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Godless in the garden

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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

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Comment by k.h. ky on September 9, 2016 at 7:02pm
I wish I could post photos. My gdaughter says I'm not compatible with something. The orange flowers are striking with the yellow. The friend who gave them to me called them Mexican sunflowers but I have no idea what the real name is.
Joan, they are about 10/12 ft tall.
Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on September 9, 2016 at 6:14pm
Kathy those sunflowers sound great. Bees also forage sunflowers, which is beneficial.

I've been clearing blackberries again. The area that I cleared last winter and spring, did not grow back much. After clearing those areas I had scattered grass seeds and mowed the grass, which also meant mowing any returning blackberries. A there are occasional sprouts but they are gradually dying off. Still the amount to clear us daunting. If it's nice tomorrow, I might do more.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 9, 2016 at 3:10pm

I Googled  lemon queen.sunflowers annual and this is what I found. It is an heirloom, open pollinator, annual, reseeds. 

Helianthus "Lemon Queen" is a perennial. I grew this one several years ago and had it removed when I designed my four axis meditation garden. I think I will put in another one. It was very pretty and attracted butterflies, if I remember correctly. It likes clay soil. I think I will sow some mullein seeds as companion plants. A nice yellow patch in my garden. 

Kathy, how tall are yours? 

These look perfect for my garden next year . 

Comment by Plinius on September 9, 2016 at 1:34pm

More people who think that it's a tame rabbit!

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 9, 2016 at 1:08pm

My short story:  A few days ago, I saw a young man walking with his small son.  They stopped where the black bunny was eating, looked at it and talked.  I was in the house so couldn't hear what they were saying.

Comment by Plinius on September 9, 2016 at 12:18pm

That sounds good, Kathy, and colourful too! Can you post a picture of your garden?

That one mole has kept you busy, Randall! Let's hope his family won't come to your yard to look for him..

Here it's still hot, too hot for the time of year and too hot for me. For the next week 80 degrees F. or higher, just when everyone seems ready for autumn. The hollyhocks dried out and the stalks are full of spiderwebs.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 9, 2016 at 11:53am
Chris, I have yellow sunflowers again. They're called lemon queens. The gold finches that pass through land on them and you can't tell where the flowers start and the birds begin.
Mixed with them is a bright orange flower called a Mexican sunflower. They are both growing in the smaller hugelculture bed. Lots of butterflies on them too. I hope they do as well next year. They, and the butterfly bushes, are the few things left standing this late in the season.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 9, 2016 at 10:53am

How about a mole story? I've been after one all summer long. FINALLY, I caught it in the act (although I've caught it in the act before and somehow missed him). I simply use a shovel and flip it (him or her) out. My dog ended its life quickly. Crunch. Now, perhaps, my yard can repair itself. One good thing, the mole never made it to the garden. Voles, however, have. They;re eating my sweet potatoes. It's always something.

Comment by Plinius on September 9, 2016 at 3:15am

Nasty old stories are not good for a group, everyone falls silent. So tell us another story, anyone, preferably a happy garden story. My garden has gone to seed, the heat dried everything out and I couldn't bring enough water.

Comment by Plinius on September 8, 2016 at 3:48am

No, Joan, there was no cookie person in my life, thanks to religious isolation. I made a habit from a very early age to be as invisible as I could be,because I feared my family's derogatory remarks. As soon as I could read I took shelter in books and learned to think and study my surroundings without letting anyone know what I did. I yearned for animals, a cat! but within two months they gave away the kitten I had begged for. And my parents were very disappointed that they couldn't get rid of me into a home for the blind...   I prefer your stories about your three toddlers.

 

 

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