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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 Barbara Livingston on October 6, 2014 at 9:28am

Randall, I'm still doing a few things here. It is alot cooler and we too have had some rain.  I finally found a simple design for my veggie garden that will work best smack in the middle of my yard, and will put down a tarp to kill the grass this week.  Transplanted a few things for more appropriate space and sun exposure and put in a few more xeriscape plants. Next year at this time I'll be able to "talk veggies" with y'all.  :)

I used my new rototiller and for me it's perfect. On previously turned earth it's a snap, and when digging up existing St. Augustine grass I had to stop often as the roots wrapped around the tines.  Not a big deal and trust me sooooo much easier than digging with a spade, shovel or on my hands and knees.  I took off the top layer of grass, cleaned it up, then continued digging deeper.  Since this is my very first time using a rototiller I have nothing to compare it to.  All I know is that I wound up with fluffy dirt that my little puppy just loved, and I was able to dig a hole to plant a Pride of Barbados in just a couple of minutes.  I now know that digging up my veggie garden and planting a few more trees will be easy and I won't have to pay someone to do it for me.

A magical moment earlier this week when I saw my puppy looking at my Milkweed Plant that is in full bloom - the pods are about to burst open for the second time ... and there was a Monarch Butterfly!  A small but happy sucess for the season.  I saved most of the seeds from the first flush and will germinate them over the winter to plant in the Spring.  

Have a great week everyone! :) 

 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 6, 2014 at 7:53am

What, nobody gardening? After 2.5" of rain three days ago, I can't work in my garden(s). However, I can continue to eat out of it. Enjoying chard, kale, fall lettuce, etc., besides the aformentioned cabbage, caulif., and broc.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 2, 2014 at 7:35am

Thanks, Joan. Notice the weeds! Thanks for the D.E. tip. I have some leftover from when I had a pool for the kids (used in the filter). And I have a hand pump.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2014 at 11:56am

Oh! Randy, They are just gorgeous! So bright, and green, and I am sure, very crisp. OH! I used to grow those when the kids lived at home. I'm going back to growing them again. You inspire me. Yes, I like the salt trick, too. 

Have you tried diatomaceous earth sprayed with a dry sprayer? Get the under-leaves especially. It's cheap, it's easy. There is a major problem, it is not good for birds. I use a light garden sheet, you know, the kind that looks like gauze, to keep birds out. The diatomaceous earth is good for the compost, too, when you pick those beautiful vegetables and have those huge leaves for composting. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 1, 2014 at 7:38am

I use salted water, too.

Here we are, Joan--photos! Cauliflower and a cabbage (with caterpillar and a work glove for size reference).

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 30, 2014 at 12:30pm

Good tip about salted water Don.

Comment by Don on September 30, 2014 at 11:33am
When I begin to have a cabbage worm problem, I go out in the morning and pluck them off the cabbages. Takes five minutes. And I let my harvested broccoli sit for a hour or so in a bowl of salted water. They don;t like that at all.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 30, 2014 at 7:35am

Larry, I DO have cabbage "worms", esp. on broccoli. I use a bT spray or garlic soap if they really get bad. I've eaten my fair share of the little rascals!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2014 at 10:15pm

Randy, you surely give us a tease about your hint of huge cauliflower plant(s), giant cabbages and nice broccoli, beans, and sweet potatoes. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2014 at 8:48pm

@Larry, I haven't had any aphids, either, but I attributed it to the lady bugs I let lose in the garden. Maybe I am giving them more credit than they deserve. Also haven't had many mosquitos. Go figure.

@Daniel, you take such good care of your Bambi and Thumper! 

 

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