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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 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.

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Plinius on Thursday

Hardly time to water the house plants, but my clivia has gone berserk; TEN stalks of flowers!

Comment by Randall Smith on Thursday

With regard to asparagus, I just bought a dozen "roots" ($8) to give to my daughter. I'm now trying to eat the rest of last year's (in freezer).

K.K., my bleeding hearts are about 8" high and didn't get frost bitten. You can cover plants with newspapers. Just don't use plastic or allow plants to touch plastic anyway.

King, I'm from Rossville (IN)! Welcome.

Comment by king on Thursday

anybody here from west central indiana

Comment by k.h. ky on Thursday
Thanks Joan. Good to learn about the lilacs. I have at least four and the oldest is beginning to look ragged. I'll try your three branch method and see what happens. I suppose that's pruning them back in the fall?
Comment by Joan Denoo on Thursday

I don't think you have to worry about bleeding heart, k.h. ky. I live in WA state and I don't think late frosts hurts anything, maybe the young buds, but they recover quickly. The temp. fluctuation from 20 to 80 may be a problem ... one that I have never encountered. 

Lilacs often get the first buds and young branch tips nipped with frost. I have never known a lilac to be damaged. I cut one lilac to the ground on the years we paint the house and it always comes back as pretty as ever. People told me I would kill it, and maybe I have just been lucky. 

I do have a terribly ugly lilac in the back garden that I cut from a root of a lilac my grandmother planted on her mother's grave in the forest of northern Idaho. It grew nicely for a few years but very sparsly. It has a lovely white blossom. I started taking out three branches of the old growth each year. This year I take out the last three. Growing up all around it are fresh sprouts, probably 20 or so.  They started appearing and this year some of them have buds. None are over three feet high. I will have a nice little grove of Great-grandma Sally Harkness lilacs in my east garden. 

Comment by k.h. ky on Wednesday
Thanks Spud it's worth a shot.
Comment by k.h. ky on Wednesday
My bleeding heart needs to be covered too l guess. I'm going to lose several things if temps keep fluctuating between mid 80s and low 20s.
Comment by Idaho Spud on Wednesday

I'm not an expert, but it seems like anything will help, with thicker things doing better.

Comment by k.h. ky on Wednesday
My lilacs have bloomed and my poppies, that took me over a decade to start, are setting blooms. But we're going to have a freeze tonight. Any ideas on how l can cover them? I wonder if newspaper would work?
Comment by Sentient Biped on Wednesday

Good to learn about asparagus hardiness.  That will benefit me too when / if I put in an asparagus bed.  It's a good idea - I think deer and rabbits are supposed to leave them alone.

 

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