Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Patricia on December 8, 2018 at 1:39pm

Looks tasty.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 3, 2018 at 5:31pm

"From the cat's point of view not only do birds not play fair by flying and having eyes that can see beyond the back of their heads, but they can positively cheat by using loud alarm calls and throw the cat's chances of catching any others."

~ Tabor, Roger (1983) The Wild Life of the Domestic Cat. Arrow Books. ISBN 0099312107.

You arouse a laugh in me with "It's interesting that these invasive cats live among the invasive Himalayan blackberries and invasive English Ivy, and eat invasive rats and invasive mice.  And are admired by invasive humans."

~ Loam Gnome

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2018 at 6:20pm

Cats, feral and domestic cats, get rid of unwanted vermin and wanted birds on our property. My nature reserve in the meadow outside my window attract critters of all kinds. I feed the birds high in the trees and place water out of reach of cats. The wild turkeys seem to fend for themselves. 

The bird species population increased since I first feeding them and I hope to see more diversity in that population.

More gardeners use Permaculture strategies even though the ranchers continue with huge fields for their beef, sheep, goats, and other meat and dairy animals.  They, too, will benefit by managed grazing, but "they have always done it this way (large fields without managed herds). 

Your cat visitors look very healthy; not the scrawny, rib-showing ferals of our property. 

When a larger predator takes one of our animals, we feel a great loss because we have made pets of every sort. A coyote carried off a very special goose and his loss affected all of us dearly. A raccoon got banty hen we called "One-a-day because she left us one egg a day. The dogs killed the raccoon and I felt a mixed feeling. We fence the place but not enough to keep out coyote or raccoon. We talk about stringing a hot wire, except we would have to monitor the border of our 17 acres to see that grass and other growth remained cut. Our most fun intruder is the neighbor's horse who comes for our green grass on occasion. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2018 at 1:17pm

Ruth, thank you for this article on farming strategies to increase bee pollination. 

This research shows, "substantial gains in income and biodiversity from devoting a quarter of cropland to flowering economic crops such as spices, oil seeds, medicinal and forage plants."

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2018 at 1:13pm

Daniel, my best wishes go with you. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 2, 2018 at 11:59am

A new method of protecting pollinators and reducing the need for pesticides has proven successful. 

Scientist unveils blueprint to save bees and enrich farmers

Christmann has spent the past five years working on a different approach, which she calls “farming with alternative pollinators” with field trials in Uzbekistan and Morocco.

The essence of the technique is to devote one in every four cultivation strips to flowering crops, such as oil seeds and spices. In addition, she provides pollinators with cheap nesting support, such as old wood and beaten soil that ground nesting bees can burrow into. Sunflowers were also planted nearby as wind shelters.

Good luck on your surgery, Loam Gnome.

Comment by Patricia on December 1, 2018 at 1:41pm

All the best, Daniel.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2018 at 10:41am

Randy, my melons were not sour.  Just mushy and nearly tasteless.  

Comment by Randall Smith on November 29, 2018 at 7:32am

Nothing I recognize as edible. 

Spud, when my melons get "too ripe", they're sour to the taste. Weren't yours?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 28, 2018 at 3:07pm

I would not eat those mushrooms either, Daniel. 


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