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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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

My Farm Failures - Revealed Justin Rhodes

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

An Herb Garden for Chickens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 1. 1 Reply

Permaculture Chickens Justin Rhodes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 30. 1 Reply

Using Chickens in a Food Forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 17. 15 Replies

Crisis garden annuals

Started by Larry Martin. Last reply by Larry Martin Jul 11. 4 Replies

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Comment by Randall Smith on August 13, 2016 at 8:26am

This has nothing to do with gardening, but..... The other day, I "lost" my spatula. I had scooped out the last of a peanut butter jar, set the spatual on the counter, went to bed, and in the morning, it was gone! I finally found it behind my convection oven, 8 feet away, all chewed up. I suspected a mouse, and sure enough, I caught him (or her) in my metal "cage" trap. (Dog Dot had a fun time playing with the mouse after I released it in the yard.) At least it wasn't a chipmunk or rat--just a supermouse!

As for my sweet corn, I really haven't had any major 'coon issues, mostly because I don't have much corn. It failed to germinate well. It's just enough to eat daily. Besides, I have all the corn I want from my farmer kids. I did freeze up a batch of my own yesterday--cobs and all. Takes up a lot of freezer space, so I'll eat it soon.

My freezer is almost full, and I have much more to add--peaches, pear sauce, slaw and sauerkraut, and more red raspberries. I also did 4 quarts of tomatoes yest.

Comment by Daniel W on August 13, 2016 at 1:15am
Spud, I hear they are also good breaded and fried, but bbq is less fattening.
Comment by Plinius on August 12, 2016 at 11:26pm

There's one thing about cats, they don't poop in their own garden, they consider that as unmannered. Very embarassing if you have cats and you see them returning from the neighbours garden with their halos switched on.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2016 at 4:22pm

Daniel, are you hinting that I should throw some of those rabbits in my neighborhood on the barbie?

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2016 at 4:20pm

Daniel, I've never had bbq rabbit, but I'm sure I would like it because I like fried rabbit.

I planted catnip one year because I heard it deterred ants.  Cats destroyed it immediately.  I didn't mind that much.  I like cats, but not their poop in my garden.

Comment by Daniel W on August 12, 2016 at 2:07pm
Spud, do you like bbq rabbit?
Randy, I read if you duct tape the corn ear to the stalk, the racoons cant pull it down to eat it. I dont know if that works. I imagine the tape cant be too tight or the kernels cant expand,
I have cats too. I wouldnt want them pooping and peeing in my soil either. They probably do. But, with all of the damage voles, mice, and moles do in my yard, I welcome predators. I planted catnip for them, but they completely destroyed it. I have more growing, honeybees love the fliwers for nectar foraging too. I sometimes cut off more catnip and leave it lying around, to keep the cats interested.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2016 at 12:47pm

I've heard you talk about raccoons in your corn before Randy.  I'm sure those smart critters are hard to keep out.

Here, it's squirrels and cats that are hard to keep out. Neighbors here let their cats roam outside all the time, and they love to defecate in my soft garden soil.  It would take a very high non-climbable fence to keep the cats out, and to keep out the squirrels would take a fence with very small openings that went completely over the top of my property.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 12, 2016 at 10:05am

Funny story, Spud. I don't worry about rabbits this late in the year. It's the raccoons in my sweet corn!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2016 at 8:42am

It may be a good thing I've got a fence completely around my property.  Meant to keep-out dogs and children, It may now be useful to keep munchers from my garden.

4 days ago, before the sun was up, when I started my mile walk, I saw something black crouched down in the alley by my house.  I approached, and saw it had rabbit ears.  Coming closer, I saw it was domesticated.  It wasn't scared by my approach.

Part way through my walk, I saw two more domesticated rabbits.  Coming back the same way, I saw them again, this time, they were being chased by a woman.  She was unsuccessful in catching them.  There was a man with her, and by the way they acted, it looked like the rabbits had escaped from their place.

When I reached my house, the black rabbit was eating my neighbor's lawn, or something on the lawn.  It finally hopped down the alley.

This morning, it was back, munching on my neighbor's lawn again.

In the 30 years I've lived here, I've never seen a rabbit before.

Comment by Daniel W on August 10, 2016 at 3:53pm
My thornlessblackberrys are tasty treays for rabbirs and deer. If I dont put cages around them,they get eaten to the ground.

Today - more sweet corn, some red bell peppers, some hot peppers, the first of the beefsteak tomatoes. Tomatoes are not as productive this year.

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