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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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Welcome to Eden!

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

Soil: regenerative land management

Started by Joan Denoo 12 hours ago. 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

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 4. 10 Replies

Fruit Pests: Apricot

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 28. 3 Replies

Permaculture, Ben Falk

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

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Daniel W on December 26, 2014 at 8:50am
I think that earthworm genie is out if the bottle. Most of the preColumbian US was not the pristine untouched forest we are taught - per the book 1491 the continent was managed and farmed, in a different way. some criticsl forest species are gone forever - chestnuts snd elms. there are diseases and insects that were not there before. There are new tree snd plant species. The rain is more acidic,probably so is the soil, the rain oatterns have changed, and the climate is changing. I dont think we can go back. Only forward. i hope the new species may well be better adapted than what was there before.

In the garden, I think earthworms really are our friends.
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Comment by Barbara Livingston on December 26, 2014 at 6:22am

GC, Thanks for link. Not sure why I can't seem to post ones that actually work. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 25, 2014 at 11:51pm

A working link to "The Trouble With Worms":

http://www.wvnps.org/earthworms.html

("... Pennsylvania's forests evolved without earthworms .... The key to health in the Keystone state's forests resides in a fungal-based soil that slowly decomposes its organic matter.... Earthworms are notorious disturbers of soil. Their disturbance creates healthy conditions for farms and gardens, but unhealthy conditions for forests....")

Comment by Barbara Livingston on December 25, 2014 at 10:33pm

Just when we think we are doing good ... I sat at a dinner table with an "expert on all things" this evening and after discussing 'black holes' I mentioned permaculture and we wound up discussing worms.  He informed me that not all worms are good and that in Pennsylvania and areas of the northeast they are studying ways to combat them.  Yep, earthworms.  I found it hard to believe and came home and Googled it ... my results:

http://www.wvnps.org/earthworms.html  

This is what the guy was talking about.  Any comments?  Joan, since we are the ones raising worms I wondered what you make of it?

Comment by Daniel W on December 25, 2014 at 2:20pm
Barbara Im glad your vacuum mulcher is working. It sounds like a great tool!
Comment by Daniel W on December 25, 2014 at 2:19pm
Barbara, I dont know the answer to your question. Adding to the complicated picture - the Amazon is rapidly being converted to crops and grasslands. Maybe grasslands would hold the soil better, but cropland?

I also dont know, how long can Africa continue to give up its soil? It cant be endless. If the Sahara became green, and the Amazon lost soil... does it equal out?

I know all I can take care of is my little plot of land. Which is improving, year by year. Much of the additive is brought in - that is not permaculture, but still it is better for yard waste compost to go to my soil, than for yard waste to burn or go to landfill. As my trees grow larger, I hope they give lots of leaves for mulch, too.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on December 25, 2014 at 1:02pm

I was wrong when I said my B&D vacuum/mulcher didn't work so well.  Defective operators are often the cause, as in this case.  Works fine if you use it correctly - don't try to suck up a whole pile of leaves at once, instead vacuum them up from the lawn making sweeping motions and you wind up with finely mulched leaves. :) 

I was looking for Epazote seeds and found them online at the Nichols Garden Nursery - in Oregon. Who can resist a seed catalog, online or otherwise and after reading a bit I discovered a some heirloom seeds. I don't eat tomatoes as a general rule, but couldn't resist Currant Tomato seeds.  Who knew there were currant sized tomatoes!  Lemon Cucumbers! Purple Podded Pole beans and National Pickling cucumbers.  Such fun! Even Russian Mammoth sunflowers for my feathered friends.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on December 25, 2014 at 12:48pm

>>The comments on the dust bowl led me to recall, I read N American soil blew as far as Europe, and in other readings I've read that African soil has blown to Brazil, and recently China soil reaches USA.  Unfortunately, I imagine most is lost to the ocean depths.

Daniel, I saw a film on PBS not too long ago about the Amazon jungle.  It addressed the dust storms coming from Africa and it was their theory that it was needed and merely a part of the earth taking care of itself.  The rains in the Amazon are constantly washing away the soil, thus making it very thin.  The dust coming from Africa replenishes the jungle with dirt.

Made sense to me at the time, but since then I've watched many permaculture videos and they seem to feel the desert can be re-claimed.  My question then is, if we reclaim the deserts what happens to the Amazon?  

Comment by Randall Smith on December 23, 2014 at 7:32am

You're a very persuasive lady, Patricia!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2014 at 9:53pm

You have been busy, Daniel. Your Battleground property, with the rich variety of plants you take there, offers a treasure for you to share with your neighbors. The joy of gardens comes in the richness with building community. 

 

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