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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!

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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 king on May 1, 2014 at 9:16am
That brings it around I get it now
Comment by Plinius on May 1, 2014 at 9:09am

Schiedam, the Netherlands.

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 1, 2014 at 7:45am
I never thought of using a root feeder for weeding. So clever!

I have a lot of weeds right now. Staycation next week. Hope I can get some then.

Joan I loved doing grafting this winter. The season for it is over but I get to follow my progress. That was one of the more successful ones. Some others are taking off too. You are right whip and tongue is strong and does not leave exposed bare wood so seems healthy too.

We are not to last frost date yet. But it got into high 80s yesterday. I hooe there is no more frost.
Comment by king on May 1, 2014 at 4:07am
Plinius where are you from may I ask
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 1:32am

I'm impressed with your grafting successes. The whip and tongue graft looks complicated, but it does give strength, at least that is how it looks. I have never done a graft. This one looks so neat and precise. 

Comment by Plinius on May 1, 2014 at 1:19am

We had some light frost, a few months ago. From December till today every month has been 2 or 3 °C. too warm.

Comment by king on April 30, 2014 at 7:35pm

last frost date is gone round here

Comment by k.h. ky on April 30, 2014 at 10:55am
I use a 50gallon barrel with a lid to dispose of weeds. When it's full it gets dumped at the landfill and returned.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 30, 2014 at 9:47am

Thanks for the information Joan.  That looks like a great way to get long-rooted plants.  

I try to get them after I've given the garden a good soaking, but then I pack the soil down and get my shoes muddy.  That tool would probably leave the soil around the spot relatively dry so it wouldn't be so bad to stand on.

I'm getting better at removing weeds as soon as I see them, so most of the time for the last couple of years, I've not had any trouble with hard to remove weeds.

Any I don't get to are usually not so deep that I can get them out with a long tool I push under the bottom of the root and pry them out.

I get rid of the small weeds with a long handled diamond hoe.  Does a great job.

I throw grass and weeds that re-sprout on the concrete for a few  days to dry out, then into the compost pile.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 29, 2014 at 9:43pm

Spud, I don't even bother trying to pull out those kinds of seedlings, or use a trowel, shovel and pitchfork. I get out my deep root feeder a couple of times a year and go after those plants I know have deep roots. I attach the water hose, poke the feeder into the ground, let the water run a minute or an hour, depending on how tough the root is, and when the soil is well soaked, I lift the plant and root right out. It works wonders on dandelions, lawn grass and cockleburrs. Remember, I don't have any lawn grass on my place, but the birds and wind bring in grass seed.

The tool can be found at any hardware store, from $20.00 to $50.00. If you want to you can put fertilizer into the container and do two jobs at once. I use fertilizers I buy from Gardens Alive. 

This looks a little bit like the deep feeder I have, however, mine is so old, I can't even read the brand any more. The water comes out at the bottom of the long metal pipe. 

Ross Root Feeder, Model 1200

I have a horrid mess of weeds to get out this summer since I took last year off. Lawn grass is growing everywhere. I don't put it in my compost because it will grow into the compost and can leave behind tiny little roots that will grow if given a chance. I just toss the grass into my recycle bin, or put it in a bucket with a lid to kill it.

My neighbor's maple tree sends lots of seeds my way and the squirrels bring in horse chestnuts. I use this tool for both those seedlings.  

 

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