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Godless in the garden

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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 k.h. ky on April 24, 2014 at 11:45pm
It must be squirrels. There are hundreds in these trees. But I've never seen them destroy shrubs before. They have plenty of other things to choose from. I gave up on the bird feeders after having had more than thirty of them destroyed in just a few years.
Maybe the birds will eat more ticks this year. There's plenty of those already.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 24, 2014 at 10:45pm

Squirrels made a real job on my arborvitae last year. I sat and watched as they broke off rather heavy green growths and pulled them into the shrub where they build beautiful nests. I was quite impressed with their engineering skills, even as I mourned the loss of some significant branches.
My neighbors seem to have a hate relationship with those vermins, even as I have an affectionate relationship with them. They play so joyfully, fight like great wrestlers, and perform the most amazing tricks to get to my bird feeders. I went to the hardware today to see if I can't rig up a system to keep the feeders in the trees. I watched as the squirrel came to the feeders and lifted them right off the hanger and dropped them to the ground.
Now, a rodent cant be smarter than I am, surely! I will see if I can out squirrel them. They watch me engineer this or that device and have it figured out before I finish building it.  

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 24, 2014 at 10:30pm
I have some animal resistant plants. So far they avoid buddleias, garlic, ginkgo, pine, scilla, daffodil, dandelions, crabgrass, most of the lilac growth, some of the weigelas, all of the smoke
trees and viburnums.... daisies, quackgrass, violets...
Comment by Sentient Biped on April 24, 2014 at 10:25pm
Somewhere i read rabbits can stretch in their hind legs to reach upward for more tender parts. I just lost all new growt wnd flowers from 2 new sweet cheeries that are only waist high, all low growth and flowers from 3 tart cherries, some leaves from the persimmon saplings.

The plums each have their own fence, and dwarf apples have their own fence. Its getting to be a bit much.

They are even eating onion leaves.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 24, 2014 at 10:14pm
Rabbits have been eating a lot of flowers and plants this week here. Every year they eat hostas. And a few flowering plants.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 24, 2014 at 10:11pm
Lol Daniel. Would squirrels do something like that? It's obviously been bitten but if it's rabbits I'm going to need a cannon to control them that size.
Comment by Sentient Biped on April 24, 2014 at 10:01pm
I think cutworms work lower.
I was very discouraged the week by deer damage. Damn giant rodents.
maybe you have giant rabbits?
Comment by k.h. ky on April 24, 2014 at 9:39pm
Does anyone know if it's to early for cut worms? Something cut a shrub back so badly l thought my g daughters had been at it with pruning shears. Whatever it was cut off stems as thick as pencils and about waste high. That rules out rabbits. It's not deer because it's cut crooked. Rabbits have been eating hostas so I know what that looks like.
Comment by Randall Smith on April 24, 2014 at 7:19am

Thanks, Daniel. My linden is just now budding leaves. It'll be another month before I have blossoms and bees.

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 23, 2014 at 8:33pm
Randall have fun drive careful. Eat some of the local cuisine.

Today my bee shipment came. I just got them settled in. This year I hope they have some good linden blossons and a few on the sourwood I pkanted ladt fall. If they just survive I will be happy.
 

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