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
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Latest Activity: 19 hours ago

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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 Daniel W on January 21, 2015 at 9:49pm

Just an article I found interesting.  "Anachronistic Fruits and The Ghosts who Haunt Them"

Some fruits evolved to attract megafauna that have been extinct for centuries.  The fruits persist, gradually fading away as their partner in reproduction and dispersal is gone.  In North America, plants that evolved with megafauna include persimmons, pawpaw, honey locust, and osage orange.  Avocados, from the Americas, have been planted for agriculture in Africa, and are now dispersed by elephants - they got a megafauna partner once again. Osage oranges may have found a new megafauna partner in wild horses. 

For most, the main megafauna partner now is Homo sapiens.  It's interesting to think about these plants when we think about what is native to an area.  It's possible that the native is without it's main source for survival and is, very slowly, petering out to extinction.

Comment by Daniel W on January 21, 2015 at 9:34pm

Joan, it's your birthday?  I hope it was wonderful!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 21, 2015 at 5:15pm


Comment by k.h. ky on January 21, 2015 at 2:47pm
I like the moon photos Joan. Illusion and all. It reminds me of when I was a child and we would play hide and seek by moonlight. My gmother, and her new family, lived beside the largest cemetery in this county. Acres of paved lanes and massive old headstones. Even a few above ground crypts fenced in with the old three feet high black wrought iron. There would be almost a dozen of us out there. I don't ever remember being afraid. I still love old cemeteries.
Comment by Idaho Spud on January 21, 2015 at 2:35pm

Playing with the moon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2015 at 2:28pm

As to the onion, obviously a perspective illusion. Fun! Are they not?!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 21, 2015 at 2:17pm

Keeping Mosquitoes out of your Rain Barrels

Isn't it amazing how many articles pop up after posting one piece? It is almost as though there were a traffic cop on the internet directing traffic toward a comment posted. Oh! there is!

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on January 21, 2015 at 12:02pm

Last few days have been extreme VFR weather and 65F... but today it's back to winter. Bah!

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 21, 2015 at 10:06am

All the new tubers were showing at the top of the compost, or just below the top.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 21, 2015 at 10:04am

Yes Kathy, that dark tuber is the one I got from the grocery store.  My memory isn't clear, but it seems like it was smaller than that when I planted it.  I soaked it in water for a day or two to see if I could get rid of any anti-sprouting chemical on it.

I planted it about 9 inches deep in the compost, which I found-out is too deep.  It looks like they should be planted with the top just showing above the compost.

It took one month for the first two sprouts to show.  They grew at  2.2 inches per day and reached a height of 33 inches.  Three more sprouts showed a month later,  And three more at about one per month.

I cut the still green plants off yesterday, at 5 months, and dug-out the tubers in the picture.


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