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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Members: 176
Latest Activity: on Friday

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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 Joan Denoo on June 21, 2015 at 1:02pm

Randy, I am very interested in your opinion of Gardens Alive. They are pricey, and I use a lot of their plant foods, even though I mix a lot of my own from formula recipes I get from an ancient Rodale book of formulas. I feel I have better control over what goes into my soil. At least, I know what goes in. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 21, 2015 at 10:41am

I'm really enjoying reading everyone's posts.  It makes me feel like I am walking around in your yards and gardens.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 21, 2015 at 8:27am

Randall, at least I know I'm not alone in dealing with hot, humid, and wet. Perfect growing conditions for my grass. At some point it should stop raining and things will dry out - then I can get out my scythe and start mowing.  In the meantime, I have lots of green tomatoes that refuse to ripen. 

Joan, so far, I have used nothing for insects. I guess I've been lucky, or maybe not wearing my glasses when I go out to the garden helps. :)  I think it is simply too wet for both the good and bad insects. I did notice some aphids on the milkweed plant this morning. Other than that no insect activity. Just plants growing, growing, growing - except for those that simply gave up and drowned. 

Chris, I haven't read The Secret Garden in years. I do however, have the mental images from reading it as a young girl and I think it is that memory that has inspired me to create my current space. I've become obsessed of late with Adult coloring books and there is one called "The Secret Garden" which I'm going to order. 

Daniel, all I can say is when your "Walking Around" arrived in my mailbox this morning I simply sighed. Such a pleasant sight ... maybe in a few years my space will come close. Thanks for providing such good information and visual feasts.  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 21, 2015 at 8:08am

Spud, I thought the lemon cucumbers would have a lemon flavor. Actually it is just the shape and color. Mine have more seeds than actual cucumber, so given a choice, I'll plant regular ones next year. And I find most cucumbers don't have much flavor either - old taste buds I guess. I just feel good about eating something good for me. :)

Comment by Randall Smith on June 21, 2015 at 6:57am

Joan, Gardens Alive is based in Indiana. I'd like to visit it sometime. As for my climate zone, it's 5 (50 miles NW of Indianapolis).

More rain overnight, this time with wind. Blew down some willow tree limbs (soft wood) which will take my chain saw to clean up. Worse than that, my sweet corn has been flattened. Happens EVERY year, I swear (and literally so). Cleaning up the yard and propping up the corn stalks is not my idea of spending a nice quiet Fathers Day.

Comment by Plinius on June 21, 2015 at 12:49am

Nice! The Secret Garden! It was my mother-in-law's favorite book. Would have been nice if she hadn't mixed it with half-baked xtian science ideas...

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 2:19pm

Vegetable Pest Control from Gardens Alive 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 2:16pm

Barbara, I do too know what I would use on corn crops, Pyola® Insect Spray from Gardens Alive. 

I started using Gardens Alive products before my kids graduated from high school. After they all moved out I changed my vegetable garden into an ornamental one. I will be returning to that product.  

Pyola® Insect Spray

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 2:09pm

Barbara, the years I lived in Texas, all each location, I planted sweet corn. It did very well, except for those damned insects and fungi! I used pounds of Sevin in order to get a decent yield. 

Well, now I know that Sevin is not a safe chemical. Every gardener had sacks and containers full of the stuff in their sheds.. 

Sevin Dust is NOT Your Garden Friend!

I don't know what I would use now. I haven't grown corn in at least 20 years. If you find out, let me know because I will be growing vegetables again when I move to Newport. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 20, 2015 at 1:42pm

I've planted peas, squash, and melons in containers, then into the garden when they get a few inches tall.  They seem to grow OK.


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