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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

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on August 31, 2016 at 1:52pm
Randy, I'm using a Nesco American Harvest dehydrator.
i has a fan and heater, and temperature settings.
the vegetable setting is a little hot for tomatoes, they char a little. so I use one temp lower.

Joan those hummingbird moths are beautiful.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 31, 2016 at 12:30pm

Fruit flies! Swarms of them every summer until I get out my supplies to eradicate the pesky things. 

6 Smart Ways to Kill Fruit Flies

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 31, 2016 at 12:09pm

Hummingbird moth

 

Hummingbird moth caterpillar

Hummingbird moth life cycle

Nature provides many interesting cycles.  

Comment by k.h. ky on August 31, 2016 at 11:15am
Humming bird moths feed on the moonflowers I have in the yard. I always wondered what they were.
Comment by Randall Smith on August 31, 2016 at 6:36am

Daniel, how are you dehydrating your tomatoes? I gave up on my dehydrator and am simply putting them on cookie sheets out in the sun, covered by screens.  

Comment by Randall Smith on August 31, 2016 at 6:34am

Yes, I've seen wasps flying around the tomato plants looking for hornworms. A few worms were already "infected"--white eggs on their bodies. I leave them alone.

And I discovered the moth of the hornworm is a hummingbird moth, quite large (and ugly). So I don't feel too bad about killing the caterpillars. Up to now, I suspect birds have kept the worms at bay. Where did they go?

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on August 30, 2016 at 1:20pm
Spud, they might be worth a try.

I've developed a big problem, might be fruit fly. A small lesion appears of fruit, then in a day most of the fruit has rotted. Big issue at the moment with pears and Asian pears, right at ripening time. Fortunately there have been more fruit than I can eat now, even with that issue.

We got a sudden excess of Sungold tomatoes. Im dehydrsting them for winter soups.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2016 at 12:20pm

Spud, How the computer works? Or how Tricho-Gramma works? 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 30, 2016 at 10:05am

Randy, nice of you to provide a feast for your hornworm friends.  

I've been looking around and found parasitic wasps for sale on Amazon.  I don't know, but it sounds like they work. 

At first, I put the address of the wasp page here, but then I noticed that it came-up in my personalized page.  I would guess that it doesn't with another computer, but just in case, I won't put it here.  Does anyone know how that works?

Comment by Randall Smith on August 30, 2016 at 8:35am

My tomato plants have proliferated all summer (despite a month of drought). Nary a hornworm was to be found--UNTIL YESTERDAY! Evidently, some moth deposited eggs nearby, and BOOM, the caterpillars were feasting. They eat non-stop and decimate leaves and tomatoes. I must have picked off 50 of them, all sizes. Checked this morning, and there were many more that I evidently missed. It pays to be vigilant.

 

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