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 Randall Smith on May 27, 2014 at 3:43pm

Chris, Daniel is correct--phlox, which grows as a wildflower around these parts. I didn't plant them.

I'm enjoying radishes, chives, cilantro, and now, strawberries!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 27, 2014 at 11:50am

I'm planting watermelon seeds in pots this morning.  The soil should be warm enough to transplant them into the garden in about 3 weeks.  They want at least 65 F soil and when I checked soil temperature a few days ago, it was 57 F.

I'm thinking I should put the black garden cloth on my watermelon area right now to warm the soil more.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 27, 2014 at 11:24am

Joan, that wheelbarrow is similar to the one I almost purchased at Home Depot.  I liked it because it was very maneuverable and because of the wide wheelbase, it wouldn't tip over.  

Because of the legs, it would probably also stay in place when shoveling stuff out of it, which my Gorilla cart won't do.  I have to put blocks under the wheels.

The narrow wheels would probably mean it would be hard to pull through loose soil, and very hard to push.  I don't know if any cart or wheelbarrow would be easy.  My old one with the plastic wheels is probably the best for soft soil because they are wide and wouldn't sink in as much.

My old one is all plastic except for the axle.  That makes it light-weight which is nice for dumping, lifting and carrying.

Because of all the things I liked about my old one, I purchased one just like it this morning on Amazon for $55.  I made the mistake in not checking enough other places for a price because Amazon has had good prices in the past.  However, after I ordered, I found it at Lows for $35.

I see they make one like it that has wheels on the feet.  I don't know if they could be moved up so it wouldn't roll or not.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2014 at 4:43am

I ran across a wheelbarrow in my Gardener's Supply Co. catalogue, Summer 2014,  gardeners.com.

Poly-Tough Cart: A two-wheel wheelbarrow.


Comment by Daniel W on May 26, 2014 at 11:16am

Today's catch.

I had let weeds take over this bed.  This am I was clearing it to plant squash.   This was a surprise.  Didn't know if they were all leaf, or something good in the soil.


In addition to the turnips, the red radishes are the long variety "Cincinnati Market" and the white ones are "Icicle". There were also some massive slugs the size of a Volkswagen, munching away at leaves.

Comment by Daniel W on May 26, 2014 at 9:24am

Randall, those are fantastic!  They  look like a heritage variety called "Accent".  We picked up rhizomes that were illegally dumped in a local dog park, and they grew into plants that look a lot like yours.

Very nice!

Chris, I'm guess the other flowers are phlox, but with my bad eyes, who knows?

Spud, those pussy willows root so easily.  Deer chewed on them a little but have mostly left them alone.  We are hoping for a hedge for some privacy along that roadside.  With the willow cuttings, it was free.  They grow fast.

Been posting a bit less lately.   Tired, working hard, and some gardening too.  Really relish the comments here.  They keep me going.  Thank you all!

Comment by Plinius on May 26, 2014 at 8:33am

They're beautiful, Randall! And what are the pink flowers - honesty?

Comment by Randall Smith on May 26, 2014 at 7:49am

Daniel: I gotta prove I "grow" irises, too! Happy Memorial Day, everyone. Enjoy your gardens.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 25, 2014 at 4:00pm

Daniel, reading about Ning growing pussy-willows made me nostalgic for my youth.

We played by the snake river a lot, and there were many pussy-willows there.  I loved the little furry catkins, and dad taught us how to make whistles with the branches.

Glad to read they are easy to grow.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 25, 2014 at 8:03am

I hear ya, King. I'm having the same problems. And my dog makes things worse by digging after them.

Enjoying chives, cilantro, and, of course, asparagus!! Strawberries next.


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