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!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 179
Latest Activity: Jan 8

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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 Don on June 17, 2016 at 8:52am

Our cherry tree (below) in northern Vermont isn't bothered at all by birds.  The rose chafers do some damage to the leaves, but I pick them off as much as I can, and the fruit seem unaffected.  Cedar waxwings, flickers, and others, even now, are feasting on the wild strawberries, but they do not go after the pie cherries.  Maybe it's the variety?  The birds leave our blueberries alone, too.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 17, 2016 at 8:24am

Thanks Randall. 

Talking about cherries,I finally removed all my cherry trees for several reasons.  I found a way to stop the birds from eating 100%, but it became too much work. Then, once the fruit flies found them, nothing I did would stop them, although I never tried spraying poison.

The trees also started dying.  Something in my soil here is not good for a number of plants.

Before the pie cherry tree died, I seem to remember it was not attractive to fruit flies or birds.  If I ever get some land, I'll try a pie cherry again.  Maybe even sweet cherries.  I've had the thought that laying down garden fabric under those trees would interrupt the fruit fly life cycle.  It probably would not allow them to get into the ground, or come back out of the ground.

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on June 16, 2016 at 8:02pm

Fantastic Daniel!! 

Got my first green beans today also. I didn't think about photographing until after I'd eaten them all. They were so SWEET. The crap in the stores even the high priced produce are never so good as stuff straight from the vine to mouth.

The earliest harvests never make it home I always tend to eat them while I'm tending.

I look forward to having chickens again, maybe next year. Those eggs look delightful.

Comment by Daniel W on June 16, 2016 at 10:20am

Don, impressive list!  And cherry pie is awesome.  My Montmorency cherries are ripening, but I don't know if there will be a pie.  Not enough cherries and the birds will get theirs.

Here is our harvest this week.  Every little bit counts.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 13, 2016 at 6:25am

Yummy looking, but I'm still not convinced!

Comment by Don on June 12, 2016 at 8:56am

Randall, I love cherry pie--even more than rhubarb.  When I planted my Evans bali tree a few years back, I was concerned about the birds, but as it happens they never bother the fruit.  And I would rather pit cherries for a pie than peel apples!  Here is last year's:

Comment by Randall Smith on June 12, 2016 at 8:24am

Don, pretty impressive list. I have a similar list, but no cherries. No more pitting, worms, or robins to contend with.

Spud, it's always good to hear from you!

Comment by Don on June 11, 2016 at 11:18am

Daniel, I have tomatoes (Jet Stars and Little Mama plums) hardneck garlic, onions, leeks, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, red cabbages, carrots, beets, arugula, radishes, chard, Kennebec spuds, various leaf lettuces, de Farci green beans, cantaloupes, butternut squash, zucchinis, asparagus, dill, basil, parsley, and rhubarb, blueberries, black currants, and cherries. And gladioli.

Here is the garden just five weeks ago, on April 29.  The garlic is up and the new lettuces are blanketed in snow


Comment by Daniel W on June 11, 2016 at 10:42am

Don, what do you have planted?

Comment by Don on June 11, 2016 at 10:34am

Yes, June in Vermont is such a glorious season, lush and vigorous.  It's wonderful, after a long winter, to see everything in leaf and flower again. 


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