Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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Welcome to Eden!

If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

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Comment by Randall Smith on April 6, 2017 at 7:40am

Can't help you, BB, but welcome, anyway!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2017 at 4:22am

BB, I enjoy seeing the process you use to grow lettuce indoors. The plants look healthy and very appetizing, except for the wilt that you point out. I think the only leaves affected are the older leaves, and they may just be older and tired. Or, they may have an infection with a disease, usually molds caused by too much moisture, or a virus.

Use keywords to search for identifying, treating, and preventing diseases and pests in plants, i.e. 

"hydroponics, lettuce, diseases, pests."

Article 6-1 Soiless Salad

One remedy is to plant seed varieties that have resistance to hydroponics grown lettuce diseases.

I would simply pull off the affected leaves and dispose of them. The others should be healthy and delicious if washed under cold running water. 


Comment by Daniel W on April 5, 2017 at 9:23pm

BB, welcome to the group.  Interesting process you have going there!

Im just an old dirt gardener.  I image they are OK to eat, but I don't know the process.  I hope someone else can chime in for you.

Comment by Bead Bum on April 5, 2017 at 5:08pm

P.S. this is my first grow, so I'm a novice at this kind of gardening.

Comment by Bead Bum on April 5, 2017 at 5:02pm

Hi everyone,
Are there any indoor hydroponics growers here? My husband and I recently set up an indoor growing station and are using the Kratky method. Right now we’ve got romaine, greenhouse mix lettuce, spinach and basil growing. We were pleasantly surprised at how fast the lettuces took off. I’m keeping a growing journal and taking pics regularly. Everything was looking great 3 days ago, but today there are brown spots on some of the romaine leaves, and I think I’m in mourning, lol. I’m posting some pics that show the growth stages from 3/11-4/5 and a couple from today of the brown spots. I think it may be a mold of some kind, but haven’t been able to determine for sure. Anyone have experience with this, advise or ideas? Do you think it’s okay to eat the romaine after removing the affected leaves? Thanks for any input you might have! *We're now thinking this may be rust.













Comment by Daniel W on April 3, 2017 at 1:51pm

This might be a better video. I think it's the one I originally watched a couple of years ago.

Comment by Daniel W on April 3, 2017 at 1:50pm

I made pretty much exactly this unit. I cap off the ends with Al foil. It has 2 CFL bulbs, I think 14W.

Our spring is very cool. I'm just starting tomatoes and peppers now. When I start them too early, the ground is cold and they sit there and sulk, sometimes never do take off. I also have a triplet of kitchen undercounter type cheap fluorescent fixtures, I think 12W.
Comment by Thomas Murray on April 3, 2017 at 10:42am

Idaho Spud and Don.

Thanks for the tip and advice.I do have a sliding glass door to start my plants and will add fluorescent lights.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 3, 2017 at 6:59am

Oh yes.  Big sunny windows are great.  I don't have them, so in the past, I've put my plants in the east window, then moved them to the south window, then the west window.  

Didn't take long to get tired of that, so I started using grow lights in the bathroom.  

Two years ago I purchased a used cold frame, and that's what I start most of my plants in now.

Comment by Don on April 3, 2017 at 6:52am

My asparagus bed is some 30 years old.  Its production has been declining for about five seasons now, but it still provides enough for two from about May 20 to July 4, when I stop cutting.  This year I plan to replant about half of it, setting 15 new crowns.  


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