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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!

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 September 29, 2013 at 9:08am

Spud,

I guess it didn't seem like a lot!  :)  It's just 2 slices with a shovel at an angle, adjust the hole bottom if needed, arrange 4 to 6 bulbs in the hole, and cover it.  So 20 holes plants about a hundred.  In the raised beds, the bulbs I planted at the edges were smaller, and a trowel sufficed.  Raised beds are much easier, due to height and softer soil.

I've only seen one cat in the neighborhood.  So far she has not found the catnip.  It grows pretty big and rangy.  It's a big patch of catnip.  I don't think cats will be a problem.  It's OK if they destroy it.  If they eat rabbits mice voles and moles, I'm happy to plant more catnip for them. I grew it from seed this year, for bee forage.  No animals harassed it, and bees foraged it some but not as much as I hoped. There are already some volunteer catnip plants in the raised bed.   I also moved those. 

I read, somewhere, if the catnip is injured, cats can smell the drug but if not injured, they cant.  I could smell it very well yesterday when I moved it.

You have druggie cats! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 29, 2013 at 7:12am

200 bulbs is "about all".  Sounds like you're still getting a lot done!

I like daffodils.  Nice to know they're deer and rabbit resistant.

Also like rain if it doesn't flood me out.  We're getting very little rain here now.  It's cold and windy.  Looks like the growing season is almost over.

Sentient, doesn't your cat (&/or the neighbors cats) destroy your catnitp?

I planted some a few years back because some people claim it can discourage ants, but the next day half of it was gone.

I put chicken wire around it, but it was still getting shredded.  I was amazed at how far they could reach through the wire.

I put what was left in a container and put it inside.  It died after a couple of years and I put the container outside with a few dead sprigs left in it, and the cats trashed those also.  That stuff sure drives them crazy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 28, 2013 at 8:20pm
Looking forward to seeing photos of your spring bulbs.
Comment by Patricia on September 28, 2013 at 6:59pm

So pretty!

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 28, 2013 at 6:48pm

Today, raining and raining and raining.  Someone yesterday told me that's the "Pacific Northwet".  Years ago, when my parents were alive, our running joke, every week, was "Has the drought ended yet" and the answer was always "Yes!  Finally, it's raining".   I love the rainy season.

Planted some bulbs today.  That's about all.  Moved a few too-big items out of a raised bed designated for bearded irises - some catnip and 2 raspberry starts, all headed to the bee garden.   Planted about 200 bulbs, mostly large discount bags of daffodils, plus a few specialty bulbs.  It's pretty easy.  I plant several to a hole, so they don't look too scattered.

Here, daffodil leaves start coming up in February, one of the first harbingers of Spring, and I check them every day for the next millimeter of growth.

This pic from commons.wikimedia.org.  It's thousands of daffodils, not just 200. 

Daffodils, and by extension all other narcissus, are generally deer resistant, rabbit resistant, and thrive and multiply in neglect.  I have bunches of dozens of flowers that originated from single bulbs 13 years ago.

I did see some deer or rabbit damage for a few last spring.  Just a few.  They must taste bad, and are considered poisonous.

Comment by Chad Kreutzer on September 23, 2013 at 2:48pm

I'm not sure. I'll have to check out the ones you listed. I need to find out what works best in Colorado.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 23, 2013 at 7:33am

Sentient, shelless escargot sounds delicious.  

Drank the last of my broccoli smoothie yesterday.  Added a little more margarine, which boosted the taste from good to very good.  I also purchased some more broccoli so I can make some more.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 22, 2013 at 8:33pm

Caught! If only the camera shot out lethal laser beams.

Instead of crouching tiger hidden dragon it's crouching hidden rabbit.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 22, 2013 at 8:31pm

Snuggled under the Zucchini plant. If I wasn't vegetarian, I might bread it and fry it. Escargot without the shell.

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 22, 2013 at 4:13pm

Chad, thanks!  I have a big sense of wonder.  Sometimes I pull out a lawn chair and just ponder the vegetable beds, or flowers, or bees.

Any idea what flowers you will plant?  The bees are the major reason I added a crabapple and a sourwood tree this fall.  The flowers I saw the most bee activity on, this year, were ceanothus ("california lilac"), oregano, caryopteris ("bluebeard"), agastache ("anise hyssop") maple, hawthorn, and blackberry.  I let my shallots bloom, and the bees were all over those for weeks.  Probably meant less shallot production, but that's OK.   I imagine different areas will have different bee activity.

 

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