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!

Discussion Forum

Sequester water

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W on Saturday. 1 Reply

Tomato Growing Topics & Tips

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky Jun 20. 3 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2013 at 11:36am

Daniel, 200 bulbs sound like a lot to me; I am sure digging those holes helps to dissipate the frustrations you feel from work. Your friends here at Atheist Nexus express concern about you getting enough rest. I know, I marvel at your energy levels. 

I met a woman on Friday who is terminal with CA and she has the brightest smile and cheeriest disposition, one would think she has no care in the world. Perhaps that is true; she and her partner enjoy each and every morning and celebrate all day. A very refreshing experience to be with her. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2013 at 11:26am

Spud, I have volunteer catnip all over the place and I pull out what I don't want. Many neighborhood cats come here for entertainment with all the wildlife that now shares an occupancy with me on this little 50' x 185' patch of Earth. I do work hard to make protections at bird feeding sites and still find feathers on occasions, but no dead or dying birds.  

This year, my garden has been left to nature's care to provide a dense jungle of chaos ... which I very much like. It seems chaos produces interesting opportunities for things unaware.

I wonder if you have a spot where you can dedicate to nature's  inventions? Perhaps a place out of your sight or where you do not feel anxious about being tidy? 

Your description of cats and cat-nip made me smile; such a gentle story of care with attention to a plant. You have the heart of a gardener. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 29, 2013 at 9:08am


I guess it didn't seem like a lot!  :)  It's just 2 slices with a shovel at an angle, adjust the hole bottom if needed, arrange 4 to 6 bulbs in the hole, and cover it.  So 20 holes plants about a hundred.  In the raised beds, the bulbs I planted at the edges were smaller, and a trowel sufficed.  Raised beds are much easier, due to height and softer soil.

I've only seen one cat in the neighborhood.  So far she has not found the catnip.  It grows pretty big and rangy.  It's a big patch of catnip.  I don't think cats will be a problem.  It's OK if they destroy it.  If they eat rabbits mice voles and moles, I'm happy to plant more catnip for them. I grew it from seed this year, for bee forage.  No animals harassed it, and bees foraged it some but not as much as I hoped. There are already some volunteer catnip plants in the raised bed.   I also moved those. 

I read, somewhere, if the catnip is injured, cats can smell the drug but if not injured, they cant.  I could smell it very well yesterday when I moved it.

You have druggie cats! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 29, 2013 at 7:12am

200 bulbs is "about all".  Sounds like you're still getting a lot done!

I like daffodils.  Nice to know they're deer and rabbit resistant.

Also like rain if it doesn't flood me out.  We're getting very little rain here now.  It's cold and windy.  Looks like the growing season is almost over.

Sentient, doesn't your cat (&/or the neighbors cats) destroy your catnitp?

I planted some a few years back because some people claim it can discourage ants, but the next day half of it was gone.

I put chicken wire around it, but it was still getting shredded.  I was amazed at how far they could reach through the wire.

I put what was left in a container and put it inside.  It died after a couple of years and I put the container outside with a few dead sprigs left in it, and the cats trashed those also.  That stuff sure drives them crazy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 28, 2013 at 8:20pm
Looking forward to seeing photos of your spring bulbs.
Comment by Daniel W on September 28, 2013 at 6:48pm

Today, raining and raining and raining.  Someone yesterday told me that's the "Pacific Northwet".  Years ago, when my parents were alive, our running joke, every week, was "Has the drought ended yet" and the answer was always "Yes!  Finally, it's raining".   I love the rainy season.

Planted some bulbs today.  That's about all.  Moved a few too-big items out of a raised bed designated for bearded irises - some catnip and 2 raspberry starts, all headed to the bee garden.   Planted about 200 bulbs, mostly large discount bags of daffodils, plus a few specialty bulbs.  It's pretty easy.  I plant several to a hole, so they don't look too scattered.

Here, daffodil leaves start coming up in February, one of the first harbingers of Spring, and I check them every day for the next millimeter of growth.

This pic from commons.wikimedia.org.  It's thousands of daffodils, not just 200. 

Daffodils, and by extension all other narcissus, are generally deer resistant, rabbit resistant, and thrive and multiply in neglect.  I have bunches of dozens of flowers that originated from single bulbs 13 years ago.

I did see some deer or rabbit damage for a few last spring.  Just a few.  They must taste bad, and are considered poisonous.

Comment by Chad Kreutzer on September 23, 2013 at 2:48pm

I'm not sure. I'll have to check out the ones you listed. I need to find out what works best in Colorado.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 23, 2013 at 7:33am

Sentient, shelless escargot sounds delicious.  

Drank the last of my broccoli smoothie yesterday.  Added a little more margarine, which boosted the taste from good to very good.  I also purchased some more broccoli so I can make some more.

Comment by Daniel W on September 22, 2013 at 8:33pm

Caught! If only the camera shot out lethal laser beams.

Instead of crouching tiger hidden dragon it's crouching hidden rabbit.

Comment by Daniel W on September 22, 2013 at 8:31pm

Snuggled under the Zucchini plant. If I wasn't vegetarian, I might bread it and fry it. Escargot without the shell.


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