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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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 Randall Smith on May 8, 2015 at 7:22am

Upside down or not, having a bear foraging in your yard is amazing! All I get are rabbits and moles.

Well, I did it again. I'm such a sucker. Rural King had the best looking blueberry plants, so I bought one for $10. The one I bought last year seems to be thriving. Over the years, I've tried growing about 20 plants. They always die. My gooseberry bush is doing well, but the goji berry plant is struggling. It should be a good strawberry year, however.

Comment by Don on May 4, 2015 at 8:21am

Why that image of the bear loaded upside-down i have no idea.   Strange.

Comment by Don on May 4, 2015 at 8:17am

Here in Vermont, after a snowy winter, the gardening season is only just now getting underway.  Friday i fertilized the asparagus bed and the raspberries.  Yesterday I planted lettuces, beets, and radishes.  The garlic is up three inches, the rhubarb is vigorously pushing up through the mulch, and the daffodils have begun to bloom.  Sometime Saturday night a big black bear plodded through the tilled garden plot and turned over my big buckets of compost.  He had paid us a visit at dusk last weekend, looking for food; comestibles are scarce this time of the year.  Here he is, and here's the garden on Saturday, ready for action.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2015 at 7:53am

I thought about eating some of my asparagus in the best patch, but it's still rather on the thin side, so I decided leave it be, so it can gather strength.  It would only have made half a serving anyway.  None of the 4 patches in different parts of the garden are doing well at all.  

The strawberry plants all have flowers, and are looking healthy.  I'm going to prune back the raspberries and blackberries to give them more room.

I had hail yesterday, I worried, but it did almost no damage.  I loved hail when I was young and not worried about the damage it might do to my garden.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 4, 2015 at 7:28am

So far, only asparagus and chives have made it from the garden to my dinner plate. But many other "early birds" are taking shape. Yesterday, I planted corn, more onions, tomatoes (15 plants!), carrots and parsnips. I'm pretty sure we'll have no more frosts, although the last date is May 15. It sure is fun to finally be "playing in the dirt"!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2015 at 12:18pm

The Harcot Apricot is self-fertile.

Wikipedia says "A dry climate is good for fruit maturation.".  That could be part of your problem.  It looks like you get 4 inches of rain per month in the spring and summer.  I get 1 inch in the spring and 0.7 inch in summer.  I had another apricot for several years that produced every year until it died, probably because I planted it too deep.

Your 30 year-old trees may also be at the end of their fruiting lives.  

Comment by Randall Smith on May 3, 2015 at 8:27am

Spud, you don't need two trees to cross pollinate? Not that it matters. I've had two apricot trees for 30 years, and they've produced fruits only once--and they were wormy!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 2, 2015 at 11:43am
Spud, that's an impressive Apricot tree! I think it will grow just fine. I love apricots but they dont survive here. Not complaining - there are other choices for me. May you have a great crop and delicious fruit.
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 11:23am

It looked like the people that raised my Apricot did some pruning of the roots.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 11:21am

Joan, I didn't get too aggressive with the side roots because they didn't appear to be circling.  They went down.  I did loosen them, and cut a few.  Hopefully, I did enough.


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