Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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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?
Squirrels.
bees.
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 Randall Smith yesterday

I tried a different variety of sugar snap peas this year, and they are awful (Origon Giant)--very stringy and not particularly good tasting. Live and learn.

Spud, that's an unusual breakfast!

Comment by Idaho Spud on Tuesday

Hope you enjoyed your broccoli Patricia.  I didn't plant any brassicas this year.  Maybe I'll plant some cauliflower this fall.

Here's what I'm having for breakfast.  Beet greens from my garden:

Also been eating peas for the last few days.

Comment by Patricia on Tuesday

The first 3 heads of broccoli, the bowl of water seems to ruin the dark green color.....

Comment by Idaho Spud on Monday

Still no bumbles, but honeybees are all over the onions.  Managed to catch a photo of one with a huge amount of pollen on his rear.  There was about twice as much as this photo indicates:

Also caught 3 on one flower:

Comment by Randall Smith on Monday

Oh Joan, I love your positive "can do" spirit! Gardening is so theraputic--weeds and all!

Daniel and Cenek, I've been pouring my pee bucket water down mole holes in hopes the odor will discourage the little buggers. 

While the nitrogen (ammonia) is good for plants, the extra salt is not. So one has to be careful not to add concentrated "urine juice" directly to plant roots. And I'm having the same problem with my tomato plants--some doing great, others puny and worthless. Who knows why (rhetorical). 

Comment by Idaho Spud on Monday

Haven't seen any bumblebees in the last couple of days, but there's always a bee or two on my onion flowers, so I decided to snap one of those:

Comment by Sentient Biped on Sunday

Cenek, I've only been using urine as fertilizer for 1 year.  I have not done a randomized, controlled trial, but I'm very impressed with the growth surge in many of my trees, fruit trees, shrubs, and vegetables.  In some cases it was bad.  I think it killed off a number of my bearded irises.  Other plants that demand high amounts of nitrogen include greens, squash, grasses like corn.  Too much is a bad thing, burns leaves or can cause overgrowth of leaves at expense of fruits, so it requires caution.

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on Sunday

Thanks for the tips guys.

As for urine fertilizer, it doesn't sound crazy to me. I first read about it in the very old book '10 acres enough' wherein the author said that 'liquid manure and urine' was found to be the best way of increasing yield. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on Sunday

Joan, you've been working hard!  I hope the garden therapy is as good for you, as it is for me!

 

Cenek, last year my tomatoes did not take off, most of them stayed pale and puny.  This year I gave them a big nitrogen boost.  They agree fast, with big dark green leaves, and have lots of flowers and little tomatoes now.  The nitrogen boost was diluted pee, about 1/2 quart in a 2 gallon watering can, spread over about 40 square feet of garden bed.  I did that twice.  I don't know if it will help you now.  I'm not crazy.  There have been multiple studies on that method, and for nitrogen-hogs like tomatoes, it an help significantly.

 

On the other hand, if all of the rest of your garden plants are growing like crazy, you may have plenty of nitrogen.  Maybe it's the soil pH, or other nutrient deficiency.

Comment by Idaho Spud on Sunday

I don't know about pine trees, but two sites I found indicate they should be kept moist but not wet:

http://www.gardenguides.com/102562-transplant-pine-trees.html

http://www.pinetum.org/Lovett/planting.htm

 

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