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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

What Killed My Chicken - How To Know

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim yesterday. 2 Replies

Polluting Yourself with Leaf Blowers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim Sep 22. 6 Replies

Willow tree

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 15. 12 Replies

Front yard gardening. Edible Estates.

Started by Daniel Wachenheim. Last reply by k.h. ky Sep 15. 14 Replies

Archer Strawberry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 15. 2 Replies

Deer Fence Installed! But Where's the Mulch?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Sep 6. 1 Reply

My Farm Failures - Revealed Justin Rhodes

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

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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.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 20, 2015 at 7:10am

Another inch of rain this weekend. July record, with another 12 days to go. I've just about given up on weeding.

The good news is, I've caught 9 moles this year! And yesterday, I set my trap for "piney" squirrels (that's what I call them). Caught 3 in a matter of a few hours. Used walnut pieces for "bait". Drove them 2 miles away to release them. Far enough?

Now, if only I can catch those sweet corn loving racoons. My dog has been negligent in her duties.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on July 19, 2015 at 4:04pm

Joan, that sounds like a wonderful time.  They are so fortunate to have you!  You will keep them enthralled with your stories for years to come.

Too hot!  Over 100 yesterday and today.
It's all I can do to keep up watering.

There were lots of fresh plums last week.  They all ripen at once.  made plum freezer jam.

Ditto with fresh figs.  So sweet.

Zucchinis of course ripening.  Also tomatoes.  If I can keep them from dying in the heat, there should be lots of squash this fall.  Corn doing well.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 18, 2015 at 7:13am

Ah, the wisdom of our elders. And to paraphrase Pogo, We have met the elders, and they are us!  Thanks for your comments, Joan.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 18, 2015 at 12:07am

Ahhh, Joan sounds wonderful. I'm happy that you are getting to enjoy the little ones. 

 

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