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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

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Comment by Daniel W on July 25, 2013 at 9:20am


Thanks for the recipe!  If I get past eating them off the tree I'll have to try that!

How's the gardening everyone?

Here we have ripe plums,  a few ripe figs.  Some swiss chard.  Planted some young fig trees in the ground, should have first small crop  next year if all goes well.   Tomatoes have a few almost-ripe fruits.  Occasional mulberries - my favorite, when I am eating them.  Otherwise figs are my favorite when eating them.  And tomatoes.  And plums.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 22, 2013 at 10:49am
Comment by Daniel W on July 21, 2013 at 5:23pm

Randall, marigolds are supposed to help in a variety of ways, attract beneficial insects, repel  some harmful ones, and some varieties are supposed to have a toxic effect on some nematodes.  I planted marigold seeds along the edges of a couple of raised beds.  Also sweet alyssum seeds to attract beneficial insects.  Even if it doesn't work, they look nice and they are fun to raise from seeds and cheap.

Lillie, there is quite a lot of literature regarding translocation of minerals among plants via mycorhizzal fungi associated with roots.  It's hard to know how far to go with that.  If some plants excrete substances, that are translocated by fungi and have effects on other plants - even without cognition, is that communication?  We could call it that.  As a microbiologist I studied effects that bacterial species have on one another in certain consortia - some giving off substances that influence others.  Again, it's not cognitive communication, but some do biochemical things that affect others. 

Comment by Lillie on July 21, 2013 at 11:22am
Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2013 at 7:30am

I love all the blues and purples in these photos. I can't add to the gallery because rabbits ate all my petunias. They must be yummy! I know they don't care for marigolds. I scatter them all over my vegetable garden to repel cabbage butterflies (doesn't work).

Comment by Plinius on July 21, 2013 at 12:51am

Thanks for the picture, Sentient, it's just what I needed!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 3:33pm

Patricia, these are lovely lilacs. When I drive through the Palouse in Whitman County there are many vacated farms taken over by agribusiness. Some of the old farm houses have caved in upon themselves, and the lilacs, peonies and iris continue to grow. A real hardy trio.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 2:24pm

Yes, blue is difficult to find that will last year after year. Monkshood is a nice plant, it re-seeds each year and cones up from old roots. Pansies offer sweet reminders of both my grandmothers' gardens. 

I have some dwarf Greek oregano that tastes so good, is very pretty with its short growing habits. If anyone wants seeds, I can supply all you want. It will be late autumn when the seeds are ready to harvest. Even dwarf oregano can be invasive, but is very easy to pull out what you don't want. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2013 at 2:02pm

Actually it is to pull oxygen into the soil. You don't want the roots to dry out because they have tiny littler filaments that go out into the moist soil. The worms will stay below that line. If the soil becomes dry and hard, worms cannot survive. You want the worms to come to the surface and make their little journey from top soil to lower layers. When the kids were small, we had a worm farm, as well as ant farms and aquariums for lizards and snakes. Watching how they keep house is quite amazing. We even had a pet jumping spider in our kitchen window and she was very clean. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2013 at 12:58pm

Joan, If I had room for flowers, I would make sure blue was well represented.  I probably like the color because it's harder to find.

I've a question Joan.  You said let the top 2 inches of soil dry before watering again.  Is that to pull air into the soil and/or to keep the worms happy?


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