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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 k.h. ky on August 19, 2016 at 9:10pm
We've been hotter than usual this year. When it's not raining it's in the mid nineties. Humidity hovers between 70-95 %.
Spud, you are right about the bugs. No matter how hot it is I have to wear long pants outside. Mosquitoes are unbearable this year.
I don't know why I don't get the second crop of red raspberries. Probably to much heat and humidity.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2016 at 4:46pm

Daniel, I look forward to learning how your kitchen garden produces. Here's a celebration of okra!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2016 at 4:44pm

With the high temperatures over the past few years, and with lower than usual precipitation, the natural soils dry out. You may begin to see a difference in the rural landscape, Spud, or not. 

What I observe is a dryer than normal forest, even conifers look stressed. If so, the beetle will come in and kill off the weakened forest. Fires follow. 

I am going up to the L&L Paradise Acres  (my name for Laura's & Larry's home) for the weekend. I will check with the lumbermen while there and learn what their assessment is. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2016 at 1:49pm

The past 3 years has seen quite a few summer temperatures over 100, but not this year.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2016 at 1:47pm

My temperatures are about average (87°).  They were warmer than average in June, often getting to 100, but not in July or August so far.

Rainfall is way below average.  June average is about 1.5 inch, but this year was 0.5  July average is 0.65, but this year was 0.1  August average is 0.59, but so far this year is 0.05

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on August 19, 2016 at 1:38pm

Joan, I don't know if it's record.  There are usually a couple of very hot weeks in the summer here.  Nights still cool off so there is some releif.  My house does not have a/c but I have a portable a/c for a bedroom, which becomes home for me and my dog.

I don't take the heat very well any more.

I'm just hoping for some good summer kitchen garden crops.  Maybe that elusive holy grail for me, okra, will produce.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2016 at 1:33pm

Daniel, is Vancouver, WA getting record temps? I can't even imagine 100 F there. 

We have short spells of over 90F but mostly cool and partly cloudy. It is perfect weather. I hope it holds like this for a few years. Let's see what winter brings. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on August 19, 2016 at 1:03pm

In my neck of the woods, over 100F yesterday.  Despite watering, there was a lot of wilting.  Some lily flowers browned while still in the bud.  Not in the mood myself to be outside.  Morning is cooler, so I went out to water today.

Spud, you are probably hotter than we are.  Kathy and Randy, I imagine both of you are hotter too and more humid.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2016 at 10:19am

Sorry you have too much rain Kathy.  I sometimes say I would like more rain here, but actually, I'm glad I live in a dry climate.  Mainly because I hate a lot of bugs.  I hate flies flying in front of my face all the time, mosquitoes biting me, slugs eating my garden, termites eating my house, and many others that come with moisture.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 19, 2016 at 10:06am

Yes, Kathy, my raspberries (red) fruit twice a year, unlike the black. And yes, I've noticed rains have hit southern Indiana and Kentucky, but not up here (Laf. area). Luck of the draw.

 

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