Godless in the garden

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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


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.


Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Discussion Forum

The Broadfork Chicken MIRACLE

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Oct 8. 4 Replies

What Killed My Chicken - How To Know

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim Sep 28. 2 Replies

Polluting Yourself with Leaf Blowers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim Sep 22. 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 August 22, 2015 at 11:34am

With most days in the 90s it seems like a strange time to plant seeds.  I am experimenting with summer planting for some fall crops.  May or may not work.

Most are in barrels or large containers.  Over the past few weeks, I planted some bean varieties.  They are growing but need watering every day.  I want them more to have seeds for next year, than for fresh beans.  It may be too late to get viable seeds in the fall, but no harm in trying.

The barrels are easy to maintain and water.  These are good for someone who needs a few meals, not a big crop.  They are much easier than gardening in the ground.

I think we'll have fresh Swiss Chard ready to eat in another 2 or 3 weeks  Grows very fast.  The Asian greens were planted last week and are germinating.  Those are in a mix containing Chinese cabbage, arugula, several types of mustard greens, mizuna, and Japanese spinach.   I have been planting cilantro every couple of weeks to get a longer crop.  The Egyptian Walking Onions are for scallions.   I thought I lost my clone, but they were only dormant.  Still digging up from the old raised bed and planting, part for scallions and part to maintain my 15 year old clone.  I went from thinking they were all dead, to now I have more than I can plant.  Spinach is 2 inches tall now.  Today I planted turnip seeds - ready in 50 days - and kohlrabi seeds - ready in 60 days.

The containers are really good for a tired gardener, or someone who needs more accessible gardening than in-ground.  A few of mine were in the backyard and I forgot them, soil had settled and weeds grew.  I pulled what I could and buried the rest with about 4 inches of fresh potting soil  Very easy.  They do need watering daily in the hot weather.

My next plant for containers is either make cubic boxes with hollow sides to insulate from sun, or just find barrels that someone doesn't want.  Sometimes Fred Meyer  has 1/2 barrels on sale for under half price in the early winter.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 22, 2015 at 9:43am

Welcome Eric.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 20, 2015 at 7:46am

One pint of raspberries equals 3/4 lbs, I discovered. Therefore, nearly 3 pints will add up to the 2 lbs necessary for my wine.

Seldom do I need a food scale. Thanks, anyway.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2015 at 9:57am

You can get food scales on Amazon starting at $10.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 19, 2015 at 7:19am
Thanks, Spud, although I don't plan on counting them out! I was thinking more in terms of pints. I'll google it.
I have several white flesh peach trees. Usually the peaches ripen in Sept. But one tree is ready NOW. Very surprising--a nice surprise. I'm sure they have an official name. Another google search.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2015 at 1:43pm

Oh, I forgot to put some Alpine Strawberries in that dish.  It's taken a long time, but they are no longer so small and tasteless.  They are now up to 6 times the volume and taste fairly good.  Nothing outstanding like I've heard others call them, but maybe next year they'll improve even more. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2015 at 9:50am

Oops, I miscalculated.  It would take 308 berries to weigh 2 pounds.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2015 at 9:46am

Looks good Chris.

Randy, my raspberries are 3/4 of an inch in diameter in all directions, and weigh 0.104 oz each on average.  That means it would take 31 to weigh 2 pounds.

All my berries are starting to ripen.  Here's yesterday's haul:

Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2015 at 9:20am

No idea why the carrots are so short. The containers are much deeper!

Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2015 at 9:19am

Harvest from my containers! At least a meal of carrots for the two of us and the beetroots can go into a salad!


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