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 Daniel Wachenheim on April 3, 2014 at 10:19pm

Brandon, that's excellent.  Those also sound like great choices for kids.  They grow fast, big, dramatic, and usually not to picky about conditions.

Does  okra grow in your area?  It's my holy grail.  Too cool here for a good crop.

Comment by Brandon on April 3, 2014 at 10:14pm

Thanks! I've started growing some plants from seeds this year. I have a 6 year old daughter who was fascinated by the watermelon we "planted" last year,(dropped into a rock bed) and we are planning to grow some more of those this year. Also some tomatoes, pumpkins, zucchini, and corn.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on April 3, 2014 at 10:01pm

Brandon, welcome!  What are you growing?

Comment by Randall Smith on April 3, 2014 at 7:58am

I tried off and on for an hour trying to get my tiller to start. I think it wouldn't because of old gasoline. About threw my shoulder out! Now, it's too late for a long while. Rain, rain, and more rain. Hope it doesn't ruin the kale and lettuce we planted two days ago.

I'd like to think I am a blend of A and B personalities. I'm happy, whichever.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on April 2, 2014 at 8:58am
Randall, it sounds like a great way for the family to work together. I hope the kale grows strong and tasty.

Most would say Im an A personality but with a strong dose of introversion. But mostly I like puttering, which is really a form of meditation.

With all of the rain a lot of the bearded irises are rotting. Bummer. But evolution sill pick the winners.
Comment by Randall Smith on April 2, 2014 at 8:45am

As if I don't have enough to do in my own garden, yesterday I drove a tractor for four hours helping my kids plant greenhouse started kale and lettuce in the field. They (my daughter and her husband) sat side by side behind me dropping "starts" into the ground. The "job" is quite tedious and boring (for the tractor driver), and chilly/windy (50 deg.). At least the sun was out. I'm like those old "doctor" commercials: not a real farmer, just a "wannabe".

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2014 at 4:55pm

I've got "A ROUND TUIT", but it's stored out of sight & out of mind!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 31, 2014 at 3:05pm

Not at all, Spud, you did what any sensible person would and should do. I grew up knowing there was time and space. Each was to be used judiciously. Anytime I had was filled with activity that produced something, i.e. a job, cleaning, laundry, yard work, marketing, or something that had a product attached to it. 

I'm 78 years old now and can set that imperative aside and just enjoy life. My enforced inactivity was rather nice, I enjoyed it, and I am going to do more of it. 

Thanks for the encouragement Spud! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 31, 2014 at 7:53am

Joan, from my viewpoint, I like hearing you've given up your 'A' personality, at least for now, because I've never been an A.  

Last spring and summer, I worked on my garden as hard and long as my body would let me.  Does that mean I was an A during that time?

Comment by Randall Smith on March 31, 2014 at 6:57am

Wow, nice radishes, Daniel!  I have some potted, but they're just "leggy". And I always heard "dem flowers is". You know why.

I actually got to work in the garden yesterday! Just pulling up old kale and Br. spr. plants, rake out some compost, scatter a couple of piles of leaves (saving most for my compost pile). It's still too wet and early to plant anything, although I'd like to get some potatoes in the ground. Patience, patience. Golf today!


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