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!

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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

Feeling like a fish back in water.

Started by amer chohan. Last reply by Daniel W 21 minutes ago. 5 Replies

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Aug 18. 11 Replies

Soil: regenerative land management

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 10. 11 Replies

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2015 at 1:15am

Chris try earthworm, nightcrawler. This is what I got. 

Comment by Plinius on February 12, 2015 at 12:52am

Daniel, what is a nightcrawler? The only thing that comes up when I google is a movie.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 11, 2015 at 9:58am

Daniel, "solarize" that's the word! Thanks. Why make work for myself, eh?  If it works, don't fix it - I'll add a bit of compost and call it good. And this year I'll make a note of what I plant in each pot and next year rotate. Sorry you don't have the energy to do what you so love in the way you want - glad you are able to do some things though. Your situation makes me realize how grateful I am that I'm able to do what I do - thanks to you and your inspiration!  ((((Daniel))))

Chris, it's nice you have someone to help you - and I'll bet she is glad to have you as a sitter.  I've discovered it is alot like the only way to eat an elephant - one small bite at a time. Otherwise I completely overwhelm myself with all my plans.

Today I actually get to lay out my spiral herb garden - or at least my version of one. :)   Plant on!

Comment by Daniel W on February 11, 2015 at 8:48am
Barbara, I do not solarize my potting soil. I like to keep the localized micoorganisms happy and healthy. So far I have not had any disease issues at all. Or insect problems. It probably wont hurt to do it, I just dont.

I do alternate plant types. If a barrel had beans, next year it might have tomatoes, then onions.

It tends to settle as the humus degrades, then I add more on top.

No particular pattern. If the growth medium looks too worn out, it goes into the compost. Sometimes I find earthworms in it. In the soil for the fig tree that I moved into the ground yesterday, there were two big fat nightcrawlers. I gently moved them to a vegetable raised bed.

I make plans too. Then I ignore about half of them, Some borders are completely stream of consciousness.

I have no energy right now. Even so, I dug out a young fig tree that succombed to the freeze - untested in this area, so now I know - and planted a potentially hardier one that I started last year. And moved about 10 clumps of bulbs and herbs from the old place to the country place. The country place is becoming more home-like, which is what it will be next year. Barring any major speedbumps and potholes in life.
Comment by Plinius on February 11, 2015 at 8:43am

I have to, Barbara, all my containers are out of shape and torn. First I'll have to get hold of my neighbour who'll drive me to a garden centre and help me carry (I'm her cat-sitter so I can count on her). Then compost and the earth I used one and a half year ago, then clean up my garden space and sow vegetables and herbs.  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 11, 2015 at 8:21am

Randall, we are well-above our average - 80 yesterday. It may appear I'm industrious, but keep in mind everything I'm doing is new. First veggie garden, first compost pile, first planting of trees, etc. All the planning, the great lists, diagrams, etc. were fun to do. However, reality is they are just a guideline and I find reality is a tad different. Mother Nature doesn't give a wit about my well laid plans. :) 

Joan, certainly a learning experience with the rabbits. Design of my hutch very poor - okay for rabbits, but I want to handle them everyday as they are only 7 weeks old. Real challenge to catch them. By this time next year I'll know exactly what both me and the rabbits need cage wise. Meanwhile, each morning I go out to see them brings new information.  

For those of you who do container gardening - do you 'refresh' soil in your pots at beginning of every season? I read that we should empty all container soil onto tarp in sun for a couple of days to get rid of any organisms, then mix in some compost and re-use. This method is for annuals where you are going to plant something new in old dirt.  Instead of growing flowing vines on my patio in pots/trellis, I'm going to attempt beans and peas in the smart pots this year, using dirt from last year - 'refreshed'.  Pretty purple beans should be as attractive as flowers - and I can eat them!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 11, 2015 at 7:38am

As usual, I get a bit jealous of all the "doin's" my fellow godless gardners write about. Chickens, rabbits, hugelkulturs, etc. But, we all have our own loves and situations, and despite "the grass being greener....", it is what it is (cliche or no). Keep up the good works.

And speaking of weather, we're in for at least two more weeks of sub-freezing temps, well below our average. Yuck.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2015 at 12:57am

This type of fence is what I used to let the rabbits into the yard, although ours was a little bigger. It was easy to move around the yard, however, a little tricky getting the rabbits in and out because there was no door. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2015 at 12:41am

Barbara, you are so ambitious! I love reading your posts, something new every time. I agree to not get a bigger acreage, at least not for me. I can barely take care of what I have. Your bunnies sound wonderfully encamped. Sorry to learn they eat their new home leaving you with replacement tasks. 

In 1966, My then husband was in Viet Nam serving with a mobile medical unit. I rented a house with a big yard in Spokane Valley and none of my children had reached the age of two yet. My folks got us three white rabbits for the kids (not the best idea in the world, but we loved those little critters.) Dad built a rabbit hutch that looked a little bit like this. We also bought a mobile fence that we could move around the yard and the rabbits mowed my lawn for me. I put a wheelbarrow under the hutch to catch their droppings and then put that in the compost. Taking care of those bunnies and playing with them made our year go very fast.  Nothing fancy at all. My parents got all females knowing I wouldn't have time to deal with babies. As they grew a little, we thought there had been a mistake and a male was included in one of the three. It just turned out that they were very sexy little bunnies. 

Comment by Daniel W on February 10, 2015 at 11:03pm

Bertold, very nice!  Spring is coming, spring is coming, spring is coming!

Barbara, your energy is inspiring! 

 

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