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.

Discussion Forum

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 0 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies


Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 4 Replies

Some pictures from my garden

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 26. 7 Replies

The Next Green Revolution May Rely on Microbes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jun 30. 2 Replies

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Comment by Annie Thomas on August 2, 2012 at 6:32pm


Your fig looked great!  Do you know if it is normal for a fig tree to lose its leaves after fruiting?  I am "plant sitting" several potted plants for a friend.  One is a fig tree.  We enjoyed several of the figs (the ones we beat the squirrels to), but now it is done and the leaves have all fallen off.  It looks like there are buds on the branches, but I've never had a fig and wonder if this is normal, or if I'm killing my friends plant. I'm in zone 8, Northern Florida.

Comment by Annie Thomas on August 2, 2012 at 6:30pm

What a gorgeous garden Joan!  So much depth and color.  And 79 degrees??  That sounds like our Florida winters. ;-)  I'm thinking about my fall plantings for vegetables already, and can't wait to dig into the soil again. 

In the second photo, you have what looks like a fountain made of flower pots?  Do you grow something in there, or is that a water feature?  It's all very lovely, thanks so much for sharing!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2012 at 6:17pm

Loved the Paw Paw photos and song. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2012 at 6:17pm

Photos taken this afternoon. The temperature is nice, 79 degrees with a slight breeze. Nothing new in the photos, just maturing plants. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 28, 2012 at 8:57pm

Idaho Spud, Pawpaws are about the size of an apple but elongated.  They have a semi-banana, semi-pineapple tropical flavor.  You slice them in half and eat with a spoon, sort of likeyou could with an avocado.


Here's my first fig of the year.  Variety is Lattarula.  At 72 grams, it's a good size.  The fig trees are growing like crazy this year.  I don't know why.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2012 at 3:58pm

I just put non-trans-fat margarine & salt on them & zap them in the microwave.

Comment by Lillie on July 28, 2012 at 3:41pm

Idaho, how do you cook the beet greens?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2012 at 8:40am

You reminded me of a song I haven't thought of in probably 60 years.  "Paw paw patch" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P-xESpk7Q0  

I think they had us learn it in grade school, although I never remember eating one.  How do they taste?

I'm jealous of your 2 acres (and it's not even a sin anymore) :)

I ate two small cucumbers from my garden a week ago.  Looking forward to more.  

This year I planted beets for the first time in quite a few years, and ate two thursday.  As in the past, the roots don't do anything for me, taste-wise, but the greens are very delicious.  Next year I'm going to plant more just for the wonderful greens.

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 28, 2012 at 8:09am

Never tried stinging nettle.  Interesting idea.

Currently getting a ton of yellow wax beans.  Love them.  Got out first tomato of the season.  Just a cherry tomato, but very good.  More to come!  First fig of the season yesterday.  Yum!

The local nursery had a sale on fruit trees.  I just closed on a property with 2 acres, so am trying to figure out whether to keep the containerized trees in containers at my house, where I can water them daily, or plant them, where they get watered once a week.  I might plant a couple and see if they wilt.  Maybe with lots of mulch and a thorough watering they will survive.  Summer is not a great time to plant, but this way I get them cheap and get a year's head start over buying new ones in the Spring. 

The new trees are 2 columnar apples, and 3 paw paws.  Paw paws have a reputation for not transplanting easily, but they are so worth the trouble, and you can't get them in a store.

Comment by Lillie on July 25, 2012 at 8:14pm

Yes, I have eaten Stinging Nettle and gathered it, too, but with prior instructions from an expert.  Of course, you have to gather just the very new leaves at the very top which do not sting and cook them the same way you would any greens.  I liked it.


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