Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  


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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?
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 Joan Denoo on July 16, 2013 at 12:24am

That over 6' tall weed that Cary pulled and dug out today was a cockle bur. It has very soft leaves, rather pleasant to the touch, each bur is about 3/4" wide. The plant was heavily covered with these burs. I could see the hooks on the ends of spines with a magnifying glass.


Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2013 at 11:47pm

Catching up 2013-07-15

A rough patch came and went and now I sit in my garden with birds and squirrels all around me. Raspberries hang from branches inviting me to even more pleasure, year after year, always tasting better. The hummingbirds gather to quarrel over billions and billions of blossoms, sometimes spiraling into the air, one after another, then diving down with the sound of bird jet engines, swooping so close to my bald head I think they will collide with my skull and die. “Death by collision with skull” their death notice will read.

 I have never seen my garden so beautiful, weeds and all. Cary took out a weed that was well over six feet tall before it went to seed and in another week or so we will have to cut the seed heads off the 12-foot tall mullein or they will reseed the south hill.

 I have an old lilac that I dug, probably 20 years ago, part of a root from my great-grandmother’s grave in a pine forest near an old lumbering town in northern Idaho. It is a spindly thing, not very pretty, even as it is precious to me. It is totally draped in purple clematis … a lovely sight.

 I just ate my second ½ cup of raspberries out of my garden today. To buy a ½ cup is between two-for-$5 or $5 each … you know, those little plastic containers berries come in.

 My son, Craig, and his two boys left for home in Littleton, Colorado last Friday after a five day visit with my daughter and her family in the woods of north-east Washington state. Luckily, I was well enough to join them, even though I had to remain near the bathroom at all times. I had so much fun with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Life is too precious to miss such a treat. They all like story telling and that was about all the strength I had … to tell mine and listen to their stories. My great-grandchildren range in age from four years old to 14. My grandchildren from 8 to 28.

 I have my sixth chemo treatment this week and have 10 more to go. My body rejects beef, pork and chicken. I love fish while Cary does not. He or I fix my dinners and when I am down, he makes me a breakfast tray. I breakfast in the garden if the weather is 57 degrees or above. This has been such a cold spring and early summer, it often does not get warm enough. We also have had lots of rain.

 Well, dear friends, I hope each one of you is healthy, happy, at peace and filled with joy. Savor every breath you take and realize what a short period of time we have on Earth. Make it a good one.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2013 at 11:40pm

Sentient, a lovely Buddleia. Thanks for the pollinator plants.


Hope you are feeling well and have enough energy to do what pleasures you. Have you conquered nausea? 

Chris, I like your boxes and the nice sitting area. Looks like a good place to read a book. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 13, 2013 at 8:29pm

Kitty will keep mouse away.  Unless kitty is very lazy.

Buddleia growing in container on my deck.   TLC plant.  This is the first flower.  Very fragrant.  I saw a bumbleebee collecting nectar on another Buddleia, and a butterfly.  So I think this plant is beneficial.


Comment by Plinius on July 12, 2013 at 8:45am

Thanks Spud, it ís a happy place - probably cat-magic, which always amazes me. You can see it in the picture: Dido finds a place to sit, gets his knitting and at once everything is cozy and comfy. They are great home makers.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 12, 2013 at 8:10am

Chris, I was going to say I like what you've done with what you've got.  It looks like a happy place.

Comment by Plinius on July 12, 2013 at 12:34am

Thanks for the compliments! Most of the time I feel quite silly with my 4th floor boxes, like a child pretending, but I haven't got anything else, so this must be my garden. ;-)

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 11, 2013 at 9:48am

Chris you have a beautiful garden. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 11, 2013 at 9:47am

A bit of good news regarding one type of pesticide use - after the dramatic bumblebee mass death in a suburb of Portland Oregon, the state legislature placed a temporary ban on use of neonics (neonicotinoid pessticides) in the state. 


From another article, in "The Grist", "Somewhat confusingly, retailers will still be allowed to sell the products. It will just be illegal for landscapers and gardeners to actually use them.

Naturally, the pesticide manufacture is against the idea.  "“We do not believe the scope of these measures is necessary with the information available,” Safari manufacturer Valent said in a statement, “and we will work to get the restrictions lifted as soon as possible.”

For what it's worth, here is a list of pollen sources for honeybees.  These plants also provide food for native pollinators, which are probably more important in agriculture, than honeybees.  Bees need pollen and nectar - Here is list of Nectar sources for the North.   I imagine southern states have similar and more.

(Image from above source.)

Comment by Annie Thomas on July 9, 2013 at 10:04am

Great pics Chris!


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