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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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 Randall Smith on March 3, 2014 at 7:47am

When offered "early retirement" (from teaching), I jumped at it. I nearly rued the decision, but 16 years later, nary a regret. Life is good, but this winter is beginning to get to me. More snow and cold. I think mushroom season will be delayed by at least 2 weeks, and gardening for at least that long. Sigh.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 2:07pm

Spud, Hooray for Pocatello!

While you are getting more rain, we are getting more snow. In fact it is snowing really hard right now. Cary has shovelled the front already this morning and expects to do it one more time before the expected rain comes tomorrow. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2014 at 2:04pm

Daniel, I hear you and understand! what are your options?

Could you work fewer hours and still have medical coverage?

Do you have 2 or 3 years until you are eligible for SS.

Could you do some conflict resolution trying to improve working conditions?

What will it take to make your current working environment more healthy?

How would an ideal working environment look and feel?

Could you transfer to a more friendly dept? 

Could you reframe your experience into comedy instead of frustration? 

I don't ask wanting an answer, but to offer ideas to think about. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 2, 2014 at 12:18pm

Got over 1/2 inch of rain yesterday.  Yay!  For dry Pocatello, that's a lot.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 2, 2014 at 12:16pm

Daniel, I can understand you being tired of the struggle, at least partially.  I retired at 62 because I was very tired of it, and I imagine your struggle is much worse than mine was.  It sounds like you have worse bosses and being tired all the time is the pits.  

Hope you can achieve a serene life soon.

Not being able to do a lot of things that cost $$s was worth the early retirement, except for one thing.  I now wish I had waited until I had at least an acre of land in a warm climate before I retired.

Comment by Daniel W on March 2, 2014 at 10:58am

Randall - your comment should be there now.. Thank you!

The blogger program has moderated comments due to spam. It takes me a while to respond. I appreciate your comments!

I really wish I could retire. I'm tired of the struggle. If I WAS retired, you would find me outside with dirt under my fingernails and muddy knees, Buddha-like in serenity.

Joan that helps a lot knowing about the rows. My raised beds are 4 X 8, with the long direction going east west. Within the beds, I plant short rows, they are north-south. For the short stuff, I think it all gets equal sun.

I was thinking about keeping the tall plants on the north side of the beds, or in the northern-most beds. That can be a challenge for crop rotation.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 25, 2014 at 7:43am

Daniel: I tried to comment on your "raised beds" post, but had troubles. Basically, I said "WOW". So impressive.

And thanks, Joan. Late afternoon tree shade shouldn't be a major problem.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2014 at 1:24am

Randall, north and south rows are good because they get the morning and afternoon light, and so both sides get exposure. Unless, of course, there are trees or buildings that block the sun. 

Both of my grandmothers and father made north-south rows. They explained why. They and I may be wrong, but that is what I learned at the elbows of very fine gardeners. 

Got 3 inches of snow today, more expected in the next 24 hours. Cold winds prevail. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 23, 2014 at 10:57am

Lions and tigers and elephants.  Oh my!  

Here, I'm overjoyed to get frogs & snails, & puppy dog tails.

Comment by Daniel W on February 23, 2014 at 9:52am

Spud, we got a lot of rain last week. Cats and dogs. It was so much, it wasn't little kitty cats and chihuahuas. More like lions and tigers and mastiffs. I think there were some elephants in there too.

It's milder now.

Randall one thing I like about midwest weather compared to here is, it seems like once Spring arrives, it arrives for sure. Or that's how I remembered it. Here it's like it can't decide. So things grow and bloom then are zapped by a freeze.

I built a low tunnel on one of the raised beds in Jan. I had some mishaps with it collapsing but now I think I have that fixed. Despite the mishaps, cold tolerant vegetables germinated and now there are little rows of tiny turnip and radish seedlings. And some Chinese greens and scallions.

Such obsession! But better than drinking or smoking.


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