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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 9, 2015 at 1:01am

Randy and Don, outstanding garden photos! I enjoy seeing the changes over time in your growing season. I live vicariously through your gardens since I am closing down my garden of 41 years and starting fresh at my new home with my daughter. I move from a deep forest of trees and plants that began 41 years ago as a city lot 50' x 185' that we reduced to bare ground to create a garden of eating and meditation. it was soil in an ancient bog that had a known 50' deep of sediments with prehistoric plants springing up between my cultivated vegetables.

My new home sits on top of a glacial moraine with a known depth of 500' of sand left behind by the last Ice Age. Our water comes from a deep well that collects in a cistern. My attempts at growing a garden here is hampered by the miserable fall I took in April and a week in the hospital. Seeds I planted failed to sprout because of cold weather and reseeding will not produce much of a crop because of not enough time in our cold, northern air and high temperatures. 

We decided to put in a geodesic dome greenhouse and it was shipped yesterday and expected to be here in about a week. 

Two of my youngest great-grandchildren spent part of yesterday and today weeding the terraces with me and they performed beautifully in the garden. We started with learning the differences between weeds and tender young vegetables. The only things that sprouted were the radishes, beets, vine peas and several varieties of squash. All the rest of the seeds rotted in the cold, wet soil. 

These past couple of years presented me with the need to make this major transition. A year of cancer treatment in 2013, a slow recovery in 2014, and the fall in 2015 knocked me off my routine of the past four decades.

A whole new world opens up for me in the move to my daughter's home with her two daughters' families nearby and my six great-grandkids. I get to play with them almost every day, especially now that school is out. Having them with me in the garden, one or two at a time, they learn how to grow food for themselves. They responded with real glee when the first radishes appeared on the dining room table. I hope this second seeding of lettuce produces some crops before the first frost of the year hits. Turnips will withstand the early frost. There is no hope for the other vegetables to mature before freezing begins.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 8, 2015 at 10:03pm

Thanks for the garden pics, Don. In the Phila area we've had a warm rainy spring. All of the subtropical plants are lush and covered with flowers.

Comment by Don on July 8, 2015 at 5:47pm

Large gardens are, of course, a lot of work, but if you have the time and the energy, the results are bound to be gratifying, as we can all attest.  Let me offer four photos to document my 2015 garden's progress; April 30, May 12, May 24, and June 30. 

It has been a slow, wet spring and early summer here in northern Vermont (and my peppers and cantaloupes are a joke), but it's finally begun to warm up.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 8, 2015 at 5:00pm

Finally rained a little (0.19 inch), which gave me about 100 gallons in my rain barrels.  Yea.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 8, 2015 at 4:01pm

I enjoy looking at people's gardens and produce also.  Pictures are nice.  I'm also jealous of the large gardens Randall, Daniel, and others have.

Comment by k.h. ky on July 8, 2015 at 12:22pm

Chris, the carrots can be judged by the size of the greenery and, when they are ready, you should see the orange root breaking the surface, beneath the tops. At least that's the way l do it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2015 at 10:31am

Chris, I posted my response in Discussions. 

Comment by Plinius on July 8, 2015 at 8:44am

Ramadan-rabbits, Randall? What a fantastic place you have!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 8, 2015 at 8:39am

Chris, you are so right! What little I planted I had no clue as to when to harvest - pretty much by sight. Except you can't see carrots until you pull them, and I pulled too soon. Luckily the bunnies liked them anyway.  went by the growing time on the seed packet.

Randall, I enjoy everybody's pictures! My gosh, your garden is HUGE! I planted 8 sweet potato plants, lol.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 8, 2015 at 8:11am

I just downloaded some garden photos to share (not that anybody really cares). The first was taken two months ago, just starting. The cans were used to cover up fledgling (sp?) sweet potato starts (at night, so rabbits won't eat them). Notice my rows are weird--triangular pattern for a change this year.

The second photo is looking in the opposite direction (cans gone). Oops, the photos came up reversed.


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