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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

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Aug 18. 11 Replies

Soil: regenerative land management

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 10. 11 Replies

Compact Bed Geometry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 29. 0 Replies

Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 21. 3 Replies

Mullein

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Jul 18. 1 Reply

To cure your garlic

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Jul 16. 1 Reply

Harvesting vegetables

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 9. 4 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on April 14, 2015 at 7:25am

I'm sure Daniel knows more about it Barbara, but from growing watermelon, I've learned that they have both male and female flowers, with only the female flowers producing fruit.  The male flowers are the first to show.

I've read that squash and cucumbers are the same, but not tomato.  I'm not sure about cantaloupe.

One interesting thing that Wikipedia said is "Experiments have shown that when more pollen is applied to the stigma, as well as the fruit containing more seeds and being larger (the xenia effect mentioned above), the germination of the seeds is also faster and more likely, and the seedlings are larger.[34]"  

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 14, 2015 at 7:16am

Ouch!  Sorry Joan.  That's going to take a long time to heal.  Thanks for the information Patricia.

Comment by Daniel W on April 13, 2015 at 5:03pm
Patricia thank you very much!
Well that's bad. But ribs snd arms heal. I hope for Joan all the best and a speedy recovery.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on April 13, 2015 at 4:06pm

Chris, definitely a easy way to save water - I made pots for my patio using almost the same method, capturing water in the bottom and letting the plants self-water. Your method seems a whole lot simpler and easier than the way I did it.

Daniel, thanks about the tip that Iris don't like alot of water - they will be perfect for my very hot So Tx back yard.

If something has a blosom on it, does it mean fruit will appear? i.e., tomato, squash, cucumbers, and cantaloupe plants.  I ask because Daniel you tell us about using paint brush to pollinate your trees. Surely that isn't necessary with veggies?

Comment by Barbara Livingston on April 13, 2015 at 3:57pm

Patricia, thank you so much for letting us know. Will you please pass to her my "Hope you are better soon - we will miss you and your comments until you are healed and back at the computer."

Comment by Daniel W on April 13, 2015 at 2:16pm
Barbara, bearded irises are usually very tough and can take almost any kind of abuse and neglect, except overwatering or constant rain. My neglected ones are happy and healthy. I have some that I pampered, which are quite unhealthy. So now I decided to stop pampering them, and just see what happens. My constaint winter and spring rain, can be a problem for bearded irises. The experts say not to mulch them. My irises did not read that book, and the mulched ones did much better than the unmulched ones. My mulch is a truckload of chopped fir branches and fir needles from the arborist, dumped into my driveway for free.

We use that cardboard method too. It really works well! Much less labor than digging sod manually, and no chemicals. The cardboard eventually composts itself, leaving behind a nice mulched bed,

Kathy, I read that peaches can bear fruit in 3 or 4 years from seeds. I am hoping yours are quick and delicious. Peaches dont like the maritime northwest. I have one I dug out last fall, pruned back the top and roots, planted in container, kept sheltered for the winter, then moved to the deck. There are around 30 peaches set now - Im very pleased with that.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 13, 2015 at 2:15pm

Hope those peach trees give you good fruit Kathy.

I finally got myself outside today and pulled-up some of the black fabric & soaker hoses where the watermelons were last year.  Also, leveled the soil.  Some raspberries were sprouting under the black fabric, and some of the blackberries had rooted themselves through the fabric.

Comment by Plinius on April 13, 2015 at 12:53pm

And I enjoyed my first deepblue iris too - they were in an ´easterbasket´ someone gave me.

Collecting rainwater in a barrel isn't possible up here, Barbara, but the containers can save a lot of water - I made the drainage holes 10 cm. from the bottom.

Kathy, how exciting to find peach tree seedlings! Give us an update now and then?

Comment by Barbara Livingston on April 13, 2015 at 11:15am

Whoa Chris!  You have been busy, and your efforts will be super when they are all producing and in bloom.   Do you collect rainwater for your plants?  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on April 13, 2015 at 11:10am

Daniel, a friend of a friend gave me a plastic grocery bag full of Iris bulbs (?) or roots (?). Anyway I didn't know the color and wasn't sure where I wanted to plant them - and of course had never grown them. To simply get them in the ground,  I planted them in corrner next to A/C unit and figured I could dig them out and replant at a later day in appropriate place.  They grew!  They are blooming a beautiful purple color!  I agree, they don't need to be babied. 

My mode of doing away with grass has been to put down cardboard and cover with wood mulch from recycling center.  I did same with Iris - lots of cardboard to kill grass and weeds, lots of mulch, watered well and ignored. 

Kathy, good luck and happy growing your little peach trees. I'm thoroughly enjoying my nectarine.    

We have had more rain over the past three days - a real deluge late last evening.  It is breathtaking to see how green things are and how rapidly things are beginning to bloom.  I feel as if I've moved to a new state each time I hear the patter of rain on the windows. :) 

 

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