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 Idaho Spud on November 2, 2016 at 3:32pm

After looking at your xmas cactus several times, it appears to be indoors rather than outdoors as I first thought.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 2, 2016 at 2:16pm

Impressive, Bertold. Mine doesn't even have buds yet, though the Thanksgiving cactus has small closed buds.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 2, 2016 at 12:57pm

I just turned-off my outdoor water and drained it because there will be freezing weather the next 2 days.

I won't have to use it until spring because the rainy season started 2 months ago and there's been more rain than normal.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 2, 2016 at 12:54pm

Nice big plant Bertold.  I don't know how big they get outdoors.  My mother had one indoors, in a pot, so it never became large.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 2, 2016 at 12:48pm

Christmas cactus kicking in.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 2, 2016 at 10:59am

Congratulations on the acquisition of lots of brown gold Daniel.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 2, 2016 at 10:51am

I was finally able to ask my neighbor if she minded me raking her leaves.  Now have two pickup truck loads, one for the vegetable garden and one for the orchard. 

For the vegetable garden, I spread them about 18 inches thick.  During the rainy winter, they will decompose to about 3 inches, which I turn over.  Makes for nice soil.  Looks neater now while sleeping for the winter.

For the orchard, I spread them about 1 foot thick to the edges of the protective fences.  It's as much to keep weeds down as it is to build soil, but that is also a feature.  Also looks neater than the weeds.

Tree leaves are the Fall "brown gold" for the permie / organic gardener.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on October 30, 2016 at 8:58pm

Joan, that grape juice sounds great!  I've never made grape juice, and we had a big surplus of grapes that went to the birds.  Is it difficult to juice them?

This weekend wss very good.  I did a fair amount of mowing, some more puttering with the deer cages in my orchard.  Planted a seedling peach tree in the chicken yard, and a pink flowered ornamental cherry that I grafted this spring.  Ning cleaned his chicken house, and all of the straw and droppings went into this year's zucchini, tomato, pumpkin garden, which might be next year's sweet corn garden.  I planted 50 daffodil bulbs, 10 allium moly, and 3 camassia bulbs.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 30, 2016 at 7:31am

Despite frequent crop failures, we know the old adage of "nothing ventured, nothing gained". I don't get overly discouraged. And living through winter isn't so bad, either. It gives me (and garden) a chance to rest and re-invigorate. Same is true with my golfing. A break in the action is a good thing. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 29, 2016 at 11:58pm

Don, I am sorry to learn of your apple tree going down. Those late autumn snow storms take down a lot of strong trees. I've lost several, i.e. Washington Hawthorn and an apple. 


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