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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.

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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 10:12am

I do like your idea of using stacked concrete blocks for growing potatoes, because you can take them down once piece at a time for harvesting, and put them back together.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 10:09am

Thanks for reminding me Daniel.  I do have a large rectangular Rubbermaid container, and I think it only cost $15.  Then there's the $10 and $15 large (2 ft diameter, 4 ft tall) plastic trash containers that I use to catch rainwater.  Do you think they would work well?  Or, is it better to use something not as tall and wider?

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 31, 2014 at 9:53am

Spud, I like containers because they are more controllable, and warm up earlier, and the soil stays warmer.  Those are helpful in a cool climate for tomatoes, peppers, and other plants.  Some people use the big rectangular Rubbermaid containers.  Anything the right size, with lots of drainage.  I use a power drill and drill many 1/2 inch holes in the bottom.

The down side is if it's hot or sunny, mine overheat.  Last year's fig starts needed water every day.  But they grew like gangbusters.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 30, 2014 at 7:18pm

I just may try some container gardening this year.  Yesterday I was looking for some things in a discount store and saw some very large containers (3-4 foot diameter), for $17 to $25.  On Monday (payday), I think I'll go back and buy one or two.

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 26, 2014 at 2:36pm

I like the container because it seems so much easier.   Also a lot can grow in a small space.

I've also grown potatoes in the ground.   I always miss some digging them up. 

Either way, they have more flavor and a nicer texture, and there are so many specialty types to grow.  This year I want to grow them that way again.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2014 at 1:16pm

I've not tried container potatoes, did try putting them on top of the soil and covering them with straw, then adding straw as they grew up.  Pulling back the straw to harvest a few at a time was easy.  I only tried it one year and got fair results if I remember right.

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 26, 2014 at 12:56pm

Growing potatoes in containers. I've done this several years. Mostly I've used potting soil. This video is from Osmocote, so no surprise they recommend that. I always grow mine organically.

 

 

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 25, 2014 at 12:23pm
Joan what an interesting and pretty flower!
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 25, 2014 at 11:16am

I ran across this plant that looks interesting for the zone 6-10 gardens. With winters we have (UDSA Zone 5, such as this one with virtually no snow and very cold temps, it probably is not a plant for my garden. Unfortunately! ... And I will give it a try. 

Hardy Gloxinia Incarvillea delavayi

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 21, 2014 at 11:30am

Interestng idea - 

Hudson Valley Seed Library 

"Ken Greene started the Seed Library in 2004 while working as a Librarian at the Gardiner Public Library in Gardiner, New York. Having developed a strong interest in preserving heirloom seed varieties, he decided to add them to the library catalog so that patrons could "check them out," grow them in their home gardens, and then "return" saved seed at the end of the season. The program was a small but successful endeavor--one of the first of its kind in the country. After four years of running the program at the library, Ken and his partner Doug decided to turn the library into a mission-driven, homestead-based small business--which it still is today."

I'm really encouraged by now many grass-roots endeavors there are out there now to preserve and proliferate heritage, noncorporate seeds and pay them forward for new generations.  The seed library idea sounds awesome.

 

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