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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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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

Fruit Pests: Apricot

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 3 Replies

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 24. 1 Reply

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 16. 4 Replies

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo Jun 15. 0 Replies

Favorite Flowers

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 8. 8 Replies

The Evolution of Ecological Consciousness

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 4. 1 Reply

Living in the forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 27. 6 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 25. 17 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W May 2. 2 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 2. 1 Reply

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2014 at 9:58pm

My Monarda is so pretty now; covered with many hummingbirds and bees. I sat out there this morning and just soaked in all the life in the garden, happy to be back home and with many memories to carry me along as I putter. This is a scene of my Monarda taken on July 20, 2014:
"Monarda, also known as Bee Balm, Horsemint and Bergamot, is a colorful perennial that is native to North America. It caught the eyes of early settlers in the Colonial days and since then has been hybridized to include a great variety of shapes, colors, and sizes, making Bee Balm a must-have in any perennial garden."

A Showy, Native Perennial: Bee Balm

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 28, 2014 at 8:16pm

Randy, is your corn developed enough to pick? 

Spud, interesting question. I hope someone has answers. 

Paricia, beautiful harvest! They look healthy, disease and insect free.

I was in my garden this morning, bright and early, in my robe and slippers, the first since arriving back home. A HUGE bumble bee embraced my robe sleeve and was so pretty, i just watched it's actions. Finding no food, it quickly left for a pretty cluster of flowers nearby. 

Comment by Daniel W on July 28, 2014 at 3:21pm
Spud maybe the bees time some of their pollinating at times you are not out there? Or there are also some of the tiny native bees. There are some here.

They seem to have phases or fads. Last year they obsessed over oregano. I planted more but this year I dont see them there. They do love the borage and clover.

That rainbow sounds nice.

Randall, my theory is the more bee forage I plant, the more of them can flourish. So I am always thinking about what more to plant for them.

Patricia you have me planning already for next year!
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2014 at 11:22am

I was just reading Michael Penn's comment about gawd's rainbows and the small rainbows in sprinklers.  I was going to respond, but my old computer wouldn't let me.  That's OK because I think this is the place to post what he reminded me of.

A couple of days ago I was working on something down on the ground near a tiny sprinkle one of my soaker hoses was putting-out.  The sun through the raspberry leaves made a minute rainbow in it, and it was so beautiful, I just sat and watched it for a few minutes.  Don't remember seeing one that small before.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2014 at 11:03am

There haven't been any bees on my onion flowers for quite a while.  Those flowers must not be producing nectar or pollen anymore.

Now the bees are all over my raspberries.  They don't seem to care for the blackberry flowers now, but there are plenty of blackberries ripening.

  They don't seem to find anything they like in my melon flowers, as they take off as soon as they land.  However, it looks like they do get the job done there as well, because I've spotted 14 melons so far.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 28, 2014 at 7:28am

Spud, field corn is either hardier or more protected in size to prevent it from being blown down.

Patricia, I envy your cauliflower. Mine hasn't headed up yet.

Daniel, happy to hear your report on a healthy bee population. Mine's been about average, which is to say, poor. No melons, but lots of squash, so somebody is doing his job.

Comment by Daniel W on July 28, 2014 at 6:46am
Patricia that is a beautiful harvest! Perfect snd healthy!

We had grilled summer squash with onions and garlic, and a side of potato salad, all from our garden. Also plums, figs, blueberries. Really nice time of year. Browsed the yard for mulberries and cherry tomatoes.

Spud the bees are doing great. We planted big patches of borage this year, and a wildflower meadow. The honeybees look healthy and very active on both. also on the clover, which is almost done flowering. Lots of bumblebees too. Last year I planted buddleias thinking they would feed bees. Honeybees dont like them so much, but bumblebees are on them constantly.

I doubt they leave nectar for other bees on purpose. Maybe the flower continues producing it for a while.
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2014 at 5:20am

Nice Patricia.  I didn't plant any of those things this year.  I miss broccoli and cauliflower, but I never know what to do with peppers.  My mother used to stuff them with meat and other things.  I should try that sometime.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2014 at 3:24pm

Daniel, how are your bees doing?

When I finish my work for the day, I often watch the bees and wonder a few things about their work.  

I've noticed that each flower get a visit about once a minute.  Do you know if they leave any nectar or pollen for the next bee when they visit a flower?   If depleted, do you know how long it takes a flower to produce enough to interest another bee?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2014 at 12:33pm

Randall, how does your neighbor's commercial corn fair?  I assume  commercial corn is not flattened or people couldn't afford to raise it.  Perhaps the large amount means the stalks protect each other from the wind.

 

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