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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: 173
Latest Activity: 15 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

Discussion Forum

Living in the forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Wednesday. 6 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 17 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W May 2. 2 Replies


Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 2. 1 Reply

Rooftop Gardens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 3. 20 Replies

How to Make a Food Forest Suburb

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 1. 1 Reply

Fantastic Fungi - a film by Louie Schwartzberg

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 28. 1 Reply

Michael Pollan On Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Mar 22. 1 Reply

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2013 at 12:17pm

I just walked through the garden and it is calling me to clean up in expectation of new growth. It is 43 degrees F now and will be warming up to 70 on Wednesday. That will be a full week, and a day since my surgery  and I chomp at the bit.  Hyacinths, Bright Eyes, crucus of all colors and I found a burgundy Helleborus in the back garden. Rhubarb stands at about 9" ... my mouth waters. 

Comment by Daniel W on April 20, 2013 at 11:01am

SPud - I looked up the cherry flies, sounds like the landscape fabric is a good option, but would prevent growing much  under the trees.

I think we manage to eat just about every cherry from the trees. So not much dropping to the ground from year to year.

Comment by Daniel W on April 20, 2013 at 10:49am

Dominic, Cicero was right!  Beautiful scene.

On sour foods - I guess I'm the outlier!  I like fruits that are tree ripened, as sweet and flavorful as they can get!  My partner likes them sour.  He likes to pick them all from the tree before ripe so none go to waste.  We have a "Truce" - he gets to pick some but not all, and leaves some for me.  My inlaws did me a favor and picked a big bowl of blackberries, not ripe.  I did not like them.

On the other hand, the rhubarb crunch I made had 1/3 less sugar and twice the rhubarb as the original recipe, and I liked it a lot.  So did my partner.  Maybe this weekend....

Figs are awful if not fully ripe - not sour, just the flavor of....  bad.  Store bought figs are like that.  Truly ripe ones are too delicate to ship.

I don't know what to expect insect-wise from the new place.  It's more in the countryside.  Maybe the worms and flies will be a bigger issue. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 20, 2013 at 10:22am

I don't like spraying chemicals around either, and I plan on eliminating all spraying this year.  Maybe I can find someone that will buy my last gallon of fruit fly spray.  The gallon I used last year didn't work anyway.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 20, 2013 at 10:17am

The first 2 years of production, my cherry trees were free of fruit flies, but then they must have found the trees and started multiplying rapidly.

From what I've read, it appears the Cherry Fruit Fly becomes an adult with wings and flies to the tree.  However, thanks for reminding me about Tanglefoot.  I bought some 2 years ago, but never used it because I was too discouraged to try fighting anymore.  But, I may try it this year before I give-up completely.

If I acquire an acre or more of land, I may try cherries again because I'm thinking that fabric on the ground under the trees would probably keep them from burrowing into the ground or coming out of the ground the next year.  The reason I've not tried that here is I have limited gardening space and so grow produce under the trees.

Comment by Dominic Florio on April 20, 2013 at 7:15am

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 11:46pm

Dallas, that is definitely a keeper! I'm passing it on. 

"I just baked a potato and wrapped a sprig of fresh rosemary and some Greek oregano and a bay leaf around it with the aluminum foil. Then I split it in half and added extra virgin olive oil and salt. It was nom nom good. The house smelled so good while it was baking."

~ Dallas 

Comment by Dominic Florio on April 19, 2013 at 8:06pm

Joan, I love all of those.  I drink iced tea all day long and it is heavy with lemon or lime.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 7:47pm
We seem to have a sour-taste loving group. I, too, like Granny Smith apples, as well as rhubarb, lemons, and ginger. My mouth waters as I type.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 7:43pm
I'll be interested in knowing if you see fruit flies. More people turn to organic fruit growing. I hope that means more beneficial insects visiting our gardens.

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