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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
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Latest Activity: yesterday

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 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 May 27. 6 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 25. 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

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

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Comment by amer chohan on April 3, 2013 at 12:37pm

My echinocereus getting ready to bloom

Comment by amer chohan on April 3, 2013 at 6:52am

Joan & Dallas, I am sorry, my last post were too instructive, looks like an expert opinion. But there is a story behind this. Being in knowledge of that perhaps you will forgive some of my authoritativeness. 

In the beginning of my collection, I bought from nurseries and professional collectors. I tried to be smart by noticing what kind of pots and growing medium they used. Also took some help from internet readings. I lost a lot of plants in the process. I bought only frustration from all the effort, time and money I spent. This went on for some time.

I only tasted success when I understood that there was gradual move of years towards use of those mediums. I introduced my cacti to poor and well drained soils and to my amazement when plants had healthy roots, they produced the results I wanted even in the poor mediums. I had to compromise very little in terms of growth rate.

I didn't want this happening to a friend, thats why perhaps I became too instructive unconsciously. Thanks for reminding.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2013 at 11:23am

Sentient, you comments sound spritely. Hope you feel stronger soon, even if your pace is slow. Frankly, I kind of like slow. I see more. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2013 at 11:21am

Amer, I enjoy your comments very much, and like the way information can pass so freely between all of us. We indeed are lucky to have such technology! 

Comment by amer chohan on April 2, 2013 at 10:57am

Joan, one of the lessons learnt from life by me is "being sincere to other people's matters always benifits you in person too". I myself was suspicious about Dallas Christmas cactus but not confirmed that it were the roots causing the unhealth. I copied its pictures and shown it to some professional friends on facebook. In the process I got some knowledge I would have never achieved through out my life.

Sentinet, you some have gardening talent and skills too. Using plastic pots successfully in cacti case is a clear indicator of that. I have noticed it in a previous picture of perhaps your office window too. A thing with which I still feel uneasy.

Cacti are also grown in very rich mediums, in all sort of pots and with very heavy watering too. It all depends on how much your skills can handle.

Comment by Daniel W on April 2, 2013 at 8:51am
thanks everyone. right nowvi have to take it very slowl
ly - baby steps - and small ones at that. so no projects, and let the weeds grow. but its nice to look and smell. the cherry blossoms are almond scented - nice. the mason bees and other pollinating insects are out buzzing around. the dog likes to watch them. by may i hope im mostly back into commisssion. then maybe make some more raised beds. no more big tree digging though!
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2013 at 7:42am

Sentient, I forgot to say I love your fig cuttings.  I'm also acclimatizing the blackberry I purchased a few day ago because the place I bought it from had it in shade.  

I prefer to buy from places that have things in the sun, but this plant looked so healthy, and the one I bought in the same place last year is growing like gangbusters.

Comment by Plinius on April 2, 2013 at 7:33am

Thanks, Joan and Spud! And good to see Sentient back in his garden - and what garden!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2013 at 6:57am

Chris, I like your indoor green vine.

Sentient, as usual, I'm jealous of your back yard.  Hope you can relax and not overdo the work until you heal.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2013 at 2:18am

Amer, I like your instructions for schulmbergera. They provide a lot of pleasure for so little effort. 

Chris, that is a good solution for your lighting situation. Your vine is pretty, looks nicely green across the room as you have it. 


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