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: 174
Latest Activity: on Sunday

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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

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

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 4. 10 Replies

Fruit Pests: Apricot

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 28. 3 Replies

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 27, 2015 at 7:40am

Enjoyed the photos, Daniel (as always). I'll check out your garden blog in a sec.

My electric fence surrounding my sweet corn patch wasn't working properly, I discovered (more raccoons). Two reasons: my iron posts were grounding the charge, and the wires were touching weeds and corn. I finally got brave enough to touch the wire myself to remedy the situation--hopefully! It's just a mild shock, but effective--again, hopefully.

One other update: I've officially caught 9 moles and 7 "piney" squirrels this searson. And I watched a couple of deer eating apples off the ground. No, I didn't try to catch them! 

Comment by Plinius on July 27, 2015 at 1:09am

I got help from the weather, Daniel. July has been wet and cool - I enjoy it enormously. It seems to be a new pattern here; spring and autumn warm and rather dry and summer is rainy and cool. Winter is rainy and colder. I remember rainy summers from when I was a child, but there were not as many as now. 

Comment by Daniel W on July 26, 2015 at 12:30pm

Randy, thanks for the comment!

Chris, your roof top  garden sounds wonderful and productive!   When I did not have a yard, I did a lot of container gardening but was not as good at it as you are.

We had a reprieve from the heat, the past 3 days.  There was 1/2" of rain yesterday.  I took time to rejuvenate 3 raised beds that I had let go to weeds.  Disappointed  - they were ready to plant this Spring, but I didn't have the energy.  I will plant 2 with buckwheat for cover / soil building / bee forage.  The other will get a test of summer-planted bush beans.

This is the time of garden plenty.  It's interesting to me how much is Native American - squashes, corn, beans.  I can see why Native Peoples grew those plants.  When they produce, they are prolific.

The sweet corn tassels are starting to brown.  I have never grown sweet corn before.  My coworker says brown tassel means it's ready.

Happy gardening everyone!  I love looking at your photos and reading about your experiences.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 24, 2015 at 7:16am
Daniel, I commented on your garden blog site.
Comment by Plinius on July 24, 2015 at 12:44am

What a good harvest, Daniel! From my small patch I got lots of herbs, enough to freeze for the wintertime, and handfuls of lettuce. The carrots and beets look promising and the phloxes are just wonderful!

Comment by Daniel W on July 23, 2015 at 9:32pm

If it was me, I would electrocute myself.  But glad you avoided racoons.  I don't like them either.

We have now reached the infamous summer vegetable gardening stage of the "Zucchini Tsunami". I go out watering, and discover a gigantic zucchini that I could SWEAR wasn't there yesterday.  The chickens might get some.

Romas, a few more yellow wax beans, and various summer squash.  According to Baker Creek catalog, the pale yellow warty crookneck variety pre-dates Columbus in North America.  Haven't tasted it yet - looks so beautiful.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 23, 2015 at 2:49pm

Oh, yes.  The sting of that electric wire will deter lots of pests.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 23, 2015 at 7:10am

I now have the ultimate solution--besides not planting sweet corn at all. An electric wire! Borrowed what I needed from my son-in-law yesterday. Strung it up in about an hour, and voila, no raccoons over night!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 22, 2015 at 10:34pm

Randy, I included how to make compost tea as an example of how to make a tea of your concoction of  "pepper, bleach, and garlic to spray on the corn silks". Maybe by straining the mixture, it would not clog up your sprayer. 

 pepper, bleach, and garlic to spray on the corn silks.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 22, 2015 at 11:36am

Randy, hope the urine keeps the Coons away.  It's worth a try.

Sounds like you'll have to stake that trap to the ground.  That reminds me:  To keep the wind from blowing my Cold Frame away, I've got it staked to the ground with "Pets Spiral Tie-Out Stakes".  It would take a tornado to pull those out.

 

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