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

Discussion Forum

The Top 10 Things To Do In Your Garden This Fall

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 52 minutes ago. 12 Replies

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Aug 18. 11 Replies

Soil: regenerative land management

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 10. 11 Replies

Compact Bed Geometry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 29. 0 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 21. 3 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Jul 18. 1 Reply

To cure your garlic

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Jul 16. 1 Reply

Harvesting vegetables

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 9. 4 Replies

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on August 18, 2015 at 9:46am

Looks good Chris.

Randy, my raspberries are 3/4 of an inch in diameter in all directions, and weigh 0.104 oz each on average.  That means it would take 31 to weigh 2 pounds.

All my berries are starting to ripen.  Here's yesterday's haul:

Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2015 at 9:20am

No idea why the carrots are so short. The containers are much deeper!

Comment by Plinius on August 18, 2015 at 9:19am

Harvest from my containers! At least a meal of carrots for the two of us and the beetroots can go into a salad!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 18, 2015 at 7:23am

My homemade wine recipe calls for 2 lbs of raspberries. How many berries is that? I don't have a small scale.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 15, 2015 at 12:02am
I use the same method as Randy. Water when needed, turn if I feel like it and skip the sifting. I get a lot of volunteer plants around the scrubs that way and they often bear fruit.
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 13, 2015 at 10:44pm

Sounds good to me, Randy! I don't "turn" my compost either. Just make a pile and leave it for a year or two while making pile two and three. I sift the oldest pile and enjoy the tedium of the task. 

Comment by Randall Smith on August 13, 2015 at 7:09am

If anybody is "lazy", I am! Well, perhaps lazy isn't the right word. More like "keep it simple". Grass clippings, autumn leaves, kitchen garbage, garden weeds, dirt--all layered or mixed up. Maybe water, flip occassionally, and wait. No sifting. Just shovel it into a wheelbarrow and spread it around. Works for me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2015 at 1:19pm

Joan, I second your warning about wearing holes in the toughest gloves.  I've got a similar screen that I use to separate gravel from soil, and the first pair of heavy-duty welding gloves I used had holes in the fingers very quickly.

I still use welding gloves, but I've learned to keep the fingers on the gravel, and away from the metal screen.  That seems to be working so far.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 1:11pm

Don't use your bare hands or even the toughest of gloves or you wear holes in them.

Use a sturdy dustpan to move the compost. I use both hands, one on each side of the handle and I don't get as fatigued. Make sure it has a strong edge.:

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 1:03pm

homemade compost sifter. I use a dustpan with a solid edge to move the compost back and forth. It isn't hard to do, and with a little practice, it becomes a meditation experience. I sift over my wheelbarrow and move the sifted compost to my garden. Mine looks a little like this and I have used it for 40 years. 

Homemade compost sifter

Instructions for constructing one: 

Trommel Compost Sifter by SteveGerber

DIY Compost Sifter

Here are a bunch of ideas:

Google Compost Sifter



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