Godless in the garden


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?
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 amer chohan on April 2, 2013 at 10:57am

Joan, one of the lessons learnt from life by me is "being sincere to other people's matters always benifits you in person too". I myself was suspicious about Dallas Christmas cactus but not confirmed that it were the roots causing the unhealth. I copied its pictures and shown it to some professional friends on facebook. In the process I got some knowledge I would have never achieved through out my life.

Sentinet, you some have gardening talent and skills too. Using plastic pots successfully in cacti case is a clear indicator of that. I have noticed it in a previous picture of perhaps your office window too. A thing with which I still feel uneasy.

Cacti are also grown in very rich mediums, in all sort of pots and with very heavy watering too. It all depends on how much your skills can handle.

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 2, 2013 at 8:51am
thanks everyone. right nowvi have to take it very slowl
ly - baby steps - and small ones at that. so no projects, and let the weeds grow. but its nice to look and smell. the cherry blossoms are almond scented - nice. the mason bees and other pollinating insects are out buzzing around. the dog likes to watch them. by may i hope im mostly back into commisssion. then maybe make some more raised beds. no more big tree digging though!
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2013 at 7:42am

Sentient, I forgot to say I love your fig cuttings.  I'm also acclimatizing the blackberry I purchased a few day ago because the place I bought it from had it in shade.  

I prefer to buy from places that have things in the sun, but this plant looked so healthy, and the one I bought in the same place last year is growing like gangbusters.

Comment by Plinius on April 2, 2013 at 7:33am

Thanks, Joan and Spud! And good to see Sentient back in his garden - and what garden!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2013 at 6:57am

Chris, I like your indoor green vine.

Sentient, as usual, I'm jealous of your back yard.  Hope you can relax and not overdo the work until you heal.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2013 at 2:18am

Amer, I like your instructions for schulmbergera. They provide a lot of pleasure for so little effort. 

Chris, that is a good solution for your lighting situation. Your vine is pretty, looks nicely green across the room as you have it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 2, 2013 at 2:14am
Sentient, your garden is so beautiful! A lovely place to heal ! Your figs look healthy; they will supply you with all the figs you can eat. Schlumbergera look really healthy and the colors lovely.
Comment by Sentient Biped on April 1, 2013 at 10:24pm

Here is my back yard now.  It is in a stage of benign neglect but looks nice with the fruit trees blooming.  The pink trees are peaches, the others are pears, sweet cherries, and pie cherries.  The area under the fruit trees has a lot of roses and bulbs.




Here are my fig cuttings now. They have a good head start. The outdoor fig trees have barely swelling buds. These should be about 2 foot tall by fall. All but 2 cuttings survived while I was in the hospital. Now I am taking them outside in a shady spot for the day, and back inside in the evening. That acclimates them to the brighter sun and more variable conditions outside.

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 1, 2013 at 10:18pm

On Schlumbergera, I have about 10 of them.  During the summer I keep them outside in a shady spot or north side of the house, and water about once weekly.  In the fall I bring them inside when frost seems likely.  I use a house plant fertilizer, that requires 7 drops per quart, for a dilute fertilizer.  After blooming they just get water about every other week until Spring when I escalate again to weekly.  I grow them in a general purpose potting mix, same as for other house plants.  

I would cut off the diseased looking parts.  

Comment by amer chohan on April 1, 2013 at 4:59pm

Dallas, schulmbergera are winter flowering plants. But it dosn't mean that winter is their thriving period. Cold temperatures only trigger their flower formation. I talked to a professional friend about it. He told me that they should be given more organic stuff than normal cacti. But drainage and quick drying after watering is essential.

Infact more you water in the summer, more it flowers in the winter. Instead of using poor soil, you can use soil from your garden beds and add a little fine sand in it. Don't forget to put broken pottery or pebbles in the bottom of pot to insure the drainage. More quickly it dries more you can water. And proper watering in the summer means water untill it runs through the bottom. Water only two days after surface shows the dryness.

In the winter only wet the surface after 4 days to keep the roots moist. One more intresting thing I was told about it was not to move a flowering christmas cactus otherwise it will drop the buds or stop flowering.


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