Hello, I am new here
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Author:  drchelo [ Fri Jun 13, 2003 6:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Hello, I am new here

Hello - a suburban Dallas gardener, wishing I still lived on the farm. There just isn't enough acreage available where I am to grow everything I would like to. Unfortunately there are city ordinances against keeping ducks and chickens.
I have been gardening organically for years. In spite of the starving compost monster underneath my garden, I am starting to see results - lots of earthworms, lots and lots of geckos eating insects, and lots of birds.
Most of what I have learned about organic gardening has been word of mouth and from other gardeners. I am looking forward to learning more here.

Author:  ZIPPER [ Fri Jun 13, 2003 7:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hello, I am new here

:D Welcome aboard Doc.

Lots of good info here to learn from as many of us are, thanks to great guidence. I may even learn how to pronounce and spell some of this stuff. Should be an easy trick for you so just jump in and get poopy (compost) all over ya. :roll:

Darn, no ducks or chickens? Atleast there is a pet fourm available for us to learn how detrimental the chemicals on the lawn is to them.

Where did you farm and what?

I'll be looking for some of your post.

Author:  Dancey [ Sat Jun 14, 2003 8:06 am ]
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Hi Doc!!! And Welcome aboard!! I do live on a farm and have lots of room and I've got stuff planted all over the place. :D I'm learning more and more about organic gardening and composting. I have a compost pile (if you want to call it that) that I try to work. Nothin' fancy of course but at least what I do with it will imporve my garden beds.

Zone 8b

Author:  drchelo [ Sat Jun 14, 2003 5:35 pm ]
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I live in the wilds of suburban Dallas...black gumbo dirt-land. The "farm" animals that help me garden are my four dogs. Dog hair is a great deterrent to squirrels and bunnies. I was thinking of patenting my combination of Louisiana Hot Sauce and dog hair to keep the squirrels from eating my spring bulbs.
I have several composters going at a time - a "hot" compost bin, a batch composter, and a "slow rot" compost pile. Sometimes I think I am a little obsessive - checking the temperature and moisture of the hot bin, trying to hurry things up a bit. But, it keeps me off the streets.
Our family farm was in Johnson County, just south of Cleburne.

Author:  ZIPPER [ Sat Jun 14, 2003 6:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Dog Hair and Bananas


Four dogs = lots-o-hair. :(

I heard a lady speak of using dog hair and bananas mixed together to feed her roses.....but that's all I've heard about such. Have you? :roll:

My two dogs like to dig in my compost piles which helps keep it turned. :x

Author:  drchelo [ Sat Jun 14, 2003 7:39 pm ]
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I have heard about banana peels being good for roses....I combine banana peels and coffee grounds for my roses. Dog hair decomposes slowly into nitrogen. But, you must be careful that you don't use a topical flea preventive like dip or Frontline - these will kill the insects in the compost just like they do on the dogs! It is the canine scent that repels the critters, I think. I got the idea from seeing coyote urine selling for big bucks for little bottles...

Author:  sweetscent [ Sun Aug 10, 2003 4:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Coffee grounds usage

Hey, I use both old grounds & old coffee itself for my perennial hibiscus... just dump on top of the crown (but I do compost the organic filters). The neighbors used to think I was nuts for giving my plants coffee every AM, but the results are worth it. I've also planted sprouty garlic around my roses if it's too far gone to eat.


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