Green Gardening

Can't wait to start digging in the earth? Planning your garden? New enthusiasts or seasoned gardener, let's share our green gardening tips and joys.

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Garlic Heads -Garlic Planting

Started by Ed. Last reply by Holo Gram May 27, 2013. 14 Replies

Glad to see atheists who get their fingers good and dirty!I just finished re-planting 8 varieties of garlic!!!!Shanting PurpleRed JaniceChesnok RedCorsician RedMirado GiganteGerman WhiteItalian…Continue

Tags: garlic

Illinois illegally seizes 'Round-Up' resistant bees. Destroys 15 years of research at Monsanto's bidding

Started by Misty: Baytheist Living!. Last reply by Albert Bakker May 26, 2013. 4 Replies

Ok. Now I'm scared. Really, really scared. I urge ANYONE DOING ANY RESEARCH ON HONEYBEES TO GO UNDERGROUND. …Continue

Tags: illegal, illinois, monsanto, bees

Dusting this group off and discussing pests!

Started by Misty: Baytheist Living!. Last reply by Misty: Baytheist Living! May 26, 2013. 7 Replies

Wow, I can't believe it's already late spring and this place is dead! C'mon, folks! Let's get dirty!Right, so someone was asking about Florida pest control. Rabbits, aphids, caterpillars and gators,…Continue

Tags: pests, garden

How to Make a Glass Garden Terrarium

Started by Hope Oct 25, 2011. 0 Replies

The Glass Garden TerrariumBeautiful and pretty easy. You can use indoor plants of course.It will be very nice for those who live in apartments..…Continue

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Open pollinated Seed

Started by Ed Oct 22, 2011. 0 Replies

I have switched over from hybird to open pollinated seed. I am pleased with the transition so far. Anyone else using open pollinated?  Continue

Tags: seed, seeds, pollinated', 'open

Senate Bill S 510 Food Safety Modernization Act vote imminent: Would outlaw gardening and saving seeds

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Pope Beanie Nov 20, 2010. 2 Replies

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger Editor of Senate Bill 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, has been called "the most dangerous bill in the…Continue

Hard to Kill: Houseplants for the Inept

Started by Sydni Moser Nov 12, 2010. 0 Replies

By MICHAEL TORTORELLO Published: November 10, 2010 NEW YORK TIMES FOR years now, my foyer has been a halfway house for indoor plants — that is, halfway between a cozy berth in someone else’s home and…Continue

8 Extremely Weird Plants

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by GOPI KANTA GHOSH Oct 5, 2010. 2 Replies

8 Extremely Weird Plantsposted by Mel, selected from DivineCaroline Sep 27, 2010Weird is relative. What seems weird to me might not seem weird to you. In the plant kingdom, however, there are…Continue


Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Ronald Clifford Peters Oct 1, 2010. 9 Replies

'Plant' All Of Your GardeningTIPS & SUGGESTIONSIn This Discussion. Continue

Apartment gardeners?

Started by Misty: Baytheist Living!. Last reply by Ronald Clifford Peters Sep 14, 2010. 4 Replies

Are there any of you out there?What do you grow in your compact confines?What works and what doesn't?Are any of you brave enough to tackle kitchen compost when you and your neighbors can literally…Continue

Tags: gardening, space, small, cozy, apartment

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Comment by Reggie on May 3, 2010 at 10:27pm
I planted some Marigold's last week and Vinca's this week. The wife has some Hostas and other plant creatures growing in the front.
Comment by Chuck G on April 30, 2010 at 9:09pm
Another one, Rush, on hearing of Jerry Garcia's Death: "Meh, just another dead doper" What a F@#king hypocrite.
Comment by Chuck G on April 30, 2010 at 9:06pm
Just one of the multitude of reasons I dislike him; Rush Limbaugh: "The best thing about trees is what you do with them after they are cut down".
Comment by Sydni Moser on April 30, 2010 at 11:16am
Chuck, the comment you posted here is terrific. Would you mind 'copy & pasting' it into our new Gardening TIPS Discussion? That way it won't get buried back in the Comment Wall archives. Thanks for your input...
Comment by GOPI KANTA GHOSH on April 30, 2010 at 10:45am
Absolutely right...we must succeed...
Comment by Sydni Moser on April 30, 2010 at 10:36am

What is Elegant?

makes oxygen
sequesters CO 2
changes colour
makes complex sugars and foods
fixes nitrogen
distills water
creates micro climates
self replicates

Then we knock it down and write on it??

by William McDonough

Watch his TED Talk HERE:
Comment by Chuck G on April 28, 2010 at 12:01pm
I have been trying out two relatively new and cool soil amendments. These are different from, but go very well with compost. Their main difference from compost is that they do not break down with time, and the improvement they provide soil is much longer lived than compost. The two amendments are expanded shale and biochar.

Expanded shale is most useful for heavy clay soil, because it aerates and looses up heavy sticky soils. Expanded shale is a fired, kiln produced, mineral product somewhat like pottery nuggets or mineral popcorn, that have a very high porosity(like 60% air space), and are fused such that they virtually never break down. Plants that are sensitive to poor soil drainage, such a lavender, greatly benefit from having lots of expanded shale incorporated into their soil; amounts that would make the soil in their root zone 30 % shale. ( 3 inches deep, tilled into about 10 inches of soil). Studies here in Texas by Texas A&M Dallas have shown huge improvements in growth for drainage sensitive plants in level, heavy clay soil beds. It is produced in a process that is similar to cement production, so the potential to produce it should be nationwide. Here in Dallas it costs about $8 per 40 lbs(a little less than a cubic foot), or $100 per cubic yard bulk.

Biochar is just charcoal. It greatly enhances plant growth in poor acidic sandy soils, when used at the rates like the expanded shale. There is a very long history of biochar's use by the pre-Columbian indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin, who created a rich black soil call Terra Preta that still is amazingly rich, nearly 500 years after the processes that created it were stopped. Biochar is a very practical method of carbon capture, and way it is applied to crop waste residue, it very ecologically smart. The charcoal enriches soils by absorbing and holding nutrients much better than the sands and clays in the soil, plus it also has surface active properties that greatly enhance soil microbial life. More about biochar is here: . Biochar's availability is pretty sketchy right now, but should build as demand grows. I've just use cheap charcoal brickets(about $5 per 18 lb -1 cubic foot bag at Walmart) bag. Charcoal brickets have extra lime added to them, which shold not be a problem in acidic soils. Again, like the ex. shale, the soil needs to be about 20 to 30 percent amendment by total volume in the root zone, like the top foot of soil.
Comment by Cheryl Pantano on April 28, 2010 at 10:00am
Cool video! Thanks Adriana. I can't grow tomatoes either.
Comment by GIFPES on April 27, 2010 at 11:22am
Thank you Sydni for this refreshing idea! Experiencing the growing up of a plant is experiencing the forces of the universe in its most pure and advanced form.
Comment by Chuck G on April 27, 2010 at 11:00am
Great new Group Sydni! This is my bag, baby.

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