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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.

Discussion Forum

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 13 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Sunday. 7 Replies

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped on Sunday. 4 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 26 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 27. 2 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies

Asparagus

Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 4 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 24, 2014 at 1:42pm

Didn't know apricots were so hard to get to produce.  Besides the one I had here for 6 years, I had a small one in Concord California that produced abundantly. 

When I moved into the California house, I saw the poor looking thing that appeared to have had no water for years.  I watered it and pruned some branches out of the center to let light in.  

The next season it started producing large delicious apricots.  Because it was so shabby looking I was surprised at how fast it started producing.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 24, 2014 at 7:12am

Re apricot trees: Don't get me started! I planted two (catalogue ordered) about 25 years ago (Manchurian dwarf, if I remember correctly). One year, only ONE year, have I ever had apricots--and they were too wormy to eat. This winter, I pruned them back to "dwarf" size, hoping that would help. But this is the year of few fruit tree blossoms because of the severe winter. Maybe year #26, if I live that long!

Moles? Again, don't get me started!

Comment by king on May 23, 2014 at 8:23pm
Moles what to do
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 23, 2014 at 6:20pm

Spud, just read the interesting article about the smell of rain. Interesting! There is more to rain than I imagined. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 23, 2014 at 5:58pm

I don't remember the blossoms of mine ever being killed.

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 23, 2014 at 5:56pm
I think the problem here is it warms then frosts then warm then frosts. So the apricot blooms then wham! is killed. if it didnt wArm early, the blooming might be later and not be frosted. we keep trying tho. In Idaho you may have more suitable weather.
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 23, 2014 at 5:49pm

Daniel, thanks for the info.  I didn't even think about the old ones  being root-bound, but should have.

I think apricots will grow here.  I grew one for about 6 years before it died, but I don't think it's death had much to do with the weather.  This year, I've modified the soil to the best of my ability and have learned not to plant them too low.

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 23, 2014 at 5:23pm
Spud if you are able to grow apricots, I envy you!

Last yeasrs trees might be too root bound. i dont know. Ive had some end of year trees do well. I cut the winding roots so they spread out, and mulch and water well the first year. they might be set back for a year that way but survive for me.
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 23, 2014 at 1:18pm

I've been shopping for an apricot tree, but the prices are high.  $45 to $100 in this town.

There are some for $20, but they are last years trees.  Do you guys think they would grow OK?

What has been your experience with buying trees from a distant nursery?  Bare-root or in containers.

Comment by BarbaraSATX on May 23, 2014 at 10:47am

Daniel, LOLOLOLOL you are too funny.  Just think of it as being a conservationist.  You are helping the wildlife to thrive. 

 

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