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

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2015 at 3:39pm

Spud, my experience with squash seed from the previous year depends on the species. If it is a heirloom, it probably will come back to be like the parents. If it is hybrid, one never knows. Just try it and pay attention to the quality of the eating. Keep track. If it tastes good, grow it again, if not, you can grow it and use it for groundcover if you have uncovered ground. Nature hates ground without plants growing in it and the soil will take any seed it can grab. It is a good way to get a thistle started in your garden.  

I can't wait to read your reports from your garden. Spud's Garden!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 3, 2015 at 3:34pm

Daniel, I agree with you about the four-o-clocks. They are pretty. They also are prolific. I like the method of putting pots around the flowers when they go to seed. Just a saucer will do. Throw in a little soil in the spring and you can move them to wherever you want them. 

Grandma did lots of things with tin cans: cut the bottom out and place the can over transplants to prevent cut worms; cut the cut lids by bending them in half, back and forth until the can lid breaks in two, then use the half-can-lid to plug up mice holes as they appear inside her home;  of course there is always the extra grease that comes off the cooked meats. Living in farming country she fixed huge breakfasts, lunches and dinners. She had all the lard she needed for the most delicious pies in the world. 

Your loss of stamina and more discomfort concerns you, and rightfully so. Can you cut back at work? Work fewer days? Take an early retirement and not lose an amount of pension?

Meditative Puttering in the garden isn't work, it offers wonderful time for reflection. This is especially healthy when you can rest as you need. The heavy mulch helps weeds from starting and you have to deliberately put plants in; you have a good method to do that. 

I can read or understand everything you send. Just a little trial and error and the meaning comes out at once. 

This beautiful day, with some clouds dropping graupel or rain now and then, and frost at night, still. 

I am headed to Laura's this afternoon to spend the weekend. Michelle, my granddaughter always has a treasure hunt in the forest that surrounds their home. Her five kids love it almost as much as I do. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 3, 2015 at 11:12am

My memory is too short.  I seem to remember letting some volunteer squash grow to maturity, but don't remember the results.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 3, 2015 at 11:11am

Like Plinius, I also hope it's not long Daniel.

Comment by Plinius on April 3, 2015 at 9:16am

Daniel, how long till you can stop your primary career? I hope it's not long!

Comment by Daniel W on April 3, 2015 at 9:01am
Barbara, seeds are great! You can do do much and have so many choices. I never get over it.
Comment by Daniel W on April 3, 2015 at 8:59am
For some reason my device replaces a with s. Sorry for the typos.
Comment by Daniel W on April 3, 2015 at 8:58am
Joan, my mother's aunts grew tomatoes and geraniums in tin cans. Long tradition there. I forgot about that.

I have used plastic food containers quite a bit. But these days I dont get much food in those.

Randy, I have very littke stamina, snd osin snd discomfort are worse. But, I count the days to ending my primary career, and the one solace / comfort for me is gardening. Without puttering meditation, I would be much less happy. I do work on labor saving techniques - lots of mulch, prune judiciously, raised beds.

Randy you reminded me I have some peas to plant.

Spud have you ever let those volunteers grow and bear new squash?

Joan, I had saved the four oclock seeds from last year. I have so thoroughly mulched the beds where they were, I dont know if new ones will come up. I do have some containers that had them last year and those do have seedlings now. I like those flowers, very old-time, fragrant, do-it-yourself flowers.
Comment by Randall Smith on April 3, 2015 at 8:01am

As usual, Daniel, I'm impressed (and envious). You have quite an operation going. By the way, how's your health nowadays? Do you have the stamina to do all you do?

I  snuck in a row of sugar snap peas before the rains came yest. Hoping to get some lettuce, kale, and other greens in the ground before I leave for two weeks (Danube cruise).

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 3, 2015 at 6:18am

Volunteer squash are always sprouting in my compost.


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