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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 26, 2013 at 10:46pm

Spud, my watermelons are barely growing.  They are at about 4 leaves.  Not very promising!  Okra doing the same thing.  So much for breaking the rules!

The Minnesota Midget Cantaloupe might be getting somewhere.  The vines are about 18 inches long and have some flower buds.  In a similar vein, I have cucumbers at about about 18 inches long and with flower buds, too.

Comment by Plinius on July 26, 2013 at 9:50am

I'd like to see your watermelons, Idaho, any pictures? I hope you get everything done before the frost starts!

I remember my mother preserving food, Joan, but it wasn't home grown, just bought when cheap. Perhaps I'll start learning how to preserve, I found a book on wildplukken - gathering edibles in the wild - not that there is much WILD around here, but a friend and I will make some walks to gather elderberry and things like that. But I'll study the subject first; this part of the country is one big urban area and more than a bit polluted... green dreams are ok but a sensible approach comes first.


Comment by Idaho Spud on July 26, 2013 at 9:31am

Joan, I thought my post was a little confusing about growing watermelon in pots.  

I meant that I had planted seeds in pots for later transplant to the garden when they were of the right size.  However, it took me so long to modify my soil that they have grown much too large in the pots and even started producing fruit.

I will transplant them to the garden on Sunday or Monday and see what happens.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 26, 2013 at 8:56am
Sentient, your fruit plate looks so fresh, You have planned well.

Chris, I am impressed with your variety and quantity in your small roof garden. I enjoy your posts.

Spud, frost coming so soon? Oh dear, the summer goes so fast. I look forward to hearing how your melons turn out. I've never tried to grow them in pots and am anxious to learn how that works. My farming families grew theirs on the barn manure-straw heap outside the barn doors. The melons had plenty of rich nutrients and, they dedicated hoses to the heaps.

Randall, your yields look great, Some fine eating awaits you. Do you plan on preserving beans and tomatoes? Your neighbors don't know what they are missing with your fresh grown produce.

As a girl, one of our major chores of the year was growing and preserving foods. Today's shoppers miss the fine flavors from carefully grown food with lots of good nutrition in healthy soil.

There are several huge slugs that seem to favor one sunflower volunteer from my bird feeder station and they ate every leaf on the poor thing. I spread diatomacious earth around it and it is now getting some leaves. It is only about 16" tall while the other sunflowers are 6' tall.

Organic Gardening - Pest Control
Comment by Randall Smith on July 26, 2013 at 6:37am

As soon as I "hang up" here, I'm freezing sweet corn (off the cob). It's been a banner year. I put 2 doz ears on a table by the road, to sell for $4/doz, but I didn't have one single buyer in 2 days. There must be a glut out there in Hoosier land. Or people are too much in a hurry to stop. More for me to freeze.

Of course, green beans, zuc., tomatoes, kale, etc. are coming on like gangbusters. Brocolli, too! Yum. The fruit trees are so loaded, I'm sure to lose limbs--nature's way of pruning (I don't). One week to peaches and yellow transparent apples. Oh what fun this time of year is!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 26, 2013 at 6:10am

Sentient, how are your watermelon doing?

I can see the light at the end of the ground-modifying tunnel.  I should be through Sunday and will plant the rest of my poor root bound plants in pots just in case the frost comes late this year.

There are two 4-inch watermelon and one 5-inch muskmelon growing on the potted plants.  I don't expect much from them, but I do have one pot that I planted short season watermelon seed in just 2 weeks ago, so the plant in that pot is just at the right stage for planting in my modified soil.

The long-season watermelon that I planted quite a while ago is looking great.  It has vines going everywhere, the longest is 10 feet.  There are a few half-inch melons and one 2-inch.

Frost will be here in 6 to 9 weeks, so I'm not getting my hopes up for watermelon, but I've been eating raspberries, and the blackberries are just starting to ripen.

Comment by Plinius on July 26, 2013 at 1:02am

Looks delicious, Sentient!

Here we still have high temperatures - over 30° - about 86° for you - and with the high humidity I constantly think of fleeing North. Instead I water my garden boxes. Everything is growing like mad and the harvest so far is quite something for a tiny roof garden:

50 grms of peas

100 grms of marrowfat peas

1 meal of lettuce for the two of us

plenty of garlic, rosemary, parsley, lemon balm and chives

1 (one) horsebean 

And there's more to come! I'm getting rid of some small shrubs that want to expand, so there'll be more room for vegetables.

And now I'll continue my rain dance, the thunderstorm I heard yesterday missed my town, but perhaps we'll be lucky today.


Comment by Idaho Spud on July 25, 2013 at 5:06pm

Looks yummy Sentient.

Comment by Daniel W on July 25, 2013 at 5:03pm

Fresh Today.

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.


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