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

What Killed My Chicken - How To Know

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Polluting Yourself with Leaf Blowers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim Sep 22. 6 Replies

Willow tree

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 15. 12 Replies

Front yard gardening. Edible Estates.

Started by Daniel Wachenheim. Last reply by k.h. ky Sep 15. 14 Replies

Archer Strawberry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 15. 2 Replies

Deer Fence Installed! But Where's the Mulch?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Sep 6. 1 Reply

My Farm Failures - Revealed Justin Rhodes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 15. 2 Replies

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on June 28, 2016 at 11:45am

Some gardening color.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on June 27, 2016 at 3:50pm

I hope next year will be easier. 

Last winter I covered several lawn areas with black plastic for a few months to kill the grass and weeds, then worked that soil.  That gave me larger beds for big crops like potatoes and corn.  Now that those areas are worked, next year they should be much easier to prepare.

The squashes are next.  Zucchinis are doing the normal zucchini thing and starting to produce prolifically.  Summer squash is right behind.  WInter squash and pumpkins are starting to bloom.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 27, 2016 at 3:28pm

Daniel, your harvest looks so healthy!! A real testament to your knowledge of experimenting rewards you in a tangible way. 

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on June 27, 2016 at 1:30pm

Done, it looks like it worked out really well.  I think I was mistaken about the identity of one row.  I planted a row of Russets and a row of Yukon Gold.  What I thought was Russets has a smooth skin and yellow inside.  Very tasty.

What did not work as well, was planting highly sprouted potatoes.  Those were in the garage and had sprouts a foot long.  They did grow, but only a couple of potatoes per plant.

Comment by Don on June 27, 2016 at 1:16pm

Smart experiment, Dan.  Potatoes take a while to emerge, and after they have, of course, you can just rake up some soil over them if a freeze threatens.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on June 27, 2016 at 12:38pm

Don, I planted those potatoes in March, I think.  I thought it might be too early, but it was such a mild winter and with el Nino and climate change, I thought it was worth experimenting.  I started planting the corn in April, same thoughts.  The variety I'm depending on most, Trinity, is a short season variety.  It has shorter stalks, shorter ears, but is really delicious and sweet.

Kathy, thanks for the potato advice.  I'll do that.  Too good to waste.

Randy, I hear you about too much heat for weeding.  For me, it's morning only.  You have more humidity - I lived there, I know what it's like. Tomatoes and corn love that weather, and maybe okra.  I think I will give up on okra, like I did apricots. 

Comment by k.h. ky on June 27, 2016 at 9:47am
Daniel, if you slice the potatoes that were cut during the dig they will heal over and use be fine.
Comment by Don on June 27, 2016 at 7:47am

Spuds already, Daniel? And corn? Beautiful. How I would love to have a longer growing season!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 27, 2016 at 6:36am

Great photos, Daniel. I envy your corn. Mine is a bust.

While my nectarines and apricots got wormy (despite spraying with furit tree oil), pears and peaches and persimmons (the 3 P's) look good. Apples, not so great.

More rain last night. Enough already! It's also been too hot to work (weed) in the garden. I think I've lost control!

The latest newsletter from the says it all. It's been a week of recovery. The only thing I did to help was to cut up an obstructive tree. I'll do more when it cools off--either this week or in the winter!

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 27, 2016 at 5:54am

A persimmon happy dance.  A vision of joy.


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