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Godless in the garden

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Frugal gardening.
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Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 28, 2013 at 8:20pm
Looking forward to seeing photos of your spring bulbs.
Comment by Sentient Biped on September 28, 2013 at 6:48pm

Today, raining and raining and raining.  Someone yesterday told me that's the "Pacific Northwet".  Years ago, when my parents were alive, our running joke, every week, was "Has the drought ended yet" and the answer was always "Yes!  Finally, it's raining".   I love the rainy season.

Planted some bulbs today.  That's about all.  Moved a few too-big items out of a raised bed designated for bearded irises - some catnip and 2 raspberry starts, all headed to the bee garden.   Planted about 200 bulbs, mostly large discount bags of daffodils, plus a few specialty bulbs.  It's pretty easy.  I plant several to a hole, so they don't look too scattered.

Here, daffodil leaves start coming up in February, one of the first harbingers of Spring, and I check them every day for the next millimeter of growth.

This pic from commons.wikimedia.org.  It's thousands of daffodils, not just 200. 

Daffodils, and by extension all other narcissus, are generally deer resistant, rabbit resistant, and thrive and multiply in neglect.  I have bunches of dozens of flowers that originated from single bulbs 13 years ago.

I did see some deer or rabbit damage for a few last spring.  Just a few.  They must taste bad, and are considered poisonous.

Comment by Chad Kreutzer on September 23, 2013 at 2:48pm

I'm not sure. I'll have to check out the ones you listed. I need to find out what works best in Colorado.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 23, 2013 at 7:33am

Sentient, shelless escargot sounds delicious.  

Drank the last of my broccoli smoothie yesterday.  Added a little more margarine, which boosted the taste from good to very good.  I also purchased some more broccoli so I can make some more.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 22, 2013 at 8:33pm

Caught! If only the camera shot out lethal laser beams.

Instead of crouching tiger hidden dragon it's crouching hidden rabbit.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 22, 2013 at 8:31pm

Snuggled under the Zucchini plant. If I wasn't vegetarian, I might bread it and fry it. Escargot without the shell.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 22, 2013 at 4:13pm

Chad, thanks!  I have a big sense of wonder.  Sometimes I pull out a lawn chair and just ponder the vegetable beds, or flowers, or bees.

Any idea what flowers you will plant?  The bees are the major reason I added a crabapple and a sourwood tree this fall.  The flowers I saw the most bee activity on, this year, were ceanothus ("california lilac"), oregano, caryopteris ("bluebeard"), agastache ("anise hyssop") maple, hawthorn, and blackberry.  I let my shallots bloom, and the bees were all over those for weeks.  Probably meant less shallot production, but that's OK.   I imagine different areas will have different bee activity.

Comment by Chad Kreutzer on September 22, 2013 at 3:41pm
Sentient, that romantic way of looking at things really appeals to me (and they say we atheists have no sense of wonder.) I've been planning on preparing a bed for the spring vegetable planting, but since watching that TED talk on bees I really want to plant some flowers this fall.
Comment by Sentient Biped on September 22, 2013 at 3:36pm

Oh -

Patricia, this was the first time I've grown melons.  I planted seeds in containers in late spring, and put them in the onion / garlic bed after harvesting those in June.

I planted 3 seeds of each type and let them all grow.  There were the cantaloupes, a watermelon called "Blacktail Mountain" developed in Idaho, and a small yellow watermelon.

I should plant them earlier next year.  The watermelons didn't do much, but one of the Blacktail Mountain melons is a few pounds and looks like it's almost ripe.  The cantaloupes have several more on the plants.  Lesson for next year, is to plant a few more plants.  Maybe a half dozen. or so.  And earlier, maybe with cloches.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 22, 2013 at 3:32pm

Joan, thanks for posting the daffodil picture.  Something to look forward to.

I like to plant in fall and winter when I can.  It's kind of like putting a pie in the oven.  During the rainy and cold season, the plants are "baking" in the sense they are growing roots and in some cases growing leaves  - some bulbs - and the buds are gearing up their anatomy for flowers and leaves, to arrive in Spring.  So winter is not just about dormancy, it's about a different kind of gardening.

Planted more bulbs this weekend, with that idea in mind.  Also the multiplier onions.  Some, planted a week ago, are showing new growth.  Also radish seeds and cilantro seeds.  But I don't know if those will produce anything before frost.

Spud, maybe I'll ask for a Braun for Xmas present.  It would be safer for hot stuff, than what I'm using. 

Patricia, it's so great to have neighbors to share with.  I also have some wastage of some things, but would like to have some others home grown / organic.    None of my neighbors garden.  I've taken over fresh eggs, figs, apples, rhubarb.  But it feels kind of one sided.

Ruth, your violet adventure is interesting.  They must be very well adapted to your garden bed.   I intentionally planted violets, bringing some from my parents' midwestern yard.  They grew much bigger than the local ones, nice blue, but slugs ate them all.  The local ones are slower growing, and smaller, but slugs don't eat them.  I wanted them as a simple ground cover in the rose bed.  They are pretty good for that.

 

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