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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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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

Compact Bed Geometry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Soil: regenerative land management

Started by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 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

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 4. 10 Replies

Fruit Pests: Apricot

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 28. 3 Replies

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Don on May 11, 2015 at 9:54am

Barbara, black bears are fairly numerous here in northern Vermont, but they tend to keep to the deep woods most of the time.  There they're able to find ample sustenance.  The only time they approach people's houses is early in the spring when they're hungry and there isn't much food available elsewhere.  That bear, I think, had been drawn to the house by the smell of a steak I was searing on the stove.  Their noses are excellent. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 11, 2015 at 9:45am

Chris, I'm in south central tx and we have had thunderstorms and wind which did knock down a few trees and make the power go out- no tornados, at least not yet.  I lost small branch from tree - which I promptly cut up for stakes in my garden. :)

Comment by Plinius on May 11, 2015 at 9:05am

Hi Barbara. Your bad weather was in our news - I was wondering if you sat on the roof waiting for rescue. Better not!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 11, 2015 at 8:59am

Joan, I agree with you about Spud's garden and the variety. I'm greatly impressed with the efforts of everyone here. Mushrooms no less!  I had many 'wild' ones during the first few warms days, but I'm sure they weren't  edible.  

As a child my mother tried to convince me that rhubarb pie was a desert - and she put rhubarb in everything, often simply putting a big bowl of pink stuff on the table for us to ladle into bowls. Sorry folks, but, I would have to pick it, but I didn't have to eat it as I never liked the taste.   Rhubarb and rutabaga are the two veggies I don't eat. :) Asparagus is a completely different story!  

Randall, I've discovered the Goji bush is a water hog! If I don't keep it watered it simply droops. Luckily, we are having more than our usual amount of rain and it is growing nicely. 

 I discovered in order to make pickles I need lots more cucumber plants than I have. :)  My pickling cukes are producing some and my regular lemon cukes have massive bushes and lots of blossoms - alas, no regular sized cucumbers yet.  Does everyone here grow cucumbers on the ground or do you stake them?  If you stake them, what do you use? I am using tomato cages and they simply aren't enough, and also a wooden trellis that the don't seem to want to climb. So I have cucumbers making a dash for all areas of my garden. 

One lone blossom on one blackberry bush so I at least know it has potential.  Also, my strawberries are producing - but the berries are very sour, why is that?  Soil, type of plant?  My bunnies make the fresh carrots straight from the garden disappear in a heartbeat! 

Daniel, I was determined to grow my plants from seeds and although I didn't have outstanding sucess,  My plants were no where near the size of your tomatoes when I planted them outside. I'm going to use your method and create a grow light and get started earlier next time. 

Don, I'm simply amazed at the bear who wanders through your garden. Does he stay in the area year round or just after hibernation ends?

Chris, I too have a Tuxedo kitty - Abby is in charge at our house! 

Comment by Plinius on May 11, 2015 at 8:07am

I had such a packet last year. Followed the instructions carefully, but never saw a mushroom.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 11, 2015 at 7:37am

Interesting, Daniel. I think I'll pass, however. I prefer the "real" ones I find in nature.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2015 at 7:06am

Daniel, how much did the mushrooms cost?  Are there instructions for using those as starters to grow more?

It looks like they're black instead of white, as the box shows.  Do they change color as they increase in size?

I'm going shopping Wednesday, so I'll check with my local Home Depot to see if they have any.  If they do, I'll ask them the same questions, if the box doesn't answer them.

Comment by Daniel W on May 10, 2015 at 7:33pm

They had these at Home Depot. Not exactly gardening - cut the package open, soak in water, and keep it warm and moist. According to the label, there should be a good crop of oyster mushrooms in 10 days. Today they really started growing.

These are the tomato plants I started in April. They are ready to plant outside. The soil outside is around 60F which is plenty warm. I had to de-weed a raised bed, took too much effort. Now the tomato plants are settled in. Tomatoes are one of my favorite home grown fruits, and I love growing them from seeds. So now, I have 1/2 of a raised bed for strawberries, another 1/2 for peppers, one for tomatoes, and one for beans. Just planted seeds for squashes - a bunch of varieties, winter and summer types. Next - maybe corn and melons. Maybe.

Comment by Plinius on May 10, 2015 at 7:37am

I think the other way around, perhaps because I never had much room. I go to the garden centre looking for a plant that would be happy in such and such a place. It works!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 10, 2015 at 7:31am

I'm like you, Spud, trying to find the ideal spot for a tree or bush. I've run out of places. I find new volunteer seedlings all the time--oak, redbud, peach, apple, and the ubiquitous silver maple (and ash). I hate killing them, but otherwise....

 

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