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: 179
Latest Activity: on Monday

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

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 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:

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 Wachenheim 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. 


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