Godless in the garden


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: 175
Latest Activity: 9 hours ago

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


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.


Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by amer chohan on March 21, 2013 at 7:40am

Joan, you are right. Illnesses serve us too. My job becomes tougher in the winter. No day off even a sunday for log four to five months. Two years ago I contracted dengue virus. Doctors orderd me complete bed rest for a week. I spent my days sitting on an easy chair between my beloved cactus watching bees and flies polinating their flowers. Everybody in the neighbourhood knew how happy the patient was but they couldn't do anything about it because it was the doctor's order. It was most wonderful time I had for some years. After that unfortunatly I couldn't manage an illness in 2 years time.

I am already feeling jealous on the prospect of wonderful time Sentient is going to have next month. And that too in the best month of the year. Pleasant spring air, his plants flowering, bees buzing arround him. Boy its a luxury.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 21, 2013 at 7:16am

Sentient, I was going to ask if your roof was copper.  That's my favorite metal.  I like it's color better than silver, and silver better than gold.

Are you giving the copper a protective coating, or letting it turn green?

Comment by Plinius on March 21, 2013 at 2:31am

A beautiful beehive, Sentient! I hope you'll have lots of success - and honey!

I like your picture very much, Amer! That woman must be a lot hardier than city dwellers like me, who can always choose between the stairs and the elevator.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 9:53pm
Amer, I like the way that tree gives way to wires. Because of the heavy snow fall and sometimes wet snow, we have to get wires above the trees; the result is terrible pruning jobs that look awful and weaken even the best of trees.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 9:51pm
Sentient, your bee hive is so beautiful, it is a piece of yard art. The bees will turn it into an enchanted place, especially with your lovely planting ideas.
Comment by Daniel W on March 20, 2013 at 9:38pm

Amer, what an unusual pruning job!  I guess they have to keep the wires free from branches, so it's either cut down the tree or prune as in the photo.  

Joan, the roof is copper.  It's supposed to prevent rot from our long rainy season.

I love powerful storms.  Enjoy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 7:59pm

Sentient, your bee hive looks wonderful. What is the roof? I am really curious about that hive and hope it feels like a palace to the bees. What a treat for you to come home to. I can see you now, sitting under the shade of one of your lovely trees, watching and listening to all those workers going about their business. With all the clover and wonderful blossoms coming they will feel like it is paradise. 

We are in the midst of furious wind, lightning and thunder storm with black black clouds with streaks of silver. A beautiful sight and sound. 

Comment by amer chohan on March 20, 2013 at 7:46pm

Sentinent nice bee box, last year one of my relative entered into patnership with some professional bee-keeper. Recently he was telling details of their growth, how their boxes dioubled, their diseases and bee-eaters etc. Whole of the story seemed very intresting to me. Hope your experience with the bees works well.

In the picture a multi-purpose activity of tree pruning and goat feeding is in the progress. It is usually done in the begning of the winters. Intresting thing is that woman doing it didn't compromised on her routine clothing outfit inspite of the hight of the tree which makes it very dangerious. Your question ignited my mind and here I came across a very intresting example of tree pruning.

Comment by Daniel W on March 20, 2013 at 5:35pm

Amer, what is happening in that photo?  Is it tree pruning?  Collecting wood?  Interesting picture.

I hope you will have photos of your grafted cacti.  They are very interesting.

Annie, the bamboo will make great beanpoles.  Once they start winding around, they will find their own way up the poles.  Tree sticks work too, if long enough.  Different pole beans grow different heights - you probably want them at least 6 feet tall.


Joan - no bees yet.  The place that orders them projected early April.  I hope I am out of the hospital then!  Surgery will be tuesday.  If it goes well they expect a week in the hospital, then roughly a month to recover.  I will obey the doctors and nurses so I recover as fast as I can.  So it might be close....  Installing the bees is not physically demanding at all, so as long as I'm on my feet that part will be OK.  Once in the hive, they need to be left alone for a week, so again not too much needed from me.


Went ahead and painted the beehive.  Here is is now in the yard.


And here it is open, with some top bars removed to show the internal structure.

This has been in my mind for 2 years, reading and planning.  Mostly the past 1 year.  Took 2 3-hour beekeeping classes.  Read several books.  Throughout history, bees have been kept in many cultures, primitive and advanced, and many places.  I think the insects will teach what to do.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 4:53pm

I hope you share some photos of your garden Annie. And keep us informed on how you decided to manage vine crops. 


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