Godless in the garden

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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 Wachenheim on March 5, 2016 at 10:34am

Thanks all for the well-wishes!

I was pretty emotional yesterday.  It was interesting, I so dreaded going in to work because of the pace and intensity and demands and requirements, and being off made it all the harder to go back even for one day.  Then, I got there, they had a pot luck for me, and person after person came by to express their feeling, and of course I also expressed gratitude and thanks to many.  It was very emotional.

I'm kind of depressed today.  It's done.  Can't turn back the clock.  Move on.

Here are my newest raised beds.  I've been "mining" the old yard for building materials.  This week, the lower wooden raised beds have a soil temp of 62F, the soil at ground level was 60F, and the soil in the concrete block raised beds was 65F.  I think the main difference is the concrete block raised beds are taller, so more sun exposure, and have the air spaces in the blocks which modulates the temperature.  The concrete may absorb heat better than the wood, as well.

The cap stones are salvaged from a patio in the old yard. They are cobblestone pavers. I capped to hold in warmth in the hollow spaces of the cement blocks. They add just a little height, are a good height to sit on - much less leaning over, much easier on the back, I planted seeds and it's easier to see close-up compared to gardning at ground level. I feel bad about Don giving up in the garden due to similar issues, and feel that options such as this type of raised bed, once constructed, could help.
Comment by Plinius on March 5, 2016 at 12:02am

Congrats, Daniel, I'm so glad you made it to retirement!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 4, 2016 at 2:25pm

Yes, Daniel - congrats and welcome to life after life!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2016 at 12:18pm


Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2016 at 12:17pm

Daniel, I have never grafted;  you inspire me to give it a try. Experimenting is one of my great pleasures. We had a snifter of snow and hail yesterday afternoon and terrible storms. Laura drove me to Spokane for a routine CT scan and in the 40+ miles, we went in and out of the extremely heavy rain and hail storms. Ended up with blue skies when we walked into Cancer Care Northwest. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on March 3, 2016 at 8:28pm
Joan, the house was built on 63, and I imagine the tree was planted by the first owners. There are a couple of dead branches for me to remove, but I think it's a beautiful tree.

These week I collected scion from the tree in a attempt to start s new one. For rootstock, I used a volunteer cherry seedling, probably sweet cherry. Who knows if it will take.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2016 at 1:07pm

That main Cherry trunk is huge. Do you have any idea how old it is, Daniel?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2016 at 1:06pm

Your Japanese cherry is lovely. It looks very much like my Kwanzan Cherry in Spokane. We have few such trees of this nature in the forest. There are some on home sites and they look as though they are carefully tended. I will get some flowering stock eventually and the only limit is water. 

We have a native syringa vulgaris that grows in the conifers and they are not yet blooming. I miss the natural early bulbs and will see if I can get some that naturalise. I will start with your suggestions, Daniel, daffodil, Camassia, hyacinths, and fritillaria. I grow all of these in Spokane. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on March 3, 2016 at 12:24pm
This is growth from the rootstock of an aged Japanese cherry. Much earlier compared to the main tree. I leave them there because I think they are so pretty and early.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on March 1, 2016 at 3:04pm

Rain storm, chill, stormy right now.  March is in like a lion.

Another reason to grow fava beans.  Apparently, working around the flowers is intoxicating - literally.    I wonder if that is true.


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