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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 Idaho Spud on February 23, 2014 at 10:57am

Lions and tigers and elephants.  Oh my!  

Here, I'm overjoyed to get frogs & snails, & puppy dog tails.

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 23, 2014 at 9:52am

Spud, we got a lot of rain last week. Cats and dogs. It was so much, it wasn't little kitty cats and chihuahuas. More like lions and tigers and mastiffs. I think there were some elephants in there too.

It's milder now.

Randall one thing I like about midwest weather compared to here is, it seems like once Spring arrives, it arrives for sure. Or that's how I remembered it. Here it's like it can't decide. So things grow and bloom then are zapped by a freeze.

I built a low tunnel on one of the raised beds in Jan. I had some mishaps with it collapsing but now I think I have that fixed. Despite the mishaps, cold tolerant vegetables germinated and now there are little rows of tiny turnip and radish seedlings. And some Chinese greens and scallions.

Such obsession! But better than drinking or smoking.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 23, 2014 at 8:09am

Damn. Just when I saw bare ground--and my garden--it snowed again last night. Nonetheless, I got my garden mapped out--on paper. I'm thinking going north-south, not east-west on my rows. Nothing wrong with that, is there?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 15, 2014 at 6:19pm

Got over 1/2 inch of rain last night.  I'm happy about that.  It should be good for the soil.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 13, 2014 at 2:04pm

Daniel, aluminum foil sounds great (and cheap!).  In fact, if I build one, I might use cardboard lined with aluminum foil.  That would be very inexpensive.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 13, 2014 at 7:54am

Okay, okay! While it'll be awhile (possibly a really long time) before I can even see garden soil, let along plant anything in it, you all have pushed me into at least planning and plotting what and how my garden will look like. Time to get out the old graph paper.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 10:33pm

Beans

  Green string, 50 days 

  Gold mine, 55 days

  Fin de Bagnol, 50 days

Beets

  Detroit Dark Red, 59 days

  Early Wonder, 40 days 

Broccoli, Bonanza, 55 days

Brussel sprouts, 78 days

Carrots, Touchon, 65 days

Cucs, Straight Eight, 58 days 

Pea 

  Mammoth Melting, 68 days 

  Sugar snap, 64 days

Peppers

  Sweet Golden Calif Wonder, 62 days

  Bull nosed large, 60 days

  Hot Pepperoncini, 65 days 

Tomatoes 

  Gardener's Delight, 65 days

  Stupice, 60 days

  Sun gold, 65 days

  Yellow Current, 60 days 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 12, 2014 at 10:12pm

My plan is to plant indoors on about Feb 15: 

Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers 

Indoor on or about March 1:

Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes 

Direct sow on or about April 1: 

arugula, greens, beets, brussel sprouts, carrots, kohlrabi, lettuce, onions, peas, spinach Swiss chard. 

Direct sow on or about May 1:

beans, melons, pumpkins, squash. 

Transplant half the indoor starts on June 1.

Transplant half the indoor starts on June 15.

Replant any direct sow that did not sprout. 

My latest killing frost in my garden was June 16 several years ago. 

I will start direct sowing on 

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 12, 2014 at 8:52pm

Joan, do you know what you are going to grow?

So far I've only started sweet pepper seeds and chili peppers.  They will be inside a long time to get nice size before it's really warm out.

I should start some brassicas....

Planning for the next week or two, some snow peas, bunching onions.

Spud I agree.  Maybe aluminum foil on hte ends to reflect light inwards?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 12, 2014 at 8:19pm

Daniel, that reflector looks like a good idea, but I think it needs reflective material on the sides to avoid light loss there.

 

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