Godless in the garden

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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.
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

Discussion Forum


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky Oct 19. 8 Replies

Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) Oct 11. 12 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sky God Oct 10. 3 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 10. 9 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Annie Thomas Oct 3. 10 Replies

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 20. 26 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2013 at 9:20am

I just bought some frozen broccoli.  I'll try that smoothie if I don't get distracted by the thousand things I want to do bouncing around in my brain.

Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on September 14, 2013 at 9:02am

I like smoothies.  I eat them instead of ice cream.  I use a "magic bullet" blender.  Fill about 1/4 full with water.  Add a teaspoon of honey.  Blend to dissolve all of the honey.  Then add frozen fruit so it's about half full, and a little more water if needed to fully cover the fruit.  Blend until smooth.   Sometimes I have to add more water if it's too thick.  I like it sherbet consistency or like milk shake.

I do that with strawberries, or frozen fruit from the grocery store - tropical fruit mix, or blueberries, or peaches, or cherries, or apricots.

I also like a hot broccoli smoothie.  I use about a 1/2 cup of broccoli, a clove of garlic, some black pepper, and a bullion cube.  I add enough water to cover the broccoli and put it in a pan and boil a few minutes to soften the broccoli.  Then into a blender - the magic bullet leaks when hot.  I add some soft tofu, about 1/4 cup and blend until smooth.  Then I add some basil or oregano to the top.  I like that a lot and it's fast and easy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2013 at 8:36am

Randall, I've only had a couple of smoothies.  They were fairly good, but nothing to write home about.  However, two is not enough to make a good judgment.

How do you dry your pears?

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2013 at 8:33am

Joan, I see the event you talked about was not local, but in Iowa and Wisconsin. I don't remember if you have any local gardening events, but I remember you posting some great gardens in your locality, so I still get to be jealous (smile).

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 14, 2013 at 8:27am

Interesting tomato tasting event Joan.  You and Sentient have so many great events, I'm glad for you, but jealous at the same time.

I call Pocatello a 'meat & potato town' because if you want anything other than the standard fare or standard products, your out of luck.  Perhaps I should call Idaho a 'meat & potato state'.

I think I'll try growing the second place winner, Ananas Noire, next year.  The chocolate cherry tomato sounds interesting, but it seems I like the taste of the few large tomatoes better than the few cherry types I've tasted.

Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on September 13, 2013 at 10:58pm


Thank you for posting the tomato tasting event!

We had our own tomato tasting event for two, spread out over a couple of months.

My favorites were Better Boy and SuperSweet 1000.  I know, they are not heirloom, and they lack that "heirloom flavor" but I just loved them.  Some nostalgia with the Better Boy, tasting like a great Mississippi River bottoms tomato grown in rural Illinois.  My partner's favorites were Hawaiian Pineapple and all the cherry tomatoes of any variety.

I didn't get Lemon Boy into the ground this year.  I also love that one.  It was messed up when a bull-in-the-china-shop doggie knocked over my seedlings.  That's OK.  I've had a taste of some great home grown tomatoes this year, and that's enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2013 at 1:23pm

"And the winner is ... 

"This past weekend’s 8th Annual Tomato Tasting event was a sweet success for gardeners and tomatoes alike.

"Despite concerns that our tomatoes would not ripen in time for the event, over 40 heirloom and open-pollinated tomato varieties (and one mega-mart hybrid tomato) competed for the title of this year’s favorite. SSE staff, friends, and family brought tomatoes from gardens across northeast Iowa and Wisconsin to serve over 800 event attendees.

"Though competition was fierce, the bright and tangy ‘Cherry Roma‘ was the undisputed winner with over 10% of the votes."

Comment by Plinius on September 9, 2013 at 7:44am

I eat smoothies for breakfast, but not with yoghurt. My recipe: any fruit I can find with some nuts, linseed and pumpkinseed, a spoonful of cocoapowder and some almond milk. It doesn't foam!

Comment by Randall Smith on September 9, 2013 at 6:38am
Does anybody dislike "smoothies" like I do (or don't)? I've tried different combinations of fruit, but yuck. Yesterday, it was with a cantaloupe, peach, and strawberries (with yogurt). Not only the flavor was awful, but the foamy texture made me gag. I'm just trying to find ways to eat all the fruit I have. Haven't tried persimmon smoothy, Sentient!
Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on September 8, 2013 at 4:26pm


There are so many reportedly toxic plants, I don't worry too much about it.  I did get rid of an oleander because I read the nectar and pollen are toxic to honeybees, and it's supposedly more toxic than most.

Brugmansias to have a toxin, but so do tomato plants, potato plants, rhubarb leaves, kidney beans, lily  of the valley, daffodils, and a zillion others.  Supposedly a couple of lily petals can kill a cat.  I also thought about planting castor beans, but with all of the loonies out there sending ricin through the mail, I didn't want to get onto a govt list as who knows what, so I didn't grow any.


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