Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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Welcome to Eden!

If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

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Comment by Daniel W on January 27, 2011 at 7:50pm

Michael, orchids are no more addictive than heroin or cocaine.  Once you have rebloomed one, however, you're hooked.  In your area, Cymbidiums might have problems - they require cool nights all year, and  enjoy winter weather into the 40s.  You might do better with some others, there are thousands and thousands of varieties and many are tropical or near-tropical.


Liking plants that keep on giving....  figs are increadibly easy to propagate.  I stick prunings into the soil and the often take root and grow into trees.  Grapes are similar.  I don't know - in your area muscadines might be better?


One of my limitations is late frost.  The warm weather lures out the flowers, they all bloom, then frost kills them.  In some cases, that's even fatal for the tree.  Bummer.   


Over the past week, I've thinned my raspberries and pruned them.  I planted seeds of winter-tolerant greens, radishes, onions.  Those are in containers.  They'll come up with the weeds, and that way I get them really early.  Tropicals like tomatoes and peppers are months away.  I can only dream.

Comment by Michael Insertsurname on January 27, 2011 at 2:09pm

That's quite a lovely plant! I've only just gotten interested in orchids myself, and I'm a bit reluctant to get into it too much, as I've been told they're addictive.

I wish I could grow cherries, but we don't really get enough chilling hours for most varieties, only last week it got over 60 degrees. However, apriums and apricots I should be able to do here. I think plums have become my favorite fruit though, they taste wonderful, and at least for me they prove almost impossible to fail. Plus, with all the suckers they put out, I get plenty of free trees to expand!

One of my favorite things about plants, is they're definately the gift that keeps on giving.

Comment by Daniel W on January 27, 2011 at 1:32pm

Hey Mike, Welcome!

I have a backyard "orchard" too.  Smaller than your lot.  Check the "growing fruits" link above.  Mine is in SW Washington which is probably similar mildness to your area, but less warm in the summer.  We have cool dry summer nights, and winters that are wet and chilly.  I use much of the philosophy  "Backyard Orchard Culture" method published on the Dave Wilson nursery (you can google on that or I can look for a link).  Main idea is compact pruning and planting close together; summer pruning is key.   I have good success with small-pruned sweet cherries, apples, pears, variable success with peaches and figs.  Apricots = forget about it, mine all die.  Same for Aprium, too bad, they are delicious.  This year my tart cherry should be bearing - expect it to do well, they are self pollinating and bloom later than sweet cherries; also a Hollywood Japanese plum and Shiro Japanese plum.  My Illinois Everbearing mulberry should be a bit productive this year, last year was it's first year, and it had "two" mulberries.  They are said to grow fast.


I logged on to post my pic below, nothing to do with backyard orchard.   It's the first cymbidium that I have grown into bloom, now in full bloom.


Comment by Michael Insertsurname on January 27, 2011 at 12:57pm

Hi (y)all,


I'm new to both AtheistNexus, and to this group, and while I've joined several groups, this one will probably make up most of my activity on the site, as I'm a complete botany/agriculture addict.

I live just south of Atlanta, so I'm in a great region to grow just about anything (except for moisture/heat haters like pistachio trees and potatoes.)

In addition to growing outdoors, I'm currently renovating my garage to include an entire grow room for winter growing, and early seed starts to get a jump on things, and so far buying a light has been a great investment!

I'm attempting to grow some tropical fruit plants, such as guava and soursop, but I'd like to look into growing a vanilla orchid, and possibly a kava plant......if I can ever obtain a cutting.

I've also begun a backyard orchard, though it's only in it's second year now, with 2 fig trees, 2 apple trees, a native plum, Belle of Georgia peach, and several white pomegranate cuttings I took last fall. Since I live in a subdivision with only an acre total to work with, I'm interested in space saving measures, particularly espalier for some of my fence planted trees. Any advice on that is greatly appreciated!


Hope to hear from some of you, and thanks for having me!

Comment by Daniel W on January 8, 2011 at 11:33am

This is a wonderful story about a man and his garden.  Athiest Advisory:  rated "T" for theistic content.  Even so, it's a wonderful story about a man and his garden. Available on Netflix.



Comment by Daniel W on January 1, 2011 at 10:13am
Happy New year to all!
Comment by Daniel W on December 4, 2010 at 12:39pm
Dejah, I sort of became addicted to orchids. Every windosill has some. Some are easy, others are a challenge. THey give me something to focus on during the gloomy winter.

Today cleaned out the chicken house, shoveled the old wood chip / chicken poop bedding out, spread it across a dormant border, and provided a thick layer of fresh straw for the hens. They have been scratching through it and cackling ever since. The eggs will be cleaner. The border will get a layer of bark mulch some time this winter. I doubt that the chicken poop will be too much for the hostas and ferns, given the season and continuous rain, and that the chicken poop has been aging for a while, but if it IS too much, it's OK.
Comment by Dejah Thoris on December 1, 2010 at 8:17pm
Orchids sound lovely. My other challenge is finding a spot where my birds won't chew them up. They love houseplants!
Comment by Daniel W on November 30, 2010 at 10:43pm
Herbs indoors would be cool! I would like chives and cilantro. The challenge for me is space - my window sills are already filled with orchids. For me puttering around them is peaceful.
Comment by Dejah Thoris on November 30, 2010 at 4:47pm
I haven't been doing anything outside. I have a hard time making myself go out when it is cold. I would really like to grow some herbs inside. The trick is to find the time...

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