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!

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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

Feeling like a fish back in water.

Started by amer chohan. Last reply by amer chohan 13 hours ago. 4 Replies

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

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Comment by k.h. ky on June 14, 2015 at 12:06am
Joan, Barbara, l posted thank you then accidentally deleted them. Heavy clouds interfere with the internet service. Lots of rain three miles away but not a drop here. Back to watering the compost heaps. Even though our rainfall is above average l still use any 'found water' for the compost. Water that has only had eggs boiled in it, or used to wash vegetables. I wonder if that is even necessary or if I'm just such a wanna be ' green ' person l just hope the little things help?
Comment by Randall Smith on June 13, 2015 at 7:14am

Another inch of rain last night. That means weeds. I can't keep up. It's been too wet to roto-till, so I have to weed by hand and hoe. That and picking strawberries is killing my back. Not that I'm complaining!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 10, 2015 at 7:15am

I rake up excess grass clippings after mowing and throw most of them (it) on the compost pile. I also have a pile in the garden to be used for weed control around individual plants and in rows.

Well, when I started to spread a certain pile around, I discovered that beneath it were tunnels--VOLES! Yikes. Once they discover my sweet potatoes, they are voracious. Fortunately, they eat Decon poison. We'll see if that does the trick.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2015 at 4:42pm

Barbara, about burying branches, limbs or trees. I forgot about being careful which ones you use because of sprouting. My guess is, you will have sprouts from the buried material. I don't have any sprouting problems because we cut down conifers. We might get seeds sprouting and if we do, we will kill them with vinegar. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2015 at 4:39pm

Barbara, my Gardener's Supply Co catalogue came today and if you go to gardeners.com, or http://www.gardeners.com/home, you will find all kinds of support ideas. or order from them. Pricey, but already made. 

We are in a heat spell, went over the record the past two days. It is 99° here now. 

http://www.gardeners.com/home

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 8, 2015 at 8:44am

I opted to place my hugelkultur bed above ground simply because I didn't want to dig a trench - and made a few errors in the process. I saw one at a local display at it had a few branches sticking out of it. So when I made mine there were some visible also.  Sadly, I scavanged some branches from my neighbor's trash pile - chinaberry, texas umbrella tree - and those branches exposed are now sprouting. I keep nipping them off with pruner. 

Randall, I know I have some of those pesky critters as I can see the holes, but have never seen one. :) 

Daniel, there must be a drug to help your neighbor, lol. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 8, 2015 at 8:28am
Randy my neighbor sits outside in the evening with a shotgun, watching for moles. His lawn is pretty immaculate looking. He also mows the grass 2 or 3 times a week, and goes around with a back-pack sprayer every few days. Each to their own.

I noticed that when I use peat-pots and plant them as-is, some animal pushes several back out of the soil. If I tear out the bottom before planting, they seem to stay put.
Comment by Randall Smith on June 8, 2015 at 8:14am

I"m feeling pretty smug right now. I "caught" two moles yesterday! My $20 trap finally snagged one, and I dug one up as he tunneled in my presence. That makes 6 this year. I'm hoping there's not a 7th. I hate killing any animals, but when I see what moles do to my garden, I don't feel too bad.

We received 2" of rain last night--really, too much.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2015 at 5:51pm

Kathy, I would try both methods and observe which suits your location best. The goal is to keep water on your property for as long as you can before it goes into the sewer system or into streams. 

At my daughter's place, we didn't follow land contours because we wanted fire breaks. We dug trenches in pure sand and filled them with all the slash that they would normally burn. I was very pleased that they chose not to burn all the limbs and branches from the trees we cut down for fire protection.  

Hugelkulture, buried 

Hugelculture, above ground

http://starterpermaculture.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/hugelkult...

Comment by k.h. ky on June 7, 2015 at 12:01pm
Hugelkultr(sp)? Since the clay soil can be both wet or dry I'm not sure whether to trench it a little or raise it. Does anyone have any suggestions??
 

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