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
Members: 179
Latest Activity: on Friday

Welcome to Eden!

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

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Comment by Daniel W on Friday

Thomas, thanks for the reference.  I like wrens for their insectivorous ways.  It's a cool birdhouse.

Randy, my garden is bleak too.  Yesterday I went out and did some chores, moved garden blackberries to a new bed that is protected from deer.  These are horticultural varieties that are supposed to taste better, stay smaller, and not be thorny, compared to the wild blackberries, but unfortunately deer eat the plants.  I also did maintenance on deer fencing around several trees in my orchard.  The goal is eventually, many of the trees will be too tall for deer to browse, and not need fencing.  But for the time being, without protection those trees would be eaten to nothingness. 

It was nice to be outside. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on Thursday

Thanks to all for the nice comments of our birdhouse.

I must point out that the design is not ours but from a bird house book I bought. I made a few modifications to it and this book didn't spell out all the measurements. We had to do some guesses of length and widths. We did follow recommended hole size for a particular bird and in this case the hole size is 1 inch for Wrens. This birdhouse is our third one. Our first two bird houses were ordinary houses, but this one we decided to explore our creativeness.

For all the size and design recommendations for any particular bird, I follow" Audubon Birdhouse Book" by Margaret A. Barker & Ellissa Wolfson and "The Birdhouse Book" by Don McNeil.

Randall: I'll ask my son if he is for hire.

We"ll be making more soon. Spring will be upon us soon and I plan to take full advantage of it.

Comment by Randall Smith on Thursday
Very nice birdhouse, Thomas. My bluebird houses are in need of repair/replacing. Is your son for hire?!
My garden looks so bleak right now, except for a few cilantro sprigs. I haven't even thought about my plans yet.
Comment by Joan Denoo on Thursday

Daniel, how is your energy staying so high? You do so much, and give me and us so much pleasure with your gardening. 

I'm still a reclining chair slouch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Thursday

Thomas, your splendid birdhouse will make some bird happy and bring you joy as well. 

Good job! Your nine-year-old son has an excellent helper. 

Comment by Daniel W on Thursday

Even though it's way too early, today I dug the patch of ground where I'm going to move my horticultural blackberry vines.  Last year that spot was squashes.  I also sprinkled lime, because my soil is calcium deficient and very acidic, and that spot got lots of coffee grounds.

Even though it's way too early, I discovered seed potatoes at Home Depot and bought some, along with some for sweet potatoes.  I'm growing onion seeds, but could not resist buying some onion sets too.  Just for backup, not needed, but will not go to waste.

I'm going crazy waiting for the real gardening season to start!

Comment by Daniel W on Thursday

Thomas, what a beautiful birdhouse!  It's awesome!

You are right about birds being essential to gardening.  Many birds are insectivores and even many birds that eat birdseed are omnivorous and consume vast amounts of insects.  We think of hummingbirds as drinking nectar, but a hummingbird consumes 2,000 insects daily.   Wrens are primarily insectivores.  A Tree Swallow also eats 2,000 insects daily and consumes 300,000 insects per nesting family.  http://www.sialis.org/tres.htm

And there are many others. 

That's also a beautiful birdhouse! 

Comment by Thomas Murray on Wednesday

Hey guys,

My youngest son (9 years old) and I completed a designer birdhouse for the coming Spring.Took us about 3 hours and two fence boards to make it. I did all the sawing and my son did all the measuring and  the hammering. I believe birds are essential to gardening and such.

What do you guys think?

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2017 at 1:09pm

Interesting video on onion bunches.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2017 at 1:08pm

Daniel, the heating tape on the water pipes is a good idea.  I didn't think of that when mine froze.  That would have been better than my welding cable.

Hope you do get lucky.

 

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