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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 Daniel W yesterday. 5 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

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

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 8, 2015 at 7:44am

I've discovered sweet potato plants have a mind of their own! Some hills look pathetic, with hardly any progress, while others are spreading like crazy. But 25 out of 30 hills are looking good, so that should supply me with enough potatoes to last a year. That is, if the voles don't get to them first. I have to be vigilant.

Comment by Plinius on July 8, 2015 at 1:30am

This year I have changed my roof garden to half and half flowers and veg, but I found out that there's always info about sowing but far less about harvesting. I sowed turnips, and they grew and flowered like weeds, but where are the turnips? Should I cut out the flowers? I have no idea. I forgot the radishes, when I found them back - lots of flowers but the radishes were 0.5 cm wide. Carrots seem to grow into a success, but I don't know when to harvest. So far I harvested quite a lot of lettuce, herbs and nasturturium flowers for a good salad. And there's more to come!

Comment by k.h. ky on July 7, 2015 at 9:38pm

I'm definitely going to remove the plastic. I don't know what I was thinking. Yes I remember, weeds! I'll still have to rebuild. Better now than later.

I have huge sweetpotato vines growing out of one of the compost heaps. They must like it really wet. I'm trying to leave it undisturbed. I'd like to find out if it produces.  I disturbed a volunteer potato plant and found gravel size new potatoes in the bed. The yellow ones that I like. Lol

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2015 at 3:26pm

Oh, yes Joan.  I've never seen Sweet Potato leaves before.  They are beautiful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2015 at 3:09pm

Spud, what a great buy! All the parts of the cold frame are there and you don't have to go after the different elements. Having a heating system gives you great advantage when planting seeds or dividing plants. Most tend to like warmth. 

I love sweet potatoes, both as a plant and as edible product. I especially like them roasted but the heat says "don't heat the oven today".

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2015 at 2:24pm

Kathy, good for you! What a great job you do in creating it! I agree with Barbara, layers of cardboard or piles of newspaper would be a good bottom layer. Black plastic will hold water, especially if you have wet weather. When the water level rises to the top of the plastic, the water will flow over and into the soil. You may have some problems with it holding too much water for the health of the plants. The good consequence could be the logs that are under water will act like a sponge and soak up water and store it. 

You can build the hugelkulture as high as you want ... even 6 or 8 feet tall. 

"Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Hugelkultur, pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound."

https://www.google.com/search?q=hugelculture&oq=hugelculture&am...

Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Hugelkultur, pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 7, 2015 at 2:12pm

Thanks Spud. I water them for first time this a.m. We had so much rain for so long I wasn't sure they would live and gave them time to really dry out. Planted May 7 - so another month or so should have taters!   Cold frame sounds pretty nifty. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2015 at 2:01pm

Barbara, Sweet Potatoes must like it hot and wet.  I planted one for the first time this year, and since I started watering it heavily, it has grown fast.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2015 at 1:54pm

Barbara, my Cold Frame has a thick piece of Styrofoam on the soil, then sand on top of that, and the sand has an electric heating cable in it.

It's well insulated, with Styrofoam inside the walls, and with a transparent corrugated top with another piece of plastic 1 inch below that.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 7, 2015 at 1:27pm

Kathy, the only thing I would suggest is several layers of cardboard instead of the black plastic. Better draininage for bed, IMHO. When I finished putting mine together it was almost 3 feet high, and it has settled quite a bit.  I planted cantaloupe on the top and I think they died from too much rain, ditto the squash. I created a mini-bed around the edges of the hugelkultur and planted sweet potatoes in it - then I edged entire thing with rocks. Sweet potatoes are alive. :)


Spud, heated?  Howso?

 

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