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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

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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.

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Dominic Florio on February 27, 2013 at 11:03pm

This one will have the canary-blurry but cute:

Comment by Dominic Florio on February 27, 2013 at 10:59pm

For all you Northerners, it is spring here in Florida.  Enjoy!

Canary feeding baby flapping its wings.

Comment by amer chohan on February 27, 2013 at 11:16am

Normally it is spring time here, but this year it is late because of unusual rains. They say it is going to be yhe last one of this winter. It is making me impatient to wake up my cactus from winter dormancy, a complete sleep period in which there is no watering, no food, no growth. Only a fight to protect delicate roots from winter rains.

I hope I havn't done damage to roots of those with whome I have been impatient a weak earlier. I am in habbit of doing silly things with my best ones.

Comment by Plinius on February 27, 2013 at 5:46am

The frost is almost gone here. I've started to put the seedlings out in the daytime, so they can get used to the outside temperature. At night I put a plastic cover on.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2013 at 12:36am

Three days of new snow, with little melting until today. Snow is finally off sidewalks and driveways ... but very dangerous with black ice. I had planned to cut the old hellebores leaves and stems, but they are covered with snow. Maybe next week.

I will enjoy gardening through you, Sentient. Hope you don't get a late frost. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 24, 2013 at 4:30pm

Today digging in the dirt...

Planted 2 Persimmon trees.   Nikita's gift (hybrid between American and Asian persimmons), and Saijo (supposedly the only Asian persimmon that will ripen in cool Pacific NW).  Neither is supposed to need a pollinator.

And 2 Sweet Cherries (Sweetheart and an almost Black Vandalay).  Both should be self pollinating but if not, they have each other.

For better placement, I needed to move a small fig tree - in its new spot it has an underground cage intended to thwart moles, which seem to like fog roots.  Also had to move a small, barely visible jujube, and dug out a near-dead apple of unknown origin / unknown type.  

Planted lemon balm volunteers around most of these to deter some insects and attract bees.

Tired but in a good way.

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 24, 2013 at 4:20pm

Spud,

I guess you must like potatoes, since they are named after you (Spud).

Mine don't take a lot of room.  They are in plastic half barrels.  The bottom 6 inches is potting soil.  Then the potato starts, then another 6 inches.  WHenever the plants are a foot high, more is added, continuing until full.  It's similar to your use of straw.  Straw might be cheaper although I use potting mix that has been used a couple of times before.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 24, 2013 at 10:08am

Oh, Potatoes!  My favorite food!

Sadly, I haven't found room to grow any here, but I used to grow them by putting them on top of the soil, and covering them with straw.  

That makes them very easy to harvest.  Just pull back the straw.  You can also eat some of the babies without hurting the plant's growth much.

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 24, 2013 at 9:47am

Randall, I have potatoes growing all over the place.  Must be from peelings that survived the compost pile.  Plus ones that I missed digging up last time.  I like growing them in containers.  Very easy and productive.

Yesterday went to a beekeeping workshop and a grafting workshop.  Made 2 dwarf apple trees.  We'll see if they grow.

Today time to plant bare root trees, came via UPS.  Two persimmons, 2 pears, 2 sweet cherries.  And some bonuses, I forget.  I think grape vines.

Drizzling and chilly.  A good time to plant bare root trees.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 24, 2013 at 7:21am

I read your potato-in-buckets article (but couldn't reply there). Potatoes can grow just about anywhere in anything. I've de-sprouted my stored oned several times. They can't wait to be planted, which is what I usually do with my leftovers. Another 5-6 weeks, then maybe.

I have sweet potato sprouts started. Come on Spring!

 

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