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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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

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Feb 23. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2014 at 5:37pm

Randy, I was able to take a sneak peak at Groundbreaking Food Gardens, and it is chuck full of ideas. Many of them come through on the internet, and can be downloaded. Have you tried any of her ideas yet, or plan to. I enjoyed reading about her vertical garden using wooden warehouse pads. 

Daniel, your "little" orchard" looks like an awesome place to retire into. What a treasure you created. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2014 at 5:23pm

Chris, how wonderful your auntie can go to Spain for a week! Don't suppose you can hitch a ride and soak up some sun. Here's to good weather while she is there. And good weather for you, too. We expect a big frost to come in tomorrow, and I probably everyone will feel it the Northern Hemisphere sooner or later. Maybe the Netherlands will experience another Little Ice Age.

Your rooftop garden will welcome you in the spring and we will all have ideas for new plants and ways to grow them by then. The great winter gardening involves skimming through books of plants of all kinds. Your photo shows a scene waiting to happen again. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 8, 2014 at 1:25pm

How to Make a Food Forest Suburb, Michael Corbett used these landscape concepts 40 years ago in a condo complex.

The amazingly well-designed community, visited recently years after it was designed, evokes inspiration.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 8, 2014 at 1:00pm

Chris, hope you can enjoy your garden next season.

Comment by Daniel W on November 8, 2014 at 12:47pm

Today, my little orchard. Labeled for the ones in the photo. There are 25 fruit trees in a 5 X 5 grid. No two varieties the same. The largest persimmon is about 7 or 8 feet tall, from a bare-root mail-order tree 2 years ago. The biggest paw-paw is about 5 feet tall. I doubted they would grow at all. In various groups around my 2 acres, there are about 25 more fruit trees.

Most are under 3 years old. Some are older, but I moved them here 2 or 3 years ago. So only beginning to get a taste of fruit this year from some varieties. Some grew a lot in 2014, so conditions permitting, maybe there will be more than just a taste in 2015.

The only new addition this fall was a burgundy plum (Hollywood), grown from a cutting this Spring. It replaces a dead plum tree.
Comment by Daniel W on November 8, 2014 at 12:38pm

Chris, I hope you will have more time for your rooftop garden next year!  It is so peaceful ans soothing to putter in one's garden.

Comment by Plinius on November 8, 2014 at 10:10am

Roof garden: this pic is from August 2013. Today it's a sorry sight, with dead plants, weeds and broken containers, but I hope to start again in spring.

Care homes are generally not as good as Aunt's - we were very lucky there. Here are also homes where the old people lead the vegetable life for want of love and attention. Was that in "Awakenings" where someone said:"Here is our garden." pointing to a room full of comatose people...

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 8, 2014 at 8:10am

Randall, Thanks for book information, my library has the book and I just put it on hold - and Amazon has some used ones too! 

Chris, do you have pics of your roof garden? Re care homes in Netherlands - they definitely sound much nicer than many here in the U.S.

Bertold, your Hosta still look fine, you haven't had frost yet, right? I read recently that we shouldn't cut anything back until the first killing frost - as the plant's energy is still above ground and doesn't go down to the roots until after the frost. It was completely new information to me and I have no idea if it is accurate.  


Comment by Randall Smith on November 8, 2014 at 7:21am

I just finished going through a gardening book, Groundbreaking Food Gardens, where different gardeners elaborated on their techiques. 73 plans were mentioned--every type of garden from patio to rooftops to hot-dog, pizza, garlic, Southern, urban, beer, etc., etc. I'd love to name all 73. Each description includes how and what is grown. It's all pretty crazy, most of which didn't apply to me, but still interesting and informative. I did come away with several ideas. It was more fun-reading than anything. (Editor, Niki Jabbour)

Comment by Plinius on November 8, 2014 at 5:07am

Thanks, Joan, you're so kind! But the responsibility for Auntie and brother-in-law will go on of course as they can no longer be responsible for themselves. The heaviest work is done by now, from now on it's the daily organizing; buying clothes etc., calling and e-mailing with the care homes, organizing trips to hospitals etc., administration and weekly visiting one of our patients. This week I'm working at Aunt's holiday; she's so lucky that her care home has got a holiday house in Spain and she's not yet too far gone, so she gets a week's holiday there!


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