Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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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.
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

Discussion Forum

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


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W Nov 3. 2 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 2. 4 Replies

A texas garden I never thought I would see!

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 30. 4 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 29. 10 Replies

What the heck is hugelkultur? How does it save water?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Oct 29. 8 Replies

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Comment by Annie Thomas on March 22, 2013 at 7:03pm

I spent about seven hours in the yard today... mainly raking up live oak leaves and chainsawing a downed tree.  It looks so good to me!  Here is my new vegetable garden, complete with a giant guard turtle.  Everything is growing nicely from heirloom seeds and I just hope the forecast of hail tonight misses us.  My husband and I refer to this plot as "the back 40", as it is about 40 square yards in size. ;-)

I've been enjoying all of the cacti photos.  I never cease to be amazed by the incredible diversity in plant adaptation.

Comment by A Former Member on March 22, 2013 at 6:32pm

I did plant mine a little deeper than yours, however, I'm almost certain I don't over water. I'm pretty light-handed with the watering can, and during the cold months I only water about once every two weeks. However, one problem I have each year is that they invariably get rained on during a cold dreary day. I try to protect them from that, but I don't always get them inside. As you know, they don't like to be cold, wet, and soggy, and this damages several of mine. They just end up rotting at the base. 

I noticed you have your Opuntia microdiasys staked. Does it fall over on you? Because that is what mine is doing. It was upright until this winter. I kept it away from the freeze, but this winter it started to lean. It was upright all summer.

Comment by amer chohan on March 22, 2013 at 4:09pm

Dallas, your plants are too deep in the pots. That may be one of the reason behind the failure. Catus pots should be filled upto neck with plant completely out of the pot so that air dries out the stem soon after watering. This also reduces the daner of overwatering too. Here are some of my pots

Comment by amer chohan on March 22, 2013 at 6:01am

Joan, when you talk of interior sindh, its physical distance from my home wich you mentioned does not count, you are talking of another world. A world very different from the world I and you live in. Don't google about its water and sanitation problem. People there got much bigger problems than that. As far as water and sanitation is concerned, water is much more scarce and costly commodity in a pure desert.

Comment by amer chohan on March 21, 2013 at 11:05pm

Lovely astro, Euphorbia(if I am right), and mammlaria dallas. If palnts with leaves like agaves and opuntias survive and other cactus suffer, surely it is over watering.

Comment by A Former Member on March 21, 2013 at 9:08pm

Neato. This is called a Mexican Grass Tree.

Comment by A Former Member on March 21, 2013 at 8:49pm

I may have posted this before, but since we likely have new members, no harm in reposting. This is the link to Yucca Do Nursery, which specializes in heat-resistant and drought-resistant plants, as well as endangered plants. They don't have regular retail hours, so it is my mail order only. 

They are here in Texas, though I don't know where the city actually is. They have some really neat stuff. Amer you may be interested in what they sale.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2013 at 8:35pm


I wonder if there are women leaders in their community who are able to persuade others, men and women, for the need for potable water and those who would be able to engineer a water and sewer system? I realize this is far from your home. Does your area have similar problems?


Comment by A Former Member on March 21, 2013 at 8:12pm

This is called a Nemesia. I just planted one between two stones to see how it does. Kind of pretty.

This is my Opuntia qumilio. You can see some new growth on the top. This has very thick and meaty pads. The thorns on this thing really say "don't fuck with me."

This is my Agave potatorum vershafeltii. It has luckily survived the winter. I pulled off two babies last year, and you can just see it sending out another one in this picture. Very architectural plant.

These here are, from left to right, my blue fescue which has done nicely. I got it last July. It stayed green all winter (or blue if you prefer) and looks nice and healthy this year. In the middle is my Queen Victoria agave, which has also done well, and last is my alligator aloe, which is also a wonderful plant. I just always left it out where the complex sprinkler would get to it, and never really do anything to it. It never rots, sheds leaves, gets bruised, or turns brown at the tips. I highly recommend this aloe if you can find it. It is also very productive and sends out lots of shoots for new babies, as you can see here. Time to pull them off I guess. 

Comment by A Former Member on March 21, 2013 at 8:00pm

I'm behind on comments.

@SB, sorry to hear about the stomach cancer. I really hope you are going to be okay. And I mean that this time.

@Joan: Texas weather is wonky. Don't forget though that we get all that cold air that moves down from the northwest and comes around through North Texas and on down to the Gulf. So we have some really bad cold spells, too. 

@amer: I'll post some of the bad cacti pics when I can. 


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