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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

What Killed My Chicken - How To Know

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim yesterday. 2 Replies

Polluting Yourself with Leaf Blowers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim Sep 22. 6 Replies

Willow tree

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 15. 12 Replies

Front yard gardening. Edible Estates.

Started by Daniel Wachenheim. Last reply by k.h. ky Sep 15. 14 Replies

Archer Strawberry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 15. 2 Replies

Deer Fence Installed! But Where's the Mulch?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Sep 6. 1 Reply

My Farm Failures - Revealed Justin Rhodes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 15. 2 Replies

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on January 5, 2013 at 7:41pm

Growing furniture.

Artist Phil Ross grows furniture from sawdust, which he shapes into furniture, grows fungus to create texture and strength, then bakes and finishes.  NewScientist.

This link.

Then there's pooktre method for shaping trees, for furniture and ornament.

more photos of pootre method here.

How to?  arborsmith.com

Alex (or Axel) Erlandson was big into shaping trees.

Or a willow cathedral?

All in fun.  I'm taking a grafting class this month, but I'm not likely  to graft furniture.  Maybe some multigraft fruit trees.  I do have a source of willow that might be fun to shape....   Who knows?

Comment by amer chohan on December 28, 2012 at 1:10pm

My wife says God is punishing the infidel this winter by opening the heavens again and again and destroying his cactus. Do Gods in America behave in this cheep manner too?

Comment by amer chohan on December 28, 2012 at 6:16am

Sentinent! Its ok with beans but never try opuntia seeds. One of the hardest thing on the earth.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on December 27, 2012 at 9:45am

Seed catalogs coming in the mail. 

For short-season and cool-summer areas like mine, I'm sticking with the seedsavers.com, vermont bean seed co, territorial seeds...  and looking at days to ripeness.  Burpee has some very enticing pictures....  but this year I'm trying not to be seduced by the flashiest.  Trying.  Trying.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 27, 2012 at 7:34am

I plead ignorance to opuntias. So I learned something here. Interesting.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on December 25, 2012 at 3:43pm

Amer,

Maybe I'll try again.  There are hardy varieties.  I enjoy opuntias a lot.

Comment by amer chohan on December 21, 2012 at 12:01pm

Opuntias are less frost hardy than many other cacti are but hardy enough to survive upto freezing tempratures. Primary reason for the loss was perhaps too much wet weather(water standing arround the roots for long time). It could be easily manged by adding corase fine sand in the upper 6 inch layer(30%). It provides many benifits such as

!- Water does not stand in roots

2- If it rains too much only roots beneath the layer are destroyed. Plant take root again from surviving roots in the sandy layer.

3- In winter rains soil dries in double quick time. 

4- It provides soft soil for roots to flourish.

5- It improves soil breathing.

I don't have much experience with other plants but it works miracles in case of cacti.

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2012 at 9:44am

Those opuntias are beautiful! Do they grow different coloured flowers on one plant or does it only look like that?

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 21, 2012 at 9:18am

Sentient, amazing cactus in Mexico.  I wouldn't want one of those pads to fall on my head!

Those cacti flowers are very beautiful.  They look like the kind that grow wild around here, and every once in a while, I think about transplanting some to my garden.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on December 21, 2012 at 9:11am

Amer, beautiful Cacti!

I used to grow more cacti but my cooler wetter climate was not cactus-friendly.   I like the big opuntia most of all - edible pads (nopales), flowers, and fruits.  Wish I could figure out how to grow them here!

I had this one in my yard 5 years ago.  It died in a freeze/wet winter.

This was from an old postcard I found on the internet.

 

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