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 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 Joan Denoo on September 21, 2013 at 11:53pm

Ruth, I have the same experience. Cary worked all spring to get them out of a border, even using a garden sieve to get the roots out of the soil. He even used Roundup - a NoNo in my garden. They have returned with a vengeance. Tiny seeds spread as well as the roots. Good luck on your effort. Birds spread the seeds as well. 

Our next strategy is to put a heavy back plastic over the area, making sure no sunlight gets to them; also withhold water. That should sterilize the soil killing everything under it. 

I welcome any other suggestions. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 21, 2013 at 10:39pm

This Spring one wild violet came up in my front garden from seed. I've had them in the shady back garden with no problems, so I let it bloom and grow. Now I have a mat of violet plants covering a fifth of the raised bed, going up a small wall and growing down into the holes between stones of the lower wall as well. I had no idea they spread so rapidly from roots in sunny areas. Not looking forward to all the work of digging them out. *head slap*

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2013 at 9:15pm

Comment by Patricia on September 21, 2013 at 8:40pm

Sentient, my husband wants to know how many melon plants you planted.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 21, 2013 at 8:01pm

Planted today.  Bulbs give me something to look forward to in Spring.  Some start growing in Feb - daffodils and hyacinths - which gives me a sense of hope and optimism.   All of these were listed as deer resistant.  



Over the years, I may have planted hundreds of bulbs. Some naturalize well, others die out. Survival of the fittest. Evolution in action.

Comment by Patricia on September 21, 2013 at 5:00pm

That melon looks perfect Sentient! We got 5 melons all tolled, & shared 2 with the neighbors, so I imagine we're the talk of the street now....hahaha. My husband started the plant from seed himself & I can't remember the variety other than a northern type. very flavorful anyway. Cherry tomatoes are still coming in but frost is imminent so will have to freeze some soon.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 21, 2013 at 4:29pm

Picked a good crop of ripe figs. Some fermented on the tree - like wine. A big yellow bell pepper. Some Thai peppers. A few tomatoes. This melon - the first ever for me. Variety is called "Minnesota Midget", from a heritage seed source - I think it was seed savers. It was very good, tasted like it was intended. And the chickens loved the seeds.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 21, 2013 at 4:23pm


The Braun sounds like a lot better than the Magic Bullet - less likely to spray hot soup.  You could also put in onion, garlic, pepper.  I like to sprinkle drief basil flakes or Italian spice over the top.

You are right, I use a  vegetable bullion. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 20, 2013 at 8:26am

I use a 200 watt BraUn handheld blender, which is easy to clean as I hate clean-up.  I usually blend in the container I drink from  but two days ago I made a "Sentient hot broccoli smoothie", and made a large container full that I keep in the refrigerator.  

The smoothie was not great, but good, especially after I added margarine, but I can't call it a "Sentient" smoothy because of the margarine, but also as I left-out the tofu and used a beef bullion cube, instead of a vegetable one, that I assume Sentient used.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 20, 2013 at 7:33am

A blender is one thing I don't have--at least a nice big one. Two former wives hauled them off. I've managed for 14 years without one. Like Patricia, I use a small coffee grinder. Flax seeds need to be ground (up).  

Had my "season's first" sweet potato last night. Yum yum! I forgot how much better they taste when first gathered. They lose something after 6 months in storage. 

I've been researching Greek food for my trip (in two days). I've got a list, but I doubt if it'll do much good. Trial and error, my motto.


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