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 September 19, 2015 at 4:19pm

It appears that some butterflies carry wasp DNA that protects them from disease.  The Telegraph.  The wasp DNA comes from parasitic wasps, who inject their eggs into caterpillars.  Usually the baby wasps eat the caterpillar alive, from the inside, killing it.  Sort of zombie caterpillars.  It appears that some caterpillars survived wasp infection, and incorporated the DNA into their own.  Self-genetic modified organisms.  Interesting.

Comment by k.h. ky on September 19, 2015 at 2:01pm
On the bright side. When the frost comes l will venture into the woods and gather pine needles and dead leaves to add to the hay on the spot I'm leaving fallow for a couples of years at least. I can feel moles working under the straw that's been there most of the summer. It's a start.
Comment by k.h. ky on September 19, 2015 at 1:56pm
Those chickens can eat!
Comment by k.h. ky on September 19, 2015 at 1:55pm
Randy, that rain completely missed us. We are dry as everyone else. It's overcast today but it's unlikely anything will come of it. The only thing I'm watering
is one hugelkulture bed. It has a volunteer watermelon and sweet potato vines. Those will go to the chickens before frost.
Comment by Daniel W on September 19, 2015 at 1:08pm
Randy thanks for the thought.

I dont watch TV, almost never go out to eat. No sports events. So gardening is my main form of entertainment and stress release and solace. Puttering meditation. I do read some books.

That said, I do overdo it.

Retirement in 5 months 2 weeks. Then who knows? looking into local fishing spots.

One motivation for raised beds and permanent larger raised planters is easier use and maintenance, closer to my eyes. Much easier to see, weed, plant, harvest.

I want to put in some sort of automatic watering system. Have to looked into that yet. With increased organic content to soil, plus mulch, that helps reduce watering and weeding efforts.

A lifetime ago, Ruth Stout wrote "How to have a green thumb without an aching back". I was in high school and spent some of my part time job money on the first hardcover book I ever bought. She inspired things I still do today.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 19, 2015 at 7:17am

We did get some rain overnight, but I haven't checked on how much. At least the ground is wet under the trees!

Daniel, please don't overdo it.  I sometimes wonder if you haven't "bit off more than you can chew". You know your limits, I suppose.

Comment by Daniel W on September 18, 2015 at 8:57am
Weve had it very hot and dry lately too. This summer was the hottest in history, in thus area. I think each garden and yard is a research station for the future. What worked before will give way to what will work tomorrow.

I go tired of watering so much. Next year there will be fewer trees in containers since the dry out so fast.

We are on a well which helps. I need to get the rain barrel set up again after moving it.

Barbara you are right to observe what does well and go with that. Herbs are great, lots of potential there.

I am collecting some vegetation for the compost pile. That will enrich some spot next year.

These days the work schedule is intense and my fatigue is sometimes overwhelming, soIm not trying too hard. It will pass and tomorrow always has something new.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 18, 2015 at 8:26am

Randall, you are not alone. I went through those feelings a week or so ago. Seems the things that failed to thrive looked even worse and everything else just dried and hot.  I too was wondering what had happened to all my enthusiasm of a few short months ago. I've decided to convert my little space to growing herbs and salvia as they are the things that have survived in a happy manner. Cool weather is coming and bringing rain! :)

Comment by Plinius on September 18, 2015 at 8:08am

It's very difficult to scrape your motivation together in such bad weather, Randall. I'd better post some rainclouds to you..

Comment by Randall Smith on September 18, 2015 at 7:55am

My garden just sits there, withering up in the heat and bone dry soil. Hand watering helps, but it's not the same as good ol' natural rainwater. In the spring, one can't help but be eager to get started. Now, it's the opposite. It all looks so ugly. I'm ashamed.


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