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

My Farm Failures - Revealed Justin Rhodes

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

An Herb Garden for Chickens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 1. 1 Reply

Permaculture Chickens Justin Rhodes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 30. 1 Reply

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 12:09pm

For some reason my ladybugs are nowhere in sight and the aphids take over their favorite eating stations. I don't want to order ladybugs by mail in this heat, they would surely suffer. I hose off the plants with aphid infestations. Hope that lasts until the weather cools down. I don't of anyone locally who has ladybugs. There are several source for worms for the worm farm. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 20, 2015 at 10:51am

Isn't it amazing how excited we become over one little ladybug?  And when I see the bees buzzing in and out of the cucumber plants I want to do a happy dance!  :)

Comment by Daniel W on June 19, 2015 at 10:48pm

Chris, your garden sounds like a wonderful place, to me.

Barbara, you are doing great!  Lemon cucumbers - are they good!

Randy, I didn't know nectarines could grow in Indiana.   I guess they should - they're just non-hairy peaches.  But I thought they were a more tender strain.  Learn something everyday.

I was out inspecting my mini-nursery and heard tiny tiny screams.  I looked at the plant where they seemed to be coming from, and here is why -

OK, I made up the part about the screams.   But there she is, browsing the aphids like a miniature T rex, browsing a meadow filled with lambs. 

Another insect -

There is some insect damage, but my philosophy is, if the herbivorous insects are there, the predators will come and eat them.  Then it's all in balance.  If I spray, I would kill the carnivores as well as the herbivores, and there is nothing left to eat the next invasion.   It doesn't always work out, but often enough.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 18, 2015 at 7:08am

You know, Barbara, I didn't plant one melon (cantaloupe) seed this year. I never get any, so why bother. Besides, my kids grow them aplenty.

Otherwise, my garden is doing well, despite--or as a result of--tons of rain. It's a muddy mess.

I transplanted 17 nectarine trees, only 12" tall, onto my farm kids' farm. My one "mother" tree didn't produce any fruit this year. That happens with the peach family, including almonds. Ah, the whims of mother nature.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 17, 2015 at 2:14pm

I was doing some reading on various melons available, and container vs. in-ground growing.  I found this article small area melons and I think I'm going to try one of them next year. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 17, 2015 at 8:50am

Lemon cucumber, a little over ripe, now 6' tall and still growing - rain all this week.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 17, 2015 at 8:44am

When you start in pots how long do you wait until you move to garden?  Some of the seeds I bought stated they didn't like to be transplanted and I should plant directly. Do you just ignore that?

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 17, 2015 at 8:41am

Plinius, I quite like the idea of your hidden garden and that it is a surprise to your guests. :)  Not sure how I thought they multiplied, but didn't know snails laid eggs. During the period of heavy rain I had tons of them, so much so my walkway became "crunchy" each time I went out.  Did you use anything to eliminate them? 

Comment by Plinius on June 16, 2015 at 1:34pm

My garden is quite hidden: third floor (you'd call it fourth floor) and only visible from my apartment or from the neighbours'. But the people who visit me are pleasantly surprised.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 16, 2015 at 12:35pm

Plinius, that's nice that you are the oasis keeper of the block!  Does anyone see and comment on it?

 

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