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!

Location: Planet Earth
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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 sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Discussion Forum

Feeling like a fish back in water.

Started by amer chohan. Last reply by Plinius 6 hours ago. 2 Replies

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Aug 18. 11 Replies

Soil: regenerative land management

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 10. 11 Replies

Compact Bed Geometry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 29. 0 Replies

Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 21. 3 Replies

Mullein

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Jul 18. 1 Reply

To cure your garlic

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Jul 16. 1 Reply

Harvesting vegetables

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 9. 4 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on Thursday

Comment by Joan Denoo on Wednesday

The terriblre fires devestate so many lives; my heart goes out to the people and property owners. The firefighters work so very hard under impossible conditions, heavy packs, high temperatures, ambiant heat and winds and losing ground hour after hour. 

Thankfully, Fire Dist 8 has not been called out. The few volunteer firefighters mean each Dist supplies what personnel they can and holds back the rest in case of fires in the district. One of the fires north of us had only 11 volunteer firefights until the state and federal firefighters arrived with a plane, helicopter, and personnel. 

The Gibbous moon and sun glow a brilliant red, day and night. Sunsets give a spectacular show. 

Each night, the volunteers who are not on the fires scout out for flames. They are easier to see at night. The daytime smoke is so thick we can't see any new smoke. I thought I saw a smoke plume across the valley and it turned out to be smoke from the fires already known.

Everyone has burning eyes, runny noses, sore throats and raspy voices. 

We now have 500 gallons of water in the greenhous fishtank and hoses strung all around the perimeter of the houses. We have a fire tender on the property that Laura drives when called out to a fire. Michelle and Jared (my granddaughter's partner) and Jacob (16 years old and taking Fire Science at school) both have training on how to use the water sparingly, effectively and efficiently. Larry, handicapped by polio serves as fire commissioner and supplier of equipment and refilling water tenders.. Zac serves as fighter and Laurie (my granddaughter) as provisions provider. She feeds and keep water buckets full for the firecrews as she cares for one-year old Brooklyn and my smaller great-grandchildren. Katelynn (14-years old) helps Laurie. The little ones act as go-fers. I serve as sous chef for Laurie. 

This amazing family works as a team, at home, in the Fire District, and in the community. I am very proud of each one.

Thanks, Chris, for blowing rain our way! Sadly, it works as well as prayers. It is the thought that counts. 

Comment by Daniel W on Wednesday
Joan, I have been concerned about whether the fires and smoke affected you. I hope they clear up soon.

As far as I can tell, here the effect is minimal, Hazy and smell of smoke. I imagine people with asthma and copd are affected significantly. I dont watch the news so maybe worse than i know.
Comment by Randall Smith on August 26, 2015 at 7:22am

Thanks to the smoke, we've had some pretty sunsets recently.

Comment by Plinius on August 26, 2015 at 6:55am

Looks horrible, Joan! *Blowing some rain your way.*

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2015 at 11:20pm

The nearest fire to my Spring Valley Road home is about 25 miles away; the smoke and air quality is very bad because we are surrounded by fires in Spokane and Newport. I see that Portland/Vancouver has tough breathing days as well.

New lightning storms forecast for this weekend. Not much sign of rain. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2015 at 11:04pm

Michelle just brought home her first flock of chickens. She is busy securing the fencing for the little-feathered friends who find ways out the tiniest holes. She thought she was all ready for their arrival. I shared your portable chicken tractor with her and her five kids will be delighted to have the chicks take over some of the gardening chores. 

Comment by Daniel W on August 25, 2015 at 9:52pm

Or use a portable chicken tractor to put them to work.

Comment by Daniel W on August 25, 2015 at 9:51pm

Put your chickens to work.

I should do that.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 23, 2015 at 7:33am

Joan, I dread the day I'll have to move. Hopefully, that day will never come. Best of luck in finishing up your move. Around here, it would be coyotes that might get a small dog. I hear them howling at night. Do you have any fires near you?

 

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