Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  


Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

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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

Discussion Forum

The Broadfork Chicken MIRACLE

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Oct 8. 4 Replies

What Killed My Chicken - How To Know

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim Sep 28. 2 Replies

Polluting Yourself with Leaf Blowers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim Sep 22. 6 Replies

Willow tree

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 15. 12 Replies

Front yard gardening. Edible Estates.

Started by Daniel Wachenheim. Last reply by k.h. ky Sep 15. 14 Replies

Archer Strawberry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 15. 2 Replies

Deer Fence Installed! But Where's the Mulch?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Sep 6. 1 Reply

My Farm Failures - Revealed Justin Rhodes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 15. 2 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 10:12pm

My plan is to plant indoors on about Feb 15: 

Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers 

Indoor on or about March 1:

Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes 

Direct sow on or about April 1: 

arugula, greens, beets, brussel sprouts, carrots, kohlrabi, lettuce, onions, peas, spinach Swiss chard. 

Direct sow on or about May 1:

beans, melons, pumpkins, squash. 

Transplant half the indoor starts on June 1.

Transplant half the indoor starts on June 15.

Replant any direct sow that did not sprout. 

My latest killing frost in my garden was June 16 several years ago. 

I will start direct sowing on 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on February 12, 2014 at 8:52pm

Joan, do you know what you are going to grow?

So far I've only started sweet pepper seeds and chili peppers.  They will be inside a long time to get nice size before it's really warm out.

I should start some brassicas....

Planning for the next week or two, some snow peas, bunching onions.

Spud I agree.  Maybe aluminum foil on hte ends to reflect light inwards?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 12, 2014 at 8:19pm

Daniel, that reflector looks like a good idea, but I think it needs reflective material on the sides to avoid light loss there.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 8:15pm

I am back home now, will get the last of my supplies and start seeds within a week. I am ready. We had a heavy dump of snow yesterday that turned to rain last night and the roads were clear when Larry and Laura brought me home. Cary had a big dump, too, cleared the driveway and parking area and the high winds and 47 degree F melted all the clear spots. Flooding occurs all around us, 

It feels good to get home after my five days in paradise. The ground is still frozen and the melt water lays on top of fields looking like lakes all the way home. The bottom hasn't gone out of the dirt roads yet and when it does they will be paths of mud until dry out occurs. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on February 12, 2014 at 8:51am
Randall, thanks for your experience! I'm probably too obsessive. With cool climate and late spring frosts, using a light in the window cheers me up. Ive been starting tomatoes and chilis indoors for many years. This year earlier than usual but I need the boost.

That light system looks so easy and costs so little its too tempting to pass up!
Comment by Randall Smith on February 12, 2014 at 7:50am

Not with this method, but I've "been there, done that" with trying to start veggies early (in the basement). With mixed results, I decided the effort wasn't worth the final product. I'll just wait for Spring. But lots of luck with your project, Daniel!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on February 11, 2014 at 9:51pm

I think this will be my weekend project.  It will help me get more plants started early for the vegetable and flower gardens.  It looks very easy and inexpensive to make  Much better idea than anything I could think of.



Comment by Randall Smith on February 10, 2014 at 8:04am

One thing sorta neat about a "snow garden"--animal tracks. Mostly rabbit, but I see deer, 'possum, raccoon, dogs. No bear. And vole runs--if only I could catch them. What ever happened to hibernation?  Persimmons are snatched up as soon as they hit the ground. Any leftover "stalks" in my garden are nibbled on. Wild animals have to eat, too.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on February 9, 2014 at 10:10am

As far as I'm concerned, anyone who digs into the ground with a rusty shovel, to plant a tomato or an apple tree, is a "real gardener". Some of us are more obsessed than others. Some are more relaxed.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 9, 2014 at 8:27am

Joan, I don't know about me being a "real gardener". I'm really not. Till, sow, weed, and harvest--that's the bottom line. I don't even prune my fruit trees (looks awful and it's too much work!). Now my son-in-law, that's different. He IS a "real gardener"--a farmer gardener. Have you checked out ?  I'm going now to Eugene urban farm as you mentioned. 


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