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

Discussion Forum


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 21. 3 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Jul 18. 1 Reply

To cure your garlic

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Jul 16. 1 Reply

Harvesting vegetables

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 9. 4 Replies

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 4. 10 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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:33pm

If you can find Greek oregano, at least the variety I have, grows in a lovely little clump, spreads very easily by seeds or roots and is easy to control. It isn't at all bullish. The favor is outstanding. I pull out any oregano that is the leggy kind and just put it in a tightly covered pan until it is dead and then compost it. Sometimes this little mounding type will send off a tall shoot and I just pull it out, roots and all. If you want me to, I can send you some roots this spring, and some seeds this autumn. It is very prolific and the bees love it. 

Greek oregano

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:25pm

Yours is a healthy plant. Just look at those nice green leaves and pretty flowers. Are they blooming now?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:24pm

I'm assuming you know it is clematis. The variety? Here is a Google of clematis and do some matching. If you double click on a photo, sometimes it tells you the variety. 


Clematis 'President's Blue'

Clematis early bloomers

Clematis growing i Dallas TX

This should get you started. 

Comment by Dominic Florio on April 15, 2013 at 6:40pm

It loves to be cut.  It doesn't freeze here obviously  but it gets all woody and bare.  I cut back to nothing and it becomes a beautiful mound.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 12:43pm

How to Test Your Soil - a Quick Primer

From "The Herb Gardener". Spring is a good time for testing soil, and it is easy to do. Some you can do yourself, some require an inexpensive teat kit for the hardware, and you can send soil samples to USA Dept. of Agriculture. All instructions are here. 

I have different soils in different parts of my garden. Some plants prefer acidic soils, some alkaline. Information on these factors can easily be found on the internet. 

It won't be long and I will be getting my hands deeply into the soil. That is the best part of spring. 

Hope you are doing well and that you see to it that you have some fun.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 15, 2013 at 7:15am

Thanks for the clay antidote video Dallas.  Very interesting.

Comment by Plinius on April 15, 2013 at 1:31am

Thanks Dallas, that was good info! Like Joan says, our mothers didn't have access to information and merely followed tradition. I know my mother was put in a job when 12 years old - from that time she read nothing except a bible and an antique cookbook. How lucky we are!

I enjoyed the film very much, lots of info there!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 5:49pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 4:36pm

Dallas, you are a real jewel! Your incredible site find, "Eating clay", reveals so many different examples of an evolved development. With your research about chalk, we have information to which our mothers and grandmothers didn't have access.

My grandmother used to tell us about her youngest son, my uncle Orville, ate coal. Her doctor told her a child who eats coal needs the minerals it contains. That would been about 1915. Folk medicine may have some credibility.

The animals  and birds shown in the film seem to have this all pretty well figured out, including predatory enemies.  

Have you ever seen butterflies or lady bugs on a seep hole? A very lovely sight we used to enjoy as kids at Lake Chatcolet in Idaho.

Butterflies at the drinking hole

Here is an interesting project:

720,000 ladybugs released

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 2:43pm
What a nice site to come to upon waking, yes, I said waking ... I didn't wake up until 11:00 AM. Oh my goodness, what a good life I have.
"It's spring. We are so excited we wet our plants!" That is what we do. And I wet my pants in the garden the other day... couldn't make it inside. Oh well, age has its advantages. I can just claim age, not senility.
Chris, your turnip green dish makes my mouth water.
Annie, I love beet tops fixed that way.
Sentient, how are you feeling? I'm thinking of you.
Amer, do you live in the mountains or on the plane? From the Google Earth, it looks like you live right o the border between mountains and plane.
My son, Craig, lives in Littleton, Colorado, right on the break between the Great Planes and the Rockies. It is a stormy place; can't decide if it is mountain weather or planes weather. Very heavy snowfall there.
Spud, how are you doing?

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