Godless in the garden

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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 July 7, 2014 at 6:02am

Haven't seen any bumblebees in the last couple of days, but there's always a bee or two on my onion flowers, so I decided to snap one of those:

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 6, 2014 at 5:16pm

Cenek, I've only been using urine as fertilizer for 1 year.  I have not done a randomized, controlled trial, but I'm very impressed with the growth surge in many of my trees, fruit trees, shrubs, and vegetables.  In some cases it was bad.  I think it killed off a number of my bearded irises.  Other plants that demand high amounts of nitrogen include greens, squash, grasses like corn.  Too much is a bad thing, burns leaves or can cause overgrowth of leaves at expense of fruits, so it requires caution.

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on July 6, 2014 at 3:24pm

Thanks for the tips guys.

As for urine fertilizer, it doesn't sound crazy to me. I first read about it in the very old book '10 acres enough' wherein the author said that 'liquid manure and urine' was found to be the best way of increasing yield. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on July 6, 2014 at 1:51pm

Joan, you've been working hard!  I hope the garden therapy is as good for you, as it is for me!

 

Cenek, last year my tomatoes did not take off, most of them stayed pale and puny.  This year I gave them a big nitrogen boost.  They agree fast, with big dark green leaves, and have lots of flowers and little tomatoes now.  The nitrogen boost was diluted pee, about 1/2 quart in a 2 gallon watering can, spread over about 40 square feet of garden bed.  I did that twice.  I don't know if it will help you now.  I'm not crazy.  There have been multiple studies on that method, and for nitrogen-hogs like tomatoes, it an help significantly.

 

On the other hand, if all of the rest of your garden plants are growing like crazy, you may have plenty of nitrogen.  Maybe it's the soil pH, or other nutrient deficiency.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 6, 2014 at 12:50pm

I don't know about pine trees, but two sites I found indicate they should be kept moist but not wet:

http://www.gardenguides.com/102562-transplant-pine-trees.html

http://www.pinetum.org/Lovett/planting.htm

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on July 6, 2014 at 12:42pm

It seems like all my garden plants have exploded into giantism, except tomatoes which are stunted and not growing well at all (maybe the soil doesn't agree with them?).

I found a pine tree growing only a few centimeters from the house, so I transplanted it with as much of the soil as I could. Is over-watering it a concern or should I keep it muddy for a while?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 6, 2014 at 10:46am

Daniel, I get what you mean about bumblebees pausing at each flower less than honeybees.  I hadn't noticed that because I've not yet tried to take their picture, but I'll notice now.

Thanks for the bumblebee site, and I like the whimsical and cute name Bombini Bombus occidentalis.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2014 at 10:42am

Good morning everyone. I slept in today so am getting into the garden late. The heat drives me in before noon these days. The garden is slowly coming back to its previous beauty. I filled the recycle bin many times and overflowed onto a big tarp. So much of the growth was weeds, and they went into the city recycle, and for the un-diseased, and non-weed greens, they went into the open air compost. 

My back hurts like the dickens and I do little exercises to strengthen my "core", as my physical therapist taught me. I am not able to lift as much as I did a year or so ago, and I attribute that to my ageing bones and skeleton. Just part of the new normal.

My right arm hurts, too, from all the clipping I do. A couple of Aleve takes care of that. So, all-in-all, I am a happy gardener enjoying the wildlife of my little nature sanctuary. 

I hope each one of you has a delightful day, just overflowing with good experiences and happy thoughts. 

Just sharing a beautiful sight that almost takes my breath away: 

You and I are a part of all this precious Earth and the universe is part of us. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 6, 2014 at 10:24am

I cringe whenever I see the lawn spraying truck come down my street.  

It sprayed the lawn across the street from me last week.  It was almost calm, so hopefully it didn't drift over to my garden.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 6, 2014 at 8:04am

Yes, Daniel, boooring. Just kidding. Love 'em. My neighbor sprays like crazy to rid his lawn of clover. Boo hiss. Wish I had my camera when I saw two honey bees sharing the same clover flower. Hoping they find their way to my melon patch. My basswood tree didn't buzz with bees as much this year. Fewer of them, I suppose.             Randy (yes, Joan, but either is okay) 

 

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