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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 Idaho Spud on March 27, 2014 at 9:47am

This winter and spring, I've had better weather than most of you.  It's been relatively warm with little snow.  It is snowing now, but the temperature is still 3 degrees above freezing, and the forecast is for a high of 47 degrees F.  So, it won't stick.

I started working outside yesterday.  Dug out all the weeds, replanted a strawberry, and replanted a group of onions, both of which I found outside my fence.  

I keep the area between my fence and the alley pavement free of weeds and anything else that grows, because I don't want the city spraying poison there.  They go down the alleys about twice a year spraying weeds.

I like to grow things between the alley fence and my house, and don't like the poison they spray getting to my produce.  If I had left the strawberry and onions out there, they may have sprayed them.  I didn't want to give them an excuse for spraying.

I've been lazy about starting anything indoors, although I did lay-out pots and some seeds I want to start now.  Beets and peas.

I'm not going to plant any seeds directly in the garden, because whatever ate them in the past may still be around.  I'm going to let them get a few inches high first, which defeats the critters eating them.

Randall, congrats on the Rhubarb bulges.  The only things popping up in my garden are onions and garlic.  I haven't checked closely, but I think I've spotted some buds on the raspberries.

I've been expecting to see asparagus shoots, but I cut down the old dry twigs from last year and no sign of new shoots yet.  Looks like I've forgotten when they arrive.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 27, 2014 at 7:51am

I suppose nobody is adding comments here because we can't get started  (in the garden). I have so much cleaning up to do, but when it's so cold outside, I refuse to endure. My patience is wearing thin.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 21, 2014 at 7:34am

Joy of joys! Yesterday, I just happen to notice tiny red bulges poking out of the ground--RHUBARB! Spring is here! Plus, I see bluebirds investigating my bird houses. I'm in rapture!

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 20, 2014 at 7:36pm
Joan I was wanting Spring for you as much as for me. May you have an explosion of flowers and green green growth!
Spud in late 2012 I found a Greenspire Linden at Home Depo for half off. Then a couple months later another for 75% off. Then in Dec, 2 more for 90% off. As you might expect, the first was bigger and more vigorous than the 2nd, and that better than the last 2. Still for the price.... I wanted N American linden (basswood) and wound up getting one mail order. Greenspire is European, small leaves but closely related. They all survived and settled in 2103. Im hoping this year for some bloom and a surge og growth. On 2 acres there is plenty of room for them all.

Last year I had good reason to believe I would not survive the year. I grieved a little thinking
i would not see my trees grow and bloom. Maybe this year. They probably get over-nuturing but that's OK.

We had a big basswood on the street where I grew up. The street was Lind street. Someone forgot the 'en'.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2014 at 2:18pm

IT IS SPRING! Officially! We have bright sun, blue skies, and a promise of the rest of the week above 47 degrees! May the planting and gardening begin!!!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 20, 2014 at 10:33am

If I accire enough land, I'll grow some Basswood.  I used to make boomerangs with it because it's soft, which makes it easy to carve, and probably won't kill you if you get hit in the head!

When reading about it on Wikipedia, I noticed this picture of Lime Nail Galls on basswood leaves.  I thought it was interesting because I used to collect galls.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 20, 2014 at 8:38am

I've mentioned it before, but my basswood (linden) is huge and bountiful when it comes to blossoms and bees--that is, if Spring ever arrives!

Comment by Plinius on March 20, 2014 at 2:00am

I hope your lindens bloom, Sentient! Here there are lindens everywhere along the quays and the river that meanders through town - really intoxicating when they bloom! A lot of people grumble because the nectar stains their cars, but I love the fragrance!

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 19, 2014 at 4:51pm

Particia, I hope the snow melts soon, and the robins are happily digging worms among the blooming dandelions.

Comment by Patricia on March 19, 2014 at 2:14pm

ARRRRGH!!!! We're snowing......but there are robins visiting the yard! Seems weird.

 

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