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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: 179
Latest Activity: 8 hours ago

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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

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on August 1, 2016 at 12:35pm

Spud, I really like when I clear out old vegetables or weeds and see the result.  You must be pleased.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on August 1, 2016 at 12:32pm

Randy, I shouldn't be so negative.  My proximal neighbors are nice, although they do worship at the altar of the Roundup god.  A couple of the others on the private road have spoken and not said anything bad.  The ones who replaced the ones who moved to Minnesota seem nice and they do have raised beds for vegetables.  Maybe with time they can see the benefits of someone growing trees and fruits and vegetables and flowers and avoiding pesticides.  Who knows? 

As for the Roundup Nazi, Ning says he is smoking cigarettes every time he drives by, so maybe he will get lung cancer and die soon (Ning's words).   I would like to make a peace offering to him, maybe a couple of cartons of unfiltered Camels.  Sprayed with Roundup.  :-)

By the way, there are proponents of "living mulch" who say that vines and other plants shade the soil, which improves the soil bacterial and fungal life while keeping down weeds.  In the Northwest, mulches can be negative - they foster growth of slugs the size of school buses, for one thing.  But I do mulch around the fruit trees and in the flower border.  Currently, borage has grown and flopped all over some areas, and that keeps weeds down to a minimum there and feeds the honeybees.  They love borage.

Kathy, maybe you are developing a Mediterranian climate like mine.   It can be nice.  For one thing, around here if you don't water, the lawn goes dormant for the summer and you don't have to mow.

Planted seeds for fall harvest:

Chinese radishes - mild, crunchy, grow the size of turnips.

Turnips - old seed packets.

Chinese cabbages, old seeds might not grow.

Regular radishes - old seed packets.

Kohlrabi - mostly old packets..

Carrots - old packets.

Cilantro - seeds saved from last summer.

Basil - old packets.

Lettuce - old packets.

Most of these have germinated.  They germinate fast in summer heat, but need twice daily water shower so tiny seedlings dont dry out.  This is potentially a big harvest of good, unusual, and no-cost or low-cost vegetables for this fall and winter.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 12:30pm

I've been a lazy gardener this year.  For one thing, I let the weeds in the back garden and alley garden get humongous.  Today, I pulled them all out of the back garden.

My legs were sore for a while after that project, but it looks so nice back there now.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 11:10am

Thanks Kathy.  I'll take some!

Comment by k.h. ky on August 1, 2016 at 10:58am
Spud, no rain ?? Have some of ours. Rain everyday. Flash floods. A town just east of us got 4.5" in 45 minutes. And it continues...
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 10:35am

Randall, I've noticed besides vine vegetables keeping the weeds down, my strawberries and raspberries do also.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 1, 2016 at 10:15am
Daniel, I read your garden blog reply. I say to hell with your neighbors. Keep doing your own thing. Unlike you (and Don), I don't dare share photos of my garden. With sprawling vine vegetables, it looks horrible. Actually, it's not. The coverage (shade) keeps the weeds down.
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 31, 2016 at 11:52am

Joan, I'm with you, being amazed at the gardeners here, and glad for their experience.

My hugelkultur mounds are only a year old, so I don't know yet how much water they save.  I'll let you know when I determine it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 31, 2016 at 11:31am

A hat tip to all you gardeners and the experiments you conduct. 

Don, your gardens always amaze me, so neat, weed-free, and lush! 

Daniel, such excellent harvests you produce. What you sow you reap, big-time! Delicious meals from your food garden must make you feel very proud! 

Randy, my heart goes out to your daughter and her family after their catastrophes. Their newsletters continue to sound optimistic. I  like your water sequestering processes. 

Spud, your watering strategy makes good sense. Those saved dollars can go elsewhere. Do hugelkulturs help cut down your watering bill?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 31, 2016 at 10:36am

I haven't see any rain for 2 months.  I think it's been drier than usual here, but not much.  We get very little rain in the summer. 

 

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