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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
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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 on Wednesday. 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 Joan Denoo on May 26, 2015 at 1:33pm

After all that HOT weather, we are now having April showers. Too cold for seeds to sprout. I will probably have to reseed everything I started the last weeks. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2015 at 10:13am

Don, what a magnificent progression of your garden. Your temperatures must be at least as cold as it is in Newport, WA. We had unusually hot weather and now a streak of near freezing and rain. I'm sure the seeds can't decide whether to sprout or stay dormant. 

Daniel, your iris look stunning! What a beautiful variety you have. It looks like you have some iris pallida variegata. 

I like Ning's Bee Meadow. It looks as I would like to see in our bare ground. I will nurture the soils and attempt to create such a place of beauty. Please tell Ning that I like his plan and will try to duplicate it. 

We are still in a messy phase of gardening. Because we took out so many trees for a fire break, disturbing the soil, and creating a place for the greenhouse has made a greatly disordered area to be restored. The soil is pure sand with an occasional streak of clay. I tested the soil pH, 7+- throughout. 

My fall and bout with a blocked bowel knocked the wind out of my sails, even more than the cancer. I have some challenge to get busy, however, yesterday, with clippers in hand, I trimmed up some of the forest edges and loved every minute of it. I came in very weary and satisfied. The fire danger declines with each of our activities, making me feel safe and secure in my new forest home. 

Bird feeding stations all along the woods edge should draw in some birds. I play song-bird tapes during the day. We live very close to the headwaters of the Little Spokane River, and the Pend O'Reille Lake and River and dozens of little lakes left over from the Ice Age and Missoula Flood surround our property. Deer, elk, moose, and an occasional brown bear and bobcat wander through. 

Dominic, this splendid black Lab stays by my side wherever I am, in the forest or the home. He leaves me only to check on my new little great-granddaughter, Brooklyn. She is now ten months old and almost walking. 

I am content here. 

iris pallida variegata

Comment by Plinius on May 26, 2015 at 9:42am

Fantastic! Your bee meadow is so beautiful!

Comment by Don on May 26, 2015 at 9:41am
Lovely, Daniel.
Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 26, 2015 at 9:23am

A couple of last pics.  I over-nurture bearded irises, which seem to prefer neglect.  They didn't do well but were not a total loss.  Most are historic varieties, developed decades to centuries ago.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 26, 2015 at 8:56am

Hello all.

I haven't had so much to say lately.  Work, energy, house renovation, and some gardening.   Looks like you are all doing great in your horticultural pursuits!

This year my fruit tree grafts all took off.  Now my plums and apples are multigrafted with 5 to 10 varieties.

The bee meadow is awesome.  I can't take credit, Ning did all of the work

My  seedling tomatoes are growing like gangbusters.  We have Roma beans, Chinese wide beans, about 10 varieties of squash and pumpkins, all grown from seeds. I need to buy some replacement chilis, mine are stunted, probably planted too early outside.

I hand fertilized about 20 pawpaw flowers, and all but one fell off anyway.  I watch that remaining one closely every day, might still get my first pawpaw this year.  Asiminia triloba.

Really glad to see you are all growing great gardens and getting outside, watching things grow, and soaking in the wonders of nature, botany, horticulture.  That's awesome!

Comment by Don on May 26, 2015 at 8:32am

Right, Randall.  I fertilize with Miracid and with organics, and I mulch with pine needles, but still have problems--except for the two that bear well.  It's odd.  Friends with similar trouble have told me they've had luck transplanting to a different spot.  So far I've been too stubborn to try that.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 26, 2015 at 7:26am

Sorry about adding the "e" to your name, Don. Inadvertant. I can commisserate with you about your blueberry bushes. Over the years, I've planted maybe 20. 3 survive, one barely. Acidy soil is extremely important, and mine is highly alkaline. I add aluminum sulfate to bring down the pH.

Comment by Don on May 25, 2015 at 8:40am

Also on the left (green now) is a black currant bush in it fourth year. 

Comment by Don on May 25, 2015 at 8:39am

On the left are 8 highbush blueberries.  I've had some trouble with them down through the years.  Two have thrived, two have endured, and the others have been replaced more than once.  Don't know why.  This season, two of the newer ones budded and leafed out well, but now some stalks seem to be dying back.  Must be something in the soil.  I probably should give up on the plantings that just have not worked and put new ones in elsewhere. 

 

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