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: 168
Latest Activity: yesterday

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 no particular order:
Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.
What's your gardening style?
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Wild Parsnip - It can burn skin.
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Cheap gardening.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

Discussion Forum

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 7. 4 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 27. 2 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies


Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 4 Replies

Some pictures from my garden

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 26. 7 Replies

The Next Green Revolution May Rely on Microbes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jun 30. 2 Replies

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Comment by Michael Insertsurname on January 27, 2011 at 12:57pm

Hi (y)all,


I'm new to both AtheistNexus, and to this group, and while I've joined several groups, this one will probably make up most of my activity on the site, as I'm a complete botany/agriculture addict.

I live just south of Atlanta, so I'm in a great region to grow just about anything (except for moisture/heat haters like pistachio trees and potatoes.)

In addition to growing outdoors, I'm currently renovating my garage to include an entire grow room for winter growing, and early seed starts to get a jump on things, and so far buying a light has been a great investment!

I'm attempting to grow some tropical fruit plants, such as guava and soursop, but I'd like to look into growing a vanilla orchid, and possibly a kava plant......if I can ever obtain a cutting.

I've also begun a backyard orchard, though it's only in it's second year now, with 2 fig trees, 2 apple trees, a native plum, Belle of Georgia peach, and several white pomegranate cuttings I took last fall. Since I live in a subdivision with only an acre total to work with, I'm interested in space saving measures, particularly espalier for some of my fence planted trees. Any advice on that is greatly appreciated!


Hope to hear from some of you, and thanks for having me!

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 8, 2011 at 11:33am

This is a wonderful story about a man and his garden.  Athiest Advisory:  rated "T" for theistic content.  Even so, it's a wonderful story about a man and his garden. Available on Netflix.



Comment by Sentient Biped on January 1, 2011 at 10:13am
Happy New year to all!
Comment by Sentient Biped on December 4, 2010 at 12:39pm
Dejah, I sort of became addicted to orchids. Every windosill has some. Some are easy, others are a challenge. THey give me something to focus on during the gloomy winter.

Today cleaned out the chicken house, shoveled the old wood chip / chicken poop bedding out, spread it across a dormant border, and provided a thick layer of fresh straw for the hens. They have been scratching through it and cackling ever since. The eggs will be cleaner. The border will get a layer of bark mulch some time this winter. I doubt that the chicken poop will be too much for the hostas and ferns, given the season and continuous rain, and that the chicken poop has been aging for a while, but if it IS too much, it's OK.
Comment by Dejah Thoris on December 1, 2010 at 8:17pm
Orchids sound lovely. My other challenge is finding a spot where my birds won't chew them up. They love houseplants!
Comment by Sentient Biped on November 30, 2010 at 10:43pm
Herbs indoors would be cool! I would like chives and cilantro. The challenge for me is space - my window sills are already filled with orchids. For me puttering around them is peaceful.
Comment by Dejah Thoris on November 30, 2010 at 4:47pm
I haven't been doing anything outside. I have a hard time making myself go out when it is cold. I would really like to grow some herbs inside. The trick is to find the time...
Comment by Sentient Biped on November 30, 2010 at 2:02pm
A desert place sounds nice this time of year. But I love the other seasons here in the NW.

The hens get extended days during the winter - a 100 watt bulb to keep them warm. The long days mean they continue to lay eggs. Well, 4 are. The 5th is a Leghorn who laid continuously for about 9 months, then the last month they all broke, shells like paper. They all get calcium supplement in their food. I think she just got egged out, maybe has osteoporosis. Now she's moulting.

Thanks for joining and commenting! Greens sound great now.
Comment by Sentient Biped on November 29, 2010 at 10:44pm
Winter approaches, 2010. Hey all, what's up in the garden? I've been so lax, I let some peppers freeze on the plant. Missed out on some tomatoes too. Way to busy. Finally took a voluntary pay cut in my job to get some breathing room with reduced hours - not to garden but to do my job better and maybe have a bit of a life. We'll see.

I think I need to cut back some of the gardening. The raised beds and barrels are definitely the easiest and most productive part for me.

This winter I'll be concentrating on making some higher maintenance areas into lower maintenance. I'll get rid of some irises (too weedy) and some ground covers (too weedy). Might remove a couple of nonperforming fruit trees. Do some winter pruning.

About all I'm getting now from the yard is eggs. Those hens keep me going.
Comment by Sentient Biped on October 14, 2010 at 3:04pm

On my front deck, north side of the house, this morning. I love the spider webs. Since spiders are our friends, eating all sorts of obnoxious insects, her presence is welcome and I left her beautiful web undisturbed. Nearby is a wasp colony, 2 years standing, inside a hollow rail. I'm not as enthusiastic about them, even though they are also carnivores that benefit the garden. A recent sting made me doubt my rationale for leaving them undisturbed, but for now, they stay.

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