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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 Idaho Spud on November 6, 2015 at 1:42pm

Sounds like your greenhouse is producing wonderful results Joan. 

I'm going to start plants in my cold frame very early next spring, so I can plant them as soon as the ground is warm enough. 

I think I will let one watermelon plant grow in there all spring, summer, and fall if need be.  Then when we get cold weather in the middle of summer, I can close the lid and keep it toasty. 

I was planning on putting some cold-weather-crops in there this fall, but so far, I've been too busy making my van computer friendly, so I can access the internet at the library.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 4, 2015 at 7:04am

Always good to hear from you, Spud. I miss your daily comments.

We're enjoying sunny days in the mid 70's. Had our first freeze a couple of weeks ago, but nothing close since. My sweet potatoes are dug up finally, not hurt from the freeze. I cut into many of them, however, with my shovel. I've tried other digging tools and techniques, none of which works. It kills me to slice one in half.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2015 at 3:59am

Spud, I hope your melons escaped frost. Surely the foundation helped provide heat, as you describe. 

The zucchini in the greenhouse is huge, full of blossoms and loads of developing squash. The bush beans have many blossoms and the pole beans climb the bamboo tepee I framed over them. They have blossoms too. The daikon radishes are not forming yet, but the leaves are huge and have a lovely flavor. We had a daikon radish leaf salad for lunch. The lemon tree still has more blossoms and th fruits seem to be developing nicely. I have a fear that I will walk in the greenhouse one morning and all the fruit will have fallen to the ground.

The fungus gnats seem to be under control in the greenhouse. I used an organic treatment. I can't remember where I got it.

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 3, 2015 at 2:59pm

Good going Chris. 

I need to harvest my sweet potatoes and squash today, as freezing weather is forecast for tonight and the rest of the week.  The first frost was about a week ago.  It got down to about 31° F.  I think that's the latest first frost for quite a few years.

It's probably a good idea to harvest my muskmelon and watermelon also.  I was surprised last week when the frost didn't do anything to them.  Probably because they're on the south side of the house, and the sun probably heats the cement wall of my house on that side, and keeps them warm all night.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 7:49pm

Daniel, thanks. that makes sense. 

Our sunset tonight was the prettiest I think have ever seen. The trees, yellow and red, seemed to reflect onto the clouds. It was a yellow and red moment. Even the air felt colored. It gave me a bit of thrill. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 1, 2015 at 6:55pm
I think the forevast just goes to the 10th. After that, the recod high and record liw for the date are listed, along with the averages.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 6:52pm

On the Newport Weather Wonderground, starting on Nov 11, 2015 starts using the word "Record". Does that mean expected record weather for the second half of November?

http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/KDEW/2015/11/1/MonthlyC...

http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/KDEW/2015/11/1/MonthlyC...

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 1, 2015 at 4:52pm
Joan, we have a space heater on a timer for the coldest days. On cool days, even cloudy, it's warm from dolar effects, and on sunny days we open the door to the house for solar heating. The dogs head directly to the sun room. It is their favorite place.

Currently the Sclumbergeras have big flower buds and a few are opening. A couple of orchids are blooming. I also started opuntia cuttings and have daylily seedlings growing to see if their head start will give bloom next summer. I hybridized pink, yellow, red, bicolored, lavender daylilies, just to see what happens. The seeds need 4 to 6 weeks cold stratification. They got that in moist paper towel in plastic bags, then set at room temp to germinate.

Chris, your roof garden will reward you for your efforts.

Joan, the record is the coldest or earmest day on record for that date. The site doesnt project far ahead, so it lists averages and record temps, 10 days or so ahead.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 10:53am

Daniel, your sunroom is such a beautiful room and view. I forget, do you have heat there? Are you able to sit there comfortably throughout the winter? Do Baigou and Charlie like to be there? Thanks for the November weather calendar for your area. What does the word "Record" indicate?

Chris, I have been thinking of you and your garden this week. Sorry to read that walking causes you problems. Winterizing is bad enough without having that burden. You have a right to be proud!

Randy, do you have help from the younger generations for the heavy stuff? 

A badly needed gentle rain occurred the past few days here in Spokane. I spent a lovely week in the deciduous garden with all its colors and return tonight to the coniferous colors.  

Baigou White French Poodle Charlie Black French Poodle

Comment by Randall Smith on November 1, 2015 at 7:01am

Good for you, Chris! It doesn't matter how big or small a garden is. It's the doing and good feeling it brings. Personally, I have a lot of work to do in my garden. Details later.

 

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