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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!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 172
Latest Activity: on Friday

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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

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Comment by Daniel W on October 31, 2013 at 10:09pm


Thanks for the recommendation.

For another one - Amy Stewart's book about earthworms is pretty good.  I don't think it's worth buying it, but if you can get a library copy it's worth a read.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 28, 2013 at 8:27am

For anyone that enjoys growing flowers, I highly recommend Cultivating Delight, by Diane Ackerman (author of The Zookeeper's Wife). She's a great writer. I considered inserting a sentence or two, but couldn't decide which one--so many to choose from!. Written in '01. 

And to answer Sentient's question about my persimmons, I ate me first ones yesterday! Plump and yummy! Small crop this year, but super big (golf ball size). Once fallen to earth, I have to beat the oppossums (coons?) to them.

Comment by Daniel W on October 27, 2013 at 1:42am


Thank you for the welcome back.

Slept late today.  Still a bit foggy brained and not at all enthusiastic about returning to work!

But today I did clear out 1/2 of a raised bed, added some chicken manure compost, and planted shallots for next year.  And added some compost much around a few fruit trees.

Comment by Daniel W on October 26, 2013 at 5:23am
Joan you are right, Woke up at 1 am. Now back to bed.
in the Battleground yard, a confused bearded iris is blooming. Brilliant yellow and fragrant. Strange and lovely among the deteriorating leaves. Persimmon leaves are red/yellow.
Randall how are your persimmons doing?
Spud thanks for your melon inspiration. Will try next year!
Chris I like that expression! I used to feed treats to my cat when I was a student studying for exams and stressed. Whin I was stressed she gained weight!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2013 at 3:15am

I suppose Daniel has arrived home by now and has a real case of jet lag. Hope he rests comfortably and restores his energy. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 24, 2013 at 8:59am

About half my sweet potatoes were gnawed on--even totally eaten--by voles. But I plant twice as many as I need, so it's a fair trade. It just hurts to dig and dig and find nothing but shells (skins). Fences keep out rabbits, but not moles or voles..

And Joan lives on to garden another day! Hurray!

Comment by Plinius on October 23, 2013 at 12:12am

There's an old Dutch equivalent, in translation it goes like this: The master's eye fattens the horses. English is much compacter than Dutch, nine words in the Dutch proverb!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2013 at 5:11pm

Oh yes, I like that concept, and it bears repeating: "the farmers footprints are the best fertilizer". Thanks for sharing Ning.

Had my last radiation about an hour ago and I am still alive. Limp and alive!

Comment by Daniel W on October 22, 2013 at 5:05pm
Joan that saying has a lot of wisdom! I never like mediocrity but there is no such thing as perfect either. In fact nothing even comes close to perfect.

Somewhere there is a "Chinese" saying. I put in quotes because Ning never heard it before I told him. "the farmers footprints are the best fertilizer". Meaning by being in the gardn often, we see what needs to be done, and do it, and it doesnt fall to neglect. Which is basically the same, for me, as "puttering meditation". Which gives me peace of mind and helps the garden grow.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2013 at 12:04pm

Daniel, I laughed when I read your comment because you thought of voles and moles and I thought of hawks. So, a structure with lower and upper protection would be perfect. Oh! I like the old saying, "Don't make perfect the enemy of good"!

No matter, it all involves a lot of work. Right now, my task is to get GM-free-seeds and plan for spring. Even the thought inspires me. 


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