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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 Joan Denoo on February 9, 2013 at 12:13am
Comment by Sentient Biped on February 3, 2013 at 9:53pm

Dominic, that's 2 of us!
Annie, if I was there I'd be out in the garden all year round.  Actually if it's not frozen, I am already!  If not outside, then puttering inside.  What I call "Puttering meditation".

This year I exchanged some fig cuttings with hobbyists around the country.  Every year I grow a few from cuttings, mostly to give away.  For some reason I looked on ebay, saw some interesting varieties, and bid on them.  Fortunately, I stopped before I overdid it.  One went for over $100, and others were over $70.  I was thinking, Tulipmania!  Only with figs.  If this year's cuttings grow, there will be several interesting varieties to try.  I check every 2 days for roots.

Comment by Annie Thomas on February 3, 2013 at 9:42pm

Lovely Sentient!  For being in such a cold climate, you have surely figured out ways to lengthen your growing period.  I won't plant until March, though I plant seeds right into the soil.  I just hope everything grows before it gets too hot.

Comment by Dominic Florio on February 3, 2013 at 9:35pm

We are all the same.  My mom says not to bend over because I'll place a plant on your back.  She's right; I can't stand an empty space without a plant.

Comment by Sentient Biped on February 3, 2013 at 9:15pm

Did some gardening this weekend

Here is a window sill of my home office.  South facing window.  Keeps me from going too crazy.

There are rooting fig cuttings, cacti, orchids, plum seedlings, and a geranium cutting I didn't have the heart to throw away.

This is my first kitchen garden bed for the year. I finished filling with soil mix last weekend. Today I added the cover. The cover is constructed with 6 short rebar pposts, held in place by metal brackets. Then 1/2 inch PVC pipe is bent to make the Conestoga - type cover. I put chicken wire onto that, which will stay in the summer to frustrate deer and rabbits. On top of that, row cover, a woven plastic that lets in light and holds in solar heat, which is intended to keep it 10 degrees warmer than surrounding air. Even if not, the vegetables I planted are cold tolerant.

Planted: Snow Peas, Radishes, Beets, Bok Choy. If I get a chance next week, might add spinach and mesclun mix

Chris is a step ahead!  Nice to see the gardening season begin!

Comment by amer chohan on February 3, 2013 at 4:24am

Soda bottle idea is great. Such ideas are making me think growing some vegetables, I have never tried before. At least some flowering plants, a little shift from all cactus.

Comment by Plinius on February 3, 2013 at 2:22am

What a good idea about the soda bottles! I'm going to try it immediately! Yesterday I couldn't wait any longer and started my roof vegetable garden by sowing the first vegetables: cabbage turnip, peas, beans and celery. You can see how well timed your idea is!

Comment by Plinius on February 3, 2013 at 2:16am

Thanks Joan, it's a beautiful video! And yes, the first few images are of Schiedam. I don't live on reclaimed land - not recently reclaimed. It's a river estuary close to the sea; a thousand years ago people lived here on dry patches in the mud, as we still do, only much more comfortably. The bottom of this building is only 3 or 4 metres below sea level.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 3, 2013 at 1:45am
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/01/climate-desk-greenla...
Humans Have Already Set in Motion 69 Feet of Sea Level Rise
Comment by Lillie on February 2, 2013 at 8:04pm

This is so clever, Joan.  I am going to try it.  My family uses lots of soda bottles.

 

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