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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 sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Discussion Forum

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius on Saturday. 2 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W on Saturday. 2 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Plinius Apr 15. 13 Replies

Rooftop Gardens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 3. 20 Replies

How to Make a Food Forest Suburb

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 1. 1 Reply

Fantastic Fungi - a film by Louie Schwartzberg

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 28. 1 Reply

Michael Pollan On Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Mar 22. 1 Reply

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2014 at 2:08pm

Spud, that is a great story! Properly cared for, things do produce, if the conditions are correct. 

I couldn't get apricots or peaches from my attempts in Spokane (USDA Zone 5b, -15 to -10 degrees F) because of freezes killing blossoms. I did everything, except put out smoke pots, and was not successful. Finally, cut them down.

My daughter's place is USDA Zone 5a with minimum temps of -20 to -15 degrees F. We are trying to figure out what fruit trees grow in this zone. 

I love gardening, it offers so many challenges and opportunities to experiment. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 24, 2014 at 1:42pm

Didn't know apricots were so hard to get to produce.  Besides the one I had here for 6 years, I had a small one in Concord California that produced abundantly. 

When I moved into the California house, I saw the poor looking thing that appeared to have had no water for years.  I watered it and pruned some branches out of the center to let light in.  

The next season it started producing large delicious apricots.  Because it was so shabby looking I was surprised at how fast it started producing.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 24, 2014 at 7:12am

Re apricot trees: Don't get me started! I planted two (catalogue ordered) about 25 years ago (Manchurian dwarf, if I remember correctly). One year, only ONE year, have I ever had apricots--and they were too wormy to eat. This winter, I pruned them back to "dwarf" size, hoping that would help. But this is the year of few fruit tree blossoms because of the severe winter. Maybe year #26, if I live that long!

Moles? Again, don't get me started!

Comment by king on May 23, 2014 at 8:23pm
Moles what to do
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 23, 2014 at 6:20pm

Spud, just read the interesting article about the smell of rain. Interesting! There is more to rain than I imagined. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 23, 2014 at 5:58pm

I don't remember the blossoms of mine ever being killed.

Comment by Daniel W on May 23, 2014 at 5:56pm
I think the problem here is it warms then frosts then warm then frosts. So the apricot blooms then wham! is killed. if it didnt wArm early, the blooming might be later and not be frosted. we keep trying tho. In Idaho you may have more suitable weather.
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 23, 2014 at 5:49pm

Daniel, thanks for the info.  I didn't even think about the old ones  being root-bound, but should have.

I think apricots will grow here.  I grew one for about 6 years before it died, but I don't think it's death had much to do with the weather.  This year, I've modified the soil to the best of my ability and have learned not to plant them too low.

Comment by Daniel W on May 23, 2014 at 5:23pm
Spud if you are able to grow apricots, I envy you!

Last yeasrs trees might be too root bound. i dont know. Ive had some end of year trees do well. I cut the winding roots so they spread out, and mulch and water well the first year. they might be set back for a year that way but survive for me.
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 23, 2014 at 1:18pm

I've been shopping for an apricot tree, but the prices are high.  $45 to $100 in this town.

There are some for $20, but they are last years trees.  Do you guys think they would grow OK?

What has been your experience with buying trees from a distant nursery?  Bare-root or in containers.

 

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