Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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Welcome to Eden!

If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

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Comment by Daniel W on March 19, 2017 at 9:37pm

Joan, thanks for the interesting article.  I can confirm and support how much better I feel after digging in my garden too.  Something we all need as much of as we can get :-)

I haven't been posting as much lately or following as much on other Nexus sections - too much politics for me.  It gets me down and I can't do anything about it.  But gardening, that I can do.

Today was the home orchard society's scion exchange.  The tables had buckets with each variety of scion - there were hundreds of apple varieties, and many other fruits too.  I brought persimmon scions and one type of plum, to share.  Went home with some new apple varieties - Fameuse apple, from Quebec but probably developed in France in the 18th century, also Firecracker crab apple, which has a red interior, and also some new plum varieties, an Asian pear called "Chojuro" which has a butterscotch flavor, and a quince to add to my small quince tree.  Not that I "need" any of those.  I grafted them all onto existing trees, something to putter with and look forward to tasting in 2 years or so.  I had left over scion that I grafted onto some scrubby hawthorn trees at the edge of my property - hawthorn is a cousin to pears and quince so the grafts might take or grow.  I still have the plums to graft, tomorrow if weather holds out.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 19, 2017 at 11:43am

Wikipedia seems to confirm that depression may be reduced by that soil bacteria.  Sounds good.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 18, 2017 at 2:46pm


I have always wondered why I loved playing in the dirt....thanks for the article....

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2017 at 2:33pm

Scientific Studies Reveal How Soil Can Help Depression Read More: h...

It surely felt good to be in the greenhouse again. The soil is still too cold to plant seeds, but I did clean up the beds and prepared for planting. The soil is nicely moist.

There is a problem of mold that I will tackle in the next day or two. We are having an icy-cold rain storm now that beats against the roof the house. I'm staying inside with Dominic. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2017 at 12:13pm

One Misty Moisty Morning  Lyrics

One misty moisty morning when cloudy was the weather
I met with an old man a-clothed all in leather
He was clothed all in leather with a cap beneath his chin
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

This rustic was a thresher as on his way he hied
And with a leather bottle fast buckled by his side
He wore no shirt upon his back but wool unto his skin
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

I went a little further and there I met a maid
A-going a-milking, a-milking Sir she said
Then I began to compliment and she began to sing
Saying how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

This maid her name was Dolly clothed in a gown of grey
I being somewhat jolly persuaded her to stay
And straight I fell a-courting her in hopes her love to win
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

I having time and leisure, I spent a vacant hour
A-telling of my treasure while sitting in the bower
With many kind embraces I stroke her double chin
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

I said that I would married be and she would be my bride
And long we should not tarry and twenty things beside
I'll plough and sow and reap and mow and you shall sit and spin
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

Her parents then consented, all parties were agreed
Her portion thirty shillings, we married were with speed
Then Will the piper he did play whilst others dance and sing
Saying how do you do and how do you do and how do you do again

Then lusty Ralph and Robin with many damsels gay
Did ride on Roan and Dobbin to celebrate the day
And when they met together their caps they off did fling
Singing how do you do and how do you do and how do you do
And how do you do again

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2017 at 12:09pm

@Daniel, it has been four years since we had the awful diagnosis of cancer. We continue to go strong, if a little slower, and we enjoy life!

A Misty, Moisty Morning continues to be one of my favorite nursery rhymes, all these years later. 

Comment by Daniel W on March 18, 2017 at 9:55am

Joan, the birds will love your attention!  Here the hummingbirds are a frequent delight.  I have their feeder outside the kitchen window.  This time of year it's the Anna's hummingbird.  Later there should be some Rufous himmingbird.

Not April yet, but it's been nonstop rain.  The atmospheric river has been blessing us with water stolen from the tropics.  So a poem for April is appropriate for today as it rains again-

April Rain Song

by Langston Hughes

Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night—
And I love the rain.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2017 at 7:22pm

Cheerios are out of seeds for me too. It urns out seeds4free are marijuana seeds and I don't smoke. My daughter, son-in-law, two granddaughters and their partners were smokers until Cary died. They have all successfully quit smoking. 

We had bitterly cold weather and winds, and then the big thaw came. Most of the snow is gone in the lawn areas. We still have piles from the plowing the family did during the big snowfalls. All that snow has turned to ice, so the thaw will have to take it out. My growing boxes came out from under their white snow blankets as did the drain field for the septic system. 

The great-grandkids have agreed to help me fill the bird feeders. I will put out a humming bird feeder when it gets a bit warmer. 

The greenhouse is very warm during the days, but the low temps at night still fall very close to the freezing temp. I have seeds started and have the laundry room full of seed starting trays.

Comment by Thomas Murray on March 17, 2017 at 6:51pm

....since Cheerios are outta free seeds... I found the next best thing....


Comment by Thomas Murray on March 17, 2017 at 6:46pm

.....all outta wildflowers seeds?......thats too bad...


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