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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: 22 hours ago

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

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

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Comment by Dominic Florio on January 8, 2013 at 10:08am

The one Lady Slipper I have blooms once a year.  The Vanda is doing great.  My first one held on for a few years and when I moved it to the sunny side of a tree, it bloomed.  The roots took hold of the bark and I couldn't move it during a freeze, and lost it.  But now I know better.  Some sun and daily watering seems to do the trick.  I have this one about six months and this is the second time it has bloomed.  I like to mix the various species on hanging poles, so that in I always have something in bloom, at some time.

Comment by Daniel W on January 8, 2013 at 9:49am

Vandas wont grow here at all, even inside - not enough sunshine.  Oncidiums and Odontoglossums bloom one a year for me.  It's really surprising - That bloomed for me?!  Wow!  There are 3 in bloom now, would have been 4 but I dropped one.  I would love to grow some cypripedia, but I don't know if my climate / soil / conditions can handle them, and I already push the zone limit too far and have multiple containers dormant in the garage waiting for Spring.

Looks like you have chickens too.  Hens are part of my garden too.  

Tomatoes here go into the garden in May.  Peppers a week or 2 later.  I might take them for granted if they were year round.  Anticipation is good!

I am SO anxious to get started this year.  

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 8, 2013 at 9:36am

We are supposed to plant tomatoes in the warmer months, but the winter has been very warm this year and I plant tomatoes anyway, just for the hell of it. I'm finding that some of my orchids which were once a year bloomers, are now blooming several times, as they are getting older and more crowded.  I do have to take them in if there is a freeze, but normally I leave them out under the old oaks, I do not divide, and they live off of fallen leaves and a few bananna skins when I think about it.  I killed them all when I first moved to FLorida, 20 yrs ago, but now I grow them with no problem.

Comment by Plinius on January 8, 2013 at 6:00am

You make me jealous, Dominic! Such beautiful plants! We have a rainy winter with high temperatures (10°C), it's so warm that the birds are starting to sing already. The garlic I planted in October didn't even stop growing, but even so, I have to wait six weeks more before I can start sowing.

Comment by Daniel W on January 7, 2013 at 11:22pm

I mean Paradise!  Inept fingers on keyboard.

Your description of the ficus, also interesting.  I've seem photos of ficus taking over Mayan temples, and Angkor Wat.  

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Comment by Daniel W on January 7, 2013 at 11:15pm

Dominic, love the Orchids!  Paraduse!  But it's the tomato in season now that makes me salivate.  Garden of Eden.  Thanks for posting!

Comment by Dominic Florio on January 7, 2013 at 10:06pm

Currently happening in my Florida garden.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 4:42pm

I wrote to Great Garden Plants and for "tread-able" or "step-able" plants and received this answer:

Isotoma or Blue Star Creeper:


Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’

Angelina Stonecrop
USDA Zone: 3-9
Plant number: 1.485.430

A terrific low evergreen groundcover for sunny areas with poor dry soil. This forms a trailing mat of succulent golden-yellow leaves. Clusters of yellow starry flowers appear during the summer. When planted in containers or on a wall this develops a beautiful cascading habit. Plants may be pruned back at any time if they get too large. Foliage sometimes develops beautiful amber tones in the autumn and winter. Does well in large rock gardens where the plants can be given room to spread. Best with occasional to no foot traffic. Drought tolerant. Registered with COPF: royalty required for propagation.

Some of these don't seem to be very "tread-able" to me, but at least it is a list of some possibilities. 

Oh, 6" of new snow since last night, and temperature 36 degrees F. now. Flooding and mud will be next. Spring is going to get here! Hopefully the snow will remain in the mountains for our summer water source. 


Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 12:28pm

Chris, aren't natural processes grand! All the beauty, bounty, energy that exists in and on Earth, and much of it we don't even see. Just now we have 6 new inches of snow since last night and the temperature rises to above freezing as I type. OH DEAR, we are going to see the power of flooding water soon. 
The Spokane River exists because of a fault line that was cracked open because of volcanism, then the Ice Age filled it with ice, the river gorge deepened and widened because of Ice Age floods, and now we have a  beautiful river cascading through our city. It is time to go to the river and hear, feel, and see the forces of nature at work. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 7, 2013 at 12:20pm
Amer, what a lovely thing to say. Yes, we in the USA do not understand the power of myth in your country. My perception is that myth as history or sociology or philosophy is a wonderful thing. When it gets tangled in with government it corrupts both.
Wherever I lived or travelled, I always tried to get away from tourist places and walked the streets of Istanbul, east and west Berlin, Kenai Alaska when it was still a fishing village, and Baturiti Indonesia, and many points in between. Having those splendid experiences taught me how many USA citizens hold a provincial view life.
Amer, I am grateful for people such as yourself who are willing to share experiences and beliefs. We need you.

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