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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 Steph S. on September 4, 2012 at 10:43pm
Joan I will have to look into planting garlic. I'm enjoying the posts here- very informative.
Such a wonderful group!
Comment by Sentient Biped on September 4, 2012 at 10:25pm

Idaho, the 2 acres (I hesitate to call something so small a farm.  Homestead?) is 30 miles from my house in town, which is in an "outer suburb" area.  It's too far to commute daily to work, but close enough that I can go often.  It was a foreclosure, needed some work, and I live fairly frugally.  So I can keep both.   My house in town was also abandoned for a year and needed major work, which I did myself.  I'm too attached to the result of my efforts to give it up.  The "homestead" will gradually improve - I did have to replace the kitchen subfloor, which isn't as hard as it sounds.   And have the well and septic tank repaired, which I hired out.  

Interested in what Joan says about the lights, too.  I've seen trees here that have different growth patterns near street lights, or the leaves hang on longer in winter.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 4, 2012 at 4:51pm

Idaho Spud, excellent questions. give me some time to do a little research. Surely there are valid answers to your questions. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2012 at 4:30pm

Sentient, how far away from where you presently live is your 2 acres? I take it that you don't plan on moving.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2012 at 4:18pm

Joan/Sentient/whomever, I've got some questions related to the need for a dark period that many plants have.  I've spent quite a bit of time on the internet, but haven't found all the answers yet.

To deter burglars and other miscreants, I run 10 watt (40 watt equivalent) fluorescent lights in all my windows at night, and I wonder if the plants that are close to the windows are negatively affected by the light.  Some plants are as close as 7 feet.  The closest is a watermelon that took a long time to get going.  Of course, it was buy some mulch that some pests hid in and held it back when it was young.

I also wonder if some colors of light will affect them less than others or white.  The company that sold me my LED grow lights claim that plants only use red and blue light, not green.  That's why they only have red and blue LEDs in their grow lights.

For a while, I put green fluorescent bulbs in the windows close to my plants, but then I read some opinions that plants do use green light.

What do you guys think or know?

Comment by Sentient Biped on September 1, 2012 at 11:01pm

Joan, the half barrels worked out really well for me.  The garlic heads were the biggest I've had.  I did have to make sure they were watered.  The barrels dry out faster than in-ground.  I love the Inchellium reds. 

My multigraft Asian pear is Hamase Kojiro and one other, I think.   I do love Asian pears.  I also love the European pears, but they are harder to get the timing perfect for ripeness.  When I do, they are like eating candy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 1, 2012 at 9:51pm

It appears all these are Asian pears. the site should clarify that. 

Sentient, I like the idea of raising garlic in half barrels. I want to use the space I raised them this year for something else next year. So, tubs are a possible answer. Thanks for the idea. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 1, 2012 at 9:48pm

Asian pear pollination chart

How to use our pollination chart

  1. Potential pollen parents are listed at the top and fruit bearers are listed to the left
  2. Select the variety that you want to bear fruit from the left side
  3. If the intersecting square is green, it will pollinize
  4. If the intersecting square is red, it will not pollinize
  5. If the intersecting square is orange, it will be partially self-fertile
Comment by Sentient Biped on September 1, 2012 at 8:12pm

Joan, thanks for the garlic update.  I raised mine in half-barrels this year and they did great.  Now that I  have more room, I want to make some raised beds.  Next weekend or the one after that.  The first ones will be for garlic and multiplier onions.

Annie T - you are right that Asian pears keep well.  Maybe - i eat all of mine before there is a chance to find out.  Most need a different variety of Asian pear as a pollinator.  I have a multigraft tre, which takes care of that issue.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 1, 2012 at 4:29pm

Bountiful Gardens - Garlic

You have to plant it in full sun. Your soil should be worked/tilled - the finer the better, but it doesn't have to be perfect! The winter will dissolve your clods eventually - I've seen great crops come from cloddy soils with plenty of vegetative "trash" present at planting (like after a corn crop). Don't plant in the same ground you grew garlic in last year.

First, break (split) your planting bulbs up into individual cloves ....

 

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