Godless in the garden

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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
Members: 174
Latest Activity: 19 minutes 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

Folklore.

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.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Discussion Forum

Fruit Pests: Apricot

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 3 Replies

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 24. 1 Reply

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 16. 4 Replies

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo Jun 15. 0 Replies

Favorite Flowers

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 8. 8 Replies

The Evolution of Ecological Consciousness

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 4. 1 Reply

Living in the forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 27. 6 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 25. 17 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W May 2. 2 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 2. 1 Reply

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

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Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2014 at 2:47pm

You don't over-post at all, Daniel! I'm just quietly enjoying all your garden posts, I still have no time to garden and I hate that - I'll have to wait for next year.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2014 at 2:19pm

I don't think you over-post Daniel.

Comment by Daniel W on July 5, 2014 at 2:13pm

Joan and Spud, thanks for the comments.  I worry that I  over-post about things I like, like the bees.  Not a lot of people to share this with.  Not wanting to bore anyone with my obsessions.

Until modern chemical-laden times, clover lawns were common.  Grass seed often included clover.  The lawn I grew up on in the midwest had a lot of clover.  Then we got weed killers and nitrogen fertilizer, grass catchers and irrigation, and the modern carpet-like lawns resulted.

It's easy to convert back to clover.  We just don't use chemicals.  I did buy packages of Dutch clover seeds, and planted bare spots - mainly  mole hills - with clover.  When mowed in late bloom, the lawn mower spread the seeds all over, and the clover lawn results.  We didn't even try, it was just nature's way.

Clover adds a lot of nitrogen to the soil, so grass also benefits.  In the wet spring, it's mostly grass.  In the dry summer, mostly clover.  Listening in the evening, there is buzzing everywhere.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2014 at 2:05pm

Daniel, your front yard i beautiful! I have never seen a glover yard before and it is just perfect. Your sunroom looks so pretty and I can just imagine how much pleasure you get puttering there. The bee photo captures the mood and value of clover in ways that will entice others to create such a haven for bees. Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 5, 2014 at 1:58pm

I like your front yard lawn, but probably not as much as the bees.

Comment by Daniel W on July 5, 2014 at 1:57pm

Joan, our garlic lasted until now, so it was ideal.  And now the new batch.  So glad you like it!  I like the idea of it as much as the real thing.  I love crushing it and using on spagetti with some olive oil and parmesan.  But I only do that on the weekend - people might have trouble with the scent if on a workday :-)

Comment by Daniel W on July 5, 2014 at 1:54pm

Yet another bee photo.  The front yard clover is blooming like crazy.   I'm truly hoping for some honey this year, even if only a cup.

The lawn / clover field.   When the clover blossoms dry out, I will mow again.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2014 at 11:09pm

Daniel, I forgot to tell you we have been eating your garlic for several weeks now, and they are delicious. Nicely flavorful, not too hot and they seem to like my stomach just fine. Or is it that my stomach likes them? 

Your potatoes look perfect, no blemishes or bruises. Nice clear skin. Are they nicely firm all the way to the middle? I can only imagine the flavor of freshly dug potatoes. Do you have fresh peas to go with them? With a little salt, pepper and butter! Oh, how I remember Grandma's early summer potatoes and peas. 

Comment by Daniel W on July 4, 2014 at 9:54pm

Joan, your soil sounds wonderful.  

Randal, so does your harvest!  It will be great to pull fresh veggies out of the freezer this winter for a hearty stew.

Today I harvested a bed of garlic.  Nice big garlic bulbs, Inchelium Red, a Pacific NW Native American variety.

Also, saw a couple of potato plants were turning brown, so dug them out.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 4, 2014 at 8:01am

Randall, or do you prefer Randy?

I didn't understand what living abundantly meant until I put in our first garden on this site 40 years ago this year. The ground was pure peat moss, a remnant of the last Ice Age, wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation. It has poorer drainage than a swamp because there is no drainage. The pure peat is unfit for cultivation. That first year I grew incredible cattails (Typha latifolia) and horsetails (Equisetum).

I brought in truckloads of sand and clay, and barnyard manure, borrowed a farmer's garden tiller and gave it a mighty tilling. The following years my crops were so abundant that I took bushels of vegetables to the local community center. Since then, I put on lots of steer manure and glacial sand. 

My three children grew up, moved on and all that room for fruits and vegetables was just not needed any more. 

Eighteen years ago I designed a meditation garden in honor of my son, Craig's, wedding. we had the grooms dinner in the new garden and it has been a place of celebration ever since. 

 

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