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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

What Killed My Chicken - How To Know

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Polluting Yourself with Leaf Blowers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim Sep 22. 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

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

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on August 14, 2016 at 8:50pm
Joan, my bees are doing great this summer. I think the losses in previous years were due to insufficient nutrition. Ask 20 beekeepers, and there are 20 answers, and they are all 100% certain. The mites are microscopic, so I dont know.

Randy, why do you freeze your sauerkraut? Doesnt the fermentation preserve it? That makes me think, I should make a batch!

Supermouse - yuck! stole a spatula - wow!

Omra plants are more than knee high now, no okra pods yet. if I could catch them at the right time, I would hand pollinate the flowers, like I do some of the squashes.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 14, 2016 at 8:37pm

I ran across this article from NPR this morning. 

The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making

"The University of Minnesota Bee Squad, a group that provides beekeeping education and mentoring in the Twin Cities, is seeing more healthy hives become rapidly infested with mites and the viruses they carry."

MiteCheck is a program that allows beekeepers to provide information about the health of bees in your region.

Daniel, I have lost track of how your bees thrive this summer. Have you had problems with mites and the viruses they may carry? 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 13, 2016 at 8:26am

This has nothing to do with gardening, but..... The other day, I "lost" my spatula. I had scooped out the last of a peanut butter jar, set the spatual on the counter, went to bed, and in the morning, it was gone! I finally found it behind my convection oven, 8 feet away, all chewed up. I suspected a mouse, and sure enough, I caught him (or her) in my metal "cage" trap. (Dog Dot had a fun time playing with the mouse after I released it in the yard.) At least it wasn't a chipmunk or rat--just a supermouse!

As for my sweet corn, I really haven't had any major 'coon issues, mostly because I don't have much corn. It failed to germinate well. It's just enough to eat daily. Besides, I have all the corn I want from my farmer kids. I did freeze up a batch of my own yesterday--cobs and all. Takes up a lot of freezer space, so I'll eat it soon.

My freezer is almost full, and I have much more to add--peaches, pear sauce, slaw and sauerkraut, and more red raspberries. I also did 4 quarts of tomatoes yest.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on August 13, 2016 at 1:15am
Spud, I hear they are also good breaded and fried, but bbq is less fattening.
Comment by Plinius on August 12, 2016 at 11:26pm

There's one thing about cats, they don't poop in their own garden, they consider that as unmannered. Very embarassing if you have cats and you see them returning from the neighbours garden with their halos switched on.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2016 at 4:22pm

Daniel, are you hinting that I should throw some of those rabbits in my neighborhood on the barbie?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2016 at 4:20pm

Daniel, I've never had bbq rabbit, but I'm sure I would like it because I like fried rabbit.

I planted catnip one year because I heard it deterred ants.  Cats destroyed it immediately.  I didn't mind that much.  I like cats, but not their poop in my garden.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on August 12, 2016 at 2:07pm
Spud, do you like bbq rabbit?
Randy, I read if you duct tape the corn ear to the stalk, the racoons cant pull it down to eat it. I dont know if that works. I imagine the tape cant be too tight or the kernels cant expand,
Spud
I have cats too. I wouldnt want them pooping and peeing in my soil either. They probably do. But, with all of the damage voles, mice, and moles do in my yard, I welcome predators. I planted catnip for them, but they completely destroyed it. I have more growing, honeybees love the fliwers for nectar foraging too. I sometimes cut off more catnip and leave it lying around, to keep the cats interested.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2016 at 12:47pm

I've heard you talk about raccoons in your corn before Randy.  I'm sure those smart critters are hard to keep out.

Here, it's squirrels and cats that are hard to keep out. Neighbors here let their cats roam outside all the time, and they love to defecate in my soft garden soil.  It would take a very high non-climbable fence to keep the cats out, and to keep out the squirrels would take a fence with very small openings that went completely over the top of my property.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 12, 2016 at 10:05am

Funny story, Spud. I don't worry about rabbits this late in the year. It's the raccoons in my sweet corn!

 

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