Godless in the garden


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: 170
Latest Activity: 16 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

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W 16 hours ago. 2 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10. 3 Replies

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 6. 2 Replies

My south garden 1993 & 2013

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 1. 1 Reply

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30. 0 Replies

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 8. 21 Replies

Design with Nature

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 6. 0 Replies

Sepp Holzer´s Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Nov 6. 1 Reply

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Comment by Daniel W on July 28, 2012 at 8:57pm

Idaho Spud, Pawpaws are about the size of an apple but elongated.  They have a semi-banana, semi-pineapple tropical flavor.  You slice them in half and eat with a spoon, sort of likeyou could with an avocado.


Here's my first fig of the year.  Variety is Lattarula.  At 72 grams, it's a good size.  The fig trees are growing like crazy this year.  I don't know why.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2012 at 3:58pm

I just put non-trans-fat margarine & salt on them & zap them in the microwave.

Comment by Lillie on July 28, 2012 at 3:41pm

Idaho, how do you cook the beet greens?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 28, 2012 at 8:40am

You reminded me of a song I haven't thought of in probably 60 years.  "Paw paw patch" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P-xESpk7Q0  

I think they had us learn it in grade school, although I never remember eating one.  How do they taste?

I'm jealous of your 2 acres (and it's not even a sin anymore) :)

I ate two small cucumbers from my garden a week ago.  Looking forward to more.  

This year I planted beets for the first time in quite a few years, and ate two thursday.  As in the past, the roots don't do anything for me, taste-wise, but the greens are very delicious.  Next year I'm going to plant more just for the wonderful greens.

Comment by Daniel W on July 28, 2012 at 8:09am

Never tried stinging nettle.  Interesting idea.

Currently getting a ton of yellow wax beans.  Love them.  Got out first tomato of the season.  Just a cherry tomato, but very good.  More to come!  First fig of the season yesterday.  Yum!

The local nursery had a sale on fruit trees.  I just closed on a property with 2 acres, so am trying to figure out whether to keep the containerized trees in containers at my house, where I can water them daily, or plant them, where they get watered once a week.  I might plant a couple and see if they wilt.  Maybe with lots of mulch and a thorough watering they will survive.  Summer is not a great time to plant, but this way I get them cheap and get a year's head start over buying new ones in the Spring. 

The new trees are 2 columnar apples, and 3 paw paws.  Paw paws have a reputation for not transplanting easily, but they are so worth the trouble, and you can't get them in a store.

Comment by Lillie on July 25, 2012 at 8:14pm

Yes, I have eaten Stinging Nettle and gathered it, too, but with prior instructions from an expert.  Of course, you have to gather just the very new leaves at the very top which do not sting and cook them the same way you would any greens.  I liked it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2012 at 10:03am

Have any of you eaten Stinging Nettle?  I used to grow it and thought it was tastier than spinach, which I liked.  It also has less pests.

I started growing it again and ate some this morning with eggs.  It didn't taste as good as I remember.  It may be because it's a little old now, although I only ate the tips and some of the top leaves.  

Comment by Annie Thomas on July 20, 2012 at 8:24am

Beautiful photos Sentient!  Enjoy your harvest!  Here in Florida, everything is pretty much done until the fall.  Still getting a few tomatoes here and there, but already planning for the fall. I have never seen geranium flowers like those before.  They look more like orchids!

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2012 at 7:03am

I've been eating peas for a couple of months now, but other than that, I've only harvested one elephant garlic so far.  Some critter had beat me to it, as it had a small bite taken out.  I suspect the neighborhood squirrel. He tries everything.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 20, 2012 at 6:56am

I like the color of those scented leaf geraniums.  I may try some as I need some fragrance in my garden.


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