Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

Discussing all aspect of gardening.

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Comment by Plinius on September 20, 2015 at 12:22am

And here it turned light half an hour ago.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 19, 2015 at 10:56pm
Beautiful Daniel. The time difference always surprises me. It's been dark here for almost four hours.
Comment by Daniel W on September 19, 2015 at 9:22pm

Photo now at my place in Battleground, Washington.

Comment by Daniel W on September 19, 2015 at 4:27pm

Beekeeping in ancient egypt.




Comment by Daniel W on September 19, 2015 at 4:22pm

Kathy, chickens are eating/pooping machines!  Ours never stop doing either.  I think they are good for building soil.

Comment by Daniel W on September 19, 2015 at 4:19pm

It appears that some butterflies carry wasp DNA that protects them from disease.  The Telegraph.  The wasp DNA comes from parasitic wasps, who inject their eggs into caterpillars.  Usually the baby wasps eat the caterpillar alive, from the inside, killing it.  Sort of zombie caterpillars.  It appears that some caterpillars survived wasp infection, and incorporated the DNA into their own.  Self-genetic modified organisms.  Interesting.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 19, 2015 at 2:01pm
On the bright side. When the frost comes l will venture into the woods and gather pine needles and dead leaves to add to the hay on the spot I'm leaving fallow for a couples of years at least. I can feel moles working under the straw that's been there most of the summer. It's a start.
Comment by kathy: ky on September 19, 2015 at 1:56pm
Those chickens can eat!
Comment by kathy: ky on September 19, 2015 at 1:55pm
Randy, that rain completely missed us. We are dry as everyone else. It's overcast today but it's unlikely anything will come of it. The only thing I'm watering
is one hugelkulture bed. It has a volunteer watermelon and sweet potato vines. Those will go to the chickens before frost.
Comment by Daniel W on September 19, 2015 at 1:08pm
Randy thanks for the thought.

I dont watch TV, almost never go out to eat. No sports events. So gardening is my main form of entertainment and stress release and solace. Puttering meditation. I do read some books.

That said, I do overdo it.

Retirement in 5 months 2 weeks. Then who knows? looking into local fishing spots.

One motivation for raised beds and permanent larger raised planters is easier use and maintenance, closer to my eyes. Much easier to see, weed, plant, harvest.

I want to put in some sort of automatic watering system. Have to looked into that yet. With increased organic content to soil, plus mulch, that helps reduce watering and weeding efforts.

A lifetime ago, Ruth Stout wrote "How to have a green thumb without an aching back". I was in high school and spent some of my part time job money on the first hardcover book I ever bought. She inspired things I still do today.
 

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