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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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

Discussion Forum

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky 1 hour ago. 8 Replies

Fruit Pests: Apricot

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 28. 3 Replies

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 24. 1 Reply

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 16. 4 Replies

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo Jun 15. 0 Replies

Favorite Flowers

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 8. 8 Replies

The Evolution of Ecological Consciousness

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 4. 1 Reply

Living in the forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 27. 6 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 25. 17 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W May 2. 2 Replies

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Comment by Plinius on April 2, 2013 at 7:33am

Thanks, Joan and Spud! And good to see Sentient back in his garden - and what garden!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2013 at 6:57am

Chris, I like your indoor green vine.

Sentient, as usual, I'm jealous of your back yard.  Hope you can relax and not overdo the work until you heal.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2013 at 2:18am

Amer, I like your instructions for schulmbergera. They provide a lot of pleasure for so little effort. 

Chris, that is a good solution for your lighting situation. Your vine is pretty, looks nicely green across the room as you have it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2013 at 2:14am
Sentient, your garden is so beautiful! A lovely place to heal ! Your figs look healthy; they will supply you with all the figs you can eat. Schlumbergera look really healthy and the colors lovely.
Comment by Daniel W on April 1, 2013 at 10:24pm

Here is my back yard now.  It is in a stage of benign neglect but looks nice with the fruit trees blooming.  The pink trees are peaches, the others are pears, sweet cherries, and pie cherries.  The area under the fruit trees has a lot of roses and bulbs.




Here are my fig cuttings now. They have a good head start. The outdoor fig trees have barely swelling buds. These should be about 2 foot tall by fall. All but 2 cuttings survived while I was in the hospital. Now I am taking them outside in a shady spot for the day, and back inside in the evening. That acclimates them to the brighter sun and more variable conditions outside.

Comment by Daniel W on April 1, 2013 at 10:18pm

On Schlumbergera, I have about 10 of them.  During the summer I keep them outside in a shady spot or north side of the house, and water about once weekly.  In the fall I bring them inside when frost seems likely.  I use a house plant fertilizer, that requires 7 drops per quart, for a dilute fertilizer.  After blooming they just get water about every other week until Spring when I escalate again to weekly.  I grow them in a general purpose potting mix, same as for other house plants.  

I would cut off the diseased looking parts.  

Comment by amer chohan on April 1, 2013 at 4:59pm

Dallas, schulmbergera are winter flowering plants. But it dosn't mean that winter is their thriving period. Cold temperatures only trigger their flower formation. I talked to a professional friend about it. He told me that they should be given more organic stuff than normal cacti. But drainage and quick drying after watering is essential.

Infact more you water in the summer, more it flowers in the winter. Instead of using poor soil, you can use soil from your garden beds and add a little fine sand in it. Don't forget to put broken pottery or pebbles in the bottom of pot to insure the drainage. More quickly it dries more you can water. And proper watering in the summer means water untill it runs through the bottom. Water only two days after surface shows the dryness.

In the winter only wet the surface after 4 days to keep the roots moist. One more intresting thing I was told about it was not to move a flowering christmas cactus otherwise it will drop the buds or stop flowering.

Comment by Plinius on April 1, 2013 at 12:53am

Dallas, I have got a similar problem, a deep room and only windows on the NW side. But I didn't like the thought to have only a few plants on the windowsill, so I tried this, and it works. So far there are about seven or eight metres of plant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2013 at 5:11pm

Dallas, fascinating photos! What excellent choices you have! I've never seen or heard of Calathea lancifolia.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2013 at 5:08pm

Amer, it is a real joy to have you in this group and contributing your experience and knowledge. With your photos to demonstrate your points, I am well prepared to make necessary changes in technique.  


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