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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!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 169
Latest Activity: 4 hours ago

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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 January 16, 2013 at 7:20pm

It makes me feel better too.

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 16, 2013 at 7:16pm

I have a few old live oaks on my property with philodendrons, bromiliads and orchids growing on or hanging from them.  I love my trees and their twisting branches and the Spanish moss which hangs from them.  Of course they are unaware of history, but I know they are aware of at least the watering they get on a regular basis, which is something that people before me neglected to do.  I'd like to think that they know I care about them, but that just makes me feel better.

Comment by Daniel W on January 16, 2013 at 6:58pm


You have found the way to my heart!  I love massive old old trees.  No idea there was such a specimen in Africa.  Beautiful!

Imagine the history that's happened during that tree's life!  

While on old trees, here's one in China.  4000 y/o ginkgo.  I would say anything over a few hundred years is beyond my ability to comprehend.

Children from the local village in Changshun County play under a “living fossil”—an ancient Gingko tree. (Epoch Times archive)

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 16, 2013 at 6:43pm

2000 yr old tree of life from Africa.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 16, 2013 at 1:14pm

Neat patterns Joan, but a lover of going barefoot would have to watch his step. :)

Comment by Plinius on January 16, 2013 at 1:48am

A beauty, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2013 at 10:30pm

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.


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