Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  


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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 Barbara Livingston on November 2, 2014 at 1:11pm

Well, my attempts to find red worms on the cheap didn't work out. I just returned from a 50 mile drive in search of a bait shop that carried them with no luck either. So, since there is a reputable local guy who sells them and I can go and pick them up, I'm just going to have to bite the bullet. A regular order from him is $40  - I've sent him an email asking if I can have half an order. Maybe he'll take pity on a old woman who just wants a few worms. (';')  

Joan the 50-86 degree limit is the reason I chose to grow them in my office.  They would simply cook outside. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2014 at 11:28am

Barbara, about red wiggly earthworms. Here are sites I do not recommend. 

Uncle Jim's Worm Farm 1,000 Count Red Wiggler Live Composting Worms

The scoop on 'Gardens Alive!'

The reviews on Gardens Alive have gone down the past two years. I had great service and products when I bought from them, but that was over five years ago. 

Worms for vermiculture are (Eisenia foetida, Eisenia andrei, and Lumbricus rubellus

Presently, I get my Eisenia fetida, red wigglies, from a local worm farmer. Perhaps there are local worm farmers in your area. 

Red Wigglies thrive between 50 and 86 degrees F. 

I wouldn't mail order worms at this time of year, nor in the early spring because of unknown temperatures during transport. 

When I bought from Gardens Alive, they would ship only on Mondays because of the fear of delays in transport. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2014 at 10:15am

Nov 2, 2014 first killing frost. The latest that I have recorded in my garden. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 2, 2014 at 9:13am

Barbara, thanks for the ongoing lesson on Hegelkultur.  If not for the rainy area I live in, I might try that.  With climate change, it may still be needed here some day.

Joan, we are in the midst of some great rain and rain storms.  I love it.  You would like sitting in my sunroom, in a big rainstorm, surrounded by rain but dry and warm.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 2, 2014 at 9:00am

Gosh, Daniel and Randall you sure make blackberry bushes sound badl  Luckily the fruit of such not-so-nich bushes makes it all worthwhile.  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 2, 2014 at 8:58am

I spent a few hours at a local community garden yesterday learning the proper way to create a Hugelkultur bed.  Theirs were actually attractive and had several things growing in them, and I was able to plant the broccoli you see growing in the one on the left.  (Perfect pic of me, eh?) :)

I definitely need to tear apart the one I have started in my own garden and find some larger logs for the base, then add additional organics to it. I imagine its going to be messy to do, but I really want to get it right.  I should note that many Hugelkutur beds are rounded on top, however, the young man in charge of this garden said he prefers to make them flat on top so when he waters the soil doesn't wash away. 

Comment by Daniel W on November 2, 2014 at 8:42am

I love how active folks are  hear, and sharing experiences and insights like neighbors of family.  It's sonderful.

Randall - blackberries are the bane of Pacific NW gardening.  They grow like kudzu.  They are so thorny, the gardener comes out of trimming them looking like a wounded warrior.  We have patches probably 12 feet high, dozens of feet long and across.  I don't mind, the flowers give food for bees and the berry are delicious.  But they are a big problem.

Barbara, hour gardening efforts are inspiring.  I know if people can garden in deserts, that you will be successful in Texas too. 

Joan, you always inspire me.  If I do live longer, I want my place to be like yours. 

My property has an odd layout, with a road that crosses across a corner.  On the other side is a small triangle that is ours, but looks like it belongs to a neighbor.  On that triangle is a massive maple.  The neighbor mows and manages that little space, because they think of it as theirs, but I try to get ahead of them to get leaves.  If I am late and they get them, they will burn them.

Saturday I raked up the first batches of leaves.  So pleased, several big wheelbarrows full.  The tree has at least an equal amount still on the branches.  This year, I piled them on top of the grass clipping mulch, around trees and shrubs.  Makes for a great mulch, and kills the weed seedlings that were sprouting in the grass mulch.  Felt a great sense of accomplishment.  The trees and shrubs had robust growth this year, and the place is starting to look long-established. 

I have also been cleaning up the perennial beds in front of the house.  Did a 3-way switch between a small yellow daylily, a robust red one, and a dwarf buddleia, each of which was misplaced - I take the blame for that.  There are occasional daylily flowers even now.  They are somewhat deep in the flower beds, hoping deer won't find them.

Sometimes after work, I troll the big-box/grocery store in a daze, and come home with plants from the TLC sale table or bins.  That's where those daylilies originated, and with TLC they flourished.  This week it was more packages of Narcissus/Daffodils, and Alliums.  I was not going to add more, but there we are.  I plant them in clusters of 3 to 5 or 7 so they look established.  Use a shovel instead of a bulb planter, so it is quick and easy.

Come February, the "noses" will start to stick up above the mulch.  I enjoy inspecting those almost more than the actual flowers.  Much needed in the late gloomy winter.  I love driving past yards were someone has planted lots of flower bulbs and they have taken over.  This yard is starting to look like that too.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 2, 2014 at 7:29am

Barbara, my berry patches are pretty wild. I don't stake or guide them in any way. Blackberries should produce every year, although some years are better than others, this one being very poor. Their vines are extremely thorny. I've bled many times.                           Raspberries, on the other hand, esp. red, have less hurtful thorns. I don't rotate them. They make for a brambly looking wildlife home. Good luck!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 1, 2014 at 10:26am

Joan, no luck finding worms at the equine center as the bedding they use is actually sawdust from cedar and mesquite trees and their disposal system is so efficient it never sits for more than a couple days. I'm told all their waste is taken to the local organic compost/soil business. Talk about a massive recycling operation! Onward to other sources ... 

Randall, I thought I wanted either raspberry or blackberry bushes and after reading your post I went in search of info on growing them here in So Tx.  http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/fruit-nut/files/2010/10/blackber...

Since your bushes produce more than you consume I'm guessing you have many bushes, correct? Do you mow your bushes? Rotate them? Do yours have thorns?  Obviously your growing conditions are radically different than mine. Since they are biennal I realize I won't have blackberries for two years, but worth a try. I think I would like to plant them in my front yard so maybe others could enjoy them too. (And part of continuing effort to reduce grass)

I remember as a child on my family farm in upstate NY picking blackberries with my dad using a milk pail.  The bushes were all in a wooded area with dappled sunlight. Precious memories of days gone by. :)

Comment by Randall Smith on November 1, 2014 at 7:33am

Joan, I have both black and red raspberries, the reds producing twice a year--way more than I can consume. Hopefully, next year I'll have blackberries. They're pretty fickle.

I usually pick all my tomatoes, green ones included, before the first frost or freeze. But this was a bad year for tomatoes (too wet), so I hardly have any to ripen in the basement. I often have enough to last 'till Christmas. I have plenty of dehydrated tomatoes from 2013, however.


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