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!

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Comment by Randall Smith on November 6, 2014 at 9:18am

Bertold, I use a product called "Wet and Forget" to rid my brick drive moss and roof lichen problems. It actually works! Expensive, however.

Daniel, I started my persimmon trees from seed. Having no idea which were "male or female", I could only plant and wait 'til maturity. It turned out that of the 6 I planted, four were male, two producing females. One little lady does very well, the other not too great. I should cut down two males, but I don't have the heart.

Comment by Plinius on November 6, 2014 at 2:09am

What's wrong with a little moss, Bertold? It's so beautiful!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 5, 2014 at 9:35pm

LOL Daniel, worm counters at Walmart ... The one thing I've noticed no matter what I read about worms farms everyone says not to over feed them. I gave them, coffee and tea grounds, banana, apple, and sprouted whole wheat bread all smooshed up in blender - about 3 Tbs to start. 

Bertold what are the growing conditions needed for moss?  I thought it was shade and moisture.  Does the moss grow on your pavement because it is so moist from rain?  

Comment by Daniel W on November 5, 2014 at 8:54pm

I let it grow thick then shave it off with a flat shovel.  That probably isn't what you want to hear.  If not wanting to use moss killer - bravo! - this writer has some ideas.  I would skip the bleach - too harsh - but she also mentions detergent and lime.

I wonder what would happen if you bought a gallon of vinegar, put it into a sprayer, and sprayed the moss?  Some people use vinegar as a week killer.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 5, 2014 at 8:14pm

Does anyone know a good way of inhibiting moss from growing on asphalt by any chance? My decrepit blacktop is looking more like greentop.

Comment by Daniel W on November 5, 2014 at 8:10pm

Oh, that's what happened!  I was interested to learn that Walmart had worm counters...   I wouldn't mind doing that. 

I think they reproduce pretty fast.  I hope in a month they will have a population explosion.

One thing worms really love is coffee grounds.  Sometimes I stop by Starbucks and ask for a bag of their used coffee grounds.  If they are not too busy, they will be happy to provide that, especially if I buy some coffee.  I also add grounds to compost.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 5, 2014 at 5:53pm

Daniel, I just bought two containers of the worms and counted them out when I got home.  I wanted to know how many I was starting with and I'm hoping in a month or so I may have more - a reflection that I've kept them alive. 

I have some acrylic paint pens and I also have alcohol ink which I can use on metal tags.

Comment by Daniel W on November 5, 2014 at 5:11pm

Barbara, you are very  resourceful!  I would never have thought to look at Walmart for worms.  I had to ask - do they count out the 72 worms?  They are squiggly little things, I hope they counted correctly!    I saw on another website people used paint-pens.  Maybe those were acrylic.  Those might be good on the stainless steel markers I already have that permanent marker wore off in less than a year.

Joan you are always so complimentary.  Thank you.  It is the members who make this such a good discussion.  I look every day.  The ginkgo doesn't seem to have gone through puberty yet.  I think it is close.  There are spur-like little stems on branches that look like good options for blooming.  I hope it is male because people are more likely to cut down the females with their stinky fruits.   Being male might give it a better future  - tree sexism?  Which I think it is a shame.

Chris, I love that you raised garter snakes!

Randy, pardon me for forgetting.  Do you have both male and female persimmon trees?  Obviously you have the females.  I read that the variety, "Meader" does not need a pollinator.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2014 at 12:29pm

Barbara, yes, this site holds a wealth of information about gardening. Lots of soil under the fingernails here. Daniel has done a great job of organizing topics so that it is easier to return to a specific topic. I try to learn from him, but alas, his excellent organization skills present more discipline than I seem to be able to muster. 

I am so very impressed with your project and love your narrative and photos. This winter will be a rich time to imagine and create ideas for what we want to do next spring. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2014 at 11:52am

Daniel, your Gingko leaves are so pretty. Do you have male tree? 


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