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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 A Former Member on April 19, 2013 at 10:08pm

I just baked a potato and wrapped a sprig of fresh rosemary and some Greek oregano and a bay leaf around it with the aluminum foil. Then I split it in half and added extra virgin olive oil and salt. It was nom nom good. The house smelled so good while it was baking. 

Comment by Dominic Florio on April 19, 2013 at 8:06pm

Joan, I love all of those.  I drink iced tea all day long and it is heavy with lemon or lime.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 7:47pm
We seem to have a sour-taste loving group. I, too, like Granny Smith apples, as well as rhubarb, lemons, and ginger. My mouth waters as I type.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 7:43pm
I'll be interested in knowing if you see fruit flies. More people turn to organic fruit growing. I hope that means more beneficial insects visiting our gardens.
Comment by Dominic Florio on April 19, 2013 at 7:40pm

I also loved eating crab apples.  Unfortunately, they do not grow here.  I buy Granny smith apples from the store and people wonder why I eat them.  I think they are great.  I just planted a dwarf mulberry.  We always had the full size trees in our yard when i was a kid.  I used to love the red ones, which weren't ripe yet, while everyone waited for them to turn purple.  Once I was climbing a ladder to pick some berries on a large tree, and a pair of blue jays began attacking me because I was too close to their nest.  Mulberries produce so many fruits, that you never feel competition from the birds.

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 19, 2013 at 7:18pm

Joan, that's interesting about the cherry fruit fly.  I wonder why I haven't noticed them  Yet.  

I prefer not to spray insecticides, even ones that are safe around humans  If they kill the harmful insects, do they kill the beneficial insects?  The insects that pollinate the trees?  The insects that eat the harmful insects?  The birds that eat the harmful insects?

The main insect, that I can see, that plagues my cherries, is a black aphid.  The aphids seem to associate with ants.  I've read that some  ants domesticate some aphids, herding them and milking them like tiny cows, for honeydew.  I wrap a plastic band around the trunks, and spread supersticky "tanglefoot" on the band.  That stops both aphids and ants.

I assume the fruit fly actually flies, not climbing the trunk.  But if it does climb the trunk, maybe I'm doing something about that without knowing it.

Ants climb fig trees and populate the figs.  Tanglefoot is also great for that issue.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 12:14pm

Daniel, I was wrong in my speculation about the fruit fly flying to the fruit. They come up through the ground. I proved to myself once again that I am fallible. I love it when I find out I am wrong and what is the way to increase the probability of success.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 12:11pm

Daniel, a very helpful report on fruit producers! With the fruits you know do well, and your experimental fruits, you develop a paradise! Some things just are not worth the effort to get decent produce. Is it the birds or fruit insects that produce wormy cherries. I like your idea of keeping them pruned back. I gave up on cherries because I had to use unwelcome chemicals in my garden. By using a fine net, one could keep out the fruit fly. 

"The problem is most likely cherry fruit fly (CFF). CFF overwinters in the ground and emerges about the time that the cherries begin to turn from green to yellow (this depends on the variety, but in our area the fly usually emerges in late May. In order to control the insect you must spray the entire tree with a product that contains spinosad every 7 days from late May through harvest. You will need to check the label of insecticide at local garden stores in order to find an insecticide with this product. This product is made from a fungus and is very safe to humans."

Deschutes County Oregon Extension horticulture insect issues insects stone fruit fruit trees insect pests

WESTERN CHERRY FRUIT FLY

(Rhagoletis indifferens {Curran}) and Its Management in the Pacific Northwest United States of America.

"Western Cherry Fruit Fly is native to North America, and has been found in the Pacific Northwest states since the 1940's. This pest lives only on cherry, has a single generation per season. It may emerge from the soil over an eight week period, with peak emergence occurring about the time of harvest. Though they are rarely found in commercial orchards, cherry fruit fly is the primary insect pest of sweet cherries in the region. Quarantine agreements between the region and other states or countries result in a zero tolerance for cherry fruit fly larvae in packed fruit."

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 19, 2013 at 9:25am

On cherries - I think it's a matter of local climate or microclimate.  I can't grow apricots at all - I've planted 3, and an aprium, and all died after the first fruit bearing year.  Peaches do lousy here due to peach leaf curl disease, which can be controlled by heroic efforts but I am not that heroic.  Cherries do very well here.  I keep the trees pruned back to under 8 feet tall.  I cover with a net to discourage birds.  No worms.  Which is better than I can say for apples here.

The easiest / most productive fruits so far for me are figs, cherries, and various berries.  Some plums do very well, and from the looks of the falling flowers, I'm hoping for a banner year for plums.  Grapes do well here.  I'm trying paw paws, jujubes, and persimmons, but the trees are too small to even call "trees", so we'll see a few years down the road.  Blackberries here are an invasive weed - brambles grow into an impenetrable thicket in a few years, 12 feet tall.  The berries are so tasty.  I'm leaving the thickets in the area around the beehives, they bloom  like crazy and honey bees love them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 19, 2013 at 7:56am

Dominic, I like sour fruit also.  I'm going to get another cutting from an excellent tasting (and looking) crab apple tree this spring.  I couldn't get the one from last season to root.  I'll try Sentient's method this year.

Sentient, nice trees & flowers.  The Bleeding Heart brought back some fond memories of living across town in my parent's house.  My mom had the hearts growing right by the front door.  It was a nice view to come home to.

Randall, I'm close to giving-up growing cherries also.  It's almost impossible to keep the fruit fly worms out of them, and they take-up too much room in this small yard.

 

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