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 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


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.


Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Discussion Forum

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

Permaculture, John D. Liu

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 3. 8 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 17, 2013 at 12:05pm

Sentient, I also am curious about your chicken wire design.  Are those cloths pins holding it together?

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 17, 2013 at 11:15am

Sentient-  I like your chicken wire design.  What did you use for the frame?  It looks like PVC.  The deer are lovely too.  I know they are a nuisance to gardeners, but they are still so wonderful to see.  Where I live, I have to outsmart the squirrels to harvest before they do.

Comment by Daniel W on May 17, 2013 at 8:01am
Chris there is a small woods and creek there. Much is farm and hoses on 2 to 5 acres.

Joan betwen the deer rabbits moles and mice, there is still a lot to lears for me about how to garden in the presence of wildlife. The birdsong is wonderful. Several hummingbids feeding on buckeye nectar.

Those irises are mainly old and ancient varieties in their first year here. They are interplanted with chamomile oregano thyme chives creeping rosemary and so far animals leave them alone. Cant wait to go there on Saturday. have to get through today first!
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 17, 2013 at 1:30am

Beautiful photos! Looks like rabbits will have a challenge getting into the strawberries. Lovely iris in bloom. Mine are still in tight bud. The deer look as though they have some plan in mind to get to the tasty stuff. Do they bother Iris? My daughter and cousin tell me that deer eat everything the nursery says are deer proof. 

Comment by Plinius on May 17, 2013 at 12:42am

Have you got a wood behind your house, Sentient?

Comment by Daniel W on May 16, 2013 at 9:07pm

Why my strawberry plants lost all of their leaves.  And are now in a chicken wire cage.


Biggest damn rabbits I've ever seen. Lots of nutrition in those strawberry leaves.

Comment by Daniel W on May 12, 2013 at 7:41pm

Annie, it's mainly irises.  Probably 99% of their business, although when they open the iris gardens for visitors during bloom season, they selll other stuff.  In fact, I have enough irises in by yard, but I did buy a Weigelia.  Deer resistant, nectar for honey bees, and drought resistant.  I'm guessing much of their other stuff is heritage varieties from what they grow in the show garden.

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 12, 2013 at 5:50pm

Wow!  The laburnums are amazing.  You wrote that this is a private business.  Do they sell Irises, or is it a private botanical garden of sorts?  It looks incredible.

Comment by Daniel W on May 12, 2013 at 10:14am

Great to read about what people are doing in their  gardens!

Annie, thanks for describing your harvests and sharing.  I get almost as much form sharing as from growing in the first place...  Can't eat it all!

Yesterday we went to Schreiner's Iris gardens, a family owned business between Portland and Salem Oregon.  Now is peak bloom time.  It's a nice excursion.  Some pics:

They have several show gardens with hundreds of varieties of bearded irises.

I like these laburnums.  I've been growing some of my own, theirs are much more lavish.

Aesculus.  Common name is horse chestnut or buckeye.

Weigelia.  I wonder if these were brought by the family when they moved from Minnesota in the 1940s.  They are an old fashioned shrub

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2013 at 6:20am

Annie, I liked reading about your wonderful day.


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