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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

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 7. 4 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

Some pictures from my garden

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 26. 7 Replies

The Next Green Revolution May Rely on Microbes

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jun 30. 2 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 2:38pm

Daniel, I like your idea of lining clay pots with plastic. One of the reasons I like clay is that the roots have access to air that plastic prevents. It comes at a cost, however, in that clay dries out very fast so there has to be a source of water constantly or frequently replacing the evaporated water. A task that I don't like, so, automatic watering with timed supply works. It does require equipment and maintenance. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 2:33pm

Spud, you can get in-line-filters for hard water. Whether they work or not, I can't tell you. I use filters at each faucet; I have had mine for probably 15 years and the only way they break is if I leave them undrained when an unexpected freeze comes along. So, I got into the habit of taking them all off on Oct 1 week. 

Rain Bird has a system similar to what I use, so you can get an idea of what to look for. Any good garden supply place has them. I think I paid around $10 each when I bought mine and I use it as a pressure regulator, and mine has the ability to distribute fertilizer through the system without clogging.

With a drip system, you have to be very careful to keep the water pressure correct or you will blow out the hoses very fast. I have had all my soaker hoses for more than 10 years, and though expensive to begin with, and needing repairs on occasion because of accidentally slicing them with a shovel or trowel, or a blow out, they are very easy to repair. I keep a box of parts handy and the tools needed in it so I have everything handy when I need it and don't have to figure out where the right tools are. 

Here is a Rain Bird system:

http://www.rainbird.com/homeowner/products/drip/FaucetConnectionKit...

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 2:19pm

We have had about two weeks of weather inversion, low hanging fog, freezing temperatures, the trees and everything covered with a very light layer of fallen frozen fog. There must be a name for that!

Frog? Fozen? fozenfal? Anyway, it was beautiful, but not enough snow for our needed winter pack. We are about 20% low this winter and next summer may suffer the effects. 

Today, fozenfal lifted, sunlight streams, and this is the view out my daughter's dining room window in the forest of NE WA state. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 31, 2014 at 12:46pm

If there is a surplus of large clay pots, maybe lining them with plastic would help with water conservation? I've been doing that with wooden containers. I use the tough woven plastic from big dog food bags. Other plastic would work equally well. I line the sides and part of the bottom, leaving opening for drainage.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 12:41pm

I overestimated how large the cheap containers were.  When I stretched-out my hands to the diameter I remember them being, and measured between my hands, it was more like 2.5 feet instead of 3-4.

I liked the $17 one because it had double-wall construction which would help it moderate the temperature.

If I use one of my plastic trash cans or containers, I'll insulate them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 12:36pm

Joan, I love the look of moss.  If I ever use clay pots, I'll try the buttermilk.

I've never tried drip irrigation, even though it sounds like a great idea, because I thought the heads would clog-up too easily with my very hard water.  Do they?

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 31, 2014 at 12:28pm

I love plain old clay pots, they have a pretty patina with age, and if I soak them in buttermilk, I get a very nice moss that is pleasing to my eye and senses. Problem, they dry out very fast. The only way I find to manage that is to have them on pot drip lines. So I line up my little and big pots, string the line across them and install drip heads. I put the system on a timer so I don't have to tend to them at all, except to keep everything working as it should. 

The same principle applies to any kind of pot material. If you discover the pots get too hot, or need more heat, you can move pots easily and restring the water supply. 

Using concrete blocks is a good idea for all the reasons noted. Potatoes are heavy feeders, so keep that fertilizer coming. Preferably steer manure, but any natural manure works; the plants don't care from where their food comes, they just like food, regularly ... not too much, not too little. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 10:12am

I do like your idea of using stacked concrete blocks for growing potatoes, because you can take them down once piece at a time for harvesting, and put them back together.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 31, 2014 at 10:09am

Thanks for reminding me Daniel.  I do have a large rectangular Rubbermaid container, and I think it only cost $15.  Then there's the $10 and $15 large (2 ft diameter, 4 ft tall) plastic trash containers that I use to catch rainwater.  Do you think they would work well?  Or, is it better to use something not as tall and wider?

Comment by Sentient Biped on January 31, 2014 at 9:53am

Spud, I like containers because they are more controllable, and warm up earlier, and the soil stays warmer.  Those are helpful in a cool climate for tomatoes, peppers, and other plants.  Some people use the big rectangular Rubbermaid containers.  Anything the right size, with lots of drainage.  I use a power drill and drill many 1/2 inch holes in the bottom.

The down side is if it's hot or sunny, mine overheat.  Last year's fig starts needed water every day.  But they grew like gangbusters.

 

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