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 Idaho Spud on July 14, 2015 at 1:36pm

On the Atkins diet, and working hard in the garden, I've lost 20 pounds of fat in 38 days.  Hooray!    I need to take off another 40 or more, but I won't mention that.  It's depressing.

A few days ago, I put together my used Cold Frame, and only put the heater in 2/3s of it, so I have a place for plants that don't like too much heat. 

However, my Squash, Cantaloup, and especially Watermelons like warmer roots that the heater will put-out.  At 60 F nighttime temperatures, it only gives 68 F, and I would like to see 80 to 90 F.

I'm going to bypass the sensor/switch unit and see what that does for me.  If it's still not enough, I'm going to put in 100 feet of stainless steel wire, and that should do it.

My squash, Cantaloup, and Watermelon I've transplanted into the garden are looking good.

Comment by Daniel W on July 14, 2015 at 8:47am

Randy, I don't know if it works,  but I read you can keep racoons from pulling down ears of corn by taping the ear to the stalk using packaging fiber tape.  It keeps the racoon from pulling the ear down.  I suppose you wrap near the top of the ear.  I have not seen illustrations.

In my area, there seems to be a lot of dead racoons on the road.  I don't know how they wind up in traffic.

My moles are my friends but everyone else hates them.  If I lay black plastic on an area of ground, weighted down,  to kill grass for a garden bed, and leave it for a few months, when I pull it up, moles have finely ground all of the soil.  All I have to do is rake it even and spade the few remaining un-tilled spots over.  They also provide lots of finely ground soil for filling holes in garden beds.  They are not all good.  I use screening under the raised beds to keep them out.  The lawn is not pretty but I don't care.

Shiro Japanese plums.  Ripe for one or two weeks, so juicy and sweet.

The first of the season's fresh figs.  Also juicy and sweet.  I never ate a fresh fig before growing my own.  After growing my own,  I have started a few dozen fig trees, and given most of them away.  Kept a few for my orchard. When they ripen, it's like christmas tree and easter egg hunt combined.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2015 at 6:54am

Along with apricots, plums are another fruit I can't seem to produce. I get the blossoms, but no plums--or they're wormy.

Daniel, I really doubt if you're "taking it easy"! Your vegetable and flower gardens always look so appealing and beautiful.

Spud, how's your diet coming along?

'Coons got two premature ears of sweet corn the other night--the one night I kept my dog indoors (storms). Grr. But, on the bright side, I caught my 7th and 8th mole over the weekend! I think I have a couple more. Can you believe it?!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 12, 2015 at 3:26pm

Beautiful Morning Glories, and those "ornamental" plums look edible to me!

Comment by Daniel W on July 12, 2015 at 1:18pm

Joan, hand in there.  With your positive spirit and vast knowledge, you will make a great start on your new adventure!

That greenhouse sounds wonderful!  You will put it to such great use!  I hope you will share photos.

Don, you have a beautiful garden.  Such a beautiful setting.

At this point, I'm not doing anything ambitious.  It's been too hot, and too much work at work.  Also the home improvement projects.

We got some fresh tomatoes today.  I've been keeping the corn and squash and tomatoes watered.  Picked some plums yesterday.  Saving seeds.

The first of the morning glories bloomed today.  I planted those seeds early Spring.  Lots of volunteer borage around for honeybee and bumblebee forage.

Some ripe plums. These are from an ornamental plum tree, but still better than anything from the grocery store.

Allium seed heads - chive and ornamental.  I want to plant the seeds for beds of bee forage.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 9, 2015 at 4:47pm

Sounds good Don.  I love those fall colors.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 9, 2015 at 8:50am

Joan, dealing with harsh weather is bad enough. Dealing with cancer, falls, moving, etc., makes working in the garden a real challenge! You should be proud of yourself for your diligence, plus passing on your knowledge to your grandchildren. 5 stars to you!

I froze a batch of green beans and asparagus yesterday. Hated to compost last years' beans, but they were icy and shriveled. With all the berries I've picked thus far, my freezer is almost full again. One person just can't eat enough to empty it.

Speaking of crop rotation, I have a 5 year plan of attack. I've kept records going back over 30 years. Gotta keep those rabbits, moles, and racoons guessing!

Comment by Don on July 9, 2015 at 7:37am

I rotate the potatoes and some other things, but I till everything in in the fall, and then plant winter rye to cover, then till that in in the spring.  I think that must help with disease/pest control.  Here's the garden on Oct. 14 last year:

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 9, 2015 at 5:11am

Joan, sorry to hear most of your seeds not sprouting.  Too much rain, that most of you experience, is the opposite of what happens here.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 9, 2015 at 5:08am

Nice looking garden as usual Don.  Do you rotate crops? 


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