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

Feeling like a fish back in water.

Started by amer chohan. Last reply by Daniel W 16 hours ago. 3 Replies

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Aug 18. 11 Replies

Soil: regenerative land management

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 10. 11 Replies

Compact Bed Geometry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 29. 0 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 21. 3 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Jul 18. 1 Reply

To cure your garlic

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Jul 16. 1 Reply

Harvesting vegetables

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 9. 4 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:38pm

Kathy, the way I propagate berries is the old fashioned, easy way. I am not recommending it, I am just saying how I do it. 

I find a root that I want to propagate, dig it out with a hand trowel or a shovel. I don't even take any pains or effort to do a neat job. A snip with clean by-pass pruning shears, I put the cutting into a bucket of water and put the cutting into a pre-dug hole where I want the new growth. I pour the bucket of water in the hole as I replace the soil, making sure there are no air bubbles. I keep the soil moist but not wet until I begin to see new grow and then start training the cane up a pole or fence.  

I used this technique when I went to the old farms and garden sites of both my grandmothers, 50 or more years after they left their places.

Another way is to call or visit your land grant college extension agent and request literature for growing berries in your area.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:24pm

Daniel, I thought the same thing. I imagined all the different ways to get the nutrient-rich-water to the plants and boxes without having to lift anything. Maybe a raised platform for the swimming tank to sit upon and a spigot at the bottom. That way, the water would have gravity to pull the water out of the reservoir, and a hose attached to the valve could be moved to wherever you wanted it to drain. 

Another way would be to relocate the pond to different places in the garden and then siphon the water out. I think he said he changed the water every other day. 

That would be a lot of water carrying in a lifetime. I can't do that kind of lifting anymore. My skeleton isn't powerful enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:12pm

Kathy, if my daffodils were breaking dormancy now, that would mean my roses and magnolia are not far behind and we will surely have another hard freeze before winter is over. The good news is, I would have more room for vegetables. However, I do love my roses and magnolia. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:09pm

Randy, you vegetable soup sounds so good. I don't have them out of the garden this year, so I went to the greengrocer after reading your post and selected the ingredients for a late-winter soup. My mouth waters. A nice loaf of bread and we are set for supper! 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 19, 2015 at 9:55pm
They can be transplanted after the root system develops. Or left where you started them.
Comment by k.h. ky on January 19, 2015 at 9:53pm
Many of my plants get started that way.
Comment by k.h. ky on January 19, 2015 at 9:53pm
We, locally, break a small branch of the bush, (but don't snap it in half) pull the broken branch down to the ground and weight it with a rock. It starts new bushes. Coming straight from, and still attached to, the main plant. I know it's called something else. It works with most bush plants
Comment by Daniel W on January 19, 2015 at 7:40pm

He needs a drain spigot hooked up to a hose, or a siphon. 

Those ducks are so funny.  I can't help but smile.

With so much juicy nutrient in the water, I bet his grass grows well.

Kathy, what is twigging?

My daffodils are about 2 inches tall.  They will grow very slowly for the next few months, then all of a sudden, it's Spring. 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 19, 2015 at 6:26pm
I uncovered daffodils in the yard today. Under some leaves. We've had an unusual warm sunny three days. I'm so sorry excited!
There is hope of spring.

Blackberries :would this be a good time to twig a couple of vines or would it be better to wait? The vines are still nice and healthy. The leaves are still almost green. Suggestions??
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 18, 2015 at 1:09am


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