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!

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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?
Squirrels.
bees.
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 Randall Smith on January 6, 2014 at 8:39am

What I wonderful "comment", Joan! Internet friends are an inspiration to me. And on this cold (-15 F), blustery (25 mph), very white (12") Monday morning, I need all the inspiration and encouragement I can get!  WOW! It's brutal out there. I'm thankful (or grateful) for having electricity. 

Thanks for the words of optimism, Daniel, not to mention the Campbell quote.

Of course, wintertime is when I bring the garden indoors. By that I mean eating the "fruits" of my labor. I am enjoying  corn, green beans, asparagus, strawberries, etc., from the freezer, apples, pears, nuts, root veggies (sweet potatoes, onions, squash) from the basement, and beets, parsnips, carrots, white potatoes from the root cellar. Then there's the dill, fennel, dried chives, etc., to "spice up" my food. I even have my own home grown popcorn for snacks. So, while the real garden is buried in 5 foot snow drifts, it lives indoors and in my stomach. Life is good.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2014 at 2:18pm

Randall, thanks for the encouragement. Our cold snap remains and looking forward to the expected changes as days lengthen. 

Sentient, I like the internet as well. Lots of information, especially for short season plants. "Why you garden" fits for me; soil, water, sun, all refresh my spirit. Your photo showing dormancy, and the call of nature to stop, rest, and renew inspires me, even as I sit in my nice warm room with virtual friends coming through with very special ideas and thoughts. 

Beverly, you offer great ideas and inspiration. Love your participation.

Spud, I can almost feel your chomping at the bit to get back into your inspiring garden. Seeds on our minds mean planning and planting for a healthy future.  

Chris, a warm winter in the Netherlands, and with your garden to begin to enjoy very soon, we are partners in gardening all these many miles apart. 

I hope each of you, and the others on this string, has a very special day. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 5, 2014 at 12:23pm

For those in the MIdwest and East coast of the US - hang in there!  The cold snap is just that, a snap.  It will "snap" back!

We had 8 degrees for a week or two in December.  I didn't like it either!  I hope there is not a repeat, but no way to know what to expect!

Today we had a beautiful winter frost.

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 5, 2014 at 9:25am

2016 to be the "International year of Pulses".  Beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils....

 

I'm not sure it's something to celebrate. But I do like lentils, and hummus, and snowpeas, and green beans.

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 5, 2014 at 9:20am

Beverly, I love growing herbs!  Even when I don't eat them, I love smelling them.  I was thinking chives might also do well in the window garden, and garlic chives.  Nice flowers, too.  Actually all the ones you mentioned sound nice.

Comment by Plinius on January 4, 2014 at 11:44am

That's beautiful, Sentient, thanks!

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 4, 2014 at 10:48am

From the blog Gardening Gone Wild, "Why You Garden"

Why You Garden

You garden because you need to make a profound connection with the Earth.

It’s your birthright. A primordial longing to experience and participate in the magic of nature.

The deep knowing that ultimately nature is your teacher. Your guide.

You’re a participant. A cog in the wheel. Not in charge.

You learn to slow down. And listen to what the land has to tell you.

Sometimes finding balance and harmony. Other times total frustration and cacophony.

It’s the Tao. Dark and Light. Ebb and Flow.

You work in the garden relentlessly because you have to. Fingernails clogged up with dirt. Sweat streaming down your face.

It’s here that you feel most comfortable in your skin. At peace. And yet, paradoxically ‘on fire’.

Nurturing and being nurtured. Part of the cosmic consciousness. Participating in ‘sacred play’.

Every keen gardener intuitively knows this.

You have a deep seeded vision of what you want your garden to ‘be’. A yearning that is embedded in your unconscious.

This is – in part – what propels you forward. Keeps you chipping away. To get to the essence of what’s underneath.

To embrace your soul – your creative fire.

At the end of the day, after you clean up and store tools, you take a few minutes just to be in your garden.

It’s in those moments that you feel a penetrating serenity. A state of bliss.

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe to match your nature with Nature.” Joseph Campbell

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 4, 2014 at 10:46am

Beverly, that sounds like an interesting approach.  I hope youi'll keep us updated!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 2:54pm

Beverly, sorry about your restriction, but looking forward to your results.  I've heard about window gardening, but never tried it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 2:31pm

I've received 4 physical catalogs in the last month.  Didn't order any of them, so that's a strike against them.  Besides that, I hardly looked at them.  The internet has a much better selection.  

Haven't ordered anything yet, or even started looking.  I've still got time.  Haven't I?

 

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