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
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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 Randall Smith on May 12, 2014 at 7:08am

Spud, I don't know the actual names, but they're definitely not edible! Very poisonous. Our edible mushroom season never occurred this spring--too dry. I did receive 2.2" of rain over night, however! Still, it's too late, I'm afraid. But the rain sure will help the garden!

Comment by king on May 11, 2014 at 11:38pm
Are those beet seedlings I see in the back
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2014 at 3:50pm

Randall, do you know what kind of mushrooms these are, and if they are edible?  They are about one inch tall and last less than a day.  I was keeping these grow-pots very moist and up these popped.

I'm going to plant them behind the garage where I have a pile of soil that has a lot of wood chips and other organic matter in it, and keep it moist to see what I can produce.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 11, 2014 at 8:23am

Glad you checked out the site, Barbara. It's more amazing in person. I'm just happy my family farm is being transformed into a worthy cause. The days of "corn and beans" are disappearing there.

Spud, I totally agree with you. My farm kids wonder why I continue gardening when I can get all I want from them. I just enjoy doing my own thing! It's in my blood.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2014 at 12:23pm

Barbara, keep me posted on how it behaves in your TX garden. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 10, 2014 at 8:28am

Randall, your son has a very impressive operation. Amazing the size and production with such a small staff.  Gkids are cute too :)

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 10, 2014 at 8:26am

Joan, I've never seen one of those critters, and hopefully I won't.

The pic shows the 10' space between houses. It was scraggly grass and weeds.  SAWS, our water district, encourages everyone to convert all grass, or as much as possible, to drought tolerant plantings.  Since I like to sit on the patio in the mornings I decided to make my 'space' a little more attractive. One side gets sun all day long, the other side is deep shade until about 3:00 and then gets hot sun until sunset. It's interesting to see how the same type of plant grows differently in each bed because of the amount of sun. I planted the dichondra in the complete area between the edging of each bed. I also have a brick edging where the walkway meets the back lawn to prevent the dichondra from spreading into yard and to keep grass out of walkway.  Since we fail at controlling nature, it will be fun to see just how much I control the dichondra.

I've grown the creeping jenny for years in pots inside, but never outside.  Had no idea such a pretty plant was invasive. 

I tried to upload picture, but for some reason it simply won't work.  Sighhh, not a techie sitting here at this end.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2014 at 7:31am

Randall, I can't help but think that your gardening is much more that just a hobby.  

Nothing wrong with a hobby, but my gardening is much more than a hobby.  It's a way to better heath, both mentally and physically.  

It produces food that is much better for me than store-bought.

It makes eating so much more enjoyable because the taste is so much better.

The work I do in the garden is a great help in loosing extra fat.

The exercise provides cardiovascular benefits.

It relaxes me and dramatically reduces my stress.

It dramatically reduces depression.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 10, 2014 at 7:11am

It's amazing what a difference 5 miles makes. My kid's farm received over an inch of rain last night, while I got only 0.2". Better them than me, though. My garden is a hobby--theirs a livelihood. (For newbie Barbara: Silverthorn-farm.com)

Comment by king on May 9, 2014 at 8:18pm
I thought it looked. Like one never heard it called that thank you for the info joan

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