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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

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Comment by kathy: ky on May 27, 2017 at 12:56pm
Spud, chickens do the same thing. They're funny. Whichever chicken has the largest piece of food all the other chickens will leave food on the ground and chase that one.
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 27, 2017 at 4:47am

Daniel, those ducks chasing the other when they have a feast without any work is strange behavior.  Similar to some people that worry about others getting more than them.

I see birds here that have similar behavior.  Seem to worry that others are finding food that they can't, so are always rushing over to where the other is pecking.

Comment by Daniel W on May 26, 2017 at 8:40pm

Kathy, your milkweeds are ahead of ours, like everything else!

We abruptly went from chill/rain/wet/soggy/rotting to arid, in about a week.  I have seeds planted, so already am watering them.  Quick change!

Joan,some people claim that bee stings help with arthritis pain.  There is some research supporting bee venom therapy for arthritis.  I don't know how good that research is.

I like scented pelargoniums too.  I bought one for my deck this year.  I grow my pelargoniums / geraniums in containers, and in the fall I let them dry out and put them in the basement.  In March, or so, I bring them back out and start watering them.  They don't bloom as early as buying a blooming plant, but they become like small shrubs.  I like the big plants.

Spud, please do keep us updated on your avocados!  I love eating them!.

Joan, those duck love slugs.  I discovered that my concrete block raised beds are slug party time, and every day I lift the paver blocks on the tops of the concrete blocks,  When I've collected a couple dozen, I give them to the ducklings.  They gobble them down so fast, it's amazing.  This morning, one duck grabbed a monstrous slug, and was running around with it half hanging out of its bill.  The other ducks were chasing it, wanting their share, even though there was a plate with many slugs there for the taking.  Once that slug was eaten, they returned to the plate for their feasts.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 26, 2017 at 2:44pm

"mosquitoes seem to enjoy sitting on the plant."  Humorous. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2017 at 2:19pm

Citronella, Pelargonium citronellum

(Anti-Mosquito Plant) False Claim 

I would include this pretty little plant in my garden because of its scent and blossoms. Research reveals it is not a valid repellant for mosquitos. 

~ Pelargonium Citrosum – marketed as “mosquito plant”

Testing shows that it does not repel mosquitoes. In fact, mosquitoes seem to enjoy sitting on the plant. For more details see Mosquito Plant, Pelargonium Citrosum – The Citrosa Plant.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2017 at 1:07pm

Spud, your Hass Avocado Tree purchase gives me goosebumps! I hope it produces abundantly for you! Do keep us informed!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 26, 2017 at 12:53pm

I ordered a 2-3 foot $80 Hass Avocado tree today from fast-growing-trees.com  It should arrive in a week.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 26, 2017 at 6:45am

Perhaps I have an early maturing strawberry. In any case, they sure are good. I saw a monarch butterfly hovering around my milkweed. Always a good sign. Several plants come up in the same place every year. I just figured they are perennials, but I don't know. I usually remove the blossoms before the send seeds all over the garden. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2017 at 2:11am

Crazy weather, 80° one day and 50° the next, with an unexpected freeze thrown in for good measure. We had a freeze the other night and I lost my second batch of peppers, sweet & hot. I called Territorial Seeds and they are sold out. I'll have to check some other mail order places to get some pepper starts. We all like the sweet and the hot ones. 

Strawberries are in full bloom and spreading nicely over the terraces. I bought a different variety to put some variety in the gene pool. 

Daniel, your photos and narratives give me a big lift. The poppy is outstanding; I very much like the red and blue colors. Milkweed should grow well here, although I see none around in the gardens or on the roadside. There is a big patch of it in a ditch in a smal town near here. Is the white box in your meditation garden your bee hive? It looks pretty there. Hope they are friendly bees.   Your figs look perfect! You will have great treats soon. Are your Runner Ducks interested in those huge slugs? 

A bee nailed me yesterday and three today. I wonder if there is any medical benefit to bee stings? 

Comment by kathy: ky on May 25, 2017 at 10:44pm
My milkweed are about three feet tall already. And my orange butterfly weed are blooming.
 

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