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Godless in the garden

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

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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 Michael R Mills on June 13, 2012 at 11:10am

I'm thinking it's Campanula - it looks a lot like Grandiflora alba

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2012 at 12:26am

The white flower reminds me of Balloon Flower (Platycodon). Most have five petals, but some have more. 

Platycodon Balloon Flower ...

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 13, 2012 at 12:05am

Your Rose Mallow looks a tiny bit like my white Mallow. I bought one plant years ago and it comes up all over the garden by seed. I use a deep root water tool to help pull out very deep roots. The water tool is actually a fertilizer metal tube that forces water and fertilizer into the deep soil. I use it to loosen deep rooted plants. Mallow is very pretty and I keep the ones that seem to be in the right places and pull all the rest. Mallow root is used to make marshmallows. 

Mine looks a little like this one. It is the best tool in my shed, next to my hoe, shovel, rake ... OK so it isn't my best tool but I sure like it when pulling weeds. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 12, 2012 at 9:41pm

I'm guessing that first weed is Rose Mallow.  I found a you-tube video describing rose mallow as edible and used in Korean cooking.  I went out and ate a leaf and a flower - I won't sat they were super-wonderful, but not bad either.  Bland

Here are 2 more weeds.  The blue flowered one grows big leaves - a foot long and 6 inches wide.  I pull them out, but they are widening their area.  5 years ago there was one, now there are dozens.

The white one just showed up.  I think I've seen them for sale, so maybe it doesn't count as a weed.

Comment by Annie Thomas on June 12, 2012 at 6:10am

Sentient- I don't what it is, but I sure wish my weeds were that pretty!  I look forward to hearing what others think it may be.

Comment by Selen on June 11, 2012 at 11:58pm

I like your garden flowers.Thanks you so much.

Comment by Selen on June 11, 2012 at 11:57pm

An old lady in China told me that such flower could be eaten to treat disease, who knows it is true or not? difficult.

But some people in countrysides of China told me that such flower grows everywhere because birds eat the seeds and spead the seeds everywhere.

Comment by Daniel W on June 11, 2012 at 10:52pm

Anybody know this weed?  I keep pullling it out, and new ones come up.  Not super invasive  - it stays fairly well confined.  I have not been able to eradicate it with 10 years of effort.  I don't try really hard, but now and then I pull it all out.

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It's not a hollyhock or a hibiscus. The leaves are tough and shiny. The stems are very tough. The flowers are always the same color. It's in full sun, south side of the house, and never gets water. No fragrance. The leaves have a tendency to get rust, but the plant doesn't seem to mind.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2012 at 12:28am

Dallas, the chicken article tells an interesting story of chicken/dinosaur. Who would have thought it? The story, "According to the writings of Cicero, when one contingent of birds refused to eat before a sea battle in 249 B.C., an angry consul threw them overboard. History records that he was defeated" reveals an interesting way of making decisions ... maybe better than modern methods.

"Chickens make wonderful pets ... They are as colorful as tropical fish but more affectionate, as cute as guinea pigs but better tasting, and, ... far better mousers than our cats.” I didn't know that! What do they do, peck the poor mouse to death? 

Also, Dallas, how is your garden design project going? Looking forward to learning the plants you choose. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2012 at 11:40pm

We had a wonderfully warm two or three days and I luxuriated in the garden ... mostly just sat and watched things grow, with a little puttering here and there. The rains came while I was away visiting my daughter and her family and I came home to a lush tropical garden. Everything is green, Irish green. The peonies haven't popped yet but buds swell to full capacity and ants swarm to help them burst open. 

I had a splendid week with my daughter, my two granddaughters,  two great-grandsons and two young men of great character. One  absolutely wonderful young man as partner for one granddaughter has come into our lives with three very young children. Their mother died by an accidental error in Rx. So, five young'ns (from 4 years old to 12) and I played in the lush forest with them, tasted the edibles and identified the in-edibles. Wild strawberries promise abundant fruit soon. Plants from my two grandmothers' gardens flourish in the rich soil fed by well composted horse manure. 

These little families cluster around, treating my like a treasure. For what more could I ask? 

 

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