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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 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

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

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Larry 14 hours ago. 8 Replies

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston yesterday. 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

Sepp Holzer´s Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Nov 6. 1 Reply

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Comment by Daniel W on September 13, 2013 at 10:58pm

Joan,

Thank you for posting the tomato tasting event!

We had our own tomato tasting event for two, spread out over a couple of months.

My favorites were Better Boy and SuperSweet 1000.  I know, they are not heirloom, and they lack that "heirloom flavor" but I just loved them.  Some nostalgia with the Better Boy, tasting like a great Mississippi River bottoms tomato grown in rural Illinois.  My partner's favorites were Hawaiian Pineapple and all the cherry tomatoes of any variety.

I didn't get Lemon Boy into the ground this year.  I also love that one.  It was messed up when a bull-in-the-china-shop doggie knocked over my seedlings.  That's OK.  I've had a taste of some great home grown tomatoes this year, and that's enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 13, 2013 at 1:23pm

"And the winner is ... 

"This past weekend’s 8th Annual Tomato Tasting event was a sweet success for gardeners and tomatoes alike.

"Despite concerns that our tomatoes would not ripen in time for the event, over 40 heirloom and open-pollinated tomato varieties (and one mega-mart hybrid tomato) competed for the title of this year’s favorite. SSE staff, friends, and family brought tomatoes from gardens across northeast Iowa and Wisconsin to serve over 800 event attendees.

"Though competition was fierce, the bright and tangy ‘Cherry Roma‘ was the undisputed winner with over 10% of the votes."

http://blog.seedsavers.org/and-the-winner-is/?utm_source=SSE+Newsle...

Comment by Plinius on September 9, 2013 at 7:44am

I eat smoothies for breakfast, but not with yoghurt. My recipe: any fruit I can find with some nuts, linseed and pumpkinseed, a spoonful of cocoapowder and some almond milk. It doesn't foam!

Comment by Randall Smith on September 9, 2013 at 6:38am
Does anybody dislike "smoothies" like I do (or don't)? I've tried different combinations of fruit, but yuck. Yesterday, it was with a cantaloupe, peach, and strawberries (with yogurt). Not only the flavor was awful, but the foamy texture made me gag. I'm just trying to find ways to eat all the fruit I have. Haven't tried persimmon smoothy, Sentient!
Comment by Daniel W on September 8, 2013 at 4:26pm

Spud,

There are so many reportedly toxic plants, I don't worry too much about it.  I did get rid of an oleander because I read the nectar and pollen are toxic to honeybees, and it's supposedly more toxic than most.

Brugmansias to have a toxin, but so do tomato plants, potato plants, rhubarb leaves, kidney beans, lily  of the valley, daffodils, and a zillion others.  Supposedly a couple of lily petals can kill a cat.  I also thought about planting castor beans, but with all of the loonies out there sending ricin through the mail, I didn't want to get onto a govt list as who knows what, so I didn't grow any.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 8, 2013 at 2:14pm

Nice looking trumpets on that brugmansia.  I read that they are poisonous.  Your cat looks to be still alive, so it must know not to eat it.

Randall, I'd give you some of my water, but the shipping cost would be a little much.

Patricia, glad your melon's flavorful.  

Comment by Daniel W on September 8, 2013 at 7:30am
Randall soon your persimmons will ripen. And somewhere in you state, some pawpaws. That ill be great!

Joan during the winter the brugmansia dries out and I keep it dormant in the garage. Same as geraniums. Kind of a tradition for me now, bringing them back out in the spring for another season of flowers.
Comment by Randall Smith on September 8, 2013 at 6:52am

I may have great sweet corn, but I sure can't produce melons--of any variety! My cantaloupes never get any larger than softball size (barely)--if I get any at all. I'm envious. Still no rain. Love the Bible comments!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 7, 2013 at 8:39pm

Spud, sounds like you have the idea already ... we just need to stand back and watch your garden thrive. Good job!

Daniel, your brugmansia is so pretty. Worth the extra effort. I assume you have to bring it in before winter. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 7, 2013 at 8:21pm

This brugmansia was dropping its buds and leaves.  I could not keep up with watering it.  So a few weeks ago I repotted.  Now it's blooming again.  It's a fun plant. 

 

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