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: 180
Latest Activity: 12 hours ago

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

Discussion Forum

Old and Green. Gardening with an older body.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo 12 hours ago. 33 Replies

An Herb Garden for Chickens

Started by Joan Denoo on Friday. 0 Replies

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

Growing Tomatoes in Martian Soil

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 7. 6 Replies

Bring On The Soldier Flies!

Started by Joan Denoo Jun 5. 0 Replies

Urban Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 3. 1 Reply

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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 8, 2015 at 10:31am

Chris, I posted my response in Discussions. 

Comment by Plinius on July 8, 2015 at 8:44am

Ramadan-rabbits, Randall? What a fantastic place you have!

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 8, 2015 at 8:39am

Chris, you are so right! What little I planted I had no clue as to when to harvest - pretty much by sight. Except you can't see carrots until you pull them, and I pulled too soon. Luckily the bunnies liked them anyway.  went by the growing time on the seed packet.

Randall, I enjoy everybody's pictures! My gosh, your garden is HUGE! I planted 8 sweet potato plants, lol.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 8, 2015 at 8:11am

I just downloaded some garden photos to share (not that anybody really cares). The first was taken two months ago, just starting. The cans were used to cover up fledgling (sp?) sweet potato starts (at night, so rabbits won't eat them). Notice my rows are weird--triangular pattern for a change this year.

The second photo is looking in the opposite direction (cans gone). Oops, the photos came up reversed.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 8, 2015 at 7:44am

I've discovered sweet potato plants have a mind of their own! Some hills look pathetic, with hardly any progress, while others are spreading like crazy. But 25 out of 30 hills are looking good, so that should supply me with enough potatoes to last a year. That is, if the voles don't get to them first. I have to be vigilant.

Comment by Plinius on July 8, 2015 at 1:30am

This year I have changed my roof garden to half and half flowers and veg, but I found out that there's always info about sowing but far less about harvesting. I sowed turnips, and they grew and flowered like weeds, but where are the turnips? Should I cut out the flowers? I have no idea. I forgot the radishes, when I found them back - lots of flowers but the radishes were 0.5 cm wide. Carrots seem to grow into a success, but I don't know when to harvest. So far I harvested quite a lot of lettuce, herbs and nasturturium flowers for a good salad. And there's more to come!

Comment by k.h. ky on July 7, 2015 at 9:38pm

I'm definitely going to remove the plastic. I don't know what I was thinking. Yes I remember, weeds! I'll still have to rebuild. Better now than later.

I have huge sweetpotato vines growing out of one of the compost heaps. They must like it really wet. I'm trying to leave it undisturbed. I'd like to find out if it produces.  I disturbed a volunteer potato plant and found gravel size new potatoes in the bed. The yellow ones that I like. Lol

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2015 at 3:26pm

Oh, yes Joan.  I've never seen Sweet Potato leaves before.  They are beautiful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2015 at 3:09pm

Spud, what a great buy! All the parts of the cold frame are there and you don't have to go after the different elements. Having a heating system gives you great advantage when planting seeds or dividing plants. Most tend to like warmth. 

I love sweet potatoes, both as a plant and as edible product. I especially like them roasted but the heat says "don't heat the oven today".


Comment by Joan Denoo on July 7, 2015 at 2:24pm

Kathy, good for you! What a great job you do in creating it! I agree with Barbara, layers of cardboard or piles of newspaper would be a good bottom layer. Black plastic will hold water, especially if you have wet weather. When the water level rises to the top of the plastic, the water will flow over and into the soil. You may have some problems with it holding too much water for the health of the plants. The good consequence could be the logs that are under water will act like a sponge and soak up water and store it. 

You can build the hugelkulture as high as you want ... even 6 or 8 feet tall. 

"Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Hugelkultur, pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound."


Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Hugelkultur, pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, means hill culture or hill mound.


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