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Gardening for food and fun.

A group for those interested in gardening for food, wildlife, beauty and therapy to share ideas and ask questions.  Beginners and experts welcome. 

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Help a Newbie Grow Something!

Started by Justin Theodra. Last reply by Cassie K Oct 11. 1 Reply

ok, so i want to get into growing my own food. what are some good first plants to get? and where are some good places to get them?Continue

Ant Attack!

Started by Windlord. Last reply by sisse sadolin Jan 3. 3 Replies

My recently planted fruit trees are striving to make themselves at home in my hot climate.But now some local ants, large and small, are turning the leaves into their personal smorgasbord.  A.  I…Continue

What are no work self perpetuating edibles?

Started by Iconoclast. Last reply by Mary Jul 26, 2014. 4 Replies

The only thing I can think of are fruit trees. I'd like to plant seeds that can take care of themselves so a person only need pick them when they are in season.Continue

Are melons the best thing to grow in Virginia?

Started by William McClellan. Last reply by William McClellan Jun 25, 2014. 2 Replies

Hey all! so im thinking that apart from perennial fruits melons are the best bang for my buck, is this accurate?Continue

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Comment by jimmy on April 29, 2012 at 1:23pm

Seed Savers Exchange is great for heritage heirloom seeds and plants,They have preserved thousands of varieties over the years from extinction by the likes of Monsanto & Co.


Comment by Ginger on April 29, 2012 at 11:23am

Hi everyone, I am new to this group, but have been busy creating planting beds. I would like some help in knowing where to buy seeds/plants in general.  I am also wondering what to do as here in Virginia we have many deer and would like to plant (some will have to be in containers though) many things.  Herbs are not a problem though as deer don't like them.  Any and all help would be appreciated.

Thank you!

Comment by jimmy on April 28, 2012 at 6:31pm

I have 20 grafted persimmons of different varieties to plant,one of my favourite fruits,especially the astringent types when they go mushy and super sweet....amazing,the equal of any tropical fruit.

Comment by jimmy on April 28, 2012 at 6:28pm

Are you near the Redlands area in Florida?,I see on youtube they have a lot of orchards there,mango,lychee,etc

Comment by jimmy on April 28, 2012 at 6:26pm

Not much Lekoma,its been sooo wet here,too wet to disturb the soil,however I did mange to plant some kale,spinach, more bananas,some more citrus,a lychee,a carambola and a black sapote tree after the soil dried out somewhat last week.However I have tomatoes,cucumbers and lettuce still to pick from,and sweet potatoes.

Comment by jimmy on April 27, 2012 at 8:53am
Comment by jimmy on April 15, 2012 at 8:28am

Do you get frost there in winter?

Ishia?,never heard of that one only the yellow Ishica

Comment by jimmy on April 14, 2012 at 7:47pm

Hello Lekoma.

Stella Natura is great,as you say it uses different constellation boundaries based on indications given by Elizabeth Vreede, Rudolf Steiner,the Ancients,Maria Thuns research and observing the animal forms depicted by the fixed stars that make up the zodiac constellations.Its recommended to use it alongside the Astro Calender for a broader perspective on things.

Despite this where the actual boundaries of the constellations begin and end is an ongoing debate,hence the emphasis toward planting toward the middle of the constellation rather than at the boundaries.

Unfortunately,a southern hemisphere version is not available but those with a basic understanding of astronomy can adapt it,and also the planetary positions in the signs and aspects are the same regardless of ones hemisphere abode,of course one must do a time conversion to ones local time.

Comment by jimmy on April 6, 2012 at 10:59am

Another area of confusion comes into play when,from our vantage point on earth,we look out into the night sky and observe the actual 'Zodiac' constellations as those 'rotate'(more so the rotation of the earth),around the 'ecliptic'(The plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun. The ecliptic plane is used as the primary reference plane when describing the position of bodies in the solar system.

Most objects in the solar system orbit in roughly this plane and in the same direction around the Sun as the Earth. There are exceptions such as many comets and a few minor planets which have high inclinations. Some comets even have retrograde orbits (e.g. Halley's comet) and orbit in the opposite direction to the planets.)

We will see that the constellations are of a different size,and not all occupying neat 30 degree segments of the sky,the boundaries of each of the twelve zodiac constellations being defined by the ancients and astronomers,using certain fixed stars as boundaries.Despite this the 'Sidereal' zodiac used in moon planting uses 30 degree divisions each of the 12 zodiac signs,as this has been found to work in practical terms.

Comment by jimmy on April 6, 2012 at 10:28am

Moon planting is based on what is known as the 'Sidereal Zodiac',which is more relevant to the plant kingdom,this relationship was first indicated by Rudolf Steiner in the early 1900's and has been shown to be true by extensive practical research in the field during the past 50 years.To understand the difference between the two Zodiacs,the 'Tropical'(used in western astrology for horoscope(birth chart),interpretation and the 'Sidereal' Zodiac see the article under 'Research',Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs in the following link.



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