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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!

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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

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by amer chohan on January 30, 2013 at 6:14am

Idaho! apllying any acid one must keep in mind the concentration levels. Vinegar usually works without harm because it already have mixing. Two years ago I used Sulphuric Acid for scale insects. It killed the insects but harmed some plants too. Most of Fungicides are also notrious for the reason. Hydrogen Peroxide 10% is the best solution in my experience.

Comment by Plinius on January 30, 2013 at 1:13am

Does anyone know how to get rid of fruitfly? They invaded my orchids and are now zooming in my face in the most irritant manner.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 29, 2013 at 4:25pm

When I had a huge number of aphids on my cabbage plants last year, I tried spraying them with vinegar, waiting 5 minutes, then rinsing with water.  It seemed to work.  This year, I'll try Hydrogen Peroxide.

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 29, 2013 at 3:54pm

Thanks.  Sounds great.  I try to do mostly organic treatments and that is a new one to me.  I wonder if it would work on my orchids.  I'm anxious to try it.

Comment by amer chohan on January 29, 2013 at 6:24am

Dominic! next time your fig have fungus, mix a little hydrogen peroxide with water and spray it arround. We apply it to very tender seedlings for fungul treatment without any harm to the plant.

Comment by Daniel W on January 29, 2013 at 3:14am

Dominic, because of its story, that fig is precious. 

I have 2 fig trees that originated from immigrants who brought them from Sicily, and another variety with less clear history that may have  originated in Croatia, based on its name.  My others are French and Californian.  This year, from cutting exchange through the mail, I'm trying to root another Italian fig with history similar to yours, plus a possibly Adriatic variety and some Louisiana hybrids.

Fig enthusiasts love collecting figs with origins like yours.  This year I went a little crazy with them.  I may also try to start a Turkish variety, some nostalgia there due to my spending a year there, and a Madeira fig.

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 29, 2013 at 12:00am

My grandfather died at 94, in NY.  He was from Italy and a big time gardener.  There were several fig trees in the yard in NY, which he had planted.  If we covered them and mulched them in the winter, they would actually bear fruit.

When I moved to the Tampa Bay area over 20 yrs ago (central west coast between Gulf of Mex and Tampa Bay), I took a cutting with me. 

I've lived in three different house and had to take a cutting each time.  This is my last house and I have been here six years.  The fig tree is multi stemed and about 4 ft tall. 

It had a handfull of fruit that ripened this year and there is another handful, still on the tree, but they are green.  It has lost all of its leaves, as it does every year.  I keep it mulched and watered, but I think it would prefer the dryer climate of Italy.  It does get a fungus at the end of the season every year.  I have never treated it.  The leaves are always fine when they come out in the spring.

I'm not the only person to grow figs here, but I'm not sure if it is completely happy, but who is?  LOL

Comment by Daniel W on January 28, 2013 at 10:36pm

Joan, I remember snow on ice well from places I have lived and, rarely, here.  You are made of stronger stuff than I am!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 28, 2013 at 10:31pm

Snow again today and yesterday. Thawed last night creating sheets of ice everywhere when the sun set. This morning, snow on top of ice. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 28, 2013 at 9:20pm


Thank you for your comments!  Please post updates!  That's an impressive garden.


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