Godless in the garden


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 Don on October 16, 2014 at 8:01am

I used to mulch my blueberries with pine needles, Randall, until an old berry man here told me it doesn't make a lot of difference.  Peat and other (artificial additives) are a lot better.

From GardenWeb:  "Research done by many people including Dr. Abigail Manynard at the UCONN Agricultural Research Station in New Haven, Conn, has shown that there is no significant change in soil pH after years of adding oak leaves or pine needles to that soil."

Comment by Randall Smith on October 16, 2014 at 7:06am

I'm surrounded by pine trees (for wind break), so I have pine needles, too. They're falling now. Since my garden is alkaline rich and acid poor, I spread the needles around every autumn. Perhaps it's working--my two surviving blueberry bushes made it through the summer!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 15, 2014 at 12:06pm

Bertold, I have a mesquite tree and raking the pods is very similar to your cedar chores. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 15, 2014 at 12:02pm

The downside of having cedar trees. This is almost a daily chore for the next month or so.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 13, 2014 at 12:41pm

Randall, comforting is the perfect word!  From the time my hit the floor in the morning until I turn out the light at night, it is comforting to know my little buddy is shadowing me. :) 

Cenek, I can offer no advice here except maybe an electric heating pad. The thought of 50 lbs. of cabbage boggles my mind.

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on October 13, 2014 at 12:24pm

I just finished processing 50 pounds of kraut-to-be. Used 1 pound of salt and a sprinkling of caraway seed. It took almost 5 hours to cut and masticate even though the kraut cutter saved me enormous amounts of work. Now the waiting begins. I have a light bulb under the crock and I'll be trying to maintain the temperature. Any tips?

Comment by Barbara Livingston on October 13, 2014 at 9:30am

Bertold, thanks for the assurance. I didn't realize how far my little Rio had withdrawn, also my cat. Last couple of days has seen an emergence of their funny personalities, so I know I did the right thing.  We three shall remain buddies with no further additions. :)

Daniel, I would simply love your room for a rainy day - curled up with a book and my pets.  However, sitting there in the sunshine in early morning and a cup of coffee would be equally wonderful.  I'm like others - envious, but happy for you. 

We have rain and 75F.  Once rain stops we are going out for a walk in the COOL!  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 13, 2014 at 7:31am

Barbara - so sorry to hear you had to give up your dog, and she's a beauty. It's so hard, but it was the right decision - not fair for the smaller dog who got there first to be terrorized. I thought I might have a similar situation with my newest dog and the cat, but they've more or less negotiated detente.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 13, 2014 at 7:19am
Daniel, with a room like that, I'd prefer sunshine. I'm envious. The rainy day is somehow comforting, especially with the dogs hanging around. Living alone, I've found my new dog to be quite comforting. (I couldn't think of another word.)
Comment by Plinius on October 12, 2014 at 1:29pm

That is a beautiful room, Sentient! And I love to look at the rain too.


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