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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 amer chohan on December 21, 2012 at 12:01pm

Opuntias are less frost hardy than many other cacti are but hardy enough to survive upto freezing tempratures. Primary reason for the loss was perhaps too much wet weather(water standing arround the roots for long time). It could be easily manged by adding corase fine sand in the upper 6 inch layer(30%). It provides many benifits such as

!- Water does not stand in roots

2- If it rains too much only roots beneath the layer are destroyed. Plant take root again from surviving roots in the sandy layer.

3- In winter rains soil dries in double quick time. 

4- It provides soft soil for roots to flourish.

5- It improves soil breathing.

I don't have much experience with other plants but it works miracles in case of cacti.

Comment by Plinius on December 21, 2012 at 9:44am

Those opuntias are beautiful! Do they grow different coloured flowers on one plant or does it only look like that?

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 21, 2012 at 9:18am

Sentient, amazing cactus in Mexico.  I wouldn't want one of those pads to fall on my head!

Those cacti flowers are very beautiful.  They look like the kind that grow wild around here, and every once in a while, I think about transplanting some to my garden.

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 21, 2012 at 9:11am

Amer, beautiful Cacti!

I used to grow more cacti but my cooler wetter climate was not cactus-friendly.   I like the big opuntia most of all - edible pads (nopales), flowers, and fruits.  Wish I could figure out how to grow them here!

I had this one in my yard 5 years ago.  It died in a freeze/wet winter.

This was from an old postcard I found on the internet.

Comment by amer chohan on December 21, 2012 at 8:48am

Echinocereus pictures are googled. I have only 3 of the shown species. Reason behind pasting the picture was that usually plant lovers value the beauty of plants on florination, very few are aware of the fact that spination could be that beautiful.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 20, 2012 at 12:34pm

Joan, have you tried your Morels yet?  Not that I'm advocating it!  Don't want to be responsible for you getting sick.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2012 at 12:16pm

Amer, your cactus are lovely, and they look so healthy.  Do you have them in your home or in a greenhouse? 

Just look at the fractal patterns! What a joy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 20, 2012 at 12:10pm

Garden Design Ideas from one of my favorite e-garden publications:

Judy's garden in Oklahoma - Fine Gardening

Comment by amer chohan on December 18, 2012 at 9:45am

Beauity of spination " Genus Echinocereus ".

Comment by Sentient Biped on December 17, 2012 at 9:26pm

Joan, I imagine the morels are fine.  Dried foods have a long shelf life, assuming they are thoroughly dry.  Then again.....  never know.  Spud is probably right.  I think I'd eat them.  Morels are food for the gods.  Except morels are real.

Still thinking about those morel-growing kits.  The only thing that has stopped me is the time of year.  I don't think this is the best time.

Thank you for comments on the bee house.  I am good at cobbling things together with my hands.  Lots of work on the house, remodeling, built some furniture, chicken houses...  but the bee house is just a piece of wood with 5/16ths holes drilled in it.  I'm no "fine woodworker".  

Spud, there are zillions of ways to make a house for orchard mason bees. This is basically what I do.  You can spend $$$ to buy one, but some are $15 or $20, but all you  need is a scrap of untreated lumber big enough to drill 15 or so holes in it, 15/16ths inch diameter, 4 or 5 or 6 inches deep.  Mine are actually 3 1/2 inches deep but supposedly 5 inches gets you more females, which is what you want.  Mine get  colonized, completely full, for years.  Also plan here.  and here.  I bought my original bees locally or via mail order - I forget which - but if you have a location where you see them working, you can try putting up a bee house there and let them fill it to start a "colony" for you.

Be careful.  Orchard Mason Bees are considered a "gateway drug" for beekeeping of honey bees.

 

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