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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!

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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

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 22, 2016 at 10:45pm

This is about 2 or 3 days of eggs.  It was pouring rain today.  I spread more leaves in the orchard, collected eggs, and gave up.  The hens had stopped producing, so we installed a 14 hour light on a timer, and now they have started again.

It looks like someone was slacking off.  I thought the Americauna was defective and producing brown eggs, instead of the blue or green ones that we read about.  Turns out this is her first egg.  The white ones are from the lone Leghorn. The others are from either the Rhode island reds, or the palest brown might be from 2 the mixed-heritage hens.  The sex-linked hen turned out to be a rooster.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 22, 2016 at 10:40am

Asters are really beautiful.

I think I will make today a garden day too.  Haul another truckload of leaves that I collected, probably the last for the season.  Do some maintenance work in my orchard, especially the deer cages.  I removed two for trees that I hope have outgrown the need, which makes them easier to maintain.  Others need to be larger to accommodate growth.  Plant more bulbs.

Comment by k.h. ky on November 21, 2016 at 3:49pm
More pruning today. The asters were out of control this year. I thinned them out to. They had pretty blooms but not as many as usual because of the dry fall.
Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 21, 2016 at 1:56pm

Spud, at a gas station on my street, there are about 10 ginkgo trees.  A couple are near street lights.  The parts of those trees near the streetlights have green leaves when the rest are yellow or gone.  Those trees seen to do OK in this relatively mild climate.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 20, 2016 at 11:53am

Daniel, thanks for pointing to  "A Way to Garden" site.  I've read quite a few interesting articles, and intend to read all of them.

The one that interested me the most was the one about street lights harming trees.   She said that powerful street lights made trees think that it was not time to collect the nutrients from the leaves, but kept them green and growing.  The leaves would then freeze before the tree could save the nutrients.  She didn't think it would hurt healthy trees, but ones that were already under stress could be harmed.  

My extension agent said the lights are not bright enough to cause harm, but that article had a picture that supports her contention that it does:

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 20, 2016 at 12:40am

Oh good! I am glad you tried and liked the turnip recipes. I would imagine Ning would have had turnips in China, they are so very nourishing, if they can be tamed. 

The sunchokes sounded good. I will get some for next year's gardens. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 19, 2016 at 8:40pm

Joan, I will share if I do.  I intend to,  Ning also does stir fry with them in the mix. 

I did have slices in salad, those were good.

The surprise is I shreeded sunchokes using my potato shredder, and made hash browns with them.  They were great, nice texture and interesting, good flavor.  A little finer than potatoes, but still very good.  I intend to grow much more next year.  there is also a batch still in the ground.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 8:15pm

Daniel, let me know if you like any of the turnip recipes. I think we ate so many because I was little at the end of the Depression, we were poor, turnips were easy to grow, and we had some Irish ancestry. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 19, 2016 at 8:04pm

Joan, that's funny.  Yes it should have read Dept of Conservation.

Today I didn't do anything much outside or inside.  We did harvest some more turnips, Chinese radishes, and collard greens.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2016 at 7:42pm

Daniel, thanks for the Dave Mallett melody. I thought it was an ancient Irish tune. Mallett wrote it and it turns up in many folk singers songs. I hear the echo of John Denver's voice in his songs. 

Your description of planting trees from Conservation sources fits my experience, jump on a shovel forcing it into the ground, push the shovel handle away from you and insert the tree root, stomp on the mound and move to the next place for a thrust of the shovel. We did whole hillsides that way. 

I suspect you spell check intervened in your "conversation". I have to check mine all the time or a crazy word sits inside a sentence in which it makes no sense. 

 

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