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 Daniel W on November 1, 2015 at 4:52pm
Joan, we have a space heater on a timer for the coldest days. On cool days, even cloudy, it's warm from dolar effects, and on sunny days we open the door to the house for solar heating. The dogs head directly to the sun room. It is their favorite place.

Currently the Sclumbergeras have big flower buds and a few are opening. A couple of orchids are blooming. I also started opuntia cuttings and have daylily seedlings growing to see if their head start will give bloom next summer. I hybridized pink, yellow, red, bicolored, lavender daylilies, just to see what happens. The seeds need 4 to 6 weeks cold stratification. They got that in moist paper towel in plastic bags, then set at room temp to germinate.

Chris, your roof garden will reward you for your efforts.

Joan, the record is the coldest or earmest day on record for that date. The site doesnt project far ahead, so it lists averages and record temps, 10 days or so ahead.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2015 at 10:53am

Daniel, your sunroom is such a beautiful room and view. I forget, do you have heat there? Are you able to sit there comfortably throughout the winter? Do Baigou and Charlie like to be there? Thanks for the November weather calendar for your area. What does the word "Record" indicate?

Chris, I have been thinking of you and your garden this week. Sorry to read that walking causes you problems. Winterizing is bad enough without having that burden. You have a right to be proud!

Randy, do you have help from the younger generations for the heavy stuff? 

A badly needed gentle rain occurred the past few days here in Spokane. I spent a lovely week in the deciduous garden with all its colors and return tonight to the coniferous colors.  

Baigou White French Poodle Charlie Black French Poodle

Comment by Randall Smith on November 1, 2015 at 7:01am

Good for you, Chris! It doesn't matter how big or small a garden is. It's the doing and good feeling it brings. Personally, I have a lot of work to do in my garden. Details later.

Comment by Plinius on November 1, 2015 at 1:25am

Yesterday I cleared old stuff from my roof garden, planted garlic, spread home made compost and a layer of peat. I'm very proud because it's hard to do when I walk so badly.

Comment by Daniel W on October 31, 2015 at 9:48pm

Joan, you reminded me.  I need to transfer some worms from my old composter to the new compost.  I like them very much.

So far this winter has started gently for me.  I've been moving tender stuff into shelter, sunroom (what used to be called a porch), or dormant stuff into a shed.  It could still fool me of course.  There's that El Nino that is supposed to keep things warm and moist this year.

WeatherUnderground forecast

Today it rained all day.  I stayed inside, didn't even go out to inspect. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2015 at 8:21pm

Worms! Worms! Wonderful Worms! They work and do all the work, all I have to do is give them enough food and water to keep them healthy, eating, pooping, and reproducing. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 23, 2015 at 7:03am

I ate one sweet potato last night, and it seemed just fine. I think the frozen vine thing is a myth. I should google it. After I dig them all up, I'll put the garden to rest. Brocolli and chard may survive 'til T-giving.

Glad I don't have deer trouble like you two, Joan and Daniel. Just voles, rabbits, moles, and 'coons. That's enough!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2015 at 12:47pm

I have salad making things we harvest every day for our evening meal, and await the development of beets, tomatoes, squash, and beans. Early next spring I will start some vegetables, fruits, and long season plants to be transplanted into the raised beds in the meadow to the west of my bedroom window. Sometime between now and next spring I will have a deer fence built. Travis does all the heavy stuff I can't do. 

The Western Larch just began their transformation from green to yellow. There is one I can see out my western window and a whole grove of them I see out my north window. STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL!

Just outside my west window grows a red fir in which I placed bird feeders and water. Watching the blue jays, woodpeckers, chickadees feed and scratch the soil under the tree offers great moments of quiet observation. 

Comment by Daniel W on October 22, 2015 at 8:28am
Randy, what a loss!
I would test those sweet potatoes - msybe they will be ok.
Deer have been eating snything in my garden that I forget to protect with chicken wire. Things they left slone earlier are now getting eaten too. I think its the time of year to let go....when frost kills the annuals here, it will be my message to clean up the flower beds. I have a few peppers and tomatoes, enough for meals now and then.
Comment by Randall Smith on October 22, 2015 at 7:37am

Oh, I'm so saddened. We had a very hard freeze while I was gone to California. Before I left, they said "light frost possible". I didn't have any chance to protect my sensitive garden plants. Consequently, I lost all my tomatoes and peppers. Worse yet, my sweet potato vines are black. They say it affects the actual potatoes. I've never tested that threat, but I'm about to! We just need a rain to soften the ground so I can dig them up. 


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