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!

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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 no particular order:
Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.
What's your gardening style?
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Wild Parsnip - It can burn skin.
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Cheap gardening.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2013 at 1:51am

Daniel, how are you feeling after your adventure? Are you back to work already? 

My Witch Hazel is in full bloom and just outstanding. The leaves are off most of the trees, leaving this shrub/tree standing in all its yellow glory like a breath of autumn ... a surprise when everything else is going to sleep. 

The leaves on my star magnolia turned a very nice brown, with just a tint of magenta. None has fallen; it is just across the walk from the Witch hazel and they make a lovely pair.  

Winds have pretty much swiped through the deciduous shrubs and trees, leaving the empty branches prepared for winter's snow. We haven't had snow, but several nights of killing frost.  

Thanks for book recommendations, Randall and Daniel; they are on my to-read list. The long, cold winter has begun with those harsh cold winds; snow will probably be here by Thanksgiving.  

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 31, 2013 at 10:09pm


Thanks for the recommendation.

For another one - Amy Stewart's book about earthworms is pretty good.  I don't think it's worth buying it, but if you can get a library copy it's worth a read.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 28, 2013 at 8:27am

For anyone that enjoys growing flowers, I highly recommend Cultivating Delight, by Diane Ackerman (author of The Zookeeper's Wife). She's a great writer. I considered inserting a sentence or two, but couldn't decide which one--so many to choose from!. Written in '01. 

And to answer Sentient's question about my persimmons, I ate me first ones yesterday! Plump and yummy! Small crop this year, but super big (golf ball size). Once fallen to earth, I have to beat the oppossums (coons?) to them.

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 27, 2013 at 1:42am


Thank you for the welcome back.

Slept late today.  Still a bit foggy brained and not at all enthusiastic about returning to work!

But today I did clear out 1/2 of a raised bed, added some chicken manure compost, and planted shallots for next year.  And added some compost much around a few fruit trees.

Comment by Patricia on October 26, 2013 at 1:16pm

Glad to see you home safely, Daniel.

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 26, 2013 at 5:23am
Joan you are right, Woke up at 1 am. Now back to bed.
in the Battleground yard, a confused bearded iris is blooming. Brilliant yellow and fragrant. Strange and lovely among the deteriorating leaves. Persimmon leaves are red/yellow.
Randall how are your persimmons doing?
Spud thanks for your melon inspiration. Will try next year!
Chris I like that expression! I used to feed treats to my cat when I was a student studying for exams and stressed. Whin I was stressed she gained weight!
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 26, 2013 at 3:15am

I suppose Daniel has arrived home by now and has a real case of jet lag. Hope he rests comfortably and restores his energy. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 24, 2013 at 8:59am

About half my sweet potatoes were gnawed on--even totally eaten--by voles. But I plant twice as many as I need, so it's a fair trade. It just hurts to dig and dig and find nothing but shells (skins). Fences keep out rabbits, but not moles or voles..

And Joan lives on to garden another day! Hurray!

Comment by Plinius on October 23, 2013 at 12:12am

There's an old Dutch equivalent, in translation it goes like this: The master's eye fattens the horses. English is much compacter than Dutch, nine words in the Dutch proverb!

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2013 at 5:11pm

Oh yes, I like that concept, and it bears repeating: "the farmers footprints are the best fertilizer". Thanks for sharing Ning.

Had my last radiation about an hour ago and I am still alive. Limp and alive!


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