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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

Polluting Yourself with Leaf Blowers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim on Thursday. 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 April 20, 2016 at 8:57pm

Some of the irises blooming in my yard.  Most are historic varieties.  I like those because they have survived the ages, through family members taking them when they move, or grandmother giving them to grandchild, or in cemeteries, or ramshackle homestead.  The historic ones are not as flashy, colors are more muted, smaller flowers and less ruffling, compared to modern ones.  I don't care - they remind me of visiting my grandma, or great aunt, or grandfather.

Her Majesty - sweet "iris" candy fragrance Alcazar Indian Chief - wow, the fragrance, makes me think I'm back in my great aunt's back yard 50 years ago A modern one called "Autumn circus"

This looks like the best year since I started the flower beds.  I almost gave up last year, they were dying off.  I'm glad I kept them after all.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on April 19, 2016 at 2:13pm

Randy I think the CCC might have built character.  A modern equivalent, but this time emplying women and men, seems like a good idea.  There are so many people out of work.

That catalpa hurts!  Those are beautiful trees.  Oh well!

I think you have less late frost than I do.  Recommendations here are for planting a lot of things in May and even June.  WIth the unseasonable warm weather, I'm planting more now.  Potatoes are already growing nicely.  I planted flint corn last weekend, and aim to plant more this weekend - fun and chicken food.

Glad you are in the garden!  It is the best place to be.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 19, 2016 at 7:00am

Daniel, noticing your reference to Eleanor Roosevelt, I recently read a book about her husband being such an avid environmentalist. All this time, I thought his CCC idea was just a means to put young men to work (women weren't permitted). But no, he was heavily into protecting the natural world, especially forests and the animals that lived there.

As for my little world, I've had several "obnoxious" trees removed in my yard, especially a sprawling willow and hollow catalpa. It hurt, but it had to be done.

And I'm in the garden! I have about half of it planted, awaiting to see the rows come alive. Had my first asparagus yesterday, too! 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on April 10, 2016 at 8:26pm

Some photos today.  I spent a few hours cutting firewood and too tired to do anything now. 

Kwanzaa cherry bossom, Antique iris varieties Iris germanica and Eleanor Roosevelt.   These are by far the earliest in by yard.  I germanica is considered a 500 years old variety.  Eleanor Rooosevelt was introduced in 1933.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on April 8, 2016 at 9:25am

Randy, it's good to know you are out in the yard and garden.  I have been turning my new garden plots by hand.  Don't know how far I will get.

We are having such an early Spring and even hot weather, I might be getting ahead of myself in planting.  The soil temp is in the 70s.  I think I will plant some flint corn for the chickens.  If it frosts in a month and kills it, the soil will be ready to try again.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 4, 2016 at 6:44am

Despite the awful weather (wet, cold, and windy), I did get potatoes and onions in the ground. Also rolled my yard. Some people say that's bad, but I can't remember why.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 28, 2016 at 7:49am

And I did get the garden(s) tilled yesterday! The ground worked up better than I thought. Perhaps after all these years, the soil is more loamy and less clayey, leaving fewer clods. Now, to plant potatoes. Parsnips wintered nicely (in the garden), which I'm now enjoying the taste of.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on March 27, 2016 at 9:13am

Chris, that sounds like a vegetarian Easter egg hunt!  Nice red beets!

Comment by Plinius on March 27, 2016 at 9:11am

I started the roof garden season by sowing a lot of vegetable under glass and plastic. In a corner I found some winter beetroots big enough for the pan. Nice!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on March 27, 2016 at 9:07am

Randy, sometimes those younger, stronger people can be handy.  Especially for fixing rototillers. 

I thought St. Patrick's day was the day to plant spuds and peas, but every climate is different.  The first batch that I planted are growing, got through a frost with minimal damage, and look good.  They might not produce, they were sprouted with very long sprouts.  I planted more last week, and maybe another row this week.

I long to hear from Idaho Spud as well.

I was over-enthusiastic with some of my early planting.  The radishes, turnips, kohlrabis, early greens, failed to thrive, so I intend to start them over.  I'm wondering if it was slugs as much as the chill, that limited them.  What really took off and looks lush and vigorous - are the fava beans.  I never grew them before.

Ah the weeds, they do take over!  With the rain and rain and rain, they are beautiful and green.  There were some breaks from rain last week, so I hoed a few rows.

 

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