Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  


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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 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 December 3, 2012 at 11:04am

Chris, my guess is that because ginger grows in the tropics, in moist, loamy soils, it will benefit by extra warmth and light. A single grow-light bulb should provide the extra candle power needed, and a south winder should provide the light and warmth needed. Cold room temperatures, especially at night, might be a problem. My guess is that an orchid mix would be a good soil, but I don't know that as a fact, just a guess. Here is a site I Googled that may offer some ideas you can use.


Comment by Plinius on December 3, 2012 at 12:27am

And an interesting colour change from bud to flower, thanks Sentient!

I had high hopes to see my first home grown ginger flower from a greengrocer´s gingerroot. In the beginning of November the plant had a big bud, but the diminishing light made an end to the plant's job above ground. I'll keep the container with the big healthy root on the windowsill for a winter rest, and see what happens next year.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2012 at 9:01pm

This lovely iris presents an outstanding blossom. I agree, the camera produced an interesting muted sepia effect that makes it even more interesting. "Romeo" is a keeper. I like your time references. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 2, 2012 at 7:20pm

Joan, it must be fun to have flowers blooming in December!


Here is an oddly timed one for me.  It's a historic bearded iris, "Romeo", which was produced by the French firm Millet et Fils, in 1912.  I bought the rhizome by mail order in July.  Lacking a good spot for it, I planted in in a container.  Three weeks ago, the location was ready, but I noted a flower stem.  I placed it in a south window, in a cool room. 


I don't like the camera flash effect, but the colors are true to the actual flower.  The flower doesn't look a lot like the photo I saw originally. That may be the-lack of sun this time of year, or the cool temperature, the potting medium, or maybe it's mislabeled. I like this one as it is - it has a muted sepia effect, like a faded Kodachrome photo in an old family album.

For an idea of the age of this flower, WWI started in 1914. Woodrow Wilson won the presidency of the US in 1912, with 42% of the vote. The Titanic sank in 1912.  Since each new growth of an iris is really a rhizome branch from the prior year's growth, in effect this is the same flower that may have sprouted from seed in 1909 or 1910.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 30, 2012 at 11:00pm

Sentient, I know, it is early. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 30, 2012 at 10:25pm

Joan, that's amazing!  I thought hellebores bloomed in Feb.  Witch Hazel too.  Wow!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 30, 2012 at 7:18pm

My Hellebores have buds at the soil line and they look very healthy. The Witch Hazel is in full bloom and smells so "good" in an astringent sort of way. I feel refreshed as I walk by it on my way to the outside compost.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 30, 2012 at 7:09pm

College Park man fights to keep vegetable garden in front yard

Thanks to Sentient for this site. The front yard garden looks so healthy and I bet people take a little nibble now and then. Surely, there will be more front yard gardens when all the benefits, lined up against the costs and trouble of lawns, will win out. Especially as food prices rise. Hope he can get those chickens into the front yard for a visit every now and then, especially when bugs show up.  

Comment by Annie Thomas on November 30, 2012 at 12:02pm

What a wonderful story Amer! Are you known as the "Cactus Man" in your area?  I think you have inspired me to go out and get a cactus of my own. 

It's funny, as here in the US, many of the flowering cacti have common names associated with Christian holidays, like the Christmas Cactus and the Easter Cactus.  When we moved into our house about ten years ago, we inherited several plants that were left in the old greenhouse in the back yard.  One day, while cleaning up in the greenhouse, something bright red caught my eye.  An out-of-control "Easter" Cactus, Hatiora gaertneri, was full of the most beautiful, and rather prehistoric looking red blooms.  I moved the plant to a place of prominence in the garden, but sadly lost it a few years later during an unexpected freeze.

Comment by amer chohan on November 30, 2012 at 11:32am

Front yard gardening attracts passers bys and develops intrest in plants. I don't know what american behaviour is but here in pakistan most of people have only one intrest in plants i.e, eating them.

I don't know from where I got cactus addiction but I was amazed why such beautiful plants were such a rearity. I found the answer when I started getting resistance from people. According to muslims religious methology cactus is plant of hell and is going to be the food of sinners in the after life. Out of love of cactus plant I decided to introduce and spread beautiful species of catus in this society.

I learned grafting techniques and now I graft them and give them free to anyone who wants them. In the begining there was little intrest shown. Then I moved many of my plants from greenhouse to the places where they can catch the passer by eye. This worked amazingly and now a chain has started in such a way that people visiting to those houses where I have given plants earlier also come and ask for the plants.

Here in a muslim religious society my cactus garden is literly taken as  "Garden of a Godless". Many of them ask me if catus love has something to do with my athieism. One man even askd if all athiest collect cactus?



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