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 Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 11:28am

I love moss, too, but in some places it is dangerous to walk on ... like my front concrete slab that gets no sun except at the height of summer. The postal people had a problem with it, so I used vinegar and a stiff brush. It hasn't come back 

When the concrete people poured my slabs front and back, they had some left over and made me a turtle. I named him Homer to put with my concrete frog, Aristotle. Remember the Rembrandt painting of Aristotle contemplating the bust of Homer that was the first painting to sell for $1 million dollars. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 6, 2014 at 11:10am

Chris, moss is beautiful.

Did you raise your snakes for fun, to eat bugs in the garden, or both?

Comment by Don on November 6, 2014 at 9:40am

Some folks chase the encroaching mosses with a power washer.

Comment by Don on November 6, 2014 at 9:39am

Just scythed down the asparagus ferns and used a few to much the garlic--the last gardening chore of the season.  Nothing more to do now (except turn the compost another time or two) until April. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 6, 2014 at 9:28am

Plinius - I won't argue that in the right places moss is nice. I've even planted it at times. It's not quite so attractive on my driveway as it is in your picture though!

Randall - thanks for the "Wet and Forget" tip. (That's just begging for an off-color joke!)  I think I may try Daniel's suggestion of vinegar first. I actually have a gallon sitting around to clean my cpap machine.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 6, 2014 at 9:18am

Bertold, I use a product called "Wet and Forget" to rid my brick drive moss and roof lichen problems. It actually works! Expensive, however.

Daniel, I started my persimmon trees from seed. Having no idea which were "male or female", I could only plant and wait 'til maturity. It turned out that of the 6 I planted, four were male, two producing females. One little lady does very well, the other not too great. I should cut down two males, but I don't have the heart.

Comment by Plinius on November 6, 2014 at 2:09am

What's wrong with a little moss, Bertold? It's so beautiful!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 5, 2014 at 9:35pm

LOL Daniel, worm counters at Walmart ... The one thing I've noticed no matter what I read about worms farms everyone says not to over feed them. I gave them, coffee and tea grounds, banana, apple, and sprouted whole wheat bread all smooshed up in blender - about 3 Tbs to start. 

Bertold what are the growing conditions needed for moss?  I thought it was shade and moisture.  Does the moss grow on your pavement because it is so moist from rain?  

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 5, 2014 at 8:54pm

I let it grow thick then shave it off with a flat shovel.  That probably isn't what you want to hear.  If not wanting to use moss killer - bravo! - this writer has some ideas.  I would skip the bleach - too harsh - but she also mentions detergent and lime.

I wonder what would happen if you bought a gallon of vinegar, put it into a sprayer, and sprayed the moss?  Some people use vinegar as a week killer.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 5, 2014 at 8:14pm

Does anyone know a good way of inhibiting moss from growing on asphalt by any chance? My decrepit blacktop is looking more like greentop.


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