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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2015 at 12:57am

This type of fence is what I used to let the rabbits into the yard, although ours was a little bigger. It was easy to move around the yard, however, a little tricky getting the rabbits in and out because there was no door. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2015 at 12:41am

Barbara, you are so ambitious! I love reading your posts, something new every time. I agree to not get a bigger acreage, at least not for me. I can barely take care of what I have. Your bunnies sound wonderfully encamped. Sorry to learn they eat their new home leaving you with replacement tasks. 

In 1966, My then husband was in Viet Nam serving with a mobile medical unit. I rented a house with a big yard in Spokane Valley and none of my children had reached the age of two yet. My folks got us three white rabbits for the kids (not the best idea in the world, but we loved those little critters.) Dad built a rabbit hutch that looked a little bit like this. We also bought a mobile fence that we could move around the yard and the rabbits mowed my lawn for me. I put a wheelbarrow under the hutch to catch their droppings and then put that in the compost. Taking care of those bunnies and playing with them made our year go very fast.  Nothing fancy at all. My parents got all females knowing I wouldn't have time to deal with babies. As they grew a little, we thought there had been a mistake and a male was included in one of the three. It just turned out that they were very sexy little bunnies. 

Comment by Daniel W on February 10, 2015 at 11:03pm

Bertold, very nice!  Spring is coming, spring is coming, spring is coming!

Barbara, your energy is inspiring! 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on February 10, 2015 at 10:52pm

Randy, no cellar here. Guess I'll just have to freeze or can.

Spud, we can get an awful lot out of a small space. Mine is small and yet I'm encouraged. I have fleeting thoughts of a larger property, and then quickly say no as I've too much of my labor and money invested here - and I want to see my trees grow up. :)

Bertold,  I too have things in bloom that will get zapped with frost - and our last frost date is a ways away.

Joan, I wonder where all the employees of Monsanto will work when pesticides are legislatively determined toxic and illegal. Fantasy on my part.

Bunnies are in the hutch, little Lionheads. Little pooping machines. We are all adjusting.  Huge mistake in buying fancy wood hutch online before investigating it thoroughly. Bunnies are munching away at it ... next year they will get new wire cage. Enthusiasm doesn't replace knowledge, ugh!

Planted goji bushes Can't wait to see what they taste like as I've read so much about them on internet.  Seeds from grocery store butternut squash germinated - I planted many since I didn't believe they would grow!  lol, have enough for entire neighborhood.  Combined two hugelkultur beds into one in better position and larger - messy and tiring, but had to be done.  Now to let it settle for a month and then plant it. Moving hugelkultur bed created space for a real compost pile in shady area - now to remember to turn it!

If like me you ever doubted whether cardboard draws worms, trust me, it does. When I created veggie beds I put down two layers of cardboard, sprinkled compost to hold in place and then loaded up with about 4" of mulched leaves.   Yesterday I dug a trench to put in trellis for cucumbers.  WORMSSS!  lots of worms, I couldn't believe my eyes.  

Life is really about learning something new every day! 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 10, 2015 at 8:21pm

Only one I have right now. I can get a better one tomorrow. (It's the doggie run.)

Comment by Daniel W on February 10, 2015 at 8:10pm
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 10, 2015 at 7:56pm

I've got some rhodies blooming already. Early for them too.

Comment by Daniel W on February 10, 2015 at 7:51pm
That's great the state is collecting pesticides.

Since Dupont, Dow, and Monsanto consider those chemicsls safe, it it too much to hope we can dispose of them by spraying over their corporate headquarters, and over their corporate stockholders, executives, and corporate scientists' homes? Please? Those chemicals are safe, right, so no problem?

In my yard, the plum buds are nearing bloom time. Too early, but we'll see!

I dug up some clumps of daffodils and Hyacinthoides and moved them to my country place. Moving them at a small size usualy works for me. Accidentally dug up an Erythronium and a hosta, so moved those too.

I also dug up a young, dead fig tree I was hoping would survive the winter, but didn't. Its replacement reportedly survives New Jersey winters unprotected. We'll see. One less to care for in container, anyway.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 10, 2015 at 6:20pm

Washington State Dept of Agriculture (WSDA) plans to collect unwanted agricultural and commercial-grade pesticides in Eastern Washington this spring.

To participate, contact WSDA by Feb. 27 at wastepesticide@agr.wa.gov (mailto:wastepesticide@agr.wa.gov) or call the agency at (360) 902-2056. The collection dates and locations will be set later, based on the response we get. WSDA works with a contracted hazardous waste company to package the pesticides for safe, legal transportation and disposal.

“We encourage farms, businesses, residents and landowners to check their property and buildings to look for pesticides no longer used or wanted,” said Joe Hoffman, coordinator of pesticide collection. “Proper disposal prevents expensive cleanup, protects public health and helps growers seeking Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, certification.”

Visit www.agr.wa.gov/wastepesticide for information about the WSDA Waste Pesticide Program.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 9, 2015 at 2:27pm

Randy, I'm jealous of you and Daniel.  The way to get rid of that jealousy is to get off my asstiblule and find an acre or two of land I can afford even if it's in a cold climate.

Joan, I plant most things later than earlier.  It appears they more than make-up for the lost time, because they are warmer.

However, I do try to plant peas very early.  They've always done well no matter how cold it gets (within reason).


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