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
Members: 179
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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

My Farm Failures - Revealed Justin Rhodes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 15. 2 Replies

An Herb Garden for Chickens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 1. 1 Reply

Permaculture Chickens Justin Rhodes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 30. 1 Reply

Using Chickens in a Food Forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 17. 15 Replies

Crisis garden annuals

Started by Larry Martin. Last reply by Larry Martin Jul 11. 4 Replies

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Comment by Daniel W on June 14, 2015 at 12:34am
Joan, peas never grew well for me until one day I noticed birds in the pea patch. I cecided they wete eating the pea sprouts. After covering the pea bed with chicken wire, germination magically improved from about 10% to sbout 90%.

Swiss chard us one of the few greens thst do really well for me. Most cabbage family plants get too many caterpillers and get eaten to nothingness. The local bugs ignored the swiss chard crop.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 12:21am

Lovely greens and peas, Daniel. I planted spinach and peas before I left Laura's home and according to recent reports, it appears they rotted. Nothing came up, except radishes. I'll talk to Laura tomorrow and see if anything else came up. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 14, 2015 at 12:14am

Randy,

I use grass clippings for mulch a lot.  Our summers are dry, so they persist for the summer.  They self-compost quickly in the winter. 

Barbara, you have a green thumb!  You are even able to grow trees from prunings, that you don't want to grow!

We have been eating swiss chard for a couple of weeks, grown in a barrel on the deck.

Today we had the first of the snowpeas.  They were easy to grow.  No attention after planting the seeds in April.

Comment by k.h. ky on June 14, 2015 at 12:06am
Joan, Barbara, l posted thank you then accidentally deleted them. Heavy clouds interfere with the internet service. Lots of rain three miles away but not a drop here. Back to watering the compost heaps. Even though our rainfall is above average l still use any 'found water' for the compost. Water that has only had eggs boiled in it, or used to wash vegetables. I wonder if that is even necessary or if I'm just such a wanna be ' green ' person l just hope the little things help?
Comment by Randall Smith on June 13, 2015 at 7:14am

Another inch of rain last night. That means weeds. I can't keep up. It's been too wet to roto-till, so I have to weed by hand and hoe. That and picking strawberries is killing my back. Not that I'm complaining!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 10, 2015 at 7:15am

I rake up excess grass clippings after mowing and throw most of them (it) on the compost pile. I also have a pile in the garden to be used for weed control around individual plants and in rows.

Well, when I started to spread a certain pile around, I discovered that beneath it were tunnels--VOLES! Yikes. Once they discover my sweet potatoes, they are voracious. Fortunately, they eat Decon poison. We'll see if that does the trick.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2015 at 4:42pm

Barbara, about burying branches, limbs or trees. I forgot about being careful which ones you use because of sprouting. My guess is, you will have sprouts from the buried material. I don't have any sprouting problems because we cut down conifers. We might get seeds sprouting and if we do, we will kill them with vinegar. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2015 at 4:39pm

Barbara, my Gardener's Supply Co catalogue came today and if you go to gardeners.com, or http://www.gardeners.com/home, you will find all kinds of support ideas. or order from them. Pricey, but already made. 

We are in a heat spell, went over the record the past two days. It is 99° here now. 

http://www.gardeners.com/home

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 8, 2015 at 8:44am

I opted to place my hugelkultur bed above ground simply because I didn't want to dig a trench - and made a few errors in the process. I saw one at a local display at it had a few branches sticking out of it. So when I made mine there were some visible also.  Sadly, I scavanged some branches from my neighbor's trash pile - chinaberry, texas umbrella tree - and those branches exposed are now sprouting. I keep nipping them off with pruner. 

Randall, I know I have some of those pesky critters as I can see the holes, but have never seen one. :) 

Daniel, there must be a drug to help your neighbor, lol. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 8, 2015 at 8:28am
Randy my neighbor sits outside in the evening with a shotgun, watching for moles. His lawn is pretty immaculate looking. He also mows the grass 2 or 3 times a week, and goes around with a back-pack sprayer every few days. Each to their own.

I noticed that when I use peat-pots and plant them as-is, some animal pushes several back out of the soil. If I tear out the bottom before planting, they seem to stay put.
 

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