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

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 6, 2015 at 8:08am

Kathy, I bought my first one last year and it struggled to establish. I gathered seed and kept in fridge for winter and then planted lots of them - talk about overkill. My original is now in bloom and I have many new shoots. It is my one true success!. You said you wanted to "figure out how to keep catepillar stage alive" - what do you mean?  

Comment by Plinius on June 6, 2015 at 1:21am

I had to look it up - it's beautiful, Kathy!

Comment by k.h. ky on June 5, 2015 at 10:14pm
My butterfly weed is in full bloom. And the second one isn't far behind. Beautiful, bright, orange color. Now if I could figure out how to keep the caterpillar stage alive and provide them a place to morph into butterflies. The websites I've found have been almost useless on that front.
I should say useless, to me, because of the large area involved.
Comment by Randall Smith on June 2, 2015 at 7:12am

Don, sure! I certainly have plenty of asparagus. Prepared any way suits me. I never tire eating it.

Comment by Don on June 1, 2015 at 1:05pm

Would anybody with an abundance of asparagus like an easy cream of asparagus soup recipe?  Good way to use it up when it's fresh.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 1, 2015 at 12:32pm

Yeahhh for the butternut squash!  Booooo on fire ants.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 1, 2015 at 9:57am

I too get excited when I "unearth" worms as it gives me hope for my soil. 

I have itchy fire ant bites this morning - but, I also found one small butternut squash!  Yeahhhh!  There is so much truth in Gertrude Jekyll's statement. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 1, 2015 at 7:58am

He counted them?

I love finding earthworms when gardening.  I was very happy to see the large number of earthworms in the soil when I planted my asparagus roots. 

I planted them in the area that I modified 2 years ago to plant watermelon in.  I killed a large number of worms when I did that, but the ones that survived have multiplied & replenished the earth. : )

Comment by Randall Smith on June 1, 2015 at 7:30am
Just finished "The Monk in the Garden", the story of Gregor Mendel (and his rediscovery 30 years later). Talk about your dedicated gardener! He didn't eat his peas--he counted them.
"A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust." Gertrude Jekyll, 1843-1932
Comment by Idaho Spud on June 1, 2015 at 7:12am

After updating my operating system, some things didn't work including getting images from my camera to the computer, but I finally got that working, so here's something I thought was neat.

It's the longest earthworm I ever remember seeing.  It was 10 inches or more when I fist saw it, with who knows how much still in its burrow.  By the time I got my camera, it had started to retract into the burrow.

 

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