Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  


Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 179
Latest Activity: 6 hours ago

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

What Killed My Chicken - How To Know

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim yesterday. 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 Bertold Brautigan on March 7, 2016 at 10:34am

Yes, trillium and hosta, daffodils and bluebells sprouting all over.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on March 7, 2016 at 10:31am
Chris, thanks. It was a challenge. Now it's done!
Randy, glad you are back. I hope Florida was great!

The favas are germinating, we are eating over wintered scallions, and many Spring flowers are blooming. I hope everyone here is seeing signs of spring everywhere!
Comment by Plinius on March 7, 2016 at 10:07am

It shows that you had to push on to finish your last days in the job - that causes the depression. Take good care of yourself and enjoy what you have!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 7, 2016 at 8:01am

Wow, it's official! You have joined the ranks of the "unemployed", Daniel! I'm sure it was--and is--emotional. It'll take awhile to get used to the changes in your life. Now don't go and overwork in your garden and yard. Enjoy a relaxing cup of tea in your sunroom at least once a day!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on March 5, 2016 at 11:08am

Here is an older topic from our forum here,gardening with an older body.  I like going back to see what I have forgotten.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on March 5, 2016 at 10:34am

Thanks all for the well-wishes!

I was pretty emotional yesterday.  It was interesting, I so dreaded going in to work because of the pace and intensity and demands and requirements, and being off made it all the harder to go back even for one day.  Then, I got there, they had a pot luck for me, and person after person came by to express their feeling, and of course I also expressed gratitude and thanks to many.  It was very emotional.

I'm kind of depressed today.  It's done.  Can't turn back the clock.  Move on.

Here are my newest raised beds.  I've been "mining" the old yard for building materials.  This week, the lower wooden raised beds have a soil temp of 62F, the soil at ground level was 60F, and the soil in the concrete block raised beds was 65F.  I think the main difference is the concrete block raised beds are taller, so more sun exposure, and have the air spaces in the blocks which modulates the temperature.  The concrete may absorb heat better than the wood, as well.

The cap stones are salvaged from a patio in the old yard. They are cobblestone pavers. I capped to hold in warmth in the hollow spaces of the cement blocks. They add just a little height, are a good height to sit on - much less leaning over, much easier on the back, I planted seeds and it's easier to see close-up compared to gardning at ground level. I feel bad about Don giving up in the garden due to similar issues, and feel that options such as this type of raised bed, once constructed, could help.
Comment by Plinius on March 5, 2016 at 12:02am

Congrats, Daniel, I'm so glad you made it to retirement!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 4, 2016 at 2:25pm

Yes, Daniel - congrats and welcome to life after life!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2016 at 12:18pm


Comment by Joan Denoo on March 4, 2016 at 12:17pm

Daniel, I have never grafted;  you inspire me to give it a try. Experimenting is one of my great pleasures. We had a snifter of snow and hail yesterday afternoon and terrible storms. Laura drove me to Spokane for a routine CT scan and in the 40+ miles, we went in and out of the extremely heavy rain and hail storms. Ended up with blue skies when we walked into Cancer Care Northwest. 


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