Godless in the garden

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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 A Former Member on March 24, 2013 at 10:32pm

I bought one of these today, a walking stick cholla:

Of course, mine is small compared to this one. Under it in the pot, if I can fit it, I'm planting a "Chocolate Balls" stonecrop sedum, if I can get it to survive. 

Sedum hakonense ‘Chocolate Ball’

I put a stonecrop sedum in a pot before, and it did okay but didn't seem suited for a pot. When I put it in the ground it died (from too much water, I assume). 

The cholla cost me $18. I don't normally spend that much on a cactus because I'm not yet that confident in my abilities to blow that kind of money. Still, I stopped at Lowe's too, and they had a $20 cactus I really wanted and two smaller ones I'd never seen before. It was hard to talk myself out of buying all of them. 

I spent that much on the cholla because it was a rare find and because they are pretty hardy, so I don't worry about killing it that much. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2013 at 2:18pm

Dallas, thanks for those beautiful photos. Dominic, your garden is so refreshing, please do keep us up to date throughout the seasons.  

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 24, 2013 at 2:17pm

Yes my Platycerium does live outside all year.  Yes it can freeze very easily, but attached to the live oak, it is in a micro climate.  I have never had it damaged.  I do know of people who have had to build tents around theirs.  It depends on where you position the plant.  That is the trick to many tropicals in Florida.  It also depends on age.  Many plants will die in a freeze, but if you can get them to grow for a few years and put on some size, they will do much better.     My goal is to constantly create islands of plants, which are micro climates for the plants and sanctuaries for wildlife, who can move easily from one island to another.  The tighter I plant and the more I mulch, the better protected the plants become.  This means dealing with weeds.  It is just a fact of life.  When they get really big, they are easily pulled and I feed them to the chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, and goats.

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 24, 2013 at 2:03pm

Today it comes in a lot of colors and with variegated leaves, which is my favorite.  I am a sucker for anything with variegation.  It is very thorny and birds love to nest in it.  One of my future projects is to increase my Bouganvilla plants.

Comment by A Former Member on March 24, 2013 at 10:29am

Wow, that all sounds so wonderful Dominic. Kudos to you for keeping track of your wildlife. (BTW, do you ever listen to the Living on Earth radio program?)

I love Bouganvilla. It is so pretty and just has an old-south mystique to it, imo. It is actually too cold in North Texas for it to survive the winter, so you rarely see it planted anywhere. 

For you Northerners not familiar with Bouganvilla, here are some pics:

Comment by A Former Member on March 24, 2013 at 10:17am

Those are pretty. Seems to me I've seen those used in flower arrangements. I suspect they come in many different colors?

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 24, 2013 at 10:06am

Chris, the clivias are beautiful!  We grow them too.  So dramatic and durable.  We let them go dry for the winter, then start watering in spring. Thank you for posting!

Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2013 at 7:30am

Isn't it nice that we have an atheist flower? Clivia miniata or kaffir lily: kaffir is Arabic for unbeliever. Mine flowers like mad.

Comment by Plinius on March 24, 2013 at 2:02am

I love your garden, Dominic! Can your Platycerium live outside the whole year round?

I'll upload some pictures of my ´garden´, when it turns green -  it's a long wait for spring this year.

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 24, 2013 at 12:42am

Wow!  Happy and safe cats as well as happy and safe birds.

 

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