Godless in the garden

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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

Discussion Forum

Old and Green. Gardening with an older body.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 33 Replies

An Herb Garden for Chickens

Started by Joan Denoo on Friday. 0 Replies

Using Chickens in a Food Forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 17. 15 Replies

Crisis garden annuals

Started by Larry Martin. Last reply by Larry Martin Jul 11. 4 Replies

Growing Tomatoes in Martian Soil

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 7. 6 Replies

Bring On The Soldier Flies!

Started by Joan Denoo Jun 5. 0 Replies

Urban Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 3. 1 Reply

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 12, 2015 at 2:27pm

I filed a complaint with the FCC Saturday, and expect to get results with that.  If I don't, there is another Federal agency I can file with, and if that fails, will file with the BBB.

I'm glad the large watermelon was too big for the little girl that was taking it, because it was almost ripe, and tasted good.  It was even heavier than I thought.  It was 27 pounds.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 12, 2015 at 2:22pm

Kathy, I had both my lenses replaced about 12 years ago and am generally pleased with the results.  I didn't have cataracts, but my nearsightedness and poor depth of field had been getting worse all my life.  It got to the point that I could only see clearly at 4 inches.  I had to carry 4 different glasses with me to see at all distances.

I was going to have laser surgery done to be able to see without glasses, but the doctor talked me into having my lenses replaced instead.  I had a lens in one eye made so I could see clearly at 2 feet, and the other one so I could see clearly at a long distance.  Between them both, I can now see quite well without glasses from one foot to infinity.  I only use glasses to read small print.

There were two side effects to the lens replacement that all my studies had not revealed and the doctor did not tell me.  One, is that the artificial lenses don't block Ultraviolet Rays as well as natural lenses, so I have to wear sunglasses a lot more than I used to.  The second thing is it makes you more susceptible to the vitreous separating and causing floaters in the eye.  If I had known those two facts, I would not have had the lenses replaced, but had the laser surgery.  I hope this doesn't add to your stress.

Comment by k.h. ky on October 11, 2015 at 10:40pm
Thanks everyone for the good wishes on the cataract surgeries. I'm actually concerned about what I will be able to see afterwards! I remember being in my gmoms house when she was about the age l am know and thinking to myself 'doesn't she see this dust on every'. Of course she couldn't :)

Spud, l don't know if you can file a complaint about service providers but it may be worth looking into.
I filed one with the BBB against a car dealership that refused to return an overpayment on an auto l purchased. The dealership contacted me the same day they were notified by the BBB and returned my money the following day.
And I had been after them for months with no response!
Comment by Randall Smith on October 11, 2015 at 7:15am
Man, Spud, I'd be furious if I saw people carting off my watermelons. What a world we live in.
Kathy, good luck with the cataract surgeries. It shouldn't be too bad. It'll be nice to see clearly again!
I'm leaving for a week to Sac. CA. Taking Amtrak's Empire Builder way up north and down Wash and Oregon. Flying back on the 20th. The garden will have to wait.
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2015 at 12:25pm

Kathy, it sounds like you're method of improving the clay soil should work out well. 

Hope your cataract surgeries improve things for you.  I can relate to bad eyes.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2015 at 12:19pm

Daniel, I know what you mean about too much work growing things in containers.  I may try another thing or two, but I've given up trying for the most part.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 10, 2015 at 12:13pm

Randy, softball watermelons are better than none, I say.  My watermelons are seedy also.  Two years ago, I tried growing a seedless variety, but out of about 12 seeds planted in a container, none sprouted.  I'll try again one of these years.

Thanks for liking my story.

Last evening, I saw some kids going down the alley.  A girl about 7 years old was lugging my last large watermelon from outside the fence.  It was about 20 pounds and more than she could handle, so she left it and came back later with someone on a bike.  In the meantime I had brought it in.  I also saw that a smaller one hanging outside on the fence had disappeared.  I said yesterday that I wasn't bothered by the thefts, but seeing them last evening ticked me off some.  I haven't opened the big one yet, but I'm sure it's not ripe, so no one gets to enjoy it.  Oh, well, I'm getting over my ticked-off feelings.  I think they were amplified by receiving another letter from my ISP threatening me if I don't pay them what I don't owe them, but I've just filed a complaint with the FCC,  and my stress level is subsiding.

Comment by Daniel W on October 8, 2015 at 11:07am
Kathy when I had my cataract removed I was Amazed at what i had been missing. Instantly bette. Hope the same is true for you. I was convinced my cataracts were due to cancer treatment, but maybe not.

I bet the chicken compost will help a lot. It does for my garden. Also piling on the fall leaves, including collected from neighbors.
Comment by k.h. ky on October 8, 2015 at 9:17am
No planting going on here. It's to dry to do anything. Even the weeds I've been feeding the chickens are drying up.

I've started putting flanks of decomposing straw in the chickens coop. They shred it for the bugs they can find to eat. A day or two later l rake it up, chicken manure included, and transfer it to the yard that's lying fallow. After a couple years of this l should have soil there instead of dead compacted clay.
Two cataract surgeries coming up at the end of this month then maybe I can see again. Vision deteriorated to 20/60 & 20/80 with corrective lenses in about six months time. Genetics? I don't drive unless it's the mile to the little store for something that can't wait :(
Comment by Daniel W on October 8, 2015 at 8:37am
Planted another of the fig trees I stared 2 or 3 years ago, into the ground. A plum and an apple now also need permanent locations. Too much to take care of in containers, in a hot summer.
 

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