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!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 176
Latest Activity: 10 hours ago

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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 Daniel W on April 8, 2014 at 10:41am

Joan, the Battleground place is listed by google as 245 feet.  One side is a hill, so the top seems like it is about 20 feet higher than the lower part.   My home in Vancouver is listed as 212 feet.  I don't know about the accuracy of those listings.

Spud I like that saying too.  I am happy for the past trees I planted.  I have one in my yard I planted there 15 years ago, from a seedling I started 4 years prior.  So it is almost that 20 years.

Every tree I plant is an expression of accepting uncertainty.  I would like to see them settle in and mature.  I know there is a significant chance I won't. 

The Greenspire Linden I planted summer 2012 should have a big burst of growth this year, having had a chance to settle in.  A maple I moved as a volunteer seedling the same year, grew to a single stick, about 15 feet tall last year.  The Sourwood I planted last fall is budding out now.  An American Linden I planted winter 2012 / 2013 is budding out now.  It's smaller but should gave a big burst of growth this year.

Randall I hope you get some apricots.  They are next to impossible here.  I think about your persimmons.  Mine are at the sapling stage, doubt any fruit this year.  If I get peaches and plums I will be delighted.

Today:  More pepper plants to go into poly tunnel raised beds.  Start Tomato seeds, Okra seeds, Phacelia for bees.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2014 at 10:13am

Joan, I like the saying that "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago."  

However, being the picky guy that I am, I would say the second best time was 19 years ago, and the third....

Comment by Randall Smith on April 8, 2014 at 8:00am

Speaking of trees, I pruned one of my two Mandarin apricots yest. In the 30 years of their existance, I've had only one "crop". Hope springs eternal. With the harsh winter we've had, I doubt if I have any fruit of any kind this year. I know I won't have peaches, almonds, or nectarines. :(

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2014 at 12:24am

Daniel, what is the elevation of your home and property, if you don't mind my asking. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2014 at 12:24am
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."
~ Chinese Proverb
via  @EricDahl509 on Twitter. 
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2014 at 8:01pm

Comment by Daniel W on April 7, 2014 at 8:51am
Now and then I see a frog. Most are these littke green creatures. I like seeing them because they are cute. Also beneficial, eating insects. Also a sign of caring for the ecosystem..

Randall watch for those rabbits! The have been eating my onions!
Comment by Randall Smith on April 7, 2014 at 8:02am

Green tree frog? I'm a little rusty on my frog identifications. 

Got some beet starts transplanted into the garden yest. along with 3 varieties of onion bulbs. Covered up the beets with chicken wire so the rabbits won't get to them. Next, potatoes. Cilantro looks good.

Comment by Plinius on April 7, 2014 at 12:40am

Thanks! Frogs are rare up here.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2014 at 2:14pm

I do too, Spud. My great-grandchildren bring many of the forest critters to me when I visit them and we fix little places for them to live. I am sure they have perfectly fine homes in the forest, but I just feel better knowing the kids will try to protect them. 

Daniel, the varieties of these creatures of the woodlands offer delight to watch, as you well know. 


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