Godless in the garden

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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!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 180
Latest Activity: on Saturday

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

Old and Green. Gardening with an older body.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 33 Replies

An Herb Garden for Chickens

Started by Joan Denoo on Friday. 0 Replies

Using Chickens in a Food Forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 17. 15 Replies

Crisis garden annuals

Started by Larry Martin. Last reply by Larry Martin Jul 11. 4 Replies

Growing Tomatoes in Martian Soil

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 7. 6 Replies

Bring On The Soldier Flies!

Started by Joan Denoo Jun 5. 0 Replies

Urban Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 3. 1 Reply

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Comment by Plinius on June 10, 2016 at 12:16pm

It's all right, Daniel, mopping with the neighbours is a good social get-together. My tomato seedlings drowned, the tayberry grows like mad and the hollyhocks start to bloom before long. I couldn't do much in my garden because we had a double helping of colds followed by flu, but there will be time. I'm always happy with your pictures: at last I found out that favas are the same as horsebeans or tuinbonen!

Comment by Daniel W on June 10, 2016 at 11:12am

Plinius, how frustrating!  I hope it's all cleared now!

Love reading your Garden reports, Randy.  Im a bit envious about the sweet potatoes - I don't think they do well here, summer is too cool for real tropicals like those.

I have Indian Corn growing, which is a flint corn like popcorn.  Planted in April, now about knee high.

I have "Trinity" Sweet Corn almost waist high.  This is a sweetness-enhanced - not GMO - corn that did well last year.  Every few weeks, I plant a few more rows.  Also a variety, Mirai, that some people think is too sweet.  We'll see.  The last batch, only about 25% germinated.  Maybe birds ate the seeds.  Replanted tuesday.

Some pics, wish I could share in person -

Favas.  Turned out perfect for late winter / early spring planting.  Bearing lots of beans now.

A few tart cherries.  I pitted and dried them for later use.  Like raisins but much better.

Part of kitchen garden, Zucchinis and SUmmer Squash in front, pumpkins are at the back, and Roma tomatoes in between. 

More kitchen garden, Yukon Gold potatoes in front, then Burbank Russetts, with corn in back.  There is also okra but it is not thriving and may not get anywhere.

Some mulberries.

Comment by Plinius on June 5, 2016 at 7:12am

I've just mopped the storage in the cellar. Yesterday a big thunderstorm with heavy rainfall - over 20 cm. Much rain trouble in this area because the water didn't drain away soon enough, and a lot of water went over the threshold to the cellars. All the neifgbours came down and mopped together.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 5, 2016 at 7:02am

My prayers have been answered! Just kidding. But we did get 1.3" of rain yesterday Yippee! The day before, I planted 44 sweet potato starts. I'll lose a few (or more), so let's say 3 dozen should suffice. With the rain, they might all survive.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 29, 2016 at 6:39am

Boy, do we need rain. It's been feast or famine this year. My downspout water containers are nearly emply already. Strawberry plants are withering, berries small. Asparagus has slowed way down.

I planted popcorn seeds yesterday, my final seeding. Sweet potatoes starts should come in this week. That'll be all that's left to plant. Then, sit back and wait--except for the neverending weeding.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 20, 2016 at 6:56am

I actually ate a tomato already this year, albeit from my SIL's greenhouse! I also have blooms on my own plants.

I've had to replant corn, beans, and peas. The cold, wet spell we had wouldn't permit germination, and the seeds rotted (I'm guessing). Disappointing. I must be patient.

Comment by Daniel W on May 19, 2016 at 10:30pm
Tomatoes have flower buds on them. Yay!
So do some of the potatoes.
And the favas have little beans.
What a great time of year.
Comment by Daniel W on May 17, 2016 at 11:46pm
Randy, welcome back!
Hope the corn looks better soon. Mine is growing, even though corn is not supposed to do well here due to the cool summer.
Now you've done it! I need to go out tomorrow and harvest some rhubarb for pie too! Maybe some rhubarb jam as well?
Comment by Plinius on May 16, 2016 at 7:17am

Welcome home, Randall!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 16, 2016 at 6:59am

Sshew! I returned from "vacation" to a jungle. Two inches of rain in two weeks resulted in tall grass and garden weeds. And it's too wet to hoe or till.

But the good news is, it didn't frost as predicted, and the vegetable starts look pretty good (except corn).

Since my dog wasn't around, rabbits had a field day (week), but there's plenty for all. Unlike you, Daniel, I learned a lesson last year about how rabbits love of blackberry bushes. I have mine fenced, and they're blooming like crazy. Same with other berries.

Rhubarb pie is on the docket for preparation today!

 

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