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.

Discussion Forum

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo 2 hours ago. 13 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 11 hours ago. 7 Replies

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped 16 hours ago. 4 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo yesterday. 26 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 27. 2 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies

Asparagus

Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 4 Replies

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Comment by amer chohan on December 28, 2012 at 1:10pm

My wife says God is punishing the infidel this winter by opening the heavens again and again and destroying his cactus. Do Gods in America behave in this cheep manner too?

Comment by amer chohan on December 28, 2012 at 6:16am

Sentinent! Its ok with beans but never try opuntia seeds. One of the hardest thing on the earth.

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 27, 2012 at 9:45am

Seed catalogs coming in the mail. 

For short-season and cool-summer areas like mine, I'm sticking with the seedsavers.com, vermont bean seed co, territorial seeds...  and looking at days to ripeness.  Burpee has some very enticing pictures....  but this year I'm trying not to be seduced by the flashiest.  Trying.  Trying.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 27, 2012 at 7:34am

I plead ignorance to opuntias. So I learned something here. Interesting.

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 25, 2012 at 3:43pm

Amer,

Maybe I'll try again.  There are hardy varieties.  I enjoy opuntias a lot.

Comment by amer chohan on December 21, 2012 at 12:01pm

Opuntias are less frost hardy than many other cacti are but hardy enough to survive upto freezing tempratures. Primary reason for the loss was perhaps too much wet weather(water standing arround the roots for long time). It could be easily manged by adding corase fine sand in the upper 6 inch layer(30%). It provides many benifits such as

!- Water does not stand in roots

2- If it rains too much only roots beneath the layer are destroyed. Plant take root again from surviving roots in the sandy layer.

3- In winter rains soil dries in double quick time. 

4- It provides soft soil for roots to flourish.

5- It improves soil breathing.

I don't have much experience with other plants but it works miracles in case of cacti.

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2012 at 9:44am

Those opuntias are beautiful! Do they grow different coloured flowers on one plant or does it only look like that?

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 21, 2012 at 9:18am

Sentient, amazing cactus in Mexico.  I wouldn't want one of those pads to fall on my head!

Those cacti flowers are very beautiful.  They look like the kind that grow wild around here, and every once in a while, I think about transplanting some to my garden.

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 21, 2012 at 9:11am

Amer, beautiful Cacti!

I used to grow more cacti but my cooler wetter climate was not cactus-friendly.   I like the big opuntia most of all - edible pads (nopales), flowers, and fruits.  Wish I could figure out how to grow them here!

I had this one in my yard 5 years ago.  It died in a freeze/wet winter.

This was from an old postcard I found on the internet.

Comment by amer chohan on December 21, 2012 at 8:48am

Echinocereus pictures are googled. I have only 3 of the shown species. Reason behind pasting the picture was that usually plant lovers value the beauty of plants on florination, very few are aware of the fact that spination could be that beautiful.

 

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