! These are the very first of the yellow squash and purple dragon's tongue beans. The beans were the best I've ever tasted! I boiled them in salt…"
"Dominic- your plants look beautiful! After seeing your photos I had to run outside to check on my gardenia... no blooms yet, but it has plenty of buds. How impressive to have so many orchids blooming. Thanks so much for sharing."
"Re: green burials
We have a wonderful green cemetery in my area.
The location is a beautiful area that surrounds a large house that is used for various events. I've been to a few wedding out…"
"Beautiful Dominic! I'm up in Gainesville and my aloe hasn't started to bloom yet, but your is in full swing! This has been the best year yet for my bottle brush. I think I planted them about 8 years ago."
"I have been enjoying all of the bee-related posts. On Thursday, I have my first class in backyard beekeeping. These posts have really added fuel to an already excited beekeeping fire. My husband/carpenter, on the other hand, would…"
I wonder if the phenology folklore dates back to a time when not everyone had calendars, and people still took many cues from nature? Going by what plants were budding or blooming might actually indicate soil temperature, warming…"
"I've been enjoying all of the wonderful photos and advice as of late. It is so wonderful to have such a wealth of knowledge and experience available!
Joan- I'm thinking of you and hope this next month is as uneventful as it…"
Hi. I'm fairly new, so I checked your profile. I'm a retired middle school science teacher. I also do volunteer service trips for a group called Wilderness Volunteers. Check them out (.org). Trouble is, most of their trips are out west, although I've done 3 in Florida (Caladesi I., off Dunedin).
Hi Annie! It's great that you (as an Atheist that know great deal of science) are teaching science at a private elementary school. ...I always thought that private schools were Christian or some kind of religious schools.
My oldest son lived in Gainesville until he graduated this year in May. He studied electrical engineering at UF. During the first months, after he moved there, we drove from Sanford to Gainesville every other weekend to spend some time with him. The same week when he graduated he was offered a full-time position at a big company in Orlando as an associate engineer (we all were very happy for him). My other two sons (13 and 16) have always been home-schooled, but maybe next year, they will go to a traditional school.
Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your article on Friendly Atheist. I'm not sure if I find Kirk Cameron and his talk funny or slightly sinister, but thank you nonetheless for enduring it for our reading pleasure.