Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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Welcome to Eden!

If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

Discussion Forum

DIY Green House and a Chicken Coop?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud yesterday. 2 Replies

Cover crops: Gabe Brown

Started by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Geodesic Dome Greenhouses

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 17. 1 Reply

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 16, 2015 at 12:01pm

Finally got a little ambitious and chopped-out most of the weeds in my yard.  Maybe I'll plant peas tomorrow. 

Comment by kathy: ky on March 16, 2015 at 11:42am
Has anyone ever heard of using dryer sheets to deter deer? I heard about it on a tv episode where police mentioned that growers use them to keep deer from eating the marijuana. I wonder where they would put them and how many of them.
Just found this interesting and worth a try for those whohave pproblems with deer.
Comment by kathy: ky on March 15, 2015 at 11:42pm
Well that was confusing. Ky does of course join Indiana. I meant the top of the drought map reads '' drought removal''.
This little pad causes me to make a lot of errors.
@Daniel I'm glad you feel better.
Joan, happy your spirits have improved too. Mine always improve with the weather :)
Comment by kathy: ky on March 15, 2015 at 11:32pm
Joan, that's a good guess. I'm on one of the little tips that, almost, joins In. Temps came up Friday and we had two days of heavy rain. I have good drainage. The sun came out today and it warmed to 71. I spent several hours pulling weeds and checking for new growth. The butterfly weeds are peeping through the ground. So are the bleeding hearts. The daffodils will be in full bloom in a day or so. The crocuses have bloomed and the hyacinths won't be far behind.
I thinned one patch of bee balm and transplanted another. I pruned a couple of ornamental grasses and have several more to do. I tried to turn the smaller compost heap but found it to wet. By tomorrow it should have drained enough to turn.
And best of all, I helped my nine year old gdaughter bury a small time capsule I figure the 'time' for it to come up will be next week. Lol
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2015 at 11:07pm

Daniel, I am so sorry to learn that you did not have the shingles and pneumonia shots. I wish you could have my medical  teams for your doctors. 

I went back and reread my statement and I owe you a big apology. I implied you had physical fatigue and I had mental. That is exactly incorrect. You have both physical and mental fatigue and I did not mean to discount your experience at all. I wrote unwisely. 

I am glad to learn that changing your meds from pm to am helps with the control of aspiration but am sad to learn your fatigue and nausea cause you more distress. I don't suppose moving to several days a week of work is a possibility? 

Thankfully, you have your GIST group to help you keep up to date on what needs attention. 

If that Drought Outlook Map is accurate, it may mean you will have more drought. Interesting how the drought relief seems to be coming along the northern edge of the "Drought Intensifies" boundary. 

I'm glad we have the advice of Linda Chalker-Scott. 


Comment by Daniel W on March 15, 2015 at 9:51pm
Joan, my system has calmed down. I changed the ed timing to am, I cant take sny more of those episodes. Fatigue and nausea are more but I will deal with it.

Oncologist neglected shingles shot and pneumonia shot. On the GIST site that is a common oversite and one reason I fired that onc, oh well.

Back to garden, I seem to know almost every shoot and bud, inspect them so often!

Thanks a lot for the drought map. A very important topic. Mulch is very important to retain moisture and reduce/prevent weeds! Even straw, which is cheap and will last through the drought at least. Straw is my main fruit tree and vegetable mulch.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2015 at 8:55pm

@k.h. ky. Kathy if I were to take a wild guess, It would be that you will be in an area of "drought removal" and the ancient Ouachita Trough, roughly that area of green and light green from KY into MO, will be an area of "drought removal likely". The green and light green seem to have the most promise for drought relief. Let me know if I am any good at guesswork.


Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2015 at 8:35pm

Drought outlook 2015

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2015 at 8:17pm

Spud, I like you ideas! I love bamboo shoots if they are fresh. An Asian grocery or restaurant might be able to advise how to use them and may even give you a sample. 

Bamboo becomes a fine wood product, now that we have cut down so many of our hardwood forests. I use bamboo utensils in my kitchen all the time and they don't seem to wear out. 

I like the idea of a cactus fence too. A most formidable barrier with beautiful flowers. I saw ocotillo fences when we lived in El Paso. 

Many of the homes I visited in Juarez were made of ocotillo, just as we would build with siding. 

cactus fences


Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2015 at 7:58pm

Daniel, you had a bout with that Rx before if I remember correctly. Things like that happen so fast, you have no way to prepare or prevent them. Is your respiratory tract and esophagus back to normal?  I assume you had a shingles shot; does that make a difference in severity? 

I can't read, either, when I am down. It seems that you need to get into the garden and closer to nature during those times as well. But your down was physical fatigue, much different than emotional fatigue. Whatever! They both offer challenges difficult to overcome quickly. The advantages you and I have are our outstanding support group. 

Do you have access to a heat source in your sunroom? You may not need it. I like to imagine you sitting out there with a light drizzle coming down to calm nerves and soothe your weary soul and you recuperate your strength. 

I looked up limnanthus douglasii poached egg plant , it looks so refreshing. Aside from attracting bees and butterflies, it also self-sows. Exactly what I want for my east border. 

You mentioned getting a rugosa rose. When I lived in Alaska, the natives grew them, gathered the rosehips and made the most delicious rosehip jam. Very high in Vit. C as I remember. 


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