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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: 11 hours ago

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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

My Farm Failures - Revealed Justin Rhodes

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

An Herb Garden for Chickens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 1. 1 Reply

Permaculture Chickens Justin Rhodes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 30. 1 Reply

Using Chickens in a Food Forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 17. 15 Replies

Crisis garden annuals

Started by Larry Martin. Last reply by Larry Martin Jul 11. 4 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2016 at 10:57am

Welcome Nightshade.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2016 at 10:48am

My raspberries produce in May/June on last years canes, then in August/September on this years canes.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 18, 2016 at 10:21am
Randy, it's odd that your raspberries are just coming in. Ours ripen by the first week of July. And you've not had rain? We've had so much rain tomatoes were ruined for everyone this summer. Flash flood warnings almost daily. It's probably our wettest summer on record.
Comment by Randall Smith on August 18, 2016 at 9:58am

I'm dehydrating Roma tomatoes right now. Last year they began to mold before they dried out. Not sure how to prevent that. I'm using my third dehydrator, thinking about buying another that would work faster. Any recommendations?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 16, 2016 at 6:58am

Thanks for that post Joan.  I've been reading about it after seeing your post, and it seems to be an excellent way to dramatically improve soil.  Here are some of the articles on the subject:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramial_chipped_wood
http://forums.seedsavers.org/forum/gardening/soil-mulch-compost/484...

http://www.dirtdoctor.com/view_org_research.php?id=69

http://www.mofga.org/Default.aspx?tabid=700

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 15, 2016 at 7:14pm

" ramial wood chips, which are wood chips made from the outer reaches of a deciduous tree. That means the smaller branches, including the leaves if possible, and not so much the trunk and thicker branches (the rule of thumb is nothing more than 2.5 inches thick).

"ramial wood chips fungal dominant soil. We want a soil that’s full of the beneficial fungi that help woody plants grow vibrantly and resiliently.

"The ideal soil for woody plants contains beneficial fungi and these ‘fun guys’ thrive with the addition of ramial wood chip mulches. This type of mulch has the optimum balance of carbon to nitrogen and higher nutrient content than other wood chips. This optimum balance is due in large part to the greater ratio of cambium and recently living cells vs. old dead wood cells. It makes sense that using wood chips made with more live tissue or recently-living tissue will have more nutrient value than chips made from older wood, which is mostly carbon.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 15, 2016 at 7:18am

Honey bees and quite a few other kinds of bees are always busy on my raspberries.  I'm always happy to see them also.  

I like bumblebees but don't see them very often, so it's an extra treat when I do.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 15, 2016 at 7:11am

Daniel, I suppose I don't have to freeze sauerkraut. I just do. It's probably like wine and should "keep". 

Both honey and bumble bees love my red raspberry blooms right now. I'm always happy to see honeybees.

It's actually raining today--the first in a month. Bring it on. I don't mind missing a day of golf (although I miss getting my walk/jog in).

Comment by Daniel W on August 14, 2016 at 8:50pm
Joan, my bees are doing great this summer. I think the losses in previous years were due to insufficient nutrition. Ask 20 beekeepers, and there are 20 answers, and they are all 100% certain. The mites are microscopic, so I dont know.

Randy, why do you freeze your sauerkraut? Doesnt the fermentation preserve it? That makes me think, I should make a batch!

Supermouse - yuck! stole a spatula - wow!

Omra plants are more than knee high now, no okra pods yet. if I could catch them at the right time, I would hand pollinate the flowers, like I do some of the squashes.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2016 at 8:37pm

I ran across this article from NPR this morning. 

The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making

"The University of Minnesota Bee Squad, a group that provides beekeeping education and mentoring in the Twin Cities, is seeing more healthy hives become rapidly infested with mites and the viruses they carry."

MiteCheck is a program that allows beekeepers to provide information about the health of bees in your region.

Daniel, I have lost track of how your bees thrive this summer. Have you had problems with mites and the viruses they may carry? 

 

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