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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?
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.

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Plinius on January 20, 2014 at 1:44am

I'm afraid I'll have so much work for the next months that I can't even begin in my garden.

Comment by Patricia on January 19, 2014 at 2:20pm

My husband is beginning to get anxious about the gardening too, but we still have a lot of snow. We're mild as well so melting is slowly occurring but plants are a long way off yet.

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 19, 2014 at 9:12am

Thank you Patricia.  Anxious for Spring!  Still a long way away!

In this area, daffodils start pushing their first leaves out of the ground now.  That tells me there is life in there.  The garlic plants look pretty good for January.  But we can still have freezes until May.

It's mild now.  We are wondering about the lack of usual rain.

Comment by Patricia on January 18, 2014 at 1:44pm

Nice fresh looking badge Daniel. Quite partial to the white flowers.

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 18, 2014 at 10:12am


picture source: Wikipedia commons.

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 18, 2014 at 10:09am

Changed the group badge, so anxious for Spring!  Thank you Chris for the beech branches we've been viewing the past few months.

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 16, 2014 at 5:29pm

In two weeks is the local home improvement show.  Most likely they will have several sunroom displays.  Something to look forward to!

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 16, 2014 at 5:27pm

On seed catalogs -

I like what Joan had to say about goring to Dave's Garden website.  I have not done that much, but there is a lot of info there.

Gardenweb is good for some discussions but they may not allow discussing specific companies.  Also a lot of the forums I look at have too many naysayers who are just generally negative, and people who like to sound like they know it all without really being that knowledgeable.  Some kind of troll on their pet topics.

My experiences - you can google on the names of these places...

I like Victory Seeds.  Heritage, open pollinated seeds, looks like good northwest varieties. They sent the seeds promptly.  Limited selection.

I really like Seedsavers.  Again, open pollinated heritage varieties.  They are dedicated to preserving many varieties that would otherwise be lost.  I got my starts of multiplier onions, topset onions, and Inchelium Red garlic from them, and have been growing those for13 years.  Also some beans, tomatoes, peppers.  Everything I got form them grew and did as expected.

I like Southern Exposure even though  I'm not southern.  I ordered some short-season okra from them.  This area is not good for okra, but I have some ideas.  Nice catalog, all heritage varieties.

My guilty pleasure is Burpee.  I like their catalog and I do order from them, even when I insist I'm only ordering heritage varieties.  I think they are reliable and fast, at least for me.  Large selection. Nice pictures. 

Those are all prompt, have good solid varieties.

I agree with Joan about Wayside Gardens, which I think now has the same owner as Park's seeds.  Way overpriced for undersized items.  Whiteflower Farms, ditto.  The items I got from the didn't grow, and I paid too much.  Never, never, never, never order from Van Bourgondien.  Years ago they had some good items.  That is bulbs and perennials, not seeds.  I ordered from them a few times.  The last time, they sent items that should have been planted in July or August, in November.  They were dried out, brittle, and several did not grow.  They continue to spam me over and over, with "sales" and stuff even though I keep blocking their web address- they seem to change their address or get around it. 

Many years ago I ordered a fig tree from Wayside.  It was overpriced, but I wanted a fig tree and didn't know about other resources then.  For something like $30, it was about 1 foot tall, a stick.  It took quite a number of years to get figs, and now is a very nice tree and has lots of figs.  Really not bad, just took a long time to get there.  Since then they have been selling figs trees with the same picture, under a different name, then a 3rd name.  You can get bigger, better, cheaper, from other sources.

Like Raintree nursery - they have been reliable.  I've ordered many fruit trees from them.  I've been happy with every order.

One Green World - they sent way undersized trees, they don't list the tree size.

I don't have much experience with Territorial Seeds.

For bearded iris, the best experience for me is Schreiner's.  Big fat healthy rhizomes, bloom the next year.  Rhizomes from some of the nurseries above, skinny, dried out, some died.

Sounds like there are too many places I don't care for.  But some I do.  It's all based on experience.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 16, 2014 at 3:17pm

Spud, I like your idea about finding out about seed companies. So many that I have trusted for years have been sold and gone downhill. i.e. Wayside Gardens. I learned about Wayside when I was majoring in horticulture at WSU in 1955. It was a great company; sadly its reputation has gone down since its sale. 

I agree about Gurney's and Park seed companies. Not the best rated as far as I can tell from gardeners with whom I correspond. 

I have subscribed to Daves Garden for years. It is a to-go-to-place for evaluations by other gardeners. I Bookmarked their seed pages and have not seen the page you recommended. After reading it, I say this is the place to go for getting unbiased information: 

http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/#b

I don't like getting catalogues in the mail unless I request them because I want to save trees. The internet works great for me, except I love having my Seeds of Change Organic Seeds beside me for relaxing browsing. 

www.seedsofchange.com.

and

http://www.gardeners.com/Outdoor-Gardening/OutdoorGardening_SD,defa... 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 16, 2014 at 10:19am

Daniel, your sun-room idea sounds good.

 

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