Godless in the garden

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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

The Broadfork Chicken MIRACLE

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Oct 8. 4 Replies

What Killed My Chicken - How To Know

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim Sep 28. 2 Replies

Polluting Yourself with Leaf Blowers

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Daniel Wachenheim Sep 22. 6 Replies

Willow tree

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 15. 12 Replies

Front yard gardening. Edible Estates.

Started by Daniel Wachenheim. Last reply by k.h. ky Sep 15. 14 Replies

Archer Strawberry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 15. 2 Replies

Deer Fence Installed! But Where's the Mulch?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Sep 6. 1 Reply

My Farm Failures - Revealed Justin Rhodes

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

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Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on December 3, 2015 at 9:32pm

Joan, how is the greenhouose going?  Do you have a heat source or heat storage  via thermal mass?  Or the soil does that?  What veggies are producing now?

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on December 3, 2015 at 12:17pm

Chris, me too.

I don't know that the next generation cares.  At least in the USA, the young vote in very low numbers.  They don't seem to care about the fact that regressive forces and corporate opportunists are taking away their future.

Oh, better get back to gardening thoughts.  I'm getting too negative.

Going through seed catalogs already for next year.  Damn internet, it's all available now!  I shouldn't be buying seeds so soon!

Comment by Plinius on December 3, 2015 at 12:25am

And we'll see more arable land become unusable. I wonder how the next generation will cope.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on December 2, 2015 at 10:43pm
Ruth, I have no doubt of that. Soon we may need to develop a taste for cactus fruits and seaweed-derived bacon.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 2, 2015 at 10:17pm
In the last 40 years, roughly one third of the world’s arable land has been lost to pollution or soil erosion,...

Global soil loss increases threat to food production

I'm thinking that the increased heavy downpours from climate change might increase the rate of soil loss.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 29, 2015 at 11:05am
Chris, the berry are very delicious, but painful to harvest. The thorny brambles grow past the berries, so it's a challenge to pick them. Sometimes they draw blood. I love the flavor.

Randy, even more irony, if I can get rid of these, I may plant compact growing, maybe less thorny ones for eating.

That's a big effort for the persimmins. I bet they were delicious. Persimmons are my favorite fruit of the moment. Genus name Diospyros, fruit for the god.
Comment by Randall Smith on November 29, 2015 at 7:57am

Wow, Daniel. Here you are, ridding your property of blackberry thickets, and I'm trying to cultivate one in my pine trees! Around here, farmers spray fence rows (what few remain), and I have a difficult time finding patches. Admittedly, they are a thorny bramble, not exactly desirable for anything but the actual berries.

I spent nearly 4 hours "pulping" persimmons the other day. Got about 3 pints. It's very hard work which makes me wonder if it's worth the effort. However, my pecan/persimmon pie was delicious!

Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2015 at 12:39am

That's quite a struggle, Daniel, but you'll never be without blackberry conserve!

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 28, 2015 at 5:54pm

Here is a before and after of my blackberry bramble and thicket clearing garden project.  The thicket is on the edge of my property, and occupies roughly 1/4 acre.  One the other side is more woods, then a ravine, then on the other side there are houses again.  I think - fairly sure - the state wetland laws prevent development of the ravine area, so it should stay wild in perpetuity.  Blackberries are nonnative and considered a noxious weed.  The thickets are at least twice my height, more like 3 times my height in some places.

Most of the work is just cutting sections of blackberry bramble, pull them out, cut more, pull them out. Some are thicker than my thumb, and covered with thorns. They fight back. Blackberries are the kudzu of the Pacific Northwest, a state-designated noxious and invasive weed. Our county week commissioner stopped by last summer, but there's not much he can say, with much of the area covered in blackberries, including state lands. Here is an after photo of one section. This took a month, a little at a time. At this rate, I should get most of it cleared by Spring, maybe. One area that I cleared last year is completely covered again, having grown during the summer drought when I was not up to mowing. Plus, the ground was to rough for the mower.  Here is the after. I am only cutting the hawthorne trees that have fallen over or are near dead. I think this is a nice peaceful garden / woods. It's nice being outside working in it, and hearing the water trickle in the creek, the birds sing, and watching the occasional bluejay in the branches.  I only do what I can, there is no hurry.  The mounds are chopped-up blackberry brambles.  They will go into a compost pile to decompose for a year or so.I might check tomorrow to see if the ground is soft enough for some bulb planting.  If it is, I can plant some daffodils.   If not, then no big deal.  I would like for the fallen leaves to prevent return of blackberries, but they have already proven me wrong.  Maybe so me grass under the trees for occasional mowing.

Comment by Daniel Wachenheim on November 25, 2015 at 8:55am
Randy, I think I was liking the idea of persimmons more than actual experience. The unripe Asian ones leave something to be desired. But ripe ones - holy moly they are good. I read American ones have a better, more complex flavor, just smaller. Some things we just have to grow ourselves, and persimmons are included in that.

I think of persimmons as the ultimate American fruit - native, one of the largest pre -European fruits, evolved on the North American continent. I hope to taste some from my own trees in 2016. :-)

Bertold, were those in the Midwest? probably American persimmons too. If we are fortunate, maybe in 5 years I can supply you with some local grown. :-)

I think the main challenges getting more people to grow them are - horticultural literacy, most people just dont know; difficult to transplant, so you have to start with a really tiny tree, and then it might be 4 or 5 years to get fruit, And most American persimmons require both a male and female trees, although there are exceptions.

A few years ago I was at Shorty's nursery in Vancouver, they had some nice 5foot tall persimmon trees. I asked the sales person if it was male or female, he said they dont come separately. I also asked if it was American or Asian, he didnt know, and I asked for the variety, he said persimmons dont have varieties. None of those responses are true, he was just making it up, and i didnt buy one,

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