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 Daniel W on March 14, 2015 at 8:40pm


Very clever!  You are so modest!

Does the modifier go before or after the nown?  Pneuma tranquillo or Tranquillo pneuma?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 14, 2015 at 8:22pm

Chris,  I spent three wonderful hours out in the garden, trimming and pulling and sitting. I came in too exhausted to put my tools away. I took what was supposed to be a short nap and then I was going to go outside again. I woke from my nap after dark and everything was put away. I am so lucky to have Cary. My spirit was refreshed as well. 
Thanks also for the orange peeled and greeting. I like the idea of rolling over and looking at the stars. 

Your garden will be growing things soon and filter out some of that air filled with exhaust.

Today we have a nice soft rain. The worms will love that. Cary turned the soil in two little beds I have at the entry to the garden. The ground there is almost all compost and very black. The neighbor's yard is mostly grass which she usually mows after it goes to seed. Those seeds fly onto this soil and make a lovely bed of grass that I try to keep pulled out. Except, I do like it because it catches most of the seeds and keeps them out of the garden. 

Daniel, the forsythia hasn't begun to show even a hint of color yet. Your beautiful bush give a nice welcome to the new season.  

Patricia, thank you for those two beautiful photos of flowers. Their bright colors enter the eyes and go immediately to the brain. I gat a lovely jolt of enthusiasm again. Thanks so much. 

Randy, I imagine your ground is bursting with new little green shoots and you will be busy tending them. Are your farming kids busy getting their production going?  

Spud, I have this mental image of you on a small piece of ground with a little cottage, surrounded by animals you may want, if for company, or to protect you and your plot. I see you in a recycled barn, or box car, or something unusual and perfect for you live in. Let me know if my image is anywhere close to your reality.

Daniel,  Your piece of ground must be filling up with all those new trees. I would love to walk through them as the blossoms come and go. You will surely be in a heaven far better than any of the religious kind. I wish we had a word for spirit or spiritual that isn't connected to religion.

Pneuma = breath in Latin. 

tranquillo = calm in Latin. 

Tranquillo pneuma, perhaps. No. Not clever enough.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 14, 2015 at 6:01pm

Never thought about asking tree trimmers if they pay to dump the chips.  I will next time.

Comment by Daniel W on March 14, 2015 at 5:55pm

With the season becoming nicer, I have taken the dried geraniums (pelargoniums) out of storage, cleaned them up, and sat them outside.  They should start growing soon.  I trimmed the broken or dead looking parts off of the plants.

There were some broken branches.  I also trimmed those, and placed them in a glass of water to see if they grow.  That usually works.

Chris, I think it's wonderful that you garden on a rooftop.

Spud, I hope you find your Eden soon.

I planted the last shipment of mail order fruit trees last week.  More than I should have bought.  Kind of an act of defiance, since they take a few years to fruit.  I planted a pawpaw - I researched to find the fastest growing variety, a multigraft apple - multi so additional pollinating trees are not needed, a kind of Frankensteinian hybrid called "Sweet Treat Pluerry", which counts as its ancestry 9/16 plum, 1/4 cherry, 1/8 peach, 1/16 apricot, and some bare root shrubs which came as bonus - highbush cranberry and some rugosa roses that, I hope, with have usable fruits too.  In Jan I had added a Persimmon that I bought mail order - a self fruitful variety originating from an exotic place called "Indiana". 

Yesterday I was driving past a crew cutting down beautiful mature sweetgum trees.  Nothing I can do about that, but I asked if they have to pay to dump the chips, and they said yes.  So I asked if they would like to dump them in my driveway, and they said yes.  So they gave me about 3 cubic yards of wood chips for free.  Lots of perfect mulch.  The lesson is, if you have need for woodchip mulch, which Linda Chalker-Scott promotes as the best of all mulches, you may be able to get them for free from local tree services, who save money by not having to haul them away and pay to dump them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 14, 2015 at 11:44am

I also want a place where I can have some privacy & quietness.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 14, 2015 at 11:42am

Chris, I second Randall's desire for you to be able to move to a better place some day, and I like that you plant things despite the less than desirable conditions.

I live in a city of 60 thousand people.  Some days there is smog from the fertilizer plant outside of town, but usually there is enough wind to keep the air reasonable clean.

Still, I want to move to a warmer place, but mostly a place where I can have some land to garden.  

Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2015 at 7:34am

That sounds like very bad smog, Randall. Good for you that you live in a clean area now!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 14, 2015 at 7:20am

Good for you, Chris. I spent 7 years in smoggy So. Calif., back when there were no "controls". I remember the burning eyes, persistant cough, and foul odor. I moved back to Indiana--away from any cities. Sorry you can't do the same. Some day, perhaps.

Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2015 at 3:05am

Randall, I must be stupid to make a vegetable garden twelve metres above a polluted street - but I'll do it anyway. There's one of those test points down in the street and the outcome for fine dust and other emissions are above the European norm. Why do I bother? I can't help myself - plants clean the air and only in this way can I prove to myself that I don't want to be part of the polluting community. Living here will probably take 13 months out of my life expectancy, I read somewhere, but that can't be helped either: I need a bag of money before I can move and besides, our two patients live near here. So today, Saturday, I'm going to dig and plant some more.

Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2015 at 2:52am

How was your day in the garden, Joan?


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