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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 169
Latest Activity: 6 hours ago

Welcome to Eden!

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 sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Daniel W on May 24, 2014 at 8:54pm

For some reason, these turned out very nice this year.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2014 at 3:08pm

Spud, keep us posted on its progress. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 24, 2014 at 3:04pm

Thanks Joan.  Unwinding the roots is something that I've heard before, but had forgotten.  I might have remembered it when I went to plant it and saw the winding roots.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2014 at 2:35pm

Spud, my guess is that last year's trees in pots are OK and only if you unwind the roots. As the tree grows, the roots will strangle each other if you do not unwind them.

The tree and shrubs that I have planted from pot-bound plants have survived very well if I pull the dirt out of the roots, then plant them on a mound in the hole I dug, spread the roots out over the mound, water them in, fill the hole with dirt, step on the soil firmly to get a good contact between roots and dirt. Build a little dam around the outside of the hole, soak the soil until the well is full and let it soak in. Continue to keep it moist as it grows new tiny roots.    

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2014 at 2:22pm

"Moles are a water animal. They're attracted to the wet soil," ... "It's easier to dig, and then they discover, wow, there's a lot of worms here."

~ Terry Siedelman, a longtime mole-catcher and the owner of The Mole Works in Portland, Ore.

Ridding your lawn of moles: What really works

My daughter has moles in her lawn and they have a continual struggle. They followed the advice of Sentient Biped to take the mole soil and put it in the planter boxes. Then they put in the mole killer device of the current trend; they still have moles. 

I have never had to deal with them. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 24, 2014 at 2:08pm

Spud, that is a great story! Properly cared for, things do produce, if the conditions are correct. 

I couldn't get apricots or peaches from my attempts in Spokane (USDA Zone 5b, -15 to -10 degrees F) because of freezes killing blossoms. I did everything, except put out smoke pots, and was not successful. Finally, cut them down.

My daughter's place is USDA Zone 5a with minimum temps of -20 to -15 degrees F. We are trying to figure out what fruit trees grow in this zone. 

I love gardening, it offers so many challenges and opportunities to experiment. 

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. 

 

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