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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 Idaho Spud on May 11, 2013 at 5:50pm

Chris, was it you that said eat just the tips of my stinging nettle? 

Anyway, I ate the tips of the mature plants last year and didn't like the flavor like I have in the past.  This year, I ate the top one inch when they were just 2-3 inches tall and still didn't like them, so I'm pulling them out and putting something else in their place.  Maybe it's the soil here that causes the lack of tastiness.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2013 at 5:44pm

I've been using chives in some of my dishes for over a month or two now.  I planted them in the shade and they didn't do much for a year or two, but this year they're doing fabulous.

My onions and garlic and doing great.

My year-old asparagus is doing nicely, but it will probably be another year or two before I can eat any.  They are still very small diameter.

My red and yellow raspberries are doing great.

My blackberry plant that was planted last year put-out 2 small diameter and 4 large diameter canes that grew to 6 feet.  One of the tips touched the ground and rooted there.  It's not leafing-out much yet.  Don't know if that's normal.

My strawberries have been flowering for a week now.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2013 at 5:32pm

Randall, I knew miniature was not the right word, but too lazy to look-up the right word.  Dwarf is what I was going for.  My cherry trees may have been semi-dwarf.  But even if they were, 30 feet high is not what I would call semi-dwarf!

PS:  One site I just looked at said dwarf trees may be called miniatures.  

I had a small apricot tree that never got above 6 feet tall, but it died after a few years.  It may have been planted too deep.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2013 at 5:12pm

Thanks Sentient.  I pulled off all the cherry leaves except two very small new leaves.  I did that because the cutting I took from a crab apple last year dropped all it's leaves and grew a few small new ones before finally expiring.  I took that cutting in June I think.  I tried rooting it in a jar of distilled water that I periodically replaced.

I read somewhere that crab apple cutting should be taken in the fall, so I'll try one then and one when it's dormant like you do.

Comment by Plinius on May 11, 2013 at 1:06pm

Not much from my garden, only a big handful of parsley that survived the winter. But the beans are flowering and onions, garlic and leeks grow rapidly. Most other things are just above ground, and I'm already struggling with the little space I've got. I haven't dug up the perennial flowers I had, but I won't add flowers as I used to do. For the time being it's a mixed roof garden.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 11, 2013 at 8:59am
First, to Spud: regarding "dwarf" trees, my apricots were supposedly dwarf. Ha!!
To Daniel, my rabbits are almost tame! I have chicken wire around a section of my garden, but not strawberries. My patch is too large for them to do much harm. Still, fencing is cheaper than a dog.
Comment by Sentient Biped on May 11, 2013 at 8:35am

Hope everyone is getting something now from their gardens.  Rabbits ate off my strawberry plants - ^%@)*%#!  Will install chicken wire to keep them out as the plants recover!

I have greens now, and radishes.  Planting tomatoes and peppers, and need to put in another raised bed. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 11, 2013 at 8:30am

Spud, I don't know if it can be done this time of year!  I rooted mine when dormant.  It's good to try different methods.  If there are leaves, they need to be kept very humid.  It's a challenge balancing humidity with keeping them from getting moldy.  I was rinsing mine off every few days, and replacing the paper towel if it got moldy.  Some died when I was in the hospital and couldn't care for them.  GOod luck, let us know how they do!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2013 at 4:36pm

This tree was supposed to be miniature, but it was 30 feet high and still going.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2013 at 4:35pm

Sentient, will you tell me how you root tree cuttings again?

I cut down one of my cherry trees because I'm tired of fighting and loosing the battle with fruit flies.  It also was shading the garden.  I'm going to plant a miniature apricot in it's place.

Anyway, I took 3 new growth pieces from it and am trying to root them.  If I'm successful, I'll plant one in another part of the yard and keep it pruned down low, like the miniature this one was supposed to be.

I put one cutting wrapped in a paper towel that I wetter with distilled H2O, and put them in a plastic bag.  I sealed the bag, but I can easily let in air.  How do you do it?

I put a second one on top of a wetted paper towel and in a bag so I can see if it roots.

I put the third one in potting soil and put the combination in the ground.  I shaded it and will keep it moist.

 

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