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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 W on August 10, 2013 at 7:45pm

A while back Joan recommended planting borage. It took a while but I found some seeds and planted them. Here is the result.

On wikipedia I read borage is excellent honeybee forage, very high yield of nectar. The honeybees agree and many of them are working the borage plants.

I think borage is very photogenic.  It was hard to decide which pic to upload.

Comment by Daniel W on August 9, 2013 at 9:08am
Spod that beetle looks fearsome! I hope its a type that preys on harmful insects.

Randall and Spud I also like volunteer plants. I harvested a couple pounds of volunteer garlic this summer. I dont knoe the variety. Its different from my other garlic but very good. Also the potatoes and some flowers. Its like a gift.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 9, 2013 at 8:05am

A few days ago, there came crawling out of my chives, another unusual insect.  It was a beetle with bright red head and thorax.  

That coloration made me leery of touching it, so I let it crawl into a jar.  Sat it by my computer for reference while I searched for it.

Fount out it's a Blister Beetle that can produce large painful welts, so my leeryness paid off.  Glad I never touched that critter!

Didn't take a picture of it, but it looked like this one except mine had a red head & thorax:

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 9, 2013 at 7:16am

I usually get volunteer peas, but I was surprised to find healthy looking squash and cherry tomatoes growing in the small area between my garage and the fence because it doesn't get much light back there.  

The seeds must have came with some garden soil I put there when I was modifying my soil.  I gave them some water two days ago just to see if they produce anything.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 9, 2013 at 6:48am

Some comments have reminded me of all the "volunteer" vegetable plants I always have. Haven't bought cherry tomato seeds in years! Other volunteers include melons and squash (including pumpkins), parsnips, lettuce, potatoes, and the ubiquitous dill. Of course, I permit many plants to "go to seed", harvesting them for future use.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2013 at 6:01pm

Sentient, if I were close, I'd come over.

Comment by Plinius on August 8, 2013 at 1:29pm

Thanks for the names, Sentient! It might well be a Casa Blanca.

Comment by Daniel W on August 8, 2013 at 12:15pm

I could eat melon all day long.....

Chickens love eating the rinds.

From wikipedia, "Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp).

Comment by Daniel W on August 8, 2013 at 12:10pm

Oh, mine was called "Casa blanca" but there is also a white Stargazer lily.

I think the main difference is the Casa Blanca grows taller and the flowers point down, and the Stargazer is smaller and the flowers open facing upward.

Comment by Daniel W on August 8, 2013 at 12:03pm

Chris, I've grown similar white lilies in the past, but I also forget the name.  They are very fragrant.  Nice to look at and smell in the evening.

 

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