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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.

Discussion Forum

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 13 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 7 Replies

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped on Sunday. 4 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 26 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 27. 2 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies

Asparagus

Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 4 Replies

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Comment by Sentient Biped on September 5, 2014 at 2:24pm

Barbara, I tried the link but my computer would not take me there.  After trying some searches, I did findthis, which I thought was interesting.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 5, 2014 at 8:07am

Barbara, glad to have you back. I was wondering...

Spud, I put up (froze) two batches of sweet corn. I do it the old fashioned way--stick a boiled ear on a nailed board and cut off the kernals with a knife. Otherwise, I eat one or two ears a day, in season. Now the season's over. :(

Comment by BarbaraSATX on September 4, 2014 at 10:09pm

Daniel, this is the link to the tower:  http://blog.greenthumbsgalore.com/tag/growing-potatoes/  Given my new puppy's penchant for digging, I just know she would dig the crap out of it, if I just used the tomato cage and didn't protect it in some way.  

You are so right about the So TX heat heating up the stone rings. I was thinking of it as a protective measure, in addition to it looking nice in my backyard, but, you are correct that wood would be better.

Back to the drawing board :)  Surely I can make something out of untreated landscape timbers.  Your 'well' looks as if it is approximately 2' in diameter, correct?  All I would need to do is create a frame and use same process as link indicates. Maybe I can talk the guys at Lowe's into cutting them for me!

Everyone's comments about the fruit you have grown has really inspired me.  A quality nursery here in SA has Dwarf Fruit trees that only require a 4' x 4' growing space and in the next month I hope to be planting plum, nectarine, and peach trees!

Thanks Daniel, for your response and information. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 4, 2014 at 9:23pm
Barbara good question! I imagine your part of Texas gets really hot. Dark stones might absorb the heat and dry them out too fast.

I would look for a wooden container, which I think would insulate better, and paint it white to reflect heat. If you used the tree ring edging that I used, you could still paint it white. On the insided sude, a layer of bubble wrap might help too.

Just making this up. I dont know how the tomato tower is made. If it is black plastic, I would be concerned it will get too hot.

I used wooden planters in the past, sort of like half wine barrels but not as big. Those worked nicely.
Comment by BarbaraSATX on September 4, 2014 at 5:24pm

Daniel, a question about your potato wishing well.  I'm going to be working with a young woman who helps people with edible landscaping.  I found online instructions for a potato tower using a tomato cage instead of the stones you used.  Yours is much more appealing and I wonder if you had tried anything else before using the stones.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2014 at 7:19am

How much corn did you get, and how much did you eat fresh?

Comment by Randall Smith on September 3, 2014 at 7:08am
Sweet corn all harvested and stalks chopped down. Big bare spot in the garden, but it looks cleaner.
Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2014 at 9:15am

Better try it indoors, Daniel.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 2, 2014 at 8:16am

Chris and Spud, I have been trying to grow ginger too.  It pokes along, not dying but minimal growth.  About 18 inches tall, several stems.  We have such cool nights here.  I don't think its happy.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 2, 2014 at 8:14am

Joan, from what I've read Toka is a great pollinator for other plums, and doesn't need its own.  My little tree was covered with flowers but only had 3 or 4 plums.  That may have been the effect of rain when in bloom.  But also it's only a couple of years old.

 

My garden is evolving too.  I've learned some of the plants that deer and rabbits love and won't plant them - tulips, muscari, most fruits, except in their cages, nandina.  And planting more of the plants they don't eat, even if a bit invasive - hyacinthoides, narcissus, buddleia - sterile only - violets, maples.  That madrone I was enthusiastic about, dead.  Won't buy another.  IN it's place, maybe, a ginkgo grown from seed, or Japanese maple volunteer.

 

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