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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 May 16, 2013 at 9:07pm

Why my strawberry plants lost all of their leaves.  And are now in a chicken wire cage.

 

Biggest damn rabbits I've ever seen. Lots of nutrition in those strawberry leaves.

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 12, 2013 at 7:41pm

Annie, it's mainly irises.  Probably 99% of their business, although when they open the iris gardens for visitors during bloom season, they selll other stuff.  In fact, I have enough irises in by yard, but I did buy a Weigelia.  Deer resistant, nectar for honey bees, and drought resistant.  I'm guessing much of their other stuff is heritage varieties from what they grow in the show garden.

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 12, 2013 at 5:50pm

Wow!  The laburnums are amazing.  You wrote that this is a private business.  Do they sell Irises, or is it a private botanical garden of sorts?  It looks incredible.

Comment by Sentient Biped on May 12, 2013 at 10:14am

Great to read about what people are doing in their  gardens!

Annie, thanks for describing your harvests and sharing.  I get almost as much form sharing as from growing in the first place...  Can't eat it all!

Yesterday we went to Schreiner's Iris gardens, a family owned business between Portland and Salem Oregon.  Now is peak bloom time.  It's a nice excursion.  Some pics:

They have several show gardens with hundreds of varieties of bearded irises.

I like these laburnums.  I've been growing some of my own, theirs are much more lavish.

Aesculus.  Common name is horse chestnut or buckeye.

Weigelia.  I wonder if these were brought by the family when they moved from Minnesota in the 1940s.  They are an old fashioned shrub

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 12, 2013 at 6:20am

Annie, I liked reading about your wonderful day.

Comment by Annie Thomas on May 11, 2013 at 7:15pm

I weigh everything I harvest from the garden.  It helps me keep track of what produces well and reminds me of success when things go wrong.  Yesterday, I passed the 5 pound mark for the spring harvest!  So far we've harvested radishes, squash, and dragons tongue beans.  But the greatest joy is sharing my garden with others.  Today, a friend came over with her two little boys.  They were hot and sweaty after two soccer games and wanted to take a dip in my pool.  After we cooled off in the water, I took them to the garden and let them harvest some beans.  They had so much fun and promised me they would eat the funny colored beans for dinner.  They also picked some gardenias to bring home.  Their mother protested, saying "we don't want to take everything from your garden!" but it brings me so much joy to share it with others, especially children.  I brought out the scale and had the boys weigh the beans, explaining that I like to keep track of how much I produce, and the kindergartener and preschooler were so attentive as I explained how to read the scale.  This is what it is all about to me: sharing what I produce, and teaching the next generation to love gardening.  What a wonderful day!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2013 at 5:50pm

Chris, was it you that said eat just the tips of my stinging nettle? 

Anyway, I ate the tips of the mature plants last year and didn't like the flavor like I have in the past.  This year, I ate the top one inch when they were just 2-3 inches tall and still didn't like them, so I'm pulling them out and putting something else in their place.  Maybe it's the soil here that causes the lack of tastiness.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2013 at 5:44pm

I've been using chives in some of my dishes for over a month or two now.  I planted them in the shade and they didn't do much for a year or two, but this year they're doing fabulous.

My onions and garlic and doing great.

My year-old asparagus is doing nicely, but it will probably be another year or two before I can eat any.  They are still very small diameter.

My red and yellow raspberries are doing great.

My blackberry plant that was planted last year put-out 2 small diameter and 4 large diameter canes that grew to 6 feet.  One of the tips touched the ground and rooted there.  It's not leafing-out much yet.  Don't know if that's normal.

My strawberries have been flowering for a week now.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2013 at 5:32pm

Randall, I knew miniature was not the right word, but too lazy to look-up the right word.  Dwarf is what I was going for.  My cherry trees may have been semi-dwarf.  But even if they were, 30 feet high is not what I would call semi-dwarf!

PS:  One site I just looked at said dwarf trees may be called miniatures.  

I had a small apricot tree that never got above 6 feet tall, but it died after a few years.  It may have been planted too deep.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 11, 2013 at 5:12pm

Thanks Sentient.  I pulled off all the cherry leaves except two very small new leaves.  I did that because the cutting I took from a crab apple last year dropped all it's leaves and grew a few small new ones before finally expiring.  I took that cutting in June I think.  I tried rooting it in a jar of distilled water that I periodically replaced.

I read somewhere that crab apple cutting should be taken in the fall, so I'll try one then and one when it's dormant like you do.

 

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