Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  


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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 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.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 2, 2014 at 12:16pm

Daniel, I can understand you being tired of the struggle, at least partially.  I retired at 62 because I was very tired of it, and I imagine your struggle is much worse than mine was.  It sounds like you have worse bosses and being tired all the time is the pits.  

Hope you can achieve a serene life soon.

Not being able to do a lot of things that cost $$s was worth the early retirement, except for one thing.  I now wish I had waited until I had at least an acre of land in a warm climate before I retired.

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 2, 2014 at 10:58am

Randall - your comment should be there now.. Thank you!

The blogger program has moderated comments due to spam. It takes me a while to respond. I appreciate your comments!

I really wish I could retire. I'm tired of the struggle. If I WAS retired, you would find me outside with dirt under my fingernails and muddy knees, Buddha-like in serenity.

Joan that helps a lot knowing about the rows. My raised beds are 4 X 8, with the long direction going east west. Within the beds, I plant short rows, they are north-south. For the short stuff, I think it all gets equal sun.

I was thinking about keeping the tall plants on the north side of the beds, or in the northern-most beds. That can be a challenge for crop rotation.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 25, 2014 at 7:43am

Daniel: I tried to comment on your "raised beds" post, but had troubles. Basically, I said "WOW". So impressive.

And thanks, Joan. Late afternoon tree shade shouldn't be a major problem.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 24, 2014 at 1:24am

Randall, north and south rows are good because they get the morning and afternoon light, and so both sides get exposure. Unless, of course, there are trees or buildings that block the sun. 

Both of my grandmothers and father made north-south rows. They explained why. They and I may be wrong, but that is what I learned at the elbows of very fine gardeners. 

Got 3 inches of snow today, more expected in the next 24 hours. Cold winds prevail. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 23, 2014 at 10:57am

Lions and tigers and elephants.  Oh my!  

Here, I'm overjoyed to get frogs & snails, & puppy dog tails.

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 23, 2014 at 9:52am

Spud, we got a lot of rain last week. Cats and dogs. It was so much, it wasn't little kitty cats and chihuahuas. More like lions and tigers and mastiffs. I think there were some elephants in there too.

It's milder now.

Randall one thing I like about midwest weather compared to here is, it seems like once Spring arrives, it arrives for sure. Or that's how I remembered it. Here it's like it can't decide. So things grow and bloom then are zapped by a freeze.

I built a low tunnel on one of the raised beds in Jan. I had some mishaps with it collapsing but now I think I have that fixed. Despite the mishaps, cold tolerant vegetables germinated and now there are little rows of tiny turnip and radish seedlings. And some Chinese greens and scallions.

Such obsession! But better than drinking or smoking.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 23, 2014 at 8:09am

Damn. Just when I saw bare ground--and my garden--it snowed again last night. Nonetheless, I got my garden mapped out--on paper. I'm thinking going north-south, not east-west on my rows. Nothing wrong with that, is there?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 15, 2014 at 6:19pm

Got over 1/2 inch of rain last night.  I'm happy about that.  It should be good for the soil.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 13, 2014 at 2:04pm

Daniel, aluminum foil sounds great (and cheap!).  In fact, if I build one, I might use cardboard lined with aluminum foil.  That would be very inexpensive.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 13, 2014 at 7:54am

Okay, okay! While it'll be awhile (possibly a really long time) before I can even see garden soil, let along plant anything in it, you all have pushed me into at least planning and plotting what and how my garden will look like. Time to get out the old graph paper.


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