Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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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

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 13 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

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Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped yesterday. 4 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 26 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 27. 2 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

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Comment by A Former Member on April 16, 2013 at 8:37pm

Joan, I did not know that was a clematis. I recognize the name, but would not have been able to ID it. This is not mine, it was at someone's house, and I didn't recall ever seeing it before. 

As for the oregano, do you all remember me telling you about the area in my condo they were going to pay me to plant? Well, I ended up doing an herb garden last year. I think I mentioned that. The Italian oregano, Greek oregano, sage, rosemary, garlic chives, and winter savory all lasted through the winter. They are growing like gangbusters this year. 

I guess I am going to have to cut back the oregano though, as it is too vigorous. 

I just planted about four types of basil: a ruby red purple kind, a wavy-leafed purple one, spicy globe, and one other one. I also planted lemon thyme, fern-leaf dill, Mexican mint marigold, a new kind of lavender I found (like French, but with wider, grayer leaves), chamomile, lemon verbena, Russian tarragon, parsley, and seven different kinds of peppers. 

I'll post pictures in a month or two. 

I do have trouble getting thyme to grow here though. I think Texas is too darn hot for thyme. It lasts a while, but eventually dies.

And yes, Daniel, I love oregano with potatoes, and tomatoes, too. I put it in my salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. 

Also, dill is great in a green salad with Ranch dressing. Nom nom. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 15, 2013 at 11:02pm

Fresh oregano is great with root crops, baked with some olive oil.  Potatos, parsnips, carrots.  

I have a small patch of greek oregano.  Herbs are great because they smell so good and bees love them.  I've interplanted them with irises to see if critters will stay away from the irises.  Thyme is also great and stays small.  Roman chamomile seems to stay small.  Mints and lemon balm are pretty invasive - I have them planted around fruit trees.  Almost all herbs attract bees and other beneficial insects.  Most grow easily form cuttings.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:38pm

The photo is not mine. I Googled oregano and found the photo. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:37pm

You can cut oregano right down to the root, and it will come back leggy and get ugly very fast. I tried several different varieties until I found this dwarf. It wasn't even called dwarf, but that is what it is. Oregano is so tough, you can walk on it and it produces a lovely aroma. Some oregano is invasive and hard to control. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:33pm

If you can find Greek oregano, at least the variety I have, grows in a lovely little clump, spreads very easily by seeds or roots and is easy to control. It isn't at all bullish. The favor is outstanding. I pull out any oregano that is the leggy kind and just put it in a tightly covered pan until it is dead and then compost it. Sometimes this little mounding type will send off a tall shoot and I just pull it out, roots and all. If you want me to, I can send you some roots this spring, and some seeds this autumn. It is very prolific and the bees love it. 

Greek oregano

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:25pm

Yours is a healthy plant. Just look at those nice green leaves and pretty flowers. Are they blooming now?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 15, 2013 at 10:24pm

I'm assuming you know it is clematis. The variety? Here is a Google of clematis and do some matching. If you double click on a photo, sometimes it tells you the variety. 


Clematis 'President's Blue'

Clematis early bloomers

Clematis growing i Dallas TX

This should get you started. 

Comment by A Former Member on April 15, 2013 at 9:52pm

Can anyone identify this plant? Just curious.

Comment by A Former Member on April 15, 2013 at 6:43pm

Thanks. I thought so. It did not freeze here either this year. I'll harvest some and cut some back, too. 

I just planted a bunch more herbs, too. I'll post photos when they fill out. 

Comment by A Former Member on April 15, 2013 at 6:40pm

My grandmother used to tell us about her youngest son, my uncle Orville, ate coal. Her doctor told her a child who eats coal needs the minerals it contains. That would been about 1915. Folk medicine may have some credibility.

Hmmm...this sounds fishy. Coal would be very toxic. I can't believe anyone would allow a child to eat it, or dismiss it with a post-hoc rationalization like that. People were strange, or gullible, or something.


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