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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

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 13, 2016 at 9:18am
Spud I dont have much success with asparagus either. I think it takes a few years to really establish. I have a few plants in 3 locations. If I have a chance I want to consolidate them in one bed this fall and see what happens.
Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 13, 2016 at 9:03am
Randy, voles are really destructive here. They eat the roots and bark of fruit trees, especially apples and figs. They can kill s three year old tree in a week of chewing. They favor the lower foot of trunk, so I make hardware cloth sleeves which usually help. probably wouldn help sweet potatoes tho.
Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 13, 2016 at 8:59am
During the past couple of weeks I havent been doing much in my vegetable garden and orchard. I removed deer cages from 2 of my tallest fruit trees, to use on smaller ones. Deer browsing is usually limited to the lowest 5 feet. Had some sweet corn yesterday.

Meanwhile, un-gardening the old place to make it more appealng to potential buyers. Most want lawn and a few specimen bushes / trees. It's heavy work, took out a koi pond and hauled the rocks to my counrty place, hauling dirt around to smooth the contours for easy maintenance. I wont have the energy and strength next year.
Comment by Randall Smith on October 13, 2016 at 6:52am

I continue to dig sweet potatoes (with a shovel). It's a labor of love--except when I run across vole damage. The little critters will voraciously consume a softball size potato in no time. Poison bait doesn't deter them. I guess that's why I plant so many starts (44). There's enough for everybody.

It also irritates me when I slice into or through a sweet potato. I try so hard not to, but inevitably, I manage to do so. Perhaps last night's rain will soften the ground enabling easier digging and less damage.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 5, 2016 at 7:51am

I don't know what your asparagus problem is, Spud. Wish I could share some of my bounty.

"Worms" really devastated my brocolli, collards, and kale the past 2 weeks. I didn't spray them, and suddenly, they were virtually devoured. I hand picked hornworms off the tomatoes, but the greens' worms were too small and numerous to detect and pick.

I've begun digging sweet potatoes. So far, they look good.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 1, 2016 at 8:27am

Wish I could grow asparagus.  One of the few green veggies I love the taste of.  I've got a large portion of my garden devoted to them, but they never get big enough to harvest.

Some of the ones I planted 2 years ago are looking promising.  Maybe next season, or next.

Comment by Don on October 1, 2016 at 8:16am

I always plant onion sets--quite reliable, no thinning needed.  Here we plant garlic toward the ends of October.  I usually mulch mine with my asparagus ferns.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 1, 2016 at 7:20am

My onions and garlic were a bust this year (as was chard, beets, and squash). So, I'm envious. This is the first year I froze corn ON the cob. It microwaves nicely. However, it takes up too much freezer space.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 1, 2016 at 5:39am

Oh!  I so much wanted to pick-up one of those ears and crunch into it!

Comment by Plinius on September 30, 2016 at 11:43pm

Beautiful harvest, Daniel!

 

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