Godless in the garden


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 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


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.


Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

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

Discussion Forum

"All I want for christmas is....."

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Larry yesterday. 8 Replies

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston on Thursday. 3 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10. 3 Replies

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 6. 2 Replies

My south garden 1993 & 2013

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 1. 1 Reply

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30. 0 Replies

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 8. 21 Replies

Design with Nature

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 6. 0 Replies

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Comment by A Former Member on April 16, 2013 at 8:41pm

My tecomaria got hit by the freeze, so I just got one of these, a Mandevilla sanderri hybrid. Hopefully this will do okay. I like pink better than orange, anyway (the tecomaria had orange flowers). This is just a picture I found. 

I also bought a Mexican Bush Sage to put in a pot, so I hope it does well, too.

Maybe not though. This looks pretty vigorous. Perhaps too vigorous for the pot I have it in. 

Comment by A Former Member on April 16, 2013 at 8:37pm

Joan, I did not know that was a clematis. I recognize the name, but would not have been able to ID it. This is not mine, it was at someone's house, and I didn't recall ever seeing it before. 

As for the oregano, do you all remember me telling you about the area in my condo they were going to pay me to plant? Well, I ended up doing an herb garden last year. I think I mentioned that. The Italian oregano, Greek oregano, sage, rosemary, garlic chives, and winter savory all lasted through the winter. They are growing like gangbusters this year. 

I guess I am going to have to cut back the oregano though, as it is too vigorous. 

I just planted about four types of basil: a ruby red purple kind, a wavy-leafed purple one, spicy globe, and one other one. I also planted lemon thyme, fern-leaf dill, Mexican mint marigold, a new kind of lavender I found (like French, but with wider, grayer leaves), chamomile, lemon verbena, Russian tarragon, parsley, and seven different kinds of peppers. 

I'll post pictures in a month or two. 

I do have trouble getting thyme to grow here though. I think Texas is too darn hot for thyme. It lasts a while, but eventually dies.

And yes, Daniel, I love oregano with potatoes, and tomatoes, too. I put it in my salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. 

Also, dill is great in a green salad with Ranch dressing. Nom nom. 

Comment by Daniel W on April 15, 2013 at 11:02pm

Fresh oregano is great with root crops, baked with some olive oil.  Potatos, parsnips, carrots.  

I have a small patch of greek oregano.  Herbs are great because they smell so good and bees love them.  I've interplanted them with irises to see if critters will stay away from the irises.  Thyme is also great and stays small.  Roman chamomile seems to stay small.  Mints and lemon balm are pretty invasive - I have them planted around fruit trees.  Almost all herbs attract bees and other beneficial insects.  Most grow easily form cuttings.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:38pm

The photo is not mine. I Googled oregano and found the photo. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:37pm

You can cut oregano right down to the root, and it will come back leggy and get ugly very fast. I tried several different varieties until I found this dwarf. It wasn't even called dwarf, but that is what it is. Oregano is so tough, you can walk on it and it produces a lovely aroma. Some oregano is invasive and hard to control. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:33pm

If you can find Greek oregano, at least the variety I have, grows in a lovely little clump, spreads very easily by seeds or roots and is easy to control. It isn't at all bullish. The favor is outstanding. I pull out any oregano that is the leggy kind and just put it in a tightly covered pan until it is dead and then compost it. Sometimes this little mounding type will send off a tall shoot and I just pull it out, roots and all. If you want me to, I can send you some roots this spring, and some seeds this autumn. It is very prolific and the bees love it. 

Greek oregano

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:25pm

Yours is a healthy plant. Just look at those nice green leaves and pretty flowers. Are they blooming now?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:24pm

I'm assuming you know it is clematis. The variety? Here is a Google of clematis and do some matching. If you double click on a photo, sometimes it tells you the variety. 


Clematis 'President's Blue'

Clematis early bloomers

Clematis growing i Dallas TX

This should get you started. 

Comment by A Former Member on April 15, 2013 at 9:52pm

Can anyone identify this plant? Just curious.

Comment by A Former Member on April 15, 2013 at 6:43pm

Thanks. I thought so. It did not freeze here either this year. I'll harvest some and cut some back, too. 

I just planted a bunch more herbs, too. I'll post photos when they fill out. 


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