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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Welcome to Eden!

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

Discussion Forum

Compact Bed Geometry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Soil: regenerative land management

Started by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 0 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 21. 3 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Jul 18. 1 Reply

To cure your garlic

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Jul 16. 1 Reply

Harvesting vegetables

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 9. 4 Replies

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 4. 10 Replies

Fruit Pests: Apricot

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 28. 3 Replies

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2013 at 11:15am

Sentient, I've had my soil tested by mail.  I've been waiting to respond until I found the company, but no luck.  Anyway, the results were reasonably close to what my $10 and $20 testing kits measured that I purchased from my local nursery.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2013 at 10:15am

My brother has an ice-auger and took me ice-fishing last year.  A first for me.  It was enjoyable.  There were several others with axes.

By the way, using an augur priest to drill holes in the ice sounds like a good use for them : )

I have a rough ice-pond a few blocks from me and a new nice one a few miles away.  I'm thinking about trying skating again this year.  Last year my bod was so fat and my ankles were so weak that I gave-up quickly before I broke one.  After all the digging and wheelbarrowing I did this year, combined with loosing 40 pounds of fat may allow me to enjoy it again.

Comment by Daniel W on December 7, 2013 at 9:45am

Sput I haven't heard that expression - came on little cat feet - very colorful.

Supposedly tonight will be 12!

I grew up in a small town on the Mississippi river, connecting Illinois with Northeastern Missouri.  There were times when the river froze solidly enough to drive a car on the ice.  We would bundle up and go ice skating.  My grandfather, in his 80s, would spell our name in the ice, and make hearts and grapevines.  My dad used an augur to drill holes in the ice and catch fish.

We would be one of the few families on the river.  I don't remember if we saw other people.

I like the milder weather here.  I don't want to think about my more tender trees not making it.  But if they don't, they don't.  Something less to take care of.  But I hope they make it through.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2013 at 9:17am

Joan, I liked your remembrances.  My mother also had an xmas cactus.  Beautiful.

I can also remember the beautiful ice formations on the windows.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2013 at 9:13am

The cold came to Pocatello on little cat feet about a week ago.

Lowest temperature so far was 1 degree F.  Lowest high in the day was 10.

I've still been able to get a few things done outside because my ambition has not faded as in years past.  And, I've accomplished a lot indoors.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 7, 2013 at 7:30am

Sentient: That's cold, even by Indiana standards. FYI, I made persimmon pulp yesterday, using a hand cranked food mill. Not fun. I tried (later) mashing them through a collander. No good. But, I got 3 cups worth. The trees are still loaded--I'm not too eager to do it again. Bundle up!

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2013 at 12:34am

Time to be comfortable inside the house then! Here it's wet and stormy. The last leaves have fallen but the garlic is still growing.

Comment by Daniel W on December 6, 2013 at 9:01am

Big weather on the news!  Cold cold ice snow cold.

I hope you are warm and don't need to do much outside!

Keep those faucets covered!

We are expecting the coldest days I can recall in years.  The gardener always has to deal with what nature brings.  I may lose some / most / all of my little fig orchard....  if it happens, it happens.  The coldest they've had to handle is, maybe, 15.  I have to work, and I'm too tired to go outside and cover them.

A few other plants / trees / shrubs may not make it.  The good side, a hard freeze is thought to kill off pest insects overwintering in the soil.

Other than that, I'm just hoping no pipes freeze!

Keep warm everyone!  Stay safe!  No driving on ice or in blizzard!  Spring does come.  It always does!

Comment by Plinius on December 4, 2013 at 7:57am

Good story, Joan, thanks! How I remember the frost on the windows - ice flowers we called them - and the ice crystals on the blankets on winter mornings - brrr! Beautiful, but I'm happy with my comfortable double glazed apartment.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 4, 2013 at 7:20am

Joan: I'm old enough to relate to your story. Fun to look back, but glad we don't have to live that way. I have pine trees and spread needles all over the garden. Still......   I may have mentioned before that my garden sits on the site of an old barn. Rocky (even chunks of concrete) and clay-ish (and alkaline). I've worked it for 36 seasons. Somehow, it produces most of what I want. Talk about a labor of love!


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