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!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 180
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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

Old and Green. Gardening with an older body.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 33 Replies

An Herb Garden for Chickens

Started by Joan Denoo on Friday. 0 Replies

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

Growing Tomatoes in Martian Soil

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 7. 6 Replies

Bring On The Soldier Flies!

Started by Joan Denoo Jun 5. 0 Replies

Urban Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 3. 1 Reply

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Comment by Randall Smith on May 17, 2015 at 7:00am

One mole down, two to go! I caught one in the act--dug him up and whacked him with my shovel. However, the really bad guy is going through my garden where it's easy digging. So far, not much damage. It'll take patience to find him.

Comment by Plinius on May 16, 2015 at 9:14am

Enjoy yourself Barbara! There's nothing like a good shower for your garden.

Comment by Plinius on May 16, 2015 at 9:12am

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short-lived

http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/5128/pronunciation-of-sh...

I learnt the short form but the diphthong is also allowed - perhaps different for AE?

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 16, 2015 at 9:00am

Water, water, water everywhere!  I'm wondering if this is what it must be like to live in WA as I've heard you get so much rain.  Just plain soggy. However, our aquifer and nearby lakes have increased in depth significantly.  It appears we just may be done with the drought and that is excellente.  I'm eager for everything that has blossomed to produce - although questionable due to rain and questionable pollination. Just seeing it all growing and healthy is nice too. 

Hmmmn, short-lived with a long I. Can't say I remember it being explained that way.  Thanks, Don.

I too remember lilac scented days of childhood and going to the Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY.   Let's hope they don't try to "improve" them and take away their scent. An acquaintance gave me a rose bush.  I was all excited and planted in my herb garden thinking I would use to make potpourri.  Sadly, it's lovely to look at with a luscious pink flower - no scent :(.  Such a waste of time, effort and space. 

Comment by Don on May 16, 2015 at 8:58am

Right, Randall, the short-I mispronunciation of "short-lived" is a common one--like pronouncing the T in "often" (the T is silent, as it is in "soften," "moisten," "hasten," and "fasten").  Of course, a cat has nine lives and the guy at the dock sells live bait.  That's the "live" that applies here. 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 16, 2015 at 7:54am

Don, thanks for the lesson. I've heard "lived" pronounced incorrectly 95% of the time. It just sounds wrong to pronounce it with a long I. Good explanation.

My wild phlox is blooming  like crazy. My yard is awash in purple--lilacs, phlox, and iris.

Comment by Don on May 15, 2015 at 5:36pm

Lilac blooms are fairly short-lived, that's true, but the bush itself is quite long-lived indeed.  And there are early- and late-blooming varieties (like Canadian lilics) that can span a few weeks.  Here in Vermont I've dug lilacs from around old cellarholes in the woods, where they must have been planted in the mid-1800s.  And that's "short-lived" with a long I, by the way, to rhyme with "alive," because the adjective derives from the noun "life," not from the verb "live."

Comment by Plinius on May 15, 2015 at 8:32am

Another old fashioned flower with a wonderful smell is the phlox.

Formerly you saw big bunches of them in front of old farmsteads - pink, purple and white, almost 1 M. tall. Perhaps cheap and easy, but beautiful I'm sorry I can't keep them up here.

Comment by Plinius on May 15, 2015 at 8:20am

I love the smell of lilacs! I know many flowers are bred to be big and colourful, without smell. I'm not sure if lilacs are among those, but roses are. Give me a dogrose any day, then you can keep the hybrids.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 15, 2015 at 7:40am

Patricia, your Lilac town sounds (smells?) wonderful.

My mother grew Lilacs and I loved the smell.  That reminds me, I seem to remember most of her flowers having a nice scent.  Most flowers I smell today, have none.  I wonder if it's just because she chose those with a scent, or if the scent has been bred out of them.

 

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