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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 12:47pm

Randy, what is your USDA plant zone? If I read

If I read the catalogs correctly, nectarines do not do well in Spokane, or Newport, WA.  With the changing in weather and temperatures being so unpredictable, I don't know if plant zones will matter much anymore. I enjoy the taste of nectarines and buy them at the grocery store all the time. I am sure having them in your yard and picking and eating them fresh can't be topped. 

The killer for me is the late frosts that kill the blossoms. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 12:29pm

Barbara, your lovely lemon cucumber looks refreshing for these hot days. 

It is hard for me to imagine rain in your part of the country after living for several years at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Darnall Army Medical Center at Ft. Hood and Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston. 

When I think of those homes, the sweat comes out on my brow.

Some plants just don't like to be transplanted, i.e.

"Root crops (carrots, beetsturnips, etc.) are not suited to transplants as the process will damage the root. Corncucurbits (squashcucumbersmelons) and beans/peas don't like to be transplanted but can be with care."

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&...

 

William Beaumont Army Medical Center

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 12:19pm

Chris, I love the thoughts of your "Secret Garden". The charming film from Hallmark in 1987 tells a story of a Secret Garden. You might have a story in your special garden. 

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 Wachenheim 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?

 

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