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!

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

Fruit Pests: Apricot

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 3 Replies

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 24. 1 Reply

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 16. 4 Replies

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo Jun 15. 0 Replies

Favorite Flowers

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 8. 8 Replies

The Evolution of Ecological Consciousness

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 4. 1 Reply

Living in the forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 27. 6 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 25. 17 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W May 2. 2 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 2. 1 Reply

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on January 29, 2015 at 10:59pm

Kathy, it will be here before you know it!  :)  We are having totally crazy warm weather here. My rose bloomed today and so did some salvia. This weekend to be cold w/rain - next week expect a freeze, and it will most likely create some compost for me. 

Your walkway with the mixed pavers sounds really pretty. Doing a walkway is a completely different beast, or at least I think so.  I did mine last year using some pavers that were here when I bought the house - and didn't have a clue what I was doing - this year I get to do it over again as most of them tilted or sank. More sand!  Good luck with yours. 

Daniel, I used plain ole gray 12" pavers, (except for at front and I used the red 12") easy to handle but not too pretty. I made a square of 4 pavers, w/ 1/2" between them, and then simply laid another layer on top of those. Then put sand between them. After I was done wondered if I should have gotten red for all, but I'm not changing!  I've never done it before so was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to achieve a nice level area - used short piece of 2x4 to make smooth and then checked with level. In my next life I'm coming back as a mason's helper! :) Guy at stone company said to just make sand 2" deep and that's what I did. The first time I was able to get all four pavers level on first try a happy dance and a "atta girl" was necessary. :)  Do you use a compactor when you lay your walkway?  

Comment by Daniel W on January 29, 2015 at 10:32pm

Kathy, Spring will come!  When the daffodils bloom, you will know it's here.

Barbara, I have pavers to install too.  It's a lot of work.  Looks very good when done.  For mine, it will mean, no longer walking through mud to get in the front door.  The paved path will keep grass from spreading into the border.  I dug up old pavers from several locations, and mixed with new ones of 3 colors (brown, slate, brick red) for a random cobblestone look.  I like the look, and it lets me re-use a lot of old pavers.  For me, the hardest part is leveling.

Comment by k.h. ky on January 29, 2015 at 8:17pm
My hopes for an early spring are probably going to be dashed. There's an ice/snow mix headed this was early sun morning. Maybe it will pass by quick.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on January 28, 2015 at 8:56am

Randall, Actually it was "Margaritaville" lol.  At 6:00 a.m. with my first cup of coffee,  I was surveying my kingdom when the thought "Sand!" occurred to me. Sand to level the pavers correctly and hold them in place. So much for good planning. Back to the drawing board or should I say back to Lowe's for sand, and while the paint is drying on the barrels I can re-set all the pavers. Yes, warm weather is great, although I wonder what is going to happen when we get a frost after this warm weather - zap a few things.  

Comment by Randall Smith on January 28, 2015 at 8:36am

Barbara, I'm so envious of you being able to work outdoors this time of year. My anticipation grows stronger each day. I'll be interested in how your nectarine and plum trees do. Cheeseburger in Paradise?

Comment by Barbara Livingston on January 27, 2015 at 9:40pm

Suddenly my gardening efforts have turned into real work.  77F today, cold rain coming on Friday. I'm soooo glad I don't live in MA, I feel their pain.  I'm scrambling to sand and paint my rain barrels. Schlepped concrete pavers for them to sit on, levelled with my handy dandy level, I think they are about ready for the barrels - tomorrow they should be finished and final placement on Thursday before the rain comes. 

Joan, I took local advice ... "dig hole, mix original soil with three shovels of compost, mix well and plant tree". Soaked roots in root starter first, and them emptied gallon of solution around tree after planting.  Added additional compost around tree. Will put some mulch over it all tomorrow.  And not too close to trunk. :)

Planted both nectarine and plum in this manner. Will lightly prune both. A soft humming of a Jimmy Buffet song, a happy dance, and they should grow! 

Placing rain barrels required I move my Confederate Jasmine from smart pot on patio and plant into the ground - in an area with good dirt. Yeahhh!  Pruned it back and now have several cuttings which I'm going to soak in rooter starter and than put into pots. Will pass along to someone who will appreciate them if they grow.  Such inspiration on here that I'm planning to try my hand at starting new plants from everything I prune. Will be wonderful to give away. 

Randall, "Mysteries of Gardening". No truer words were spoken!  Every day is like starting over for me.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 27, 2015 at 7:35am

It's the dead of winter and my garden is still directly supplying me with food! I "unearthed" some collard greens buried in a snow drift, kept protected from the elements. With olive oil and vinegar, they tasted great!

Comment by k.h. ky on January 24, 2015 at 7:55am
Starting plants from compost sprouts is one of my favorite things. Often l don't know what it is until it matures.
The poppies are a puzzle. My neighbors have great luck with them. And azaleas. I can grow neither. But I can grow several things they can not. Just one of the mysteries of gardening.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2015 at 2:12am

Kathy, isn't it a great treat to salvage the things that come up in unexpected places such as the compost heap. I have a Ponderosa pine growing that is now more than 20 feet tall that came out of the compost bin. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2015 at 2:10am

I enjoy reading everyone's posts and sharing experiences. We should become Master Gardeners in no time. 

I am concerned about not getting the drainage problem solved before planting a tree. I also agree that amended soil is not the best way to go, using the same soil as came out of the ground with maybe a small ratio of other planting soil. I also agree that the tree should be well mulched after planting. The mulch and all those wonderful organisms will work down into the soil and create room for the new, tender roots of the tree. Also, keep the mulch away from the tree trunk. You don't want mice girdling the trunk; that will kill it. 

 

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