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
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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

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 Joan Denoo on November 11, 2014 at 2:27pm

Barbara, I understand and agree with your dislike of the clutter of the permaculture garden. The way Lawton manages his life seems to be more chaotic than I like. So I looked at his designs and realize I can learn the principles and then do some things differently. For example, I can make berms by design and cover them with compost or chips and they look neat and clean. Also, with Fukuoka's design, I can use white clover as a cover crop and it is pretty, or some other plant choice. 

The neatness of a well trimmed lawn does not interest me.

Comment by Daniel W on November 11, 2014 at 11:15am

Bertold, your presentation is much nicer than mine.  I get occasional blooms during the year.  Mostly they are outside in the shade on east side of house.  Too easy to grow from cuttings - I start plants I have no more space for.  Sometimes I give them away.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 11, 2014 at 10:38am

We have about 10 of these babies too. They bloom about 6 months of the year. Nice now when nothing else is.

Comment by Daniel W on November 11, 2014 at 10:12am

Barbara, it sounds like some great memories.  Something to be nostalgic about.

Randy, be careful out in the cold!

We expect to be into the 20s tonight.  Not as bad as some places, but winter is here, for certain.

I don't buy these cactuses any more.  Went through a phase of picking one up now and then in the grocery store, during the holiday season.  Now I have about 8.  Cheerful this time of year.  They get minimal care - sit in shade during summer and fall, bring inside when they start to bud - Oct - repot once in a while, water when I remember.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 11, 2014 at 7:48am

Today (actually, only this morning) is my last chance to work in the garden before the weather turns brutal--highs in the 30's for a week at least. I have much to clean up. Picked my last good head of cauliflower to blanch and freeze. Still have kale, collards, carrots, some cabbage heads, and rainbow chard. Oh, and arugula.

Barbara, I was surprised to hear you were raised on a farm. Lucky girl, even though you didn't appreciate it at the time. Here I assumed you were a rookie in the gardening venture. I certainly feel like an amateur compared to Daniel, Don, Joan, etc. Anyway, I enjoy reading about your progressions (adventures?)! 

Don, you're right, of course. Pruning IS important. I'm giving excuses why I don't!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 11, 2014 at 6:36am

Went outside at 2:30 AM and snowflakes were falling on my head.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 10, 2014 at 3:42pm

He also took us out each autumn and gleaned several hundred pounds of potatoes that the large potato farmers' machines left on the ends of the rows.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 10, 2014 at 3:40pm

Barbara, I like the benefits you're getting from gardening.  I get similar benefits.

I wasn't a farm boy, but my dad had about a half acre, where he kept a fairly large garden, and a huge patch of alfalfa that he fed to the rabbits he raised for food.  That's probably where I got my liking for rabbit meat.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 10, 2014 at 1:38pm

Spud, farm girl here and I too remember whole milk as a way of life. I also remember thinking the milk I drank at school in the little cartons as a treat as it didn't taste the same as raw milk at home.

At the time I didn't understand the value of the farm that supplied our family of eight with everything we needed to eat in addition to providing a living for us.  My father supplied beef, veal, ham, eggs and chickens to local grocery store in addition to selling bulk milk and eggs. We had an orchard for fruit and extensive berry patches along with a huge garden for vegetables that were canned and frozen.

I thought of it as nothing but work as we all had our "chores", seven days a week and I was eager to leave when I did.  Now I get misty-eyed when I remember those days, 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 10, 2014 at 1:22pm

Joan, Permaculture really didn't sit well with me when I first saw it - simply too messy, appeared disorganized, weedy, etc. Then after about the 3rd video/article I began to realize the value. Also, Sensei Fukuoka was all about reducing the work involved in the growing process, which makes total sense to me as I imagine next year I won't be able to do as much as I can this year ... and so on. 

Randall, ..."As for growing your own potatoes vs. market, it's not the cost. It's the satisfaction and joy of self reliance--and gardening! Taste matters, too."

You are spot on with that statement. I live alone, have many food restrictions, have limited income, etc.  It would definitely be cheaper for me to simply buy my food whether at farmer's market or grocery store. I haven't even begun to have a harvest and yet I already am reaping benefits; therapy for depression, exercise I can't get in a gym, entertainment with my little dog who "helps" me, peace and relaxation of hearing birdsong and sheer delight of rain as my plants recover from days of dry heat Along with hours spent reading books and online, and having the wonderful feeling that I'm helping in some small way a piece of earth become healthier.   

Planted garlic in my smart pot today, and added compost to the veggie garden. Couldn't find organic at the grocery store, so just bought regular bulk kind, label said it was from Texas,Mexico. Not sure how it can be from both places. Only out 54 cents if it doesn't grow. 

 

 

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