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

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud 2 hours ago. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2014 at 7:31am

Randall, I can't help but think that your gardening is much more that just a hobby.  

Nothing wrong with a hobby, but my gardening is much more than a hobby.  It's a way to better heath, both mentally and physically.  

It produces food that is much better for me than store-bought.

It makes eating so much more enjoyable because the taste is so much better.

The work I do in the garden is a great help in loosing extra fat.

The exercise provides cardiovascular benefits.

It relaxes me and dramatically reduces my stress.

It dramatically reduces depression.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 10, 2014 at 7:11am

It's amazing what a difference 5 miles makes. My kid's farm received over an inch of rain last night, while I got only 0.2". Better them than me, though. My garden is a hobby--theirs a livelihood. (For newbie Barbara: Silverthorn-farm.com)

Comment by king on May 9, 2014 at 8:18pm
I thought it looked. Like one never heard it called that thank you for the info joan
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 6:03pm

Barbara, another bully that is so very pretty is Creeping Jenny. I planted one little piece about an inch long from my neighbor to the east and before you know it, it had taken over an entire flower bed. I had a devil of a time getting it under control. 

It creeped under my fence into the neighbor to the west and she told me in very clear terms to keep my "damned Creeping Jenny" out of her yard!

My cousin has it growing in a bird bath where she has water dripping on it. The birds love it, she can keep it under control and it glimmers with a pretty yellow-chartreuse color. 

Creeping Jenny in a birdbath (stock photo)

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 5:55pm

Vinegaroons do have a bite that can become infected. It gives off a vinegar-like scent when disturbed. They are relatively harmless, compared with some of the BIG-BAD-BEASTS of W TEXAS. It is called a whiptail scorpion but does not have the terrible sting that a real scorpion has. They are a beautiful, shiny, black color and quite pretty in an ugly sort of way. 

Comment by king on May 9, 2014 at 4:19pm
Is that anything like the whiptail scorpion
Comment by Daniel W on May 9, 2014 at 3:53pm

Barbara, thanks for expanding my mind.  I have never heard of a vinegaroon.  Looks amazing!

We have slugs bigger than my thumb.  I don't like them.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 9, 2014 at 3:22pm

Liquid is falling from the sky!!! If I remember correctly, it is called rain. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 9, 2014 at 3:19pm

Joan, oh gosh I hope it 'bullies' its way completely around my pavers and throughout the whole area.  The little green leaves look so innocent at this point.:) We'll see how it feels after hot direct sun and 100 temps. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 9, 2014 at 1:46pm

Randal, the beauty of the desert can be astonishing. When we got orders for El Paso, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, I cried. All I could remember was driving through on our west to east journey across the southern tier of the USA and seeing the drab, dirty, shabby, dry place that looked like hell. It took only a month or so to realize what a beautiful place the desert can be. I turned my garden into an incredibly lovely patch of Earth. Don took photos from a plane trip over the housing area and our garden stood out like a green oasis in the desert.

We had pet horned toads, well they weren't pets, really, just happy members of my little patch. We had a jumping spider that provided entertainment by waving at us as we worked in the kitchen. There was a vinegaroon that lived in our woodpile and looked like it could kill an elephant. A snake lived there, too, and took care of lots of insects. A mocking bird lived in the tree fort my kids built and enjoyed the fort as much as the kids. 

That little patch of Earth turned out to be a place full of wonder. 

Vinegaroon, a stock photo


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