Godless in the garden


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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Welcome to Eden!

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 on Sunday. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don on Sunday. 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 June 12, 2012 at 6:10am

Sentient- I don't what it is, but I sure wish my weeds were that pretty!  I look forward to hearing what others think it may be.

Comment by Selen on June 11, 2012 at 11:58pm

I like your garden flowers.Thanks you so much.

Comment by Selen on June 11, 2012 at 11:57pm

An old lady in China told me that such flower could be eaten to treat disease, who knows it is true or not? difficult.

But some people in countrysides of China told me that such flower grows everywhere because birds eat the seeds and spead the seeds everywhere.

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 11, 2012 at 10:52pm

Anybody know this weed?  I keep pullling it out, and new ones come up.  Not super invasive  - it stays fairly well confined.  I have not been able to eradicate it with 10 years of effort.  I don't try really hard, but now and then I pull it all out.

It's not a hollyhock or a hibiscus. The leaves are tough and shiny. The stems are very tough. The flowers are always the same color. It's in full sun, south side of the house, and never gets water. No fragrance. The leaves have a tendency to get rust, but the plant doesn't seem to mind.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 9, 2012 at 12:28am

Dallas, the chicken article tells an interesting story of chicken/dinosaur. Who would have thought it? The story, "According to the writings of Cicero, when one contingent of birds refused to eat before a sea battle in 249 B.C., an angry consul threw them overboard. History records that he was defeated" reveals an interesting way of making decisions ... maybe better than modern methods.

"Chickens make wonderful pets ... They are as colorful as tropical fish but more affectionate, as cute as guinea pigs but better tasting, and, ... far better mousers than our cats.” I didn't know that! What do they do, peck the poor mouse to death? 

Also, Dallas, how is your garden design project going? Looking forward to learning the plants you choose. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2012 at 11:40pm

We had a wonderfully warm two or three days and I luxuriated in the garden ... mostly just sat and watched things grow, with a little puttering here and there. The rains came while I was away visiting my daughter and her family and I came home to a lush tropical garden. Everything is green, Irish green. The peonies haven't popped yet but buds swell to full capacity and ants swarm to help them burst open. 

I had a splendid week with my daughter, my two granddaughters,  two great-grandsons and two young men of great character. One  absolutely wonderful young man as partner for one granddaughter has come into our lives with three very young children. Their mother died by an accidental error in Rx. So, five young'ns (from 4 years old to 12) and I played in the lush forest with them, tasted the edibles and identified the in-edibles. Wild strawberries promise abundant fruit soon. Plants from my two grandmothers' gardens flourish in the rich soil fed by well composted horse manure. 

These little families cluster around, treating my like a treasure. For what more could I ask? 

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 8, 2012 at 9:45pm

How's it growin? 


My Pacific NW garden is getting the usual NW rain and rain and rain, maybe more than usual.  The weeds are so lush you could probably use them for salads.  Sun-loving tropicals like tomatoes and chili peppers are droopy.  The iris flowers turned into mushy globs out of "Alien".  Getting some ripe strawberries.  Still getting some rhubarb.   We have some potatoes that are the lushest I've ever seen - will they be all-leaves?  We're at that awkward stage where it isn't summer but spring is gone.  Not complaining - that's life in the Maritime NW.  But I would love some juicy tomatoes this year.

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 31, 2012 at 10:13am

NY Times:  Tomatoes have more genes than people have.  Potatoes, peppers, and eggplants, too.  " About 70 million years ago, some lucky mishap in the process of cell division led to a triplication of the Solanum genome."  That triplification meant there were 3 times as many genes to undergo mutation and evolution. Once again, showing the importance of diversity in survival an proliferation of life. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 31, 2012 at 9:52am

Dallas, thanks for the Smithsonian link.  Ironically, I just let my Smithsonian e-subscription lapse.  For some reason, Smithsonian seems too flippant to me these days.  I love reading the history of foods, though, so the article was interesting.  Walking around my neighborhood, I sometimes see other yards with chickens, so it's becoming an accepted trend.


Tammy, I also want to start a beehive.  My next garden project, I think.  It takes a while to get started, so I need to think about it now, for next spring.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 30, 2012 at 1:38am

Tammi, great idea and article. Our out-of-control pharmaceutical companies need more accountability. I really do not like GMF because there is no way to prevent pollen from their blossoms from getting into my heirloom plants. 


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