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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: 2 hours ago

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 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

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2013 at 2:31am

They're beautiful, Sentient! You must be very good at this sort of gardening; it's a joy to follow your progress!

Here we had a week of night frost just when everybody is ready for spring - I wonder if the peas and beans I planted will survive. If not, I'll do better next year, and a second batch of peas and beans is already above ground - inside of course...

Comment by Daniel W on March 13, 2013 at 10:10pm

Fig cutting progress. 

This was a winter gardening effort.  Start a bunch of fig trees.  They are not ready for outdoors yet.  Most are growing very nicely now.  Vigorous top growth means the roots are also growing well.



This one was a bit jump started compared to the rest. It had a tiny root due to the branch being under the compost mulch. Many of the other cuttings are growing fast now too.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 5:16am

Sentient, all our effort to bring coffee grounds into the garden is paying off! Good for you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 5:15am

Farmers Who Commit Totally to Sell Locally Can Make a Profit

This is encouraging news indeed. Just imagine freshly picked fruits and vegetables in season from local farm to restaurants and grocery stores. I still like the farmer's markets best, and with increased uses by other markets, we all get better availability. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2013 at 3:17am

Had snow covering all ground this morning; melted off sidewalks by noon. Winds have been brisk. Soil in boxes still have snow on them. Too early here for outside work.

Comment by Plinius on March 8, 2013 at 1:17am

At last found the time to watch the video, Joan, thanks, I love good news!

Comment by Daniel W on March 7, 2013 at 9:44pm

Joan, dramatic change there!

Here's a interesting article - at least to me.  Bees like caffeine, and return to flowers that produce it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 5, 2013 at 9:29pm

Allan Savory: How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate ...

a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

Comment by Daniel W on March 5, 2013 at 8:29pm

Here is my fig cutting setup.  At other times it's my tomato and pepper seedling setup.  Wine rack / bar repurposed as plant stand, 2 light fixtures, one with one 20 watt and one with two 20 watt fluorescent lights, aluminum foil reflectors to keep light in.  It's in a window, East, but not nearly enough light from the sun.  There is a seed warming mat under the bottom cuttings.  I root them in moist paper towels in plastic bags, and when roots form they are planted in potting soil.  Most of these are given away.  I plan to keep about 8 or 10 interesting varieties, including several Italian heritage varieties, but also one Chinese, one Turkish, a couple of French varieties, and a few from Louisiana.  As far as I know, almost none of these is tested in the Pacific NW where I live.  That is part of the fun.


My partner comments we will have a fig forest. I keep them pruned to compact size, and I have a place for this small orchard. These are my favorite fruit. Easier to grow here than peaches, and apricots here all die. They have the most extended season of my fruits, starting after cherries and plums and continuing until the first freeze.

Comment by Daniel W on March 5, 2013 at 11:57am

Here is a weed of the moment.  Interesting about weeds.  What some references label as weeds, I make a conscious effort to grow - dutch clover, violets, and sometimes dandelions for chicken feed and now bee nectar.  Then, there's some plants others buy, I cant eradicate despite heroic effort - Spanish bluebells, lemon balm.  This weed is henbit.  It makes a nice low ground cover in the perennial bed.  I haven't decided whether to pull it out or not.  It's easy to pull but I think I'll leave it there.  According to Wikipedia, tastes vaguely like spinach.  Also one of the few plants blooming for bees now.

The henbit (not hen bane, completely different plant) is quite pretty in bloom.


I turned over this patch or grass and weeds last summer, and planted irises, many rescued or starts from others. Plus a big load of compost. Now it's covered by henbit (Lamium amplexicaule). I think I"ll leave it there.

Meanwhile, I'm also moving my former nemesis, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) and (Hyacinthoides hispanica) to my rural place. The reason is deer and rabbits, which eat a lot of plants, reportedly avoid these too. And the Melissa is a good bee plant.


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