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
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Latest Activity: yesterday

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

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2015 at 7:41am

Enjoyable reading all your reports. Rabbits chewed down all my blackberry canes over the winter. 

I rolled my yard this past week, mostly to mash down all the mole runs and hills. Of course, they reactivated them right away. I finally bought and am using a trap. Moles are now in my garden, and that ain't good.

Comment by Plinius on April 5, 2015 at 1:28am

How good to read all your plans and projects! Yesterday I salvaged three plants from an outlet that was about to close, and they looked quite good when I unpacked them. Two blackcurrants and a tayberry - a hybrid between raspberry and bramble. Very small but they cost almost nothing, and it's exciting to see what such a find can do!

Comment by Daniel W on April 4, 2015 at 7:02pm
We'll see how this added keyboard does. My fingers are to big for the I-pad keypad, and it's been frustrating. Ning had an old add-on that has actual keys. So far, so good.

Barbara your yard is beautiful.

Joan, have a great time! Sounds like a lot of fun.

I just got back in after clearing out some blackberry brambles. It's like kudzu but with thorns. Plus took the little artist's paintbrush around pollenating pears, apples, cherries. Then saw some honeybees working the sour cherry flowers - they are doing their job. :-)
Comment by Barbara Livingston on April 4, 2015 at 6:42pm

Joan, the treasure hunt in the forest sounds like fun.  Such a fun family get together. 

Put a coolarama shade around my bunnies today. I'm hoping the heat/uv reducing cover along with bottles of frozen water will help them stay cool when higher temps arrive. Gdaughter of my neighbor is going to take my old hutch and use for chickens! Recycling at its best. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on April 4, 2015 at 6:34pm

Daniel, I read your post quickly and went "oohhhh no!'  Then re-read and realized I'm not expert so I can let those little babies grow.  :)

The tree is right at 4', having grown a foot since January.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 4, 2015 at 3:57pm

Daniel, it looks like your "a" returned to function unless you used a different computer today. I kind of enjoyed deciphering your messages! 

Barbara, I join in a celebration of your nectarines! Very nice rewards for giving tender loving care to your patch of Earth. May the first taste begin years of pleasure. 

Patricia, those last bits of freeze and thaw taking place now offer a peek into the coming year. Hopefully, there will be no surprises with weather patterns. 

I'm at Laura's place, sun shines brightly, after a night of frost. The moon was beautifully round as we drove here yesterday. She lives 50.1 miles north of my home in Spokane at a higher elevation. 

The kids spend Saturday doing chores, working on projects and taking part in sports activities. It is like a beehive with bees coming and going constantly. Tomorrow, we will have a big treasure hunt in the forest. She arranges it so the little ones have a hunting zone near the house while the older ones hunt throughout the 17 acres. 

I'm sorry if I am repeating myself. I forgot to whom I described our plans. 

Comment by Daniel W on April 4, 2015 at 2:57pm
Barbara, I love it when I get a taste the first year. Some fruits take a few years. The experts say not to let them fruit for a couple of years, to get the trees establish and put all of their energy into growing bigger. I think life is too short for that, so if mine want to make fruit, I let them. Just enough for a taste.

I do have an apple that I grafted last year, it is one foot tall and has a bloom on top. I won't let that one bear fruit. Too small.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 4, 2015 at 2:36pm

I would be doing the happy dance also.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on April 4, 2015 at 2:25pm

Omy Gosh!  Yes!, yes, yes, .... I have little bitty nectarines growing on my tree!  My very first fruit tree blossomed and I actually have little fruit. Such a wonderful first!  If same happens with plum, figs and goji I shall be doing a huge happy dance!  Gardening is addictive and wonderful!  I actually ran from garden to my computer to tell y'all.  LOL silly ole woman.  

Comment by Daniel W on April 4, 2015 at 9:36am
Thank you all for your sincere concern and thoughts. It means more to me than you know. I'm fairly much nonsocial except here. I have been participating in a fruit growing forum, and may get into the local home orchard society, on retirement. That will be an outlet for horticultural tendencies.

I will tell ning how to get an account and log on, if I become unable to. You are certainly right, I worry about people who I have come to care about on here, when there is no activity for a while. Some very active members vanished into thin air. and I never found out why. One member was killed in India, a couple of years ago, and I have been unable to learn more about what happened.

Anyway, I appreciate your concerns and thought more than you can know.

Back to the horticultural pursuits - it's saturday. Time to plant the seeds that were soaking. Then check on some grafts, probably not growing yet and feeling like the watched pot that never boils, but also a fun thing to watch.

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