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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.

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 April 18, 2014 at 10:15pm

k.h. ky , I don't think it matters when you take them out. I usually do the lilacs right after they finish blooming. That way I don't lose next spring's blossoms. I would cut out the three oldest, raggediest branches right after bloom and until fall. I probably wouldn't cut them in the late winter or early spring so that I wouldn't damage new growth. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 10:12pm

Chris, they are beautiful! To have such loveliness inside gives the season a great start. 

Comment by Randall Smith on April 18, 2014 at 7:27am

Gorgeous photo, Chris! I'm sure it's even prettier in real life.

King, I answered your question on your page.

I roto-tilled, finally, yesterday!! Bought vegetable seeds two days ago and will start planting today. How exciting is that?!

Comment by king on April 17, 2014 at 7:55am
Thank you Mr. Smith question do you grow marigolds
Comment by Plinius on April 17, 2014 at 7:44am

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

Comment by Randall Smith on April 17, 2014 at 7:30am

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 April 17, 2014 at 2:38am

anybody here from west central indiana

Comment by k.h. ky on April 16, 2014 at 11:43pm
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 April 16, 2014 at 9:34pm

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 April 16, 2014 at 6:05pm
Thanks Spud it's worth a shot.
 

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