Godless in the garden

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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
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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

My Farm Failures - Revealed Justin Rhodes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 15. 2 Replies

An Herb Garden for Chickens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 1. 1 Reply

Permaculture Chickens Justin Rhodes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 30. 1 Reply

Using Chickens in a Food Forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 17. 15 Replies

Crisis garden annuals

Started by Larry Martin. Last reply by Larry Martin Jul 11. 4 Replies

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Comment by Daniel W on May 20, 2014 at 10:15am

Barbara, thank you for the link on epsom salts.  I had my soil tested last winter, and the level of magnesium was low to ok.  So I have used some epsom salts - small amount - to bring up the level.  A few trees had yellow-ish leaves, and I wondered if it was low nitrogen or low something else.  I added organic nitrogen supplement and epsom salt, and the leaves seem greenier now.

On rabbits and deer - it's terribly frustrating.  Deer have devastated some of my fruit trees.  I read they don't eat cherry leaves, and last year they didn't, so I didn't cage my little cherry trees.  This year they ate off all of the leaves and fruits, leaving just sticks.  I need to construct some new cages, not enough energy to do that, so I might just let a few go.

In one of the raised beds, I had a row of radishes next to a row of spinach.  I think it's rabbits there.  They ate every spinach plant, and none of the radishes.  So maybe they don't like radishes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 20, 2014 at 9:56am

This year I started beets in pots and planted in garden when they were about 1.3 inch.  They are now 2 inches and look good.

Same with peas.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 20, 2014 at 8:36am

Randall, sorry about your beet seedlings.  

I still don't know what ate my direct-sow tiny seedling last year.  I know it wasn't rabbits.  None here in the city.

I was thinking it was bugs, but the it happened to the whole 10-foot row overnight, so now I'm thinking birds.  Some people say they eat young beet leaves.  Does anyone know if that's true or not?

Barbara, that is a funny vision of beet-loving bunnies.  Reminds me of the Wallace & Gromit movie "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit".

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 20, 2014 at 8:14am

Randall, I know it certainly isn't funny to you, but, I have this vision of hundreds of bunnies running around and all are saying "yum, beets, I just love beets"!  

I finally realized that I hadn't been watering all my seedlings enough. Now that I realize it they are shooting up out of the pots.  It's funny how one of us is dealing with too much rain, another is needing it desperately. I'm working towards attracting birds, bees, butterflies, squirrels, etc. to my yard,  and you wish wildlife would leave your garden alone.

Sorry about your beets though. 

Comment by Randall Smith on May 20, 2014 at 8:04am

I planted more sweet corn yest. I still haven't learned that it doesn't pay to plant too early. My month old attempt failed miserably. Then, there's my beet transplants: damn rabbits chewed all, and I mean ALL the tops off! Must have been a herd of them! I doubt they'll grow back.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 19, 2014 at 8:52am

King, you didn't say which flycatcher. I have seen the scissor-tailed flycatchers, usually in a small park near my home.  I was walking with my dog early one morning and there were several sitting in one tree, going through what was obviously a mating ritual.  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 19, 2014 at 8:47am

I use epsom salt around my shrubs and rose bush, but there are so many useful other useful uses in organic gardening. Do you use it too?  

http://www.naturallivingideas.com/10-incredible-uses-for-epsom-salt...

Comment by king on May 18, 2014 at 5:06pm
Have any of you seen a fly catcher bird
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 18, 2014 at 7:41am

Glad I don't have the world record slugs that Daniel has.  I used to have quite a few until I removed the bark from under the trees.  Now I very seldom see any, but if I see one, I'm sure there are more.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 18, 2014 at 7:37am

I hear diatomaceous earth (D.E.) works well in discouraging slugs. Fortunately, I've never had much of a problem with them.

Yes, I average about 36" of rain a year. Deceiving because it doesn't come at regular intervals or amounts. We still have droughts and floods.

 

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