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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 Sentient Biped on December 7, 2013 at 9:45am

Sput I haven't heard that expression - came on little cat feet - very colorful.

Supposedly tonight will be 12!

I grew up in a small town on the Mississippi river, connecting Illinois with Northeastern Missouri.  There were times when the river froze solidly enough to drive a car on the ice.  We would bundle up and go ice skating.  My grandfather, in his 80s, would spell our name in the ice, and make hearts and grapevines.  My dad used an augur to drill holes in the ice and catch fish.

We would be one of the few families on the river.  I don't remember if we saw other people.

I like the milder weather here.  I don't want to think about my more tender trees not making it.  But if they don't, they don't.  Something less to take care of.  But I hope they make it through.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2013 at 9:17am

Joan, I liked your remembrances.  My mother also had an xmas cactus.  Beautiful.

I can also remember the beautiful ice formations on the windows.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 7, 2013 at 9:13am

The cold came to Pocatello on little cat feet about a week ago.

Lowest temperature so far was 1 degree F.  Lowest high in the day was 10.

I've still been able to get a few things done outside because my ambition has not faded as in years past.  And, I've accomplished a lot indoors.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 7, 2013 at 7:30am

Sentient: That's cold, even by Indiana standards. FYI, I made persimmon pulp yesterday, using a hand cranked food mill. Not fun. I tried (later) mashing them through a collander. No good. But, I got 3 cups worth. The trees are still loaded--I'm not too eager to do it again. Bundle up!

Comment by Plinius on December 7, 2013 at 12:34am

Time to be comfortable inside the house then! Here it's wet and stormy. The last leaves have fallen but the garlic is still growing.

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 6, 2013 at 9:01am

Big weather on the news!  Cold cold ice snow cold.

I hope you are warm and don't need to do much outside!

Keep those faucets covered!

We are expecting the coldest days I can recall in years.  The gardener always has to deal with what nature brings.  I may lose some / most / all of my little fig orchard....  if it happens, it happens.  The coldest they've had to handle is, maybe, 15.  I have to work, and I'm too tired to go outside and cover them.

A few other plants / trees / shrubs may not make it.  The good side, a hard freeze is thought to kill off pest insects overwintering in the soil.

Other than that, I'm just hoping no pipes freeze!

Keep warm everyone!  Stay safe!  No driving on ice or in blizzard!  Spring does come.  It always does!

Comment by Plinius on December 4, 2013 at 7:57am

Good story, Joan, thanks! How I remember the frost on the windows - ice flowers we called them - and the ice crystals on the blankets on winter mornings - brrr! Beautiful, but I'm happy with my comfortable double glazed apartment.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 4, 2013 at 7:20am

Joan: I'm old enough to relate to your story. Fun to look back, but glad we don't have to live that way. I have pine trees and spread needles all over the garden. Still......   I may have mentioned before that my garden sits on the site of an old barn. Rocky (even chunks of concrete) and clay-ish (and alkaline). I've worked it for 36 seasons. Somehow, it produces most of what I want. Talk about a labor of love!

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 3, 2013 at 6:45pm

Joan, that's a beautiful story! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 3, 2013 at 4:06pm

Randall, you wrote: "No wonder I can't grow blueberries."I did the same thing, had my soil tested by WSU Extension Service, picked a part of my garden that I wanted blueberries to grow and started pouring on sulfur. I also have a cheap little pH testing kit and check from year to year. 

Acid loving plants in my West garden pH 4.5 to 5.5

Parsley

Rhubarb 

onions 

Azalea

blueberry

Magnolia

Pieris

Pine

Mountain ash, American

Spruce 

 

 

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