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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 Idaho Spud on May 6, 2016 at 7:41am

Thanks Daniel.  I do thin my fruit trees so I get bigger and tastier fruit.  However, climbing the ladder into my tall pear tree is not fun, so I just periodically shake the tree to shake loose some of the fruit.  Do you think that's a bad way to thin them?

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2016 at 7:33am

Joan, I've finally gotten outside and started pulling weeds the last 3 days.  I'm late because I started doing electrical and electronic work in the house the last few months, and continued into spring.

I still go to the library to access the internet, but it's such a pain that I will probably get the courage in the next few weeks to call several Internet Service Providers and try one again.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 5, 2016 at 7:09pm
Such beautiful weather now. We have 4 new baby chickens, 2 sex-link and 2 Americauna. They are enjoying their tractor until they get a little bigger and seem ready for the main flock and vice versa.

Constant recurrent failure has not stopped me from trying okra again. I love that stuff. I have a few plants started early, in my sunniest hottest spot, and planted seeds today in the main garden bed. If they don't grow, at least I tried.

Im counting on some benefits from climate change. In the past sweet corn did not do well here. Last year I had great success with the variety “Trinity”, which has the non-GMO sweetness gene and is considered short season and a little more cold tolerant. I planted some of that a few weeks ago, growing nicely. Last week I planted the similar “Bilicious” which is not growing yet. There are more varieties to try.

Just enjoying the beautiful weather here today. Summer may be a scorcher, or not, but today is, as some christians say, glorious.
Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 4, 2016 at 9:52pm
Spud, I envy you your apricots! I've planted, maybe, 5 apricot trees over the years. Each dies within 2 or 3 years, sometimes the first year. They just don't like this climate. No more for me!

If your apricots are too many, you might want to remove some so the remaining ones grow bigger and ripen sooner. I do that with peaches, pears, apples, and plums. Rule of thumb for me is about one fist apart, which depends on how big is your fist. They should be at least far enough apart that they don't touch when fully ripe.

As the others say, so glad you are here!

My potatoes needed hilling up. They are growing fast. The Idaho Russets are really vigorous. The Yukon Gold are a little slower but growing well too.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 3, 2016 at 12:49pm

Spud, it is so good to read your posts. I hope you are well and happy and enjoying the sunshine and garden. 

Comment by Plinius on May 3, 2016 at 12:30pm

It's a beauty, Spud, I hope you'll have plenty of fruit!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2016 at 12:17pm

I was happy to see my apricot tree, that I planted last year, full of flowers a month ago, and lots of little apricots on it now:

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2016 at 12:04pm

Both dark purple ones.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2016 at 12:00pm

Daniel, I like the white Iris, and the dark purple one.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2016 at 4:05pm

Daniel, your new avatar photo reveals a happy, rested face. I hope I read your smile accurately.  I like it!

 

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