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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.
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 Randall Smith on May 11, 2013 at 8:59am
First, to Spud: regarding "dwarf" trees, my apricots were supposedly dwarf. Ha!!
To Daniel, my rabbits are almost tame! I have chicken wire around a section of my garden, but not strawberries. My patch is too large for them to do much harm. Still, fencing is cheaper than a dog.
Comment by Sentient Biped on May 11, 2013 at 8:35am

Hope everyone is getting something now from their gardens.  Rabbits ate off my strawberry plants - ^%@)*%#!  Will install chicken wire to keep them out as the plants recover!

I have greens now, and radishes.  Planting tomatoes and peppers, and need to put in another raised bed. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 11, 2013 at 8:30am

Spud, I don't know if it can be done this time of year!  I rooted mine when dormant.  It's good to try different methods.  If there are leaves, they need to be kept very humid.  It's a challenge balancing humidity with keeping them from getting moldy.  I was rinsing mine off every few days, and replacing the paper towel if it got moldy.  Some died when I was in the hospital and couldn't care for them.  GOod luck, let us know how they do!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2013 at 4:36pm

This tree was supposed to be miniature, but it was 30 feet high and still going.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 10, 2013 at 4:35pm

Sentient, will you tell me how you root tree cuttings again?

I cut down one of my cherry trees because I'm tired of fighting and loosing the battle with fruit flies.  It also was shading the garden.  I'm going to plant a miniature apricot in it's place.

Anyway, I took 3 new growth pieces from it and am trying to root them.  If I'm successful, I'll plant one in another part of the yard and keep it pruned down low, like the miniature this one was supposed to be.

I put one cutting wrapped in a paper towel that I wetter with distilled H2O, and put them in a plastic bag.  I sealed the bag, but I can easily let in air.  How do you do it?

I put a second one on top of a wetted paper towel and in a bag so I can see if it roots.

I put the third one in potting soil and put the combination in the ground.  I shaded it and will keep it moist.

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 10, 2013 at 3:51pm
Joan, you take care as well. Glad you have someone to help out. Dontvbring any hawthorne sprigs into the house!
Comment by Sentient Biped on May 10, 2013 at 3:08pm
interesting info about hawthorne mythology! It's fun learning that stuff.

Joan my energy is back to usual I think. But there are some times I hit bottom. Nausea is an issue. Trying to hve the right attitude.

second beehive kit is here. Will start on it his weekend.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2013 at 10:56am

According to Irish mythology, the Hawthorne is a sacred tree with an interesting dark side: bring a sprig of Hawthorne into the home and someone will die, some say mother will die. 

Irish native Hawthorn ... Crataegus monogyna .. Sceach Gheal

Irish myth + hawthorn tree

Hawthorn

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 10, 2013 at 9:55am

Exactly! All thos qulities are why I liked it so much. Like the poplar, the roots run far and wide, even into neighbors' yards. Bees and birds love it for the blossoms and fruits; The bees provide a nice sound at breakfast time when I have breakfast in the garden. It won't be easy to clean up the broken branches, and well worth the effort. 

How is yor energy, Daniel? Mine is utterly gone. My son picks up the slack, sometimes cheerfully. 

Oh, I can grab a photo because the "Link, photo movie, Text window" are here. They sometimes don't appear. Do you have that situation or is it my computer wanting to retire.  

Washington Hawthorne/bird feeding station 2011

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 10, 2013 at 9:06am

Another link from Washington State (King County) - now I'm certain you are right!  Looks like they are an introduced species here.  They consider this tree a weed.  However, short of any eradication efforts, I'll keep them.  They provide land stabilization near the creek, privacy, bird food, and fill a gap for pollen and nectar for honey bees.  

 

Image from wikipedia  looks just like it.  Thank you again!

File:Common hawthorn.jpg

 

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