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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Welcome to Eden!

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 March 17, 2013 at 11:22pm
Sentient, yes, spring is so unpredictable; we have to be flexible and ready for anything. Breaking dormancy too early is a problem.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2013 at 11:15pm
Dallas, your comment intrigued me and so I looked them up. My goodness, you have a lovely group of plants that may be vulnerable. They each are so pretty. Here is what I found:
Dallas the Phallus

Mammillaria mystax

Notocactus magnificus,

Spaghetti Strap agaves,

Opuntia microdasys

Mammillaria hahania


Do you have many left? What was your temperature that caused the problems? The Dallas area should be able to provide enough warmth; I am surprised.
Comment by Sentient Biped on March 17, 2013 at 10:58pm


We had some hail today in Battleground.  A couple of nights anticipated in high 20s or below 32.  This is the cruel part of early spring here - trees bloom, and having lost the protection of dormancy, die in a freeze.  Or at least, no fruit.  

But, that's the joy of gardening.  We never know!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2013 at 10:54pm

Below freezing last night and a snifter of snow in Spokane today. 

Comment by A Former Member on March 17, 2013 at 10:40pm

Those are handsome, Amer. You're doing a good job. Winter was hard on mine. I lost a couple, including my Mammilaria mystax. A few more are less than vigorous, and I think I'm going to lose one of my Notocactus magnifcans, one of my Spaghetti Strap agaves, and possibly my large Opuntia microdaisys and my Mammilaria hahania (if I spelled all of those correctly, don't want to look them up).

Though my xmas cactus I bought for a dollar looks like it is going to bloom again. 

I also think I lost my Tecomaria for good to the freeze, though I'm still holding onto some hope for it. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 17, 2013 at 10:30pm

West end of my front yard. Hollywood plum is blooming. Lots of spring bulbs popping up.


Comment by Sentient Biped on March 16, 2013 at 10:38pm

Amer, beautiful cacti!

Comment by amer chohan on March 16, 2013 at 7:18pm

Wonderful Joan. Thanks for the post. The guay got a wonderful protective mechanisim.

Oligodynamic effect of some metals also makes sense. But talking of metals, highly reactive metal of group 1 and 2(alkali and alkali earth metals) like Na and K etc are usualy found alredy in compound forms. Atleast surfaces of less reactive metals like Fe etc are in compound forms. Silver, gold etc are notorious for being highly un-reactive, which weakens their status to effect enzimes action. None the less a wonderful idea for a little bit of mental activity. Thanks for the post again.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2013 at 3:08pm
Some Insect Wings Are Natural Antibiotics

I first met a Cicada when I lived in Washington, D.C. and was startled at first. Upon doing a little reading I discovered they are a very compelling insect; a joy to watch.
We don't have them in Washington state.
Comment by Plinius on March 16, 2013 at 1:40am

Thanks for the pictures Amer, they're so beautiful!


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