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

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on May 15, 2014 at 7:07pm
Some of the bearded irises I grow. Last year I over-coddled them and as a result, I think, lost some due to disease. Even so, irises are tough and there was some nice bloom.

This is an old historic variety, Loreley, from 1909. Small, fragrant.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 15, 2014 at 2:31pm

I've never eaten a morel mushroom.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 15, 2014 at 2:28pm

I did some more hauling with the Gorilla cart today.  It did a reasonable job, but it did tip over once because of only a slight bump, and it hit the backs of my shoes once when I was pulling a heavy load with both hands in soft dirt.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 15, 2014 at 7:53am

Spud and Barbara: I reckon I'll have to make my own decision(s) about what type of "hauler" I want and need. But I value your opinions. I also have arthritis in my hands, esp. thumb joints.

With the over 3" of rain we've had in the past few days, plus the very cool weather (high of 45 today!), my garden is in the dormant mood. Worse, I'm stuck indoors. I read the article on "rain odors". Interesting.

I always thought I could smell mushrooms (morels), too. I looked the other day, but only found some "shelf" ones. They were delicious!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2014 at 12:58pm

Just read an interesting article about what you smell before and after a rain storm.  I guessed correctly what it was and was not before, but never heard of what it was after:

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2014 at 8:58am

Planted the last of my peas and beets that I had growing in containers.  Yea!  

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2014 at 8:55am

Another positive about the Gorilla Cart is that it's narrow, and so will fit in small spaces.  Hard to maneuver in small spaces when backing up, but that will improve with practice.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 14, 2014 at 8:36am

Randall, it's the lifting that kills me or rather my back. With the cart with the pneumatic tires you can load it up and simply pull it across rough terrain. The Gorilla Cart I purchased is suppose to handle up to 600 lbs, although I wouldn't do that. I've hauled dirt, stones, cut up tree branches, you name it. The most helpful for me was that I could get someone to load the large bags of soil at the store, then I simply pulled them out of my car trunk directly into my cart.  Ditto with stones.  All the landscaping I've done this year I was able to do by myself with my cart - and working slowly a little bit each day. 

It came in a box and I had to get my neighbor to help me put it together. Also, I thought a bicycle pump would work to blow up the tires - Not!  So I wound up going back to HD and getting a automatic electric inflator. Good in the long run as I can use for my car.   

It's so true when everyone here says that gardening is so much more than simply planting things. It's the joy of knowing when you expend the effort the result is something beautiful growing - or even an edible product. For me the sense of accomplishment is just wonderful - "I did that!"  My therapy I guess. 

It is just gorgeous outside this morning.  We had the most rain we've had in a YEAR during the past 24 hours.  And the temp is a delicious 60F, probably as cool as it will get for many hot months to come.  Everything I've planted looks pleased!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2014 at 8:22am

Randall, I've used my Gorilla Cart to haul about 3 loads so far, and to be honest, I'm a little disappointed.  

Surprisingly, even at the 30 psi max inflation, the 4 knobby pneumatic tires make for hard pulling over rough surfaces, it has a rather small volume, my foot got bumped once by the hauling handle, it took me 2 hours to assemble, and it's hard to maneuver into tight spaces. I may have noticed some of those things if Home Depot would have let me try the assembled one in the store.  Their excuse was that it was firmly attached to the top of the case.  One positive thing is that it's low to the ground, making it easier to load.

If I had it to do over, or had enough money, I would purchase the  large wide wheelbarrow with 2 large diameter bicycle tires.  In Home Depot, it was very maneuverable, although I don't know how it would work on soil.

If I didn't have arthritic hands, I would also think about the new plastic wheelbarrows with one pneumatic tire.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 14, 2014 at 7:50am

A wheelbarrow or cart is on my list! Thanks for the tips. I haul lots of firewood from my woodshed 150' to my house every winter's day. The old barrow is wearing out.

King, my garden is greening up, too. This rain helped immensely.

Spud, my father used to get stomach aches after eating morels. I went searching yesterday, but came up empty. Boo hoo.


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