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!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 175
Latest Activity: on Wednesday

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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 August 12, 2015 at 8:03am

I never did have a standard compost pile.  From what I read, it was incompatible with my lazy nature.  I mostly do anaerobic (or partly anaerobic) composting.  I just bury the stuff, and let nature do her thing.

Well, I'm not so much lazy, as I just have too many things I want to do, and composting is way down the list.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 12, 2015 at 7:07am

Speaking of compost: I worked at my two piles yesterday. Had to remove the top layers to shovel out the composted bottom section. Then, return the "green" matter to the bottom. It takes a couple of years to rot. Seldom does my pile ever get hot--the stars have to be aligned just right! Patience is the word.

Comment by Plinius on August 12, 2015 at 12:46am

Animals always remind me how poor our senses are: I cleaned my kitchen quite thoroughly, packed the fruit and veg in plastic, left no washing up undone --- and after that I find a summit meeting of fruit flies in my blender, they seemed to think it was full of interest even after I cleaned the thing with very hot water. I couldn't see or smell anything!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on August 11, 2015 at 8:48am

Randall, I feel the same way and since most things are gasping from the heat I've put them out of their misery - and into compost pile.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 11, 2015 at 7:39am

My garden is so embarrassing to look at. I'm ashamed of the weeds. Once vegetables begin to spread out, especially the viney ones (sweet potatoes, cukes, squash, etc.), there's just no way to keep it weed free.

This is the time of year when I'm almost ready to "plow it all under", just to clean it up. Sweet corn is almost done, however. I'll soon be able to clean one-sixth of the garden.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 11, 2015 at 6:39am

Thank you all for the tried & true methods of reducing the number of fruit flies.  I've saved your methods to use when my kitchen becomes inundated again.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 11, 2015 at 12:57am

Chris, I am so glad you found ways to capture the devils. I use an old glass with apple cider vinegar in it and catch enough to turn the juice black. So, the old-fashioned ways of my grandmother work better than these new fangled, expensive ones. 

I use a fly strip over my compost pile outside. It gets full in the course of a summer. 

Comment by Plinius on August 11, 2015 at 12:47am

Thanks Joan, a beautiful trap, but very expensive! I use one of my own: an old glass with syrup and water and plastic over the top of the glass. Make a very small hole in the plastic and you're ready. I caught hundreds of fruit flies with it. And I hung up fly strips - the kitchen is calming down already!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2015 at 9:05pm

Blastit! Too many negative reviews on the fruit fly trap. I had a glimmer of hope, dashed by reality check!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 10, 2015 at 8:54pm

This came in this afternoon mail:

Fruit fly traps


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