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
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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 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

Fruit Pests: Apricot

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 3 Replies

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Thursday. 1 Reply

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 16. 4 Replies

Change, the only constant

Started by Joan Denoo Jun 15. 0 Replies

Favorite Flowers

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 8. 8 Replies

The Evolution of Ecological Consciousness

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 4. 1 Reply

Living in the forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 27. 6 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 25. 17 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W May 2. 2 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 2. 1 Reply

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on January 6, 2014 at 12:35pm

Thanks Chris : )

Comment by Plinius on January 6, 2014 at 11:52am

That sounds horrible, Spud! I'll send a packet of warm weather.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 6, 2014 at 10:39am

Joan, I like your comment as well.  Warm weather can't get here soon enough for me.

Randall, one chart says your wind chill is -44 F, but it's always felt much colder that the wind chill numbers.  It would probably feel like -88 to me.  Brutal indeed!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 6, 2014 at 8:39am

What I wonderful "comment", Joan! Internet friends are an inspiration to me. And on this cold (-15 F), blustery (25 mph), very white (12") Monday morning, I need all the inspiration and encouragement I can get!  WOW! It's brutal out there. I'm thankful (or grateful) for having electricity. 

Thanks for the words of optimism, Daniel, not to mention the Campbell quote.

Of course, wintertime is when I bring the garden indoors. By that I mean eating the "fruits" of my labor. I am enjoying  corn, green beans, asparagus, strawberries, etc., from the freezer, apples, pears, nuts, root veggies (sweet potatoes, onions, squash) from the basement, and beets, parsnips, carrots, white potatoes from the root cellar. Then there's the dill, fennel, dried chives, etc., to "spice up" my food. I even have my own home grown popcorn for snacks. So, while the real garden is buried in 5 foot snow drifts, it lives indoors and in my stomach. Life is good.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 5, 2014 at 2:18pm

Randall, thanks for the encouragement. Our cold snap remains and looking forward to the expected changes as days lengthen. 

Sentient, I like the internet as well. Lots of information, especially for short season plants. "Why you garden" fits for me; soil, water, sun, all refresh my spirit. Your photo showing dormancy, and the call of nature to stop, rest, and renew inspires me, even as I sit in my nice warm room with virtual friends coming through with very special ideas and thoughts. 

Beverly, you offer great ideas and inspiration. Love your participation.

Spud, I can almost feel your chomping at the bit to get back into your inspiring garden. Seeds on our minds mean planning and planting for a healthy future.  

Chris, a warm winter in the Netherlands, and with your garden to begin to enjoy very soon, we are partners in gardening all these many miles apart. 

I hope each of you, and the others on this string, has a very special day. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 5, 2014 at 12:23pm

For those in the MIdwest and East coast of the US - hang in there!  The cold snap is just that, a snap.  It will "snap" back!

We had 8 degrees for a week or two in December.  I didn't like it either!  I hope there is not a repeat, but no way to know what to expect!

Today we had a beautiful winter frost.

Comment by Daniel W on January 5, 2014 at 9:25am

2016 to be the "International year of Pulses".  Beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils....


I'm not sure it's something to celebrate. But I do like lentils, and hummus, and snowpeas, and green beans.

Comment by Daniel W on January 5, 2014 at 9:20am

Beverly, I love growing herbs!  Even when I don't eat them, I love smelling them.  I was thinking chives might also do well in the window garden, and garlic chives.  Nice flowers, too.  Actually all the ones you mentioned sound nice.

Comment by Plinius on January 4, 2014 at 11:44am

That's beautiful, Sentient, thanks!

Comment by Daniel W on January 4, 2014 at 10:48am

From the blog Gardening Gone Wild, "Why You Garden"

Why You Garden

You garden because you need to make a profound connection with the Earth.

It’s your birthright. A primordial longing to experience and participate in the magic of nature.

The deep knowing that ultimately nature is your teacher. Your guide.

You’re a participant. A cog in the wheel. Not in charge.

You learn to slow down. And listen to what the land has to tell you.

Sometimes finding balance and harmony. Other times total frustration and cacophony.

It’s the Tao. Dark and Light. Ebb and Flow.

You work in the garden relentlessly because you have to. Fingernails clogged up with dirt. Sweat streaming down your face.

It’s here that you feel most comfortable in your skin. At peace. And yet, paradoxically ‘on fire’.

Nurturing and being nurtured. Part of the cosmic consciousness. Participating in ‘sacred play’.

Every keen gardener intuitively knows this.

You have a deep seeded vision of what you want your garden to ‘be’. A yearning that is embedded in your unconscious.

This is – in part – what propels you forward. Keeps you chipping away. To get to the essence of what’s underneath.

To embrace your soul – your creative fire.

At the end of the day, after you clean up and store tools, you take a few minutes just to be in your garden.

It’s in those moments that you feel a penetrating serenity. A state of bliss.

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe to match your nature with Nature.” Joseph Campbell


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