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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 Daniel Wachenheim on February 10, 2015 at 7:51pm
That's great the state is collecting pesticides.

Since Dupont, Dow, and Monsanto consider those chemicsls safe, it it too much to hope we can dispose of them by spraying over their corporate headquarters, and over their corporate stockholders, executives, and corporate scientists' homes? Please? Those chemicals are safe, right, so no problem?

In my yard, the plum buds are nearing bloom time. Too early, but we'll see!

I dug up some clumps of daffodils and Hyacinthoides and moved them to my country place. Moving them at a small size usualy works for me. Accidentally dug up an Erythronium and a hosta, so moved those too.

I also dug up a young, dead fig tree I was hoping would survive the winter, but didn't. Its replacement reportedly survives New Jersey winters unprotected. We'll see. One less to care for in container, anyway.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 10, 2015 at 6:20pm

Washington State Dept of Agriculture (WSDA) plans to collect unwanted agricultural and commercial-grade pesticides in Eastern Washington this spring.

To participate, contact WSDA by Feb. 27 at wastepesticide@agr.wa.gov (mailto:wastepesticide@agr.wa.gov) or call the agency at (360) 902-2056. The collection dates and locations will be set later, based on the response we get. WSDA works with a contracted hazardous waste company to package the pesticides for safe, legal transportation and disposal.

“We encourage farms, businesses, residents and landowners to check their property and buildings to look for pesticides no longer used or wanted,” said Joe Hoffman, coordinator of pesticide collection. “Proper disposal prevents expensive cleanup, protects public health and helps growers seeking Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, certification.”

Visit www.agr.wa.gov/wastepesticide for information about the WSDA Waste Pesticide Program.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 9, 2015 at 2:27pm

Randy, I'm jealous of you and Daniel.  The way to get rid of that jealousy is to get off my asstiblule and find an acre or two of land I can afford even if it's in a cold climate.

Joan, I plant most things later than earlier.  It appears they more than make-up for the lost time, because they are warmer.

However, I do try to plant peas very early.  They've always done well no matter how cold it gets (within reason).

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 9, 2015 at 2:13pm

Randy, your pot of vegetables with you roast sounds so yummy. I can almost smell it.

A couple of comments ago you said you have trouble with planting too early. I learned 40+ years ago, don't even think of seeds into the ground before June 1. One year our last hard freeze that killed all seedling was June 16. Wonder what it will be this year?

I do try starting peas early and just plan on restarting them until the weather finally makes up its mind if it is spring, not winter. 

Comment by Randall Smith on February 9, 2015 at 7:46am

And speaking of parsnips and carrots--onions, potatoes, and garlic: I added them to a slow cooker with  a large roast. I could smell it all day and tore into it like a ravenous wolf at suppertime.

What a tremendous pleasure it is to dig into the freezer or take something out of a bucket or off the shelf that I placed there last summer or fall. My list is endless, seemingly--berries, sauces, dehydrated tomatoes, etc. etc. Who says gardening ends in the winter?

Comment by Randall Smith on February 6, 2015 at 7:42am

Barbara, I just store my sweet potatoes and squash on shelves in the cool (55 deg) basement. I do put parsnips and carrots and beets in my fruit cellar in buckets of sand, where it's as cold as freezing.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on February 5, 2015 at 11:08pm
Barbara, that's really all my blog is. Im just very obsessive compulsive about it.

We are still a couple of months away from trees leafing out. But daffodils are growing.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 5, 2015 at 10:21pm

Ahhh, progress!  Both trees and all berry bushes have many new buds and leaves in just a couple of weeks. I'm taking that to mean they are alive and growing. I feel like I should start a 'baby book' to track their progress. :) 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 5, 2015 at 7:56am

Wow, another learning example for me - different sizes, shapes and colors because they are hybrid! And I thought they just woldn't germinate.  Well, that should be fun! And if I keep saving seeds and planting them will I eventually arrive at a stable variety, weird that it may be? (I never finished the book on seed saving (';') )

I prefer sweet potato pie over pumpkin - have never tried other squash as a pie. Butternut squash baked and drizzled with a bit of honey is like having a veggie and desert combined. :) 

Since you produced so many how do you store them? In sand?

Comment by Randall Smith on February 5, 2015 at 7:40am

Did I mention that I made a squash (acorn) pie the other day? I had a bumper crop of squashes (a variety), and can't eat them fast enough. For some reason I'm not a pumpkin pie fan, so I make either sweet potato or squash pies--although this was my first attempt at the latter.

I've planted seeds I've saved from squash. The results can be spectacular--or a total failure. By the former, I mean squash can come out in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Hybrids are crazy!

 

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