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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!

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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.

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

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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.

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 18, 2014 at 8:14am
Randall I like the food producing trees too. I was surprised to learn even maples, lindens, and sourwoods produce tons of nectar for honey. We just have to know how to harvest it. So my definition of food tree expanded.

I am hoping my lindens bloom this year. They are small trees - the largest about 12 foot tall - but I can hope.

I have a big maple but the land is part of an easement so I worry that someone will destroy it.
Comment by Randall Smith on March 18, 2014 at 8:04am

Those days of tree-lined streets are gone. I was devastated when all the hard maples on "Main Avenue" were cut down in my home town. Then, when some cities tried to beautify their avenues, they planted invasive "Tree of Heaven" (Ailanthus) trees! Nashville comes to mind. 

Pesonnally, if I plant a new tree, it'll bare fruits or nuts. Might as well get something edible out of it. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 18, 2014 at 7:53am
Josn what a beautiful street.

There should be more honor given to old trees. Not that we should have laws preventing owners from cutting all old trees, but removing them prevents the next generations from having these majestic living things. So thinking twice, three times, longer, before cutting them down. And then planting 5 for every one removed, snd nurturing those 5 to maturity.

Plus they sequester co2, cool their surroundings, and provide habitat.

My little editorial on trees. I also think we should promote growing trees from seeds. They grow faster, better, stronger, more genetic diversity, more resilient, compared to grafted clones. Those old trees can be a source of genetic diversity for future generations, too.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 3:00pm

Yes, Spokane is noted for its urban forest. They were planted early in the building of the city, from the late 1880s on. Sadly those giant trees lined streets built for horse and buggy. When the paved streets were put in, many trees were taken out, or allowed to remain with the result that sidewalks and streets get dislodged by growing roots. The telephone lines run through the trees and so the power company keeps the tops cut out in anticipation of snow and ice causing power failures.

There is a project going on now to replace those old trees with new ones that are far enough away from concrete and asphalt to cause no problems, or choosing species that do not interfere. 

This photo is of Grand Blvd, 1/2 block from my home. It used to be the main dirt road to the south of downtown. Many gorgeous mansions lined the blvd; most are gone now. This Manito Park was designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers in 1913. They designed Central Park in NYC. 

The basalt outcropping on the near left is common for my street. Many such exposures occur and are used as part of landscape designs. The Ponderosa pines are part of the ancient forest that covered the city. The maples were planted by the early wealthy miners and loggers who built their mansions, thus the south hill became known as the wealthy part of town. Halfway up the sharp incline is a cement water trough put there in 1907 for the horses to drink and rest. It is interesting to see the little bungalows and cottages built between the mansions as the wealth dried up. 

There is some grumbling in the autumn because of all the falling maple leaves and the plugged sewers. Homeowners are supposed to clear their yard waste, but many try to rake leaves into the street where the big machinery gathers them. Much growling goes on with the city scolding the homeowners, and homeowners claiming it is the city's responsibility. City ordinances name the owners. 

This is a Google Earth photo and probably taken in late summer. 

 

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