Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Discussing all aspect of gardening.

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Comment by Loam Gnome 21 minutes ago

Joan, how are your memories from earlier life? You are a great treasure.  You have done so much.  I would love if you are able to recall, for example, "In 1950, here's what happened and here's what I did.  In 1960, etc".  I know your family would treasure that as  well.  Even sitting down and doing a blog post, one paragraph at a time, once a day, would be immensely wonderful.  And if not, you still did and experienced those things, and that too is enough.

Yesterday in my garden, I expanded one of the beds by about 2 feet, so it has new space 2 feet by 8 feet.  I plan to decommission two beds that are in an easement that until now has not been usable because of wetland laws.  The laws are changing, and I don't want to worry about having some of my garden paved over.  So, what little is there, I will move to a new area.

Unfortunately, despite being very careful digging, I was in some pain last night.

I want to expand some other spots, mostly just add a foot or two of width to beds that are around 30 feet long.  That will more than cover the beds I want to abandon.  As for those old ones, maybe I'll plant them with rows of annual wildflowers.  If they get paved over, not a big loss.

On a somewhat gross topic for some people, I decided to save pee for the cypress trees.  When I did that two years ago, they grew much faster.  About a quart per tree, diluted to a gallon and watered around the tree's drip line.  The youngest are 6 feet tall, the oldest now about 12 feet tall.  My theory is the roots will take up the nitrogen and phosphorus when the soil permits, and they will have a head start for Spring.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday

Joan, your appreciate today attitude is great. I've been living more day to day myself. Most of my garden is brown mush now, with one green holdout.

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Daniel, we are coming to the end of our gardening careers having enough imagination to dream of a potential garden and without the energy to make it happen. The catalogs continue to hold our ability to yearn for another season, and perhaps we have many more seasons ahead of us. 

For me, without a looking glass into the future, I have today; that is enough! Spend time with people I love, do things that please me today, contribute what I can to the family and community. 

Although the diagnosis of dementia is in my medical file, I continue to function happily at this level and plan to do so until I have reason to lower my expectations of abilities. I intend to stretch myself to my limits.  

My project now is to document for Atheist Nexus my experiences with dementia and invite others to contribute as they wish. This brain disease is not the end of my life, it is merely a part of it; I intend to embrace it as an uninvited friend. I didn't want this to happen; it did; so what!

Comment by Loam Gnome on Friday

Randy, I made some jam from persimmons.  Even though the persimmons were ripe and nonastringent, the jam was astringent.  I don't know why.  I liked the taste and the sweetness, but the astringency was not pleassant.

Patricia, I didn't know that!  There is so much to learn here!

A quote, appropriate for the winter season:  "What did the carrot say to the wheat?
Lettuce rest, I'm feeling beet."
- Shel Silverstein

I went through the Baker Creek catalog and ordered about a dozen types of seeds. Burpee and Parks both sent catalogs, but it's Baker Creek that I love to look at the most.   I hope I have the energy and my body holds up well enough to plant them!  Spring is still quite a ways away.

Comment by Randall Smith on Thursday

Daniel, the video (idea) was too absurd to even check it out!

I've still got persimmons hanging from the trees. I've had my fill for the season, however. Still have pulp from 2 years ago (freezer)!

Comment by Patricia on Thursday

Good luck with that Daniel....hahaha....did you know coloured easter eggs grow on pussy willows?

Comment by Joan Denoo on Thursday

You had me for a minute. The trees looked more like a cotton field than a marshmallow plantation. Ah! Then! I discovered it was an April Fools joke! Marshmallows do not grow on trees;  marshmallows happen because of processing the mallow root. The plant and flower are easy to grow and very pretty. They can be invasive. Some call it a weed, I call it a pretty perennial that can be managed. I had lovely patches of it under my yew shrubs and they were a pretty contrast. I never made marshmallows out of them, nor did I eat any part of the plant. 

"This wild edible is used as herbal medicine in a variety of ways. It is an anti-inflammatory, diuretic, demulcent, emollient, laxative and an expectorant."

~  Mallow, Malva neglecta, from Edible Wild Food.


"Pliny the Elder (23–79 A.D.) recommended a decoction of the root for dandruff, the warm juice of the plant to treat melancholy, and the leaves boiled as a potherb in milk to cure the common cough. Pliny also touted the plant’s action as a mild laxative (Pliny’s Natural History, pg. 284)."

~ Common Mallow: A Strangely Erotic Medicinal Powerhouse
Malva neglecta

Comment by Loam Gnome on Thursday

Still trying to think of new things to grow next year.  This video describes some challenges but maybe it's something I should try?

Growing marshmallow trees

Comment by Joan Denoo on Wednesday

Randy & Daniel, I envy you all those volunteers that come up around your garden. That is the way my Spokane garden was. I will have the L&L Acres greening like that too, very soon. With all the birdseed I have put into the feeders and sprinkled across the meadow, I hope to see those welcome events here, too.  

Comment by Loam Gnome on Wednesday

Thank you Joan!  I had forgotten!

My garden has lots of volunteer borage, cilantro, collard greens, sorghum.  And a few volunteer dandelions.


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