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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

Polluting Yourself with Leaf Blowers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim on Thursday. 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

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 2, 2014 at 8:14am

Joan, from what I've read Toka is a great pollinator for other plums, and doesn't need its own.  My little tree was covered with flowers but only had 3 or 4 plums.  That may have been the effect of rain when in bloom.  But also it's only a couple of years old.

 

My garden is evolving too.  I've learned some of the plants that deer and rabbits love and won't plant them - tulips, muscari, most fruits, except in their cages, nandina.  And planting more of the plants they don't eat, even if a bit invasive - hyacinthoides, narcissus, buddleia - sterile only - violets, maples.  That madrone I was enthusiastic about, dead.  Won't buy another.  IN it's place, maybe, a ginkgo grown from seed, or Japanese maple volunteer.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 2, 2014 at 6:32am

Chris, it sounds like fun, seeing what ginger will do.  I've been checking out more articles and videos on growing it, and I may have planted mine too deep.

Daniel, I've been adding sulfur to my garden the last 4 years, and it appears to help acidify it.  I'm also adding more organic matter. 

When I lived 30 miles south of here, I had alkaline soil, and just adding a lot of organic matter made it neutral, so I have hopes that I can do better than my county extension agent indicated.

Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2014 at 6:24am

Room temperature Spud, that was about 26°C. or 80°F. in August. I kept it rather damp - when I thought of it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 2, 2014 at 5:34am

Chris, how warm do you keep your ginger?  I read that they are a tropical plant, and so like warmth, as well as moist air.

Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2014 at 5:16am

My windowsill gingerroot grew fantastic last year, and even almost flowered. I gave it a winter rest, repotted in spring, and waited...............................................................  till August, when suddenly leaves appeared and now it is almost a metre tall. I cannot guess what it will do next.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 2, 2014 at 4:53am

Thanks Chris.  I won't throw it out as early as I planned.

Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2014 at 1:01am

Sometimes you have to wait a long time before that gingerroot grows. I still don't understand what clock it uses.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 1, 2014 at 3:51pm

Today, I finished the area I'm going to plant watermelon in next year.  I had previously made berms of soil, sand, compost, and uncomposted organic mater.  

I made them on the south side of the house where the melons will not get any early morning sun, but then will get a double dose in late morning until evening, because of the reflection from the white wall of the house.

Today, I put manure and compost on top of the berms and soaker hoses on top of that.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 1, 2014 at 3:38pm

Daniel, training mice can be a challenge.  

Oh, that plumicot looks good, and those spuds are very nice.  

I’ve not tried growing potatoes in this small yard.  If my ginger root doesn’t sprout, I may try potato tubers in that large container.

It's been 2 weeks since I planted the ginger root that I purchased a the grocery store.  I soaked it for a day to try and get rid of the chemical they use to stop it from sprouting.  

That's what was recommended on several sites.  If it doesn't sprout, I may buy one from a place that sells them for growing.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 1, 2014 at 12:54pm

Don those cabbages and melons look great! 

Do you make sauerkraut?

How do you keep cabbage worms off of them?  Mine always look like swiss cheese.

 

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