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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

Discussion Forum

Old and Green. Gardening with an older body.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo 22 hours ago. 33 Replies

An Herb Garden for Chickens

Started by Joan Denoo on Friday. 0 Replies

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

Growing Tomatoes in Martian Soil

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 7. 6 Replies

Bring On The Soldier Flies!

Started by Joan Denoo Jun 5. 0 Replies

Urban Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 3. 1 Reply

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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.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 22, 2015 at 6:59am

Joan, it's way too much work (and money) to make compost tea. But, thanks for the thought.

I caught another squirrel this morning. I use a small trap. My dog ("Dot") usually informs me I caught something. She "plays" with the cage, rolling it all over trying to get at the animal. This morning, a big cattle truck stopped to remove the trap from the roadway--Dot oblivious to traffic. Embarrassing. It could have been disasterous.

One more thing, I'm "bucketing" my urine to splash around the garden, in hopes of keeping 'coons away. Gross, I know, but....

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2015 at 10:30am

Randy, have you tried making a tea out of your concoction? 

6 EASY STEPS TO MAKE HOMEMADE COMPOST TEA

I think the same principles apply to making your solution. 

How do you catch "piney" without getting caught yourself. I have heard of people use garbage cans, but I would hate to be the one putting the lid on the can.

I enjoy reading about your life's experiences. 

"piney"

Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2015 at 7:24am

Since my dog and trap has failed to dissuade racoons, I concocted a home brew mixture of pepper, bleach, and garlic to spray on the corn silks. One squirt and the damn sprayer clogged up. 3 sprayers later, I gave up. I wound up using a paint brush. Don't know if it will work, but I didn't have any night visitors last night. (And my 4th "piney" is ready to be deported!)

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2015 at 4:48pm

Randy, we laid heavy black tarps over where we want the greenhouse to be built to kill grasses and weeds. Removing the tarp we found many mole holes. We used mothballs in each hole and covered them up again with the tarp. We had no signs of moles when we laid the gravel base on another kind of tarp for the entire greenhouse. 

I hope we stop those critters with these efforts. I will let you know if it failed. 

Spud, household vinegar is not strong enough to kill the toughest of weeds. I created a weed-hunt routine and find household vinegar was an easy kill for some weeds, virtually useless on other weeds.

Vinegar Weed Killer: Grandma's Recipe For Fast Weed Control

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 20, 2015 at 9:24am

Ditto, ditto, ditto on the heat. The positive note is all my heat tolerant and drought tolerant perennials are now doing their thing and are happy with just a sip from rain barrels. :)

Randall in other words you took squirrels on a 'vacation to a foreign land and left them."Time will tell if they manage transportation back home. :)  Your critter stories are not funny to you, but hilarious to read.

 

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