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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 Joan Denoo on August 2, 2016 at 10:53pm

My daily dose of cheer, 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2016 at 9:00pm

Daniel, a beautiful harvest for breakfast and snacking on throughout the day!. 

I like the various ant remedies! It's great to have alternatives to try. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on August 2, 2016 at 8:27pm

I had a lot of weeds in some areas this year.  In some areas it's just too much work to remove them, like inside the deer cages I construct for fruit trees.  Summers here are very dry, so now is a good time to pull weeds and the areas stay clean for a while.

I don't know if they work, but here are some ant remedies.  I liked the idea of diatomaceous earth, since it's good for slugs too.  Also mixing Equal with apple juice, I guess you put that in their pathway, then they are attracted to the apple juice and get into it, and the equal kills them.  I don't know if it works.

Spud, I loved your method for ants.  I am anxious to see if it works here. 

Today's kitchen garden harvest.  I feel so blessed!

Also about 30 pounds of baking potatoes.  Will bake one for tomorrow's breakfast.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 2, 2016 at 6:16am

Have any of you tried this for an ant problem?  I tried it once this year, and it seemed to work.  I didn't use water because I forgot that part.

Patricia 4/15/15
The World’s Best Ant Killer
Materials
1 empty water bottle
(Cut it down to about 2″ tall)
5 Tbsp of baking soda
5 Tbsp of powdered sugar
3 Tbsp of water.
Take a small amount of powdered sugar & mix it with an equal amount of baking soda, then add the water. Powdered sugar (sometimes known as icing sugar) is essential. Do NOT substitute granulated sugar for this or it will NOT work.
Mix the two powders together and then place small amounts against the walls or other areas where you would not normally walk but where you would normally see the ants.
The ants will be attracted to the sugar and will eat some of it and collect more to take home to feed others, so all of them will get their share.
The sugar and baking soda powders are similar in size and, once mixed together, the ants cannot separate the two items, so, as they eat the sugar, they will also ingest the baking soda, which they would otherwise never touch. This is the reason for using powdered sugar.
Once the ants eat the baking soda it will react with the formic acid in their stomachs and cause gas. The bodies of ants are unlike humans and they cannot eliminate gas so it will build up inside and eliminate them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 11:37pm

Kathy, I agree. With your rain vinegar would be washed off and diluted. We have had cool weather and many showers this summer. I surely would like to send some of it to Spud. 

Comment by k.h. ky on August 1, 2016 at 9:40pm
I use vinegar to kill weeds and ants. But it's been so wet , hot and humid that the weeds are growing faster than I can pull them. This is the first time (that I remember) that the weeds have completely taken over the flower beds. Climate change is here and has been for several decades.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 5:29pm

Ya.  Those nasty cheat grass seeds love to hide & wait!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 1, 2016 at 5:27pm

Thanks Joan.  The article on different corn types is very interesting, and should make it easier to find the kind I like.

How did I get so old so fast?  Good question.  I ask it all the time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 5:15pm

I ran across an article on sweet corn and I don't remember on which wall to post it, so here it is:

Sweet Corn Types – What’s the difference?

Abbreviations in the product descriptions: (su), (se), (se+), (syn), (sh2), & (SSW).

and 

10 Golden Rules for Growing Super Sweet Corn

My goodness, I didn't learn all this in Aggie School in 1955-56.

Jeeze! that was 50 years ago. How did I get so old so fast? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2016 at 5:03pm

Spud, you are right, I called it "sheet" grass. Now we know its name and reasons to get rid of it. I wonder if my vinegar will do the trick, just plain old apple cider vinegar. I remember it as impossible to get out of my socks before laundry because the prickly seeds would get loose from the socks and get in my clothes, hiding and waiting to cause me pain and embarrassment when it got into my underclothes.   

 

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