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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.
Frugal gardening.
Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.
Growing Fruits
Why buy locally-grown plants?
Squirrels.
bees.
Cheap gardening.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.
Buy locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.
Grow lots of fruits in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.

Discussion Forum

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky on Monday. 8 Replies

Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Sentient Biped Oct 11. 12 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sky God Oct 10. 3 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 10. 9 Replies

Insectary

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Annie Thomas Oct 3. 10 Replies

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 20. 26 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Daniel, I planted many different kinds of fritillaries and a season or two, they all disappeared, except two "Crown Imperials".I have them in my "Grotto garden" which isn't a cave or water spring. It is a dark part of my garden where the sun never penetrates, except in this one spot at the edge where the morning sun light touches the ground. 

I just looked up "The Informed Gardener" and found an amazing author, scientist, gardener, Linda Chalker-Scott. For an audio of her reading, go to:

 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0295987901/ref=pd_luc_rh_mrairec_0...

I am impressed. A book is coming and a Kindle book by her just arrived. She has a chapter on the Myth of Organic Superiority.

The reviews of her and her books stand out as good sources for the scientific aspect of gardening. I like debunking myths. 

She has a degree from WSU as well as others. She and I must have walked the same greenhouses and barns and shoveled manure onto the ground of the WSU President's House. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on Sunday

Randy, you probably know all this information, however, here is a site that defines alternative methods of vole control. 

Voles (Meadow Mice)

I guess I am going to have to get rid of my lovely mice population with vegetables replacing shrubs. Gardening is a give and take situation. I guess I could create a mice box if I really wanted to watch them. No, I already have enough stuff to watch. 

My visiting cat population is down; their families moved away and the other cats in the neighborhood are indoor cats. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 19, 2014 at 9:25am

Randall, I'm jealous of your sweet potatoes!  During my attempt - the plants I ordered baked in the mailbox.  Once they recovered -some - slugs had a "eat all you can buffet".  So I'm yet to have any.  Maybe try again next year....

 

My 2 persimmon trees - one Asian, one Asian/American hybrid - look very healthy but may be a few years from fruiting.  The Saijo Japanese persimmon is 7 feet tall now.  Maybe...  The Nikita's Gift hybrid is only about 5 feet, but looks very healthy.  Persimmons have nice tropical appearing leaves, and great fall color.

 

Joan, what type of fritillaries have you grown?  This year I was happy to have 2 "Crown Imperials" in bloom.  Prior attempts were not fruitful.  These were in raised bed, might be why they survived.  I planted them to repel varmints - quite stinky!  Handsome flower, too.

 

Book review added today to topics, "The Informed Gardener".  I liked this book.

 

Transplanted some young tree starts yesterday.   One might be too traumatized to survive, but we'll see.  This is the perfect time to plant trees!  Main problem - big box store and nursery trees may be root bound from a season in containers.  The roots will need to be pruned, unbound, and set free, if that is the case.

 

 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 19, 2014 at 8:11am

Nice sweet potatoes I dug up! This is the first year in many that voles didn't decimate them. Of course, I rotate crops, so perhaps they didn't find them. No frost, by the way. And I dug them in a cold drizzly rain. Miserable and muddy. But that's gardening!

Daniel, the persimmons are ripening. I had to prop up the whole tree. Only one tree out of the 6 I have produced 'simmons. I know four are male, but the other female refused to cooperate.

Yes, Don, I love the progression of your photos. I know Mt. Washington is noted for its record breaking winds. Are you windward or leeward from the Mt.?

Barbara, it's fun to read about your passion for gardening! It still astounds me that nobody I know grows fruits and vegetables in their back yard. I mean, how difficult is it to stick a tomato plant in the ground, or sow a row of carrot seeds, etc.? Show us a photo of your stone work, if possible.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 9:18pm

Daniel, your collection of new seeds gives promise of some nice colors, shapes and textures. I have two surviving fritillaries. I look forward to you photos next summer! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 9:15pm

Don, your garden is just stunning. The scenes with the mountains in the background make it a special place to grow good things. I very much like each one, and am especially enchanted by the May 23, freshly planted scene. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 18, 2014 at 5:28pm

Don, that's  nice progression through the growing season.  Very nice layout.

 

Barbara, I hope you will show us how your limestone project turns out.  It sounds like a great project!

 

Randall, I like collecting and cleaning seeds too.  It's peaceful.  It makes me think I am a capable gardener, independent and growing my own seeds for my garden.  That said, I didn't save seeds this year.    How did your persimmons turn out?

 

Yesterday after work I wandered around the store in a bit od a daze - fridays are tough.  So I bought bulbs.  More than intended.  Poor self discipline.  Here are the ones I planted today.

 

If they grow, that bed will be a very welcome announcement of Spring.   Each fall, I put in more bulbs for that reason.  By the time the start growing, I really need the cheer.  These are mostly considered deer and rabbit resistant.  The tulips need to go in containers for the deck - deer won't go there.  So far.

Comment by Don on October 18, 2014 at 1:59pm

Hi Joan--  Oh, yes, I have a rider.  What I don't really have is a lawn.  It's really more of a field that I mow maybe 10 times a season.  When I don't it grows up in various grasses, clover, vetch, pinks, hawkweed, and so on.

Here is this year's garden month to month:  April 28, May 23, June 16, July 27, August 18, September 18, and October 14.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2014 at 1:18pm

Don, very glad to learn you mow your leaves into the lawn. Is this scene from your garden. I hope you have a riding mower! 

The sky, mountains, trees and lawn offer beautiful colors and contrasts. 

Comment by Don on October 18, 2014 at 1:04pm

Prelude to a rainy day here in northern Vermont.  (The peak on the horizon about a a third over from the left is Mt. Washington, about 50 miles to the southeast of our place.)  I mow all my leaves right into the lawn. 



 

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