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
Members: 180
Latest Activity: on Saturday

Welcome to Eden!

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

Old and Green. Gardening with an older body.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 33 Replies

An Herb Garden for Chickens

Started by Joan Denoo on Friday. 0 Replies

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

Growing Tomatoes in Martian Soil

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 7. 6 Replies

Bring On The Soldier Flies!

Started by Joan Denoo Jun 5. 0 Replies

Urban Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 3. 1 Reply

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Comment by Randall Smith on February 15, 2016 at 7:49am

No, it means different plant types in any one area (e xcept asp./str). Corn takes up the largest area, so that's the most difficult to rotate.

While I'm thinking about it, what's your (anybody) thought on plowing up garden soil? How deep should one go? My rototiller can go down about 4-5". I'd like to go deeper, but I'm afraid I'll bring up too much clay. It's taken me 35 years to develop a topsoil (on ground that was once a barn foundation). I'd hate to bury my topsoil, yet I'd like to turn over and loosen the top 8". It's rather compacted.

Comment by Daniel W on February 12, 2016 at 7:27am
Randy, does that mean the same types of plant in a location for 4 or 5 years?

I agree about Hurry Up Spring! Ive been getting the vegetable beds cleaned up. I need a less hassle deer exclusion method. I have not figured that out yet.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 12, 2016 at 7:20am

Well, I sketched out my garden plot plans for the upcoming year last night. I rotate everything on a 4-5 year cycle, except for asparagus and strawberries. The latter needs to be moved after this sixth year. Anyway, the garden will be in standard rows, unlike last year which was too much of a hassle. As usual, the whole plan will evolve as I go. But it's a start. Hurry up, Spring!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 7, 2016 at 7:34am

Checked under my ground cover to see if "stored" parsnips were still there. Yes. I'm running low on them in my basement bucket. The garden looks pretty forlorn, all bare with no green. Won't be long! Time to start planning my pattern. I've desprouted all my potatoes. I'll have plenty leftover to plant, although I'd like to try purple ones this year. They're supposed to be healthier.

Comment by Daniel W on February 2, 2016 at 9:33am

Chris, I've seen pro and con regarding those hives.  I don't know.  I have been able to keep hives going for the summer, but have not been successful and maintaining more than one through the winter, and have not yet gotten honey.  Very frustrated.

Comment by Plinius on January 22, 2016 at 3:46am
Comment by Daniel W on January 19, 2016 at 9:14am
Randy, I have a difficult time sitting still

It may not seem like it, but the goal is to reduce maintenance, effort and cost. Cost isnt bad, because some things cost almost noting after the start - trees, bushes. And I start a lot from seeds, some of those last for years and some are self-saved. Those transplanted trees and bushes wont need much maintenance, other than watering the first year. Some of the garden is downhill from the house, so the water barrel will help some with watering.

Today im off work. Will start some pepoer seeds snd germination test tomatoes. If I can, they will all be from old seeds.
Comment by Randall Smith on January 19, 2016 at 8:07am

Daniel, you make me tired just reading about your projects! The only thing I'm doing in the garden nowadays is tossing urine around!

Comment by Daniel W on January 18, 2016 at 8:58am
I love those flowing borders. If the hills face south, that might help with light and warmth. Their raised beds are high, so warmer, and which is more accessible for less agile gardeners, very nice.

I line the insides of my wooden raised beds using saved dog food bags and chicken feed bags. Those are a very durable woven plastic. We also use them for tarps. im reusing some cinderblocks for new raised beds. Not sure they need the lining - might benefit if the cement raises the soil pH too much.

This is probably a great resource for Northern gardeners! Thanjs for posting!

The tree and shrub moving took a lot of planning and patience. Today I will dig a circle. Next day, dig a little deeper. Next day rest. Next day, slice under the root ball. Next day....

There is a good window of opportunity for moving shrubs and trees, and we are in it. I hope they survive and thrive in their new home.

Too much of these projects makes it a chore. Time to relax and renew and rest, as you say.

Soon... bare root trees msil order, and maybe start some seeds. No rush, there is plenty of time.

What's happening in your greenhouse?
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 18, 2016 at 12:40am

Daniel, that is an amazing job you and Charlie completed! Your regalia adds to the charm. Hope you renew, refresh, and rest. You must feel quite proud of your projects completed. Your new kitchen is a cook's dream.  

 

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