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Godless in the garden

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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.

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

Potatoes. Growing the perfect food.

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Daniel W (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 Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Daniel W (Sentient Biped). Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 20. 26 Replies

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Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on April 12, 2014 at 4:06pm
Patricia those tulips are amazing. I cant believe it. I bet the hybridizers were in awe at what they created!

Joan Im glad you are out in the yard. Good for you in every way. I can just see you there.

Spud 3 tons of sand sound like a lot! Wow!

I get out and putter when i can. All of the pear and asian pear grafts took. Some doing better than others. I think all of the apple grafts too. Some have flowers which sap the energy that shoukd go to growth. In the pear trees Im letting those bloom to pollenize the main tree. The lilac grafts are further behind. One, I thought I grafted onto lilac, turns out was onto a filbert instead. So that wont grow. No problem, I did many.

I'm walking around the fruit trees pkaying the bee using an artists paintbrush. I think some of the plums were successful. Not sure about the peaches. The cherries almost always have a good crop here.

Paw paws under 2 feet tall, about to bloom. If I can get just one ripe pawpaw It will be very rewarding. In theory, I should not let them bear so small. But who knows what next year will bring?
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2014 at 2:42pm

Your labeling is correct Patricia.  I was just pointing-out my brain-fart.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 12, 2014 at 11:52am

Patricia, I looked at those monkey faces, read the label that said "Ice Cream Cone tulips", and thought, what?  They should be called something like "Monkey flowers".

Joan, sounds like you got some enjoyment in working in the garden again.  Nice.

Yesterday, I got 3 tons of sand and unloaded it on my garden.   Some around the pear tree to keep the weeds down and most of it on the area I plan on planting an Apricot. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 12, 2014 at 11:18am

Yesterday was my first real day of puttering in the garden. I ran out of energy after about an hour, and it was a very lovely hour. I did none of last autumns work and have it ahead of me. As I work a small portion, like one rose bush yesterday, it seems to come to life! Oh! what a glorious sight! I get to do the whole garden. 

Randall, as you stated, "Finally! 

Cary is chomping at the bit to get it done, but has kindly agreed that I will do as much as I can. He has the front garden beautifully tended. The Bergenia is in full bloom. He made a bergenia bed, otherwise known as "Pigs's Ears", so it is now a solid bed of pink blooms standing above the ears. There is not one bruised or dead leaf. He likes everything in rows (I don't) and he designs and maintains his front garden and I make a naturalistic garden in the back. Anyone seeing the front from the street would be very surprised on coming into the back garden. A very different mood. Both beautiful in their own ways. 

Here is a stock photo of Pigs Ears: 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 11, 2014 at 7:34am

Heard the first spring peepers two nights ago. Finally! And got to work in the garden yesterday. Finally #2!! I might even play golf today. Finally #3!!!

Comment by k.h. ky on April 10, 2014 at 11:28pm

Frogs are plentiful here.  I love them.  I see them in the mornings, full of ants and mosquitoes. One summer they hatched in a waterfall barrel I had under a tree and my g-daughters and I watched them turn from tadpoles to frogs.  I love nature.  To be able to show my girls how something evolves is amazing.!!

Comment by k.h. ky on April 10, 2014 at 10:02pm
Both star magnolias bloomed this year! I started them from twigs a friend gave me two years ago. They aren't much more than two feet tall. Buds are popping up on two of my lilacs. Two others will bloom in a couple more weeks. They are a slightly different variety.
Summer is on its way.
Comment by Randall Smith on April 9, 2014 at 7:01am

Patricia, I love those monkey orchids!

Daniel, don't overdo it--work, that is.

Spud, I still marvel at the size of trees I planted 35 years ago. Some, I wish I hadn't planted, like willow and silver maple. They're quick growing but messy and thirsty. I don't have the courage to cut them down.

Comment by Daniel W (Sentient Biped) on April 8, 2014 at 12:33pm
Joan now all I need is to build a fortress to protect us froun the rioting masses....

Im anxiously awaithin the bee shipment. Should be in a week or two. Two hines. I cleaned and scrubbed them thoroughly with an organic detergent and peroxide.

I made my raised beds one weekend T a time. Day one. buy wood snd screws. Day two. Cut end boards and supports. Day 3. Screw them together. Day 4. Cut the wire mesh for bottom. Day 5. Staple lining - plastic dog food bags - and staple wire mesh bottom. Day 6. Mix compost and soil and fill. Day. 7. Rest.
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2014 at 11:18am

Daniel, good news about your elevation if the climate change predictions prove to be correct, with a 20 foot sea rise in the next fifty years. You are high and dry for the rest of your life. You live each day with way more energy than I have. I simply marvel at your being able to work and putter in your garden as much as you do. 

Cary is in the garden putting together a new garden tractor and kneeler that should help me endure longer periods of puttering.

Gardener's Supply Company, Tractor Skoot 

http://www.gardeners.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Gardeners-Site/d... 

This catalog has a lot of ideas for raised beds. Their products are expensive, but at least you can get an idea for what you need. I especially like their ideas for wheelchair access to raised beds. One of our local nursing homes used their ideas and had their handyman build them some. The wheelchair people love them and even some others are using them.

You are so clever at building things, all you need is the idea. 

By the way, what is the status of you bee hive? Did you get your new shipment of bees? 

 

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