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.

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Sentient Biped on November 16, 2012 at 10:24pm

Joan, that wagon wheel herb garden is nice!  I was thinking what to do in absence of a wagon wheel.  You could use a flowerpot or clay drainage tile for the center.  Cut 1X6 or similar boards in 3 ft lengths and set them on edge as "spokes".  For the hub, bricks or stone edging.  That would give the same overall design, without needing to buy a wheel.  Plus, I think the 1X6's would separate the roots of the herbs better than wheel spokes would do, keeping them from invading each other (mints, lemon balm)

Comment by A Former Member on November 16, 2012 at 6:02pm

Joan, I like the wagon wheel herb garden. 

Comment by A Former Member on November 16, 2012 at 6:01pm

Amer, I am only a novice at growing cacti and succulents. I've lost a good many myself, especially the succulents. Part of the problem is my location. I face northwest, and everything southeast of my unit is either walls or trees, so I tend to get the full blast of the setting sun and the winter winds (which blow from the northwest here). That makes keeping my plants either cool enough or warm enough somewhat of a challenge throughout the year. So, alas, I've lost many for one reason or another.

I've never attempted to grow cacti from seed. Not sure I really have the capacity for that at this time. I do not have any pilosocereus. 


Here is my complete inventory:


Agave – “Spagetti Strap”

Agave potatorum vershafeltii

Agave varigata

Aloe nobilis

Austrocylindropuntia subulata

Echinocactus grusonli

Espostoa lantan (2 ea)

Euphorbia cereiformis

Gator aloe

Mammillaria fragilis

Mammillaria hahaniana

Mammillaria mystax

Mammillaria pilcayensis

Notocactus magnificans

Opuntia microdasys

Opuntia monacantha monstrose

Opuntia quimilo

Opuntia - unidentified

Pachycereus Pringlei (False Saguaro)


Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2012 at 1:53pm

Wagon Wheel Herb Garden

geometric garden design idea

Sentient, when I see a garden geometric design idea your name pops into my head. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 16, 2012 at 1:50pm

Two Men and a Little Farm:

Here is a delightful geometric design idea. They borrowed the idea and say it is relatively easy to build. Notice the water hose bowl bottom-right.

Comment by amer chohan on November 15, 2012 at 6:55am

Dallas! Espostoa and the cristate are realy great. Here we prefer to buy grafted plants. They are easy to handle and grow much faster than the rooted plants. On attaining the size near to size of mature plant graft is broken and plants are converted to rooted ones. You people live in the home of cacti, here it is very difficult to get a desired plant. We usually spend more in search of plants than the actual price. Only way left is raising collection from seeds. First time I bought seeds from Chiltren Seeds but was unable to germinate a single one. Then I tried Cactus Store seeds.Germination rate was astonishing. But now I couldn't handle the seedlings. About 300 out of 2000 are still alive and perhaps out of danger at an age of one and half. My real love are Espotoas, pilosocereus, micranthocereus, Austrocephalocereus and oreocereus(wooly cereus). I had more than 450 seedlings of their different varities but unfotunatly nothing servived apart from three(perhaps overcare). Now I am trying Mesa Gardens and Succseeds. Hope past experience counts. Have you anything from pilosocereus faimly?

Comment by A Former Member on November 14, 2012 at 6:47pm

Hello Amer. The notocactus magnificans isn't particularly precious as far as I know. They have plenty of them for sale at the store. If you like cactus, check out my cactiphilia thread. 

I the only other barrels I have are three Golden Barrel Cacti. 

Comment by amer chohan on November 14, 2012 at 12:08pm

Hy Dallas, its realy nice to see someone intrested in cacti. Notocactus with yellow hair like spines in the center of the picture is a very nice plant. If it make a wooly barrel in future then it is an unusual plant. Take care, it alone is precious than all other collectively. Which barrels have you bought?

Comment by A Former Member on November 11, 2012 at 9:18am

Thanks Joan. I like to nestle my potted plants into and around the ground plants as much as possible. Yes, as far as the winter cold here, the worst is yet to come. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2012 at 2:19am

Dallas, your plants are so pretty, and I recognize some of the lawn grass as the kind we had in Killeen. I like the way your brick walls and fence blend together and the way you use your plants. The cactus bed presents a nice blend of textures and colors. Clay pots add a nice tone to a garden. 
I remember as Feb and March being miserable months with cold, wet, windy weather with occasional snow.

 Good night everyone, hope you all have a fine weekend. 


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