Godless in the garden

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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

Feeling like a fish back in water.

Started by amer chohan. Last reply by Plinius 7 hours ago. 2 Replies

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Aug 18. 11 Replies

Soil: regenerative land management

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 10. 11 Replies

Compact Bed Geometry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 29. 0 Replies

Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 21. 3 Replies

Mullein

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Jul 18. 1 Reply

To cure your garlic

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Jul 16. 1 Reply

Harvesting vegetables

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 9. 4 Replies

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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.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 27, 2014 at 7:24am

It's been 50 years since I learned (and have since forgotten) how to graft in a college botany class. I may have to review the techniques.

Happy to pick up 0.6" of rain last night. Not so happy the storm flattened my sweet corn. It happens every year! Grrr. At least I haven't seen any raccoons (thanks, Molly dog!).

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 26, 2014 at 10:57pm

Daniel, thanks for reminding me of Cycle of Life page!

Those grafts look very healthy. I am eager to learn how the fruit progresses. 

Comment by Daniel W on July 26, 2014 at 6:03pm

Barbara, thank you so much for the Monsanto list.  It's a very important topic for me, too.

Comment by Daniel W on July 26, 2014 at 6:00pm

Joan, that is truly wonderful news!! And a wonderful name too! I would love to invite you to also add the news to the Cycle of Life page, as a happy event!

Today I bud grafted some cherries and plums.  I wanted to convert 2 non-productive cherry trees into ones that we like, so I grafted buds.  If they take, next year I can cut the original branches back to the buds, then the buds grow and it's the new variety.    I also added 2 more varieties of Asian plum to a mature, nonproductive Asian plum tree, as pollinating varieties and to get those plums, and because I can.

These are the grafts I did on the same tree in June.  Grafting is really very easy once you get over the unknowns and read about it or take a class.

 

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