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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
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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

Discussion Forum

What Killed My Chicken - How To Know

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim 22 hours ago. 2 Replies

Polluting Yourself with Leaf Blowers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim Sep 22. 6 Replies

Willow tree

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 15. 12 Replies

Front yard gardening. Edible Estates.

Started by Daniel Wachenheim. Last reply by k.h. ky Sep 15. 14 Replies

Archer Strawberry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 15. 2 Replies

Deer Fence Installed! But Where's the Mulch?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Sep 6. 1 Reply

My Farm Failures - Revealed Justin Rhodes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 15. 2 Replies

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 19, 2016 at 10:30pm
Tomatoes have flower buds on them. Yay!
So do some of the potatoes.
And the favas have little beans.
What a great time of year.
Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 17, 2016 at 11:46pm
Randy, welcome back!
Hope the corn looks better soon. Mine is growing, even though corn is not supposed to do well here due to the cool summer.
Now you've done it! I need to go out tomorrow and harvest some rhubarb for pie too! Maybe some rhubarb jam as well?
Comment by Plinius on May 16, 2016 at 7:17am

Welcome home, Randall!

Comment by Randall Smith on May 16, 2016 at 6:59am

Sshew! I returned from "vacation" to a jungle. Two inches of rain in two weeks resulted in tall grass and garden weeds. And it's too wet to hoe or till.

But the good news is, it didn't frost as predicted, and the vegetable starts look pretty good (except corn).

Since my dog wasn't around, rabbits had a field day (week), but there's plenty for all. Unlike you, Daniel, I learned a lesson last year about how rabbits love of blackberry bushes. I have mine fenced, and they're blooming like crazy. Same with other berries.

Rhubarb pie is on the docket for preparation today!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 15, 2016 at 6:07pm
Raining for 2 days. Water tank full now. Grass too tall. Rabbits ate the lush growth from my thornless blackberries. So that's why there are thorns. Now protected, but dammit! Those are expensive rabbit food, and I devoted a lot of nurturing to them!

Some of the corn plants are also disappearing. Might be rabbits there too. But, for some reason they've stuck with the Indian corn, and left the sweet corn alone.

A row of okra seeds has germinated. Now to see what happens next. Pure experiment, no experience to guide me.

All but 2 pawpaws fell from the tree. Persimmons are yet to bloom. Tomatoes starting to bloom.
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2016 at 10:24am

Daniel, I've not tried roasting okra.  I'll try that next time.

Too bad you had to quit posting about bees.  It's amazing and sad how many people believe conspiracy theories.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2016 at 10:20am

Hope your tooth is better Plinius.

It sounds like you get quite a bit out of your small garden.  I don't think I've eaten a tayberry, but it sounds delicious.

Comment by Plinius on May 12, 2016 at 6:56am

Sorry I didn't answer, Spud! I've on antibiotics for a tooth problem, and the medicine made me completely brainless...

My garden looks rather good - not that I could spend a lot of time on it - but the perennial plants grow like mad. Some are thinking of invading the neighbours. I'm looking forward to the tayberry harvest, and in the meantime I sowed and planted beets, chards, lettuce, tomatoes and flowers for the salad. I already harvested rosemary and mint and I think I found some leeks. The cats harvest only grass...

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 10, 2016 at 2:25pm
BB, I was discouraged to lose my last beehive during the winter, so started over again in April. The new ones seem to be happy for now, and everywhere I go there are honeybees foraging for nectar and pollen.

Last year I was on a fruit growing website - mostly hobby people like me, and a couple of nurserymen. I posted about how to support bee populations by growing trees that supply pollen and nectar when fruit trees do not, how to grow a wildflower meadow for the same reason, and other things that support bee foraging.

I was met with some positive comments, but the negatives overwhelmed me. They said the bee decline is a myth, it is govt propaganda, it is anti-chemical company fear mongering, they see bees in their neighborhood so it cant be true, etc. So I gave up. I had also posted about some other topics, had the same response, so left the site entirely.

Not I don't have an online site about growing fruit - the old gardenweb was bought out by Houzz and it's basically a commercial site to support ads and corporations, and the home orchard society site is not very busy. But, by not going there anymore, I don't have to see derision of people who actually care about these things and have methods to ameleoriate the issues, however small.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 10, 2016 at 1:25pm

Heard on NPR today that 28% of American honeybees died off this past winter. 17% or less is what's considered by scientists to be sustainable.

 

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