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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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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

Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 21. 3 Replies

Mullein

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Jul 18. 1 Reply

To cure your garlic

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Jul 16. 1 Reply

Harvesting vegetables

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 9. 4 Replies

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 4. 10 Replies

Fruit Pests: Apricot

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 28. 3 Replies

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 24. 1 Reply

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 16. 4 Replies

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo Jun 15. 0 Replies

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2013 at 4:43pm

Thanks for the information on carnivorous plants and earthworms Joan.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2013 at 4:41pm

Joan, I was referring to one of the pictures at the http://www.finegardening.com/item/30527/jeffs-season-finale-in-tenn... site:

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 2:38pm

Randall, your garden looks so inviting, lots of nice shade, many varieties of plants, especially Brussel sprouts! Your home looks well shaded from summer sun an shielded from winter winds. The sounds must present interesting seasonal impressions.

Thanks so much for sharing, I love to see the results of your efforts. Beautful!  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 2:12pm

Spud, your plan to dig a hole or trench and throw your leaves in and cover with soil perfectly prepares for earthworms. Yes, they do go into deeper soil to keep from the cold. They have plenty of food down deep, unless it is pure clay or rock. In any event, next season should produce beautifully! 

One technique is to put a bucket of soil on top of pile now or next spring and plant vining plants in it. Zucchini, spuash, pumpkins, all like the humus and break it down into soil as they grow. The roots like the nourishment and if you keep it slightly moist, not wet, they will grow healthy green stems and leaves as well as the edible part.

According to "is zucchini a fruit or vegetable?" 

http://www.ask.com/answers/92572181/is-zucchini-a-fruit-or-vegetable

"The scientific definition of a fruit is that which is formed around or by the seed bearing part of a plant, and a zucchini contains seeds, therefore making it a fruit. So if you are a botanist, it is a fruit, if you are a chef, it is a vegetable."

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2013 at 1:56pm
Spud, I don't have any pitcher plants or carnivorous plants. I looked to see to what you might be referring, and see nothing similar. My hunch is, carnivorous require swampy places.
According to "Horticulture & Home Pest News",
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/1998/12-11-1998/carnplants....
"Their Culture:Carnivorous plants require a moist, acidic growing medium, high relative humidity, and bright light.

According to "General Care of Carnivorous Plants",
http://www.carnivorousplantnursery.com/info/growing.htm.
"Always use mineral-free water with your carnivorous plants, such as rainwater or distilled water. Try keeping a bucket near the downspout to collect rainwater. Distilled water can be purchased at the grocery store, but avoid bottled drinking water."

My hunch is your soil and water have very high mineral content.
Comment by Randall Smith on November 8, 2013 at 7:33am

Thanks (my place). Been there for 36 years. Taller trees. When I first moved, there were 5 trees. Now I have over 75, a mix of pine, deciduous, and fruit, all on one acre. Gotta leave room for a garden!

Comment by Plinius on November 8, 2013 at 12:59am

What a beautiful place, Randall!

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2013 at 8:47pm

couldn't get topic to post - here is a link.

 

Comment by Daniel W on November 7, 2013 at 8:43pm

Spud I think the earthworms will love your partially composted compost.  I've done that sort of thing in the past.  I think it works well.  And it might support soil bacteria and fungi.

 

On an related but different topic....  if you don't mind subtitles, Phosphorus and mycorrhizal fungi, and how those fungi might save the world....

 

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 7, 2013 at 11:07am

My compost pile, which is visible from the sidewalk, was looking ugly because of all the weeds, watermelon, squash, and pear waste that were doing almost nothing because of the cold weather.

So...I buried it all in the watermelon area, as well as the leaves that had fallen.  Digging the hole, I didn't see many earthworms.  I hope that's because most are just deep to keep warm.  Also hoping all that organic matter will help them proliferate.

I'm going to add some more soil & sand to the spots that have settled and top it with finer compost and peat moss.

 

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