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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 Sentient Biped on February 6, 2014 at 8:54am
Randall that nectarine is awesome! Peaches here are limited by often-debilitating peach leaf curl disease. The bloom like crazy then the leaves curl and turn red, then brown, and all fall off along with the peaches. I now have some that are spld as leaf curl resistant. This could be the year I find out. We often get frosts after they bloom which also doesnt help. I love fresh peaches.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 6, 2014 at 8:05am

I like a wide variety of trees in my yard, but enjoy the nut and fruit trees the most. Not only do I benefit from the fruit, but I love the blossoms--colors and fragrance! And Joan is right, the people that buy my house will appreciate the fruit trees. I think they add to the value of the property too. Here's a photo (I hope) of my loaded nectarine tree.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 5, 2014 at 7:03pm

I like the colors in that garden Joan.

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 5, 2014 at 2:03pm
Josn that's beautiful!
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2014 at 1:18pm

Oh! Isn't this a pretty garden design!

Sally's garden in Maryland, in winter

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 5, 2014 at 12:47pm
Joan, 2 years ago I planted 4 european Linden, one American Linden. Last year I added a sourwood. Also 2 more map,es added in 2012. Plus a lot of shrubs for the pollinating insects, especially bees.

I hope neighbors drive by snd ask. Sometimes they do. I proselytise about pollinating insects and not using pesticides, at every opportunity!
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2014 at 12:20pm

Daniel, great news that you are getting a batch of bees. With all the new plants and blossoms coming onto your place, let's hope the bees stay home to forage. 

This pesticide business is really an important one to manage. The general public doesn't realize the effects on bees and natural processes and public education is key. 

We are never too old to plant a tree. After all, a gardener doesn't only garden for his/her own benefit but for those coming after us. Would it not be grand, on the final year of one's existence on Earth, to plant a whole orchard, or a bower. Sure, it can be cut down in seconds, but what the heck, we won't be around to see it happen, I hope, and we can imagine a whole lot of celebrations under those leaves.

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 5, 2014 at 11:23am
I ordered another package of bees. Delivery in March or April. I hope I have learned from this snd can keep thrm going better. Might build another hive or try to sterilise the last one. I dont think it was a bacterial disease. I worry about pesticides and am growing a lot more pollen and nectar bearing plants but the forage 3miles.

Randall hope you enjoyed florida!

I know what you mean about fruit trees. Still this year I added a multigraft apple, a peach and a jujube. I ordered the larger size of each to get a head start. I think the peach w,ill bloom this Spring. Nice size tree. Same for a Jonathan apple that is to be shipped in March. The apples and peach can be expected to give a taste - maybe- next year, and at least one pie in 2 years.

last year I bought a tart cherry in bloom. It had cherries in a month and looks great for this year.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 5, 2014 at 8:34am

Daniel, what a tragedy. I've witnessed two feral hives suddenly disappear in the past 2 years. When I lose a fruit tree, it always hurts. At my age, it gets to be too late to start (plant) another.

Comment by Plinius on February 3, 2014 at 1:15am

That's bad about the bees, Daniel!

 

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