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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

Location: Planet Earth
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Welcome to Eden!

If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

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Comment by Daniel W on May 14, 2012 at 9:01pm

I would not let the risk of 1 out of 20,000 eggs containing salmonella keep me from using them in compost.  Especially if there are only a few in that amazingly rare egg, and it takes many more than that to get salmonella.  I bet there is more salmonella than that in many sources of food.*

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Black bugbane, I think, is Black Cohosh.  It's used to treat menopausal symptoms.  I like plants with black or maroon leaf color, and have several in my yard, including a Bloodgood maple.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2012 at 1:56pm

Oh no! there goes my homemade Caesar salad.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2012 at 1:55pm

Oh! Perhaps I should rethink egg shells in the compost, open or closed. 

Comment by Steph S. on May 14, 2012 at 7:59am
I have some blackberries and other pictures from my yard. I just need to transfer the pictures from the camera to the computer. I'll post them here for all of you!
Comment by Michael R Mills on May 14, 2012 at 6:13am

Category 1 plants are

Invasive exotics that are altering native plant communities by displacing native species, changing community structures or ecological functions, or hybridizing with natives. This definition does not rely on the economic severity or geographic range of the problem, but on the documented ecological damage caused.


http://www.fleppc.org/list/11list.html

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2012 at 10:05pm

I have two kinds of compost: one is covered and I use for kitchen vegetables and fruit waste; the other is open and I throw garden waste in there and eggs shells. I often find the open compost disturbed and broken egg shells scattered around the ground, probably by  birds; I have seen birds eating egg shells at the feeding station. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2012 at 9:57pm

Dallas, thank you for The Natural History of the Chicken"; I sent it off for my grandsons to see. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2012 at 5:36pm

Dallas, I ran across this article which confirms much of what you told us about Mexican petunia. At first I thought I might like it, but not if it so easily seeds. It grown in zone 5, if Dave's garden is correct, although he was describing Ruellia humilis, not Mexican petunia  (Ruellia brittoniana), which is on Category I list for the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (EPPC).

Comment by Daniel W on May 13, 2012 at 3:05pm

One of my neighbors had a Gunnera.  It looks Jurassic, which I like.  Another had a hardy banana, which also looked like it should be harboring a Brachiosaurus.

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 11, 2012 at 8:07am

Dallas-  Is that your Mexican petunia growing so nicely?  I planted some a few years ago, and it isn't doing too well.  It looks healthy and flowers, but just never spread.  I'm guessing it doesn't get enough sun where it is.

The black bamboo is gorgeous.  They sell it at our local botanical garden (they have a bamboo sale every year).  I'll have to check it out and make sure it's a clumping variety.

I'm really enjoying all of your photos.

 

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