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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 Sentient Biped on June 22, 2013 at 6:23pm

Joan, thanks for the info!  Doing some planting today, so will keep that advice in mind.  Deer browsed through this week, eating apricot leaves and pear leaves.  They tasted the top of a Jerusalem artichoke, and apparently didn't like it.

This is today.  The best crop I've had from this tart cherry tree.

And some other fruits, sweet cherries, strawberries, raspberries, and those tart cherries.  Someone's going to have a cherry pie tomorrow.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 2:57pm

Dallas, so THAT is what is popping up all over the garden. It is raining today, and cold, but that will be my next chore ... wear long sleeves and gloves, eradicate the demons with gusto. If they go to seed, everyone will be in trouble because of their speedily spreading habit. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 2:55pm

Randall, thanks for the information. I have no problem with rabbits or dear, but my daughter and cousin do. I pall along your information. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2013 at 2:48pm
Sentient, I just read your suggested site, "Farmers Almanac" and found this suggested from a reader.
" Interplant the prickly vine veggies (vine squash, pumpkin, vine zucchini etc.) throughout your garden. The rabbits dislike the prickers on the vines and in general will not pass through them to get to your beloved veggies in the center. This interplanting is very successful in the northeast where the research and experimentation was implemented and the entire garden interior was left alone while the veggies along the edges of the garden were nibbled."
~ Teddy, Farmers Almanac
Comment by Idaho Spud on June 22, 2013 at 5:21am

What a scary plant!  Glad to read I shouldn't encounter it here.

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 21, 2013 at 9:43pm

Dallas, wow what a beautiful plant!  And so many times in life, beauty and deadly are co-conspirators.

Comment by A Former Member on June 20, 2013 at 6:32pm

An innocent looking plant that poses a serious danger

Giant hogweed is a plant that looks like a supersized version of Queen Anne’s lace and a touch can cause blisters, burns and blindness. Authorities are warning people about the plant which is native to central Asia, and has spread quickly in the U.S. North East, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest. The plant’s dangerous sap is clear and watery and contains toxins, which cause phytophotodermatitis, a skin hypersensitivity to ultraviolet rays. As its name implies, giant hogweed grows up to 20 feet high. It attracts kids who play with its giant hollow stalks as blowguns or telescopes, which leads to potential eye blinding exposure.

If you do come into contact with the plant that is recognizably by it’s height and clusters of white flowers, it is advised that you wash the area thoroughly and cover it from sunlight. Officials ask that those who have located giant hogweed steer clear of it and alert their local authorities so that it can be professionally removed.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 18, 2013 at 7:02am
To Sentient (and Joan): It's been my experience that rabbits go for certain plants like beans, sweet potatoes and Brassicas, but not squash or melons (or corn, tomatoes, peppers, etc.) And boy do they like geraniums and petunias! Don't know about deer.
Comment by Sentient Biped on June 17, 2013 at 10:27pm

answering my own question, sort of - this reference says I should be OK with zucchini and bunny wabbits.

I don't know. I think I'll work on a screen big enough for the growing plants.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 17, 2013 at 10:25pm
Dominic, such lovely blossoms. Do they grow wild in Florida?
 

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