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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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

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 0 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

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Comment by Plinius on July 27, 2013 at 11:12pm

Good morning! What a nice bee picture!

Comment by Patricia on July 27, 2013 at 11:06pm

We eat broccoli in many ways.....raw on a cold plate, steamed, stir fried Asian style, etc. It's usually successful every year.

We have cauliflower, tomatoes, peas, onions, radishes, cucumber, peppers, onions, & muskmelons. I freeze peas & peppers, make tomato sauce to freeze, but we don't like the rest of the veg frozen so they get shared with the neighbors. In return, the neighbors share their root veg which we don't grow.

The melons are a new item this year, so no idea how they'll turn out.

We do get your Walla Walla onions in the stores here, so am looking forward to getting some of those.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 27, 2013 at 10:49pm

Patricia, a lovely head of broccoli! Happy eating. How do you prepare it? 

Sentient, your white oregano blossoms are so pretty and the bee has a nice load. Your use of broccoli for bees and chickens makes me feel good. Nothing goes to waste. 

I was in the garden before 6 AM and came in about 2 PM. It wasn't too hot, a nice breeze, a lovely Siamese cat came for a visit and likes petting. He also likes to sit near the bird feeders. I hope I have enough protection. I enjoy the cat if I have the birds safe from him. 

The mice ate a hole in one of my straw hats, and I hung it in a tree to use as a bird feeder. Maybe foolish thing to do, but it looks kind of "resourceful".  

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 27, 2013 at 7:28pm

Awesome broccoli! 

I let mine go too far, and it was covered with lovely yellow flowers.

It didn't all go to waste.  Turned out the honeybees foraged the flowers, and after that the chopped plants went for chicken food.

Photo is from today.  Oregano flowers, busy with honeybees, bumblebees, and tiny native bees.  You can see the full pollen baskets on the hindquarters.  Like saddlebags.

Comment by Patricia on July 27, 2013 at 7:14pm

Fresh picked broccoli for dinner tonight!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2013 at 5:15pm

Chris, I'll take some new pictures of my watermelon plant in the next day or two.

Comment by Patricia on July 27, 2013 at 5:11pm

I freeze most everything now, but I used to can as well. I had a pressure canner to make sure vegetables were safely sealed & sterilized, but fruits were just boiling water bath. Never had any problem with any of it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 27, 2013 at 4:15pm

Randall, I also freeze everything I can fit in the freezer part of my refrigerator.  My large freezer stopped working years ago.

Never tried canning.  It looks like too much trouble, and I'm concerned about safety.  I don't dehydrate fruit because I don't like the taste.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 27, 2013 at 7:42am

Joan: I freeze everything. Canning used to be a hit or miss thing--lids didn't seal, jars burst, etc. I dehydrate many fruits, including tomatoes (Romas).  Interesting geology information you wrote about on your state.

Comment by Plinius on July 27, 2013 at 1:15am

I love the Spokane pictures, Joan, it's so beautiful.

I have to go by old family stories to tell about my grandmothers, they died when I was very young. One grandmother had a garden and a small shop and library next to my grandfather's smithy, she let rooms and sold meals to passers-by - all this in a very small village that disappeared when that part of the country was tarmacced. She was always in debt, but she fed everyone who happened to be there and people loved her.

The other grandmother was taught by religion that there is no good in the world, so she never saw any good. No garden, just hellfire. Her family starved in the 30s crisis and again in WW2; most of them survived TBC.

My parents were 21 when the war began; my father was well off in the farmers' community where he lived, but my mother was starving with her family. She and her sister decided to leave; they walked 200 KM, begging and bartering, working for a meal - one of the family secrets is about a broken off pregnancy -  and at last  found food, shelter and work in the village of my other grandmother.


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