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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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 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.

Discussion Forum

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo 6 hours ago. 26 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 7. 4 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 27. 2 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies


Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 4 Replies

Some pictures from my garden

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 26. 7 Replies

The Next Green Revolution May Rely on Microbes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jun 30. 2 Replies

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

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Comment by Annie Thomas on May 2, 2013 at 3:24pm

My daughter and I were able to harvest some veggies yesterday for dinner!  These are the very first of the yellow squash and purple dragon's tongue beans.  The beans were the best I've ever tasted!  I boiled them in salt water and then dressed them with a little butter and some dried dill.  They turned chartreuse after cooking.  I am already learning how to improve next year, as the beans will only produce for three weeks.  Next year I will plant in two week increments.  The garden is my little science experiment and I take lots of notes and weigh and record everything we bring in to eat. No bees here to pollinate the squash, so it's up to me and some Q-tips!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 11:06pm
I will not worry and will think about you and encourage you to pause now and then. I know you will be wise. On with healing, with some joy thrown in for good measure.
Comment by Sentient Biped on May 1, 2013 at 10:50pm

Joan, we had mild frost here last night.  As far as i could tell, the only plants that were affected were potatoes, a couple of fig trees with damaged leaves, and new leaves on the mulberry tree I've been obsessing over.  All should recover, I think.   If not....  gardening is like that sometimes.  Interesting almost nothing else appears to have been affected.

As for rest....  William Blake said “The busy bee has no time for sorrow.”  The workplace is intense, but I need to continue.  I think it's no worse than it was before I got sick.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2013 at 10:05pm
Your lovely photos refresh me, Daniel. Our weather continues very nippy. Just a few minutes out and I come in with burning fingertips. We had a snifter of snow yesterday in spite of the 40∘F weather. Must still be April. With the turn of the calendar, perhaps things will warm up a bit.
I am relieved to learn you are working because you want to return to normal; just assure me you can rest when you need or want to.
Comment by Sentient Biped on May 1, 2013 at 9:22pm

Photo from public domain via commons.wikimedia.org

Worker honeybee apis meliferra carnica on echinacea purpurea flower

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 30, 2013 at 9:17am

Dominic I agree with you wholeheartedly.  This weekend I spent a fair amount of time just staring at the fresh green leaves unfolding.  Lifted my figurative spirits.

Plus I watch the new fruits reveal themselves.  I nurture them, they nurture me.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 30, 2013 at 9:15am

I agree Dominic.

Comment by Dominic Florio on April 29, 2013 at 11:32pm

Some people mistakenly call our experiences spiritual.  It's all a biological reaction to our need to nurture something.  Why is that not wonderful in itself?  What they don't realize is that we respond to life and renewal.  By planting, making cuttings, and putting in seeds, we create feelings within and an environment around us, which are healing and enable us to be renewed.  It's an amazing thing to see that progress in our plants, and it gives us all hope.   

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 29, 2013 at 11:03pm

Joan, I have about 20 robust little trees on my deck now, that 3 months ago were dry-looking sticks, prunings with no leaves or roots.  Now they are vigorous young trees, with big green leaves and healthy roots.  If they can make that kind of progress, maybe I can too.  They give me some hope, anyway.

Im glad I have the garden and yard to lose myself in after work and on days off.  It's the most healing place I can be.

I'm taking an oral chemo that has much much less side effect than the old ones.  No radiation.  Glad I have insurance to pay for it - so I better keep my employer happy, so I can keep the insurance!

Hoping you are well as well.  A nap sounds great!

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2013 at 12:58pm

Daniel, I know you have the wisdom and experience to know your own limits. I am concerned about you going back on a full-time schedule. I understand what you say about loss of energy. I have the privelege of napping and I hope you can do that, even as you are on the job. 

May I ask, and you are free to decline to answer, are you having chemo or radiation? 


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