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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

Discussion Forum

Polluting Yourself with Leaf Blowers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim on Thursday. 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 Plinius on February 11, 2015 at 8:43am

I have to, Barbara, all my containers are out of shape and torn. First I'll have to get hold of my neighbour who'll drive me to a garden centre and help me carry (I'm her cat-sitter so I can count on her). Then compost and the earth I used one and a half year ago, then clean up my garden space and sow vegetables and herbs.  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 11, 2015 at 8:21am

Randall, we are well-above our average - 80 yesterday. It may appear I'm industrious, but keep in mind everything I'm doing is new. First veggie garden, first compost pile, first planting of trees, etc. All the planning, the great lists, diagrams, etc. were fun to do. However, reality is they are just a guideline and I find reality is a tad different. Mother Nature doesn't give a wit about my well laid plans. :) 

Joan, certainly a learning experience with the rabbits. Design of my hutch very poor - okay for rabbits, but I want to handle them everyday as they are only 7 weeks old. Real challenge to catch them. By this time next year I'll know exactly what both me and the rabbits need cage wise. Meanwhile, each morning I go out to see them brings new information.  

For those of you who do container gardening - do you 'refresh' soil in your pots at beginning of every season? I read that we should empty all container soil onto tarp in sun for a couple of days to get rid of any organisms, then mix in some compost and re-use. This method is for annuals where you are going to plant something new in old dirt.  Instead of growing flowing vines on my patio in pots/trellis, I'm going to attempt beans and peas in the smart pots this year, using dirt from last year - 'refreshed'.  Pretty purple beans should be as attractive as flowers - and I can eat them!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 11, 2015 at 7:38am

As usual, I get a bit jealous of all the "doin's" my fellow godless gardners write about. Chickens, rabbits, hugelkulturs, etc. But, we all have our own loves and situations, and despite "the grass being greener....", it is what it is (cliche or no). Keep up the good works.

And speaking of weather, we're in for at least two more weeks of sub-freezing temps, well below our average. Yuck.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2015 at 12:57am

This type of fence is what I used to let the rabbits into the yard, although ours was a little bigger. It was easy to move around the yard, however, a little tricky getting the rabbits in and out because there was no door. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2015 at 12:41am

Barbara, you are so ambitious! I love reading your posts, something new every time. I agree to not get a bigger acreage, at least not for me. I can barely take care of what I have. Your bunnies sound wonderfully encamped. Sorry to learn they eat their new home leaving you with replacement tasks. 

In 1966, My then husband was in Viet Nam serving with a mobile medical unit. I rented a house with a big yard in Spokane Valley and none of my children had reached the age of two yet. My folks got us three white rabbits for the kids (not the best idea in the world, but we loved those little critters.) Dad built a rabbit hutch that looked a little bit like this. We also bought a mobile fence that we could move around the yard and the rabbits mowed my lawn for me. I put a wheelbarrow under the hutch to catch their droppings and then put that in the compost. Taking care of those bunnies and playing with them made our year go very fast.  Nothing fancy at all. My parents got all females knowing I wouldn't have time to deal with babies. As they grew a little, we thought there had been a mistake and a male was included in one of the three. It just turned out that they were very sexy little bunnies. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on February 10, 2015 at 11:03pm

Bertold, very nice!  Spring is coming, spring is coming, spring is coming!

Barbara, your energy is inspiring! 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 10, 2015 at 10:52pm

Randy, no cellar here. Guess I'll just have to freeze or can.

Spud, we can get an awful lot out of a small space. Mine is small and yet I'm encouraged. I have fleeting thoughts of a larger property, and then quickly say no as I've too much of my labor and money invested here - and I want to see my trees grow up. :)

Bertold,  I too have things in bloom that will get zapped with frost - and our last frost date is a ways away.

Joan, I wonder where all the employees of Monsanto will work when pesticides are legislatively determined toxic and illegal. Fantasy on my part.

Bunnies are in the hutch, little Lionheads. Little pooping machines. We are all adjusting.  Huge mistake in buying fancy wood hutch online before investigating it thoroughly. Bunnies are munching away at it ... next year they will get new wire cage. Enthusiasm doesn't replace knowledge, ugh!

Planted goji bushes Can't wait to see what they taste like as I've read so much about them on internet.  Seeds from grocery store butternut squash germinated - I planted many since I didn't believe they would grow!  lol, have enough for entire neighborhood.  Combined two hugelkultur beds into one in better position and larger - messy and tiring, but had to be done.  Now to let it settle for a month and then plant it. Moving hugelkultur bed created space for a real compost pile in shady area - now to remember to turn it!

If like me you ever doubted whether cardboard draws worms, trust me, it does. When I created veggie beds I put down two layers of cardboard, sprinkled compost to hold in place and then loaded up with about 4" of mulched leaves.   Yesterday I dug a trench to put in trellis for cucumbers.  WORMSSS!  lots of worms, I couldn't believe my eyes.  

Life is really about learning something new every day! 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 10, 2015 at 8:21pm

Only one I have right now. I can get a better one tomorrow. (It's the doggie run.)

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on February 10, 2015 at 8:10pm
Photos!?!?
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 10, 2015 at 7:56pm

I've got some rhodies blooming already. Early for them too.

 

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