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

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Daniel W on June 4, 2013 at 7:11pm

"Nice plant.  Wink wink"  That's hilarious.

Comment by Angela on June 4, 2013 at 6:36pm
Japanese maple also has those Mary Jane looking leaves. I bought a small one and one the way home I stopped for a drink at a drive thru, the clerk, a young man maybe 20 said nice plant. Wink wink. LOL
Comment by Daniel W on June 4, 2013 at 5:21pm


Angela,  I bet it's the nitrogen, from soil bacteria breaking down milk protein.  But I haven't heard of that before.  Milk is also a good source of phosphorus, which is needed for flowers.   Just guessing.

I wonder what happens when you smoke swamp mallow.  Probably not very pleasant.

I planted an elderberry "Black Lace" last weekend.  I wondered if the sheriff who lives down the road will think it's a dark variety of marijuana - both that plant and the tomatoes are visible from the road.


If I ever decide to grow tomato-like illegal plants, I'll have to remember to hang red Xmas balls on the plants.  So festive!  As it is, I'll stick with tomatoes.

I had a hankering to grow the more exotic type of poppies, Papaver somniferum - I think they're beautiful.   But -the legality is murky, and I don't want any problems with the long arm of the law. Gardening should be a respite, not a potential arrest.

Comment by Angela on June 4, 2013 at 11:38am
Haha damn autocorrect made it look like I said f'ing bit of milk. Meant to say tiny. I don't usually curse my plants! ;)
Comment by Angela on June 4, 2013 at 11:34am
Am I the only one who didn't know that milk will make peace lilies bloom!? An older lady told me to fill your empty milk carton with water (there's always a fing bit of milk left in your carton) and water your peace lily with it. I have been doing this over the winter and my plant is covered in flowers! I would maybe have one or two before.
Comment by Annie Thomas on June 4, 2013 at 11:26am

Re: Marijuana vs. tomato plants.  I read an article years ago about police often mistaking tomato plants for marijuana plants, as the plant color is a brighter green than other plants from an aerial view.  The article went on to say that some marijuana growers used this to their advantage, and hung red Christmas ornaments from their plants to help disguise them. (I never thought I'd ever fit that little tidbit of information into a conversation!) ;-)

I used to grow swamp mallow, a native plant that has large, red hibiscus-like flowers.  The leaves, however, look very similar to marijuana leaves.  We noticed that about once a month all of the buds would be missing.  My husband finally surmised that he thought the meter reader confused the plant for marijuana and was cutting off the buds!

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2013 at 10:09am

Parsley - then I can wait till autumn, dig up the parsleyplants that flowered and cook the roots. I read that parsley roots are normally a different variety, grown for bigger roots, but there's no harm in trying what I happen to have.

Comment by Plinius on June 4, 2013 at 10:01am

Thanks for the link, Sentient!

I love that story about the tomatoes! Most people cannot see the difference between a real plant and a plastic plant and they have no idea what marijuana looks like. I knew a home grower once who told the police (and his parents) always the same: "These? These aren't marijuana plants! These are my rare Siberian Nettles!" He got away with it too. But the police have had some training since that time... 

Comment by Daniel W on June 4, 2013 at 9:43am

Chis, I thought of you when I saw this article. Rooftop gardener got into trouble when landlord and police thought tomatoes were marijuana.

tomato-plants-pot-article-1.1338781 What a strange story. Too much city life. The really thought tomatoes were pot?  Maybe I should dry tomato leaves and sell them.

Comment by Daniel W on June 4, 2013 at 9:33am

Chris, I will try some Echte Kamille today.  

Parsley is biennial.  The first year, it's just a plant.  The second year, it blooms and goes to seed.  I don't know if the blooms affect how edible the leaves are, or if it does the same thing either way.  The flowers attract beneficial insects, so I let mine bloom.

I use an organic product, sluggo, for slugs.  They contain iron phosphate, both of which help fertilize the plants.  It works well fro slugs and is supposed to work well for snails.  Here the slugs are bigger than my thumb.  THe link has other stragegies too.


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