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 king on May 11, 2014 at 11:38pm
Are those beet seedlings I see in the back
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2014 at 3:50pm

Randall, do you know what kind of mushrooms these are, and if they are edible?  They are about one inch tall and last less than a day.  I was keeping these grow-pots very moist and up these popped.

I'm going to plant them behind the garage where I have a pile of soil that has a lot of wood chips and other organic matter in it, and keep it moist to see what I can produce.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 11, 2014 at 8:23am

Glad you checked out the site, Barbara. It's more amazing in person. I'm just happy my family farm is being transformed into a worthy cause. The days of "corn and beans" are disappearing there.

Spud, I totally agree with you. My farm kids wonder why I continue gardening when I can get all I want from them. I just enjoy doing my own thing! It's in my blood.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 12:23pm

Barbara, keep me posted on how it behaves in your TX garden. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 10, 2014 at 8:28am

Randall, your son has a very impressive operation. Amazing the size and production with such a small staff.  Gkids are cute too :)

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 10, 2014 at 8:26am

Joan, I've never seen one of those critters, and hopefully I won't.

The pic shows the 10' space between houses. It was scraggly grass and weeds.  SAWS, our water district, encourages everyone to convert all grass, or as much as possible, to drought tolerant plantings.  Since I like to sit on the patio in the mornings I decided to make my 'space' a little more attractive. One side gets sun all day long, the other side is deep shade until about 3:00 and then gets hot sun until sunset. It's interesting to see how the same type of plant grows differently in each bed because of the amount of sun. I planted the dichondra in the complete area between the edging of each bed. I also have a brick edging where the walkway meets the back lawn to prevent the dichondra from spreading into yard and to keep grass out of walkway.  Since we fail at controlling nature, it will be fun to see just how much I control the dichondra.

I've grown the creeping jenny for years in pots inside, but never outside.  Had no idea such a pretty plant was invasive. 

I tried to upload picture, but for some reason it simply won't work.  Sighhh, not a techie sitting here at this end.

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)


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