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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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Welcome to Eden!

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

Compact Bed Geometry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Wednesday. 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

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 4. 10 Replies

Fruit Pests: Apricot

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 28. 3 Replies

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Daniel W on June 29, 2014 at 7:49pm

Patricia, that looks to me like a good man. 

Two bee?  or Not two bee?

Comment by Daniel W on June 29, 2014 at 2:40pm

Randall, Battleground WA has an ironic name.  The military officer here was tasked with rounding up local Native Americans who had left with understandable fear of persecution.  It was expected he would go to war, but instead he negotiated with them and there was a peaceful conclusion.  The local white people were annoyed about that, and ironically named the area Battleground because there was no battle.  They ridiculed him by running some women's red underwear up a flagpole.  Which was flown proudly.

 

My details may be a bit off, but that's the general idea. 

 

It's a mild climate.  I never imagined growing some of the garden plants that do well here.  The most infamous local resident is skater Tonya Harding.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 29, 2014 at 1:41pm

Patricia, I recently ran across this article about cut worms. I found it helpful with some really practical ways of dealing with them.  Maybe it will help you.  

http://montanahomesteader.com/get-rid-cutworms-garden/

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 29, 2014 at 9:53am

Randall, do you use Gardens Alive products? What is your assessment of their quality? 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 29, 2014 at 7:21am

Interesting connections to me: Gardens Alive is based in Indiana, and I live 15 miles from Battleground IN, home of Wolf Park, featured on PBS, etc. (and named after a major fight between the forces of Wm. H. Harrison and Tecumseh),

Spud, I like you idea of covering the watermelon mounds. I just spent an hour weeding around mine--mostly nasty crabgrass.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 29, 2014 at 6:47am

Thanks Joan.  I just did the best I knew how to encourage my melons.  I never thought of it as art, although, after the fact, I did think it made an interesting pattern.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2014 at 10:38pm

Spud, your melon patch is beautiful! A real work or art! It looks like it should be included in an art show that some communities have. You are so clever and inventive. You have ideas that make great sense! Oh my goodness, I wish Dr. Kalin, my old Hort. prof.,  were alive so I could share this masterpiece with him. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2014 at 10:29pm

I have been using Gardens Alive for many years and find it does the job it claims to do. If you don't want to use this product, find the ingredient that does the job and see if you can find it locally or through another source. In this case, the ingredient is Bt, a naturally occurring bacterium for insect control. I especially like it because it doesn't harm birds, worms, bees, and ladybugs when used as directed. 

I use ladybugs and lacewings for insect control, especially aphids and red spider mites and I have a worm farm. So I don't want to harm them. 

I hope this works for you. 


Green Step II™ Caterpillar Control

"Controls worms and caterpillars on fruits, vegetables, ornamentals and shade trees."

"Gardens Alive!® has been offering Bt, a naturally occurring bacterium for insect control, since 1984. Recommended for Imported Cabbageworm and Cabbage Looper, Green Step must be eaten to be effective. After ingesting the insecticide, worms and caterpillars immediately stop feeding, though they may otherwise appear to be unaffected for several days. Best results are obtained by treatments when worms are actively feeding on treated, exposed foliage. 

  • Kills worms and caterpillar-stage insects, but has no effect on birds, earthworms or beneficial insects, such as honeybees and ladybugs, when used as directed.
  • Worms and caterpillars eat treated foliage, then stop damaging plants.
  • Acceptable for use on edible plants up to the day of harvest.
Apply Green Step when worms or caterpillars are first noticed, then repeat every 5-7 days while active. Apply more frequently for heavy infestations. 


This item ships at the proper planting time for your region in both spring and fall. 

If the current shipping season is closed, your order will ship at the proper planting time in the next season. 
Comment by Daniel W on June 28, 2014 at 3:57pm

Spud, I like bumblebees too.  

When I bought the 2 acres in Battleground, bee forage became a big issue for me.  Each year I add more bee forage plants.  I've bought a few pounds of white clover seeds, and whenever i clean up molehills, I sprinkle clover seed on the disturbed soil.  That, combined with natural spread, has made what I think is a beautiful lawn, not pure green carpet but filled with clover flowers.

I also try new bee forage plants each year.  They really love onion-relatives, like Alliums, and Chinese chives, and shallots.  Last year I did not eat the shallots we grew, because the bees loved the flowers so much.  I replanted all of them to let them bloom.

I also planted a lot of borage seed, and a plant called "bee friend".  The bumblebees are on those constantly.  They also love agastache.  The butterfly bushes I planted  - Buddleia - get foraged by bumblelees, but not honeybees.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 28, 2014 at 3:42pm

Thanks Daniel.

 

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