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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

Discussion Forum

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Aug 18. 11 Replies

Soil: regenerative land management

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 10. 11 Replies

Compact Bed Geometry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 29. 0 Replies

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

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

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Comment by Daniel W on November 9, 2013 at 12:02pm

From the yard today.

I grew the ginkgo from seed.  My dad collected the seeds from a tree grown by Herman Deege, who taught me that ginkgos were among the oldest species of trees, and lived with the dinosaurs.  Mr. Deege was a POW in Britain during WWI.  I was 15 at the time.  He's long dead.  My Dad collected the seeds from me 16 years ago.  So they are part of my heritage from Herr Deege and from my Dad, and of learning about fossils and evolution.   Ning and I planted them in flowerpots in our Chicago apartment.  We brought the seedlings with us to Washington when we moved here 13 years ago.

The peppers are grown in a half barrel.  That helps them stay warmer and productive in this cool climate.  Ning puts them into stir fries, then is shocked at how hot the stir fry is; then puts them in the next stir fry and is shocked at how that stir fry is, then puts them in the next.....

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 9, 2013 at 12:37am

Spud, Oh, I understand now; I thought you referred to my garden. That photo shows a lovely plant. The grower knows how to manage them. I notice there is water at the base of the plants. Thanks for clarifying for me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2013 at 4:46pm

Wow!  75 trees!  That's wonderful.

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!

 

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