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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: 2 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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 29, 2012 at 1:09pm

Since I've been building a storage shed in my back yard, front yard gardening is my thing also, and I've been getting compliments. 

One was from a woman that wanted to know what my garlic plants were :)  One from a 7 year old girl that passes by on the way to school, and one from a teenage boy (if you can imagine that!).  He talked about how his grandmother grew lots of things also, and was very impressed with my 1.3 foot diameter squash leaves all over my fence.

It's disgusting that some cities don't know what looks good and what doesn't.  I think it mostly comes from people with a little authority throwing their weight around.  It sounds like Orlando is backpedaling on the issue after so many people signed the petition to let the garden stay. 

It also sounds like the brouhaha was started by a ridiculous neighbor that complained to the city.  My city also has codes that I think are not good.  They've gotten after me for several things, although it appears not until one or two neighbors complained. 

For one thing, they have a code that says you cannot grow anything in the space between the sidewalk and the curb except certain trees.  The only things allowed on the ground are grass, gravel, or bark.  I found-out about that code after I grew vegetables there one year.  I think the problem was that one neighbor wanted to park there and I put a temporary fence around the veggies to discourage kids from picking them just to throw at each other.  That made it hard for anyone to get out of their vehicle from the passenger side.  The code enforcement officer said that was the problem, but I've not grown anything in that area since except fruit trees, because the code says I can't and I don't want another hassle.

Green growing things never look like a mess to me, but I know they do to some people :(

Comment by Daniel W on November 29, 2012 at 10:26am

Joan, thank you for posting on front yard gardening.  I've been doing that too.  There are more popping up in my neighborhood now.  People often stop and talk about what I'm growing.


There are still places where people have to fight for the right to garden in their front yards.   Imagine - "It's a free country" but some people can't plant tomatoes in their front yards, without being harassed by neighborhood associations or city councils.


Mine is always a mess.  I understand people who think it's unsightly.  I try, but perfect appearance of a kitchen garden is much harder to achieve than a lawn with a couple of "pillow shrubs".

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 27, 2012 at 1:48am
Comment by Steph S. on November 24, 2012 at 12:59pm

Enjoying all the pictures and posts here.

Trying to get caught up.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 23, 2012 at 12:43pm

I also very much enjoy lizards, but don't see any in the middle of this city of 60,000.  No amphibians or snakes either.  I've often thought of importing some to help my garden along.

Comment by Daniel W on November 23, 2012 at 12:16pm


Love the lizard!  I've seen a couple around here.  Very rare here.  We do have frogs, toads, snakes.  Our insect-eating friends.

Comment by amer chohan on November 23, 2012 at 12:10pm

Dallas cereus with yellow spination are very difficult to identify.there are so many arround. Spineless green one on the back with white ribs  stenocereus marginatus is a grand cactus. One of my favourites, a plant I wish to have in my collection.

Comment by Daniel W on November 22, 2012 at 2:11pm

Beekeeping donkey.

Technically, a beekeeping donkey probably doesn't count as gardening.  But maybe it does.

Comment by Daniel W on November 22, 2012 at 11:49am

Amer, you are right, the epiphyllum is very fragrant.  The segments are also very easy to root.  I just let them dry for a day then insert them into potting soil and water only when it dries out. 

Comment by amer chohan on November 22, 2012 at 8:04am

Sentient night blooms are usualy vibrantly fragrant. Is your Epiphlum flower fragrant?


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