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!

Location: Planet Earth
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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

Discussion Forum

Permaculture U. of Mass

Started by Joan Denoo Jan 16. 0 Replies

"All I want for christmas is....."

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Larry Dec 26, 2014. 8 Replies

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 25, 2014. 3 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10, 2014. 3 Replies

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 6, 2014. 2 Replies

My south garden 1993 & 2013

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 1, 2014. 1 Reply

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30, 2014. 0 Replies

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16, 2014. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 8, 2014. 21 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2013 at 1:44am

I love hellebores for all the reasons you mention. They self sow and easy to transplant the wee ones. I didn't know they are toxic. I will  wear gloves. We still have snow, but as soon as it is gone, I will cut off last year's leaves, retrieve any babies I want, and enjoy the blossoms until they get covered by leaves about spring equinox. They remain upright, standing proudly, and one has to hunt down in the growth to find any flowers. However, the green is so pretty, I don't mind. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 12, 2013 at 11:04pm

New group icon, Helleborus niger.   This pic from wikimedia commons.  I have some in bloom now, freeze and snow doesn't seem to faze them.

"Black hellebore" was used by the ancients in paralysis, gout and other diseases, more particularly in insanity. "Black hellebore" is also toxic, causing tinnitus, vertigo, stupor, thirst, a feeling of suffocation, swelling of the tongue and throat, emesis and catharsis, bradycardia (slowing of the pulse), and finally collapse and death from cardiac arrest. Research in the 1970s, however, showed that the roots of H. niger do not contain the cardiotoxic compounds helleborin, hellebrin, and helleborein that are responsible for the lethal reputation of "black hellebore"  Google images.  H. niger seems long lived.  I have some that are 12 years old, growing in shaded, cool locations.  The one down-side is the flowers are pendulous, so you amost have to get under them to appreciate their simple elegance.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 9, 2013 at 3:02pm

It was hard to make-out, but I guessed lizard.  One of my favorite species as well.

Comment by Annie Thomas on January 9, 2013 at 2:52pm

Joan- it is an anole, a very common lizard found here in Florida. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2013 at 1:14pm

So, we have a very handsome frog to enjoy. Love your photos and stories. 

Spud, your "More hansom than most princes and a lot more beneficial" tickled me .. sadly, handsome and beautiful of face does not always include honorable of character!

About the squirrel formula, I wonder if an edible oil could substitute for Murphy's oil? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 9, 2013 at 1:03pm
When I lived in El Paso, I brought home some wild cactus for my garden. A friend told me tarantulas and scorpions breed in cactus and when the babies get big enough, the cactus will shake and explode. When you wrote about cactus, I Googled cactus + scorpions and this is what I found:
Exploding cactus an urban legend.
Comment by Idaho Spud on January 9, 2013 at 12:01pm

I like the frog pictures.  Frogs are some of my favorite creatures.  More hansom than most princes and a lot more beneficial.

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 9, 2013 at 11:44am

Ahandsome prince, I wish!  He would fit in the palm of my hand.  He is a very large Cuban and several smaller ones live in the birdhouse also.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 9, 2013 at 9:19am


Comment by Idaho Spud on January 9, 2013 at 9:17am

Thanks for the hints at squirrel repellent.  It may be easier to spray my strawberries than build squirrel proof fences around and over them, necessitating opening up a portion and crawling to harvest some every day.  Of course, the robbins eat a lot too, and it sounds like that won't keep them out.


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