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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!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 173
Latest Activity: 12 hours ago

Welcome to Eden!

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 sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Discussion Forum

Living in the forest

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Wednesday. 6 Replies

Good plants that volunteer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 17 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W May 2. 2 Replies

Air-pots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud May 2. 1 Reply

Rooftop Gardens

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 3. 20 Replies

How to Make a Food Forest Suburb

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 1. 1 Reply

Fantastic Fungi - a film by Louie Schwartzberg

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 28. 1 Reply

Michael Pollan On Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Mar 22. 1 Reply

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Comment by k.h. ky on March 27, 2015 at 10:39pm
I'm with you Randy. We had two beautiful days. Temps in the upper 70. Both my star magnolias bloomed. It's going to be in the twenties tonight and tomorrow night so that is probably all the blooms I'll see off them.
Comment by Randall Smith on March 27, 2015 at 8:09am

That's amazing, Spud--the sprouting part. Now I'm really serious about getting one, that is, if they can grow in my climate zone.

In the meantime, it's just plain cold and miserable. Usually by now, the grass is green and daffodils are blooming. Not this year. Boo.          

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 26, 2015 at 9:45am

Thanks Randy.  I think I've mentioned this before, but I had one when I lived in California, and loved to make juice from them.

When I bought the house, I noticed it had two small trees.  The Apricot tree looked dead, but I watered it, pruned it so the sun could get into the center, and it perked-up and delivered the most delicious apricots.

I didn't know what the Pomegranate tree was.  It had very gaudy flowers.  They had two colors in the red and orange range, that I thought clashed with each other terribly, so I thought I would remove it and plant a cherry tree.  

However, I left it to see what came from the flowers, and was so glad I did.  I planted a cherry tree elsewhere in the big back yard.

One year, It had something attacking a branch that was removing the bark.  It looked like a fungus.  I removed that branch and threw it to the other end of the yard.  

Later, I wanted to make a fence around some plants, and used that old branch as one of the fence posts.  It very quickly sprouted leaves, and within one year, it was loaded with pomegranate fruit!

From that experience, I concluded what I've since read:  That they are very easy to grow from mature branches.

I've also read that they don't have many pests or diseases, and grow in a wide range of soil types.  They like hot sunny conditions to fruit, need 150 to 200 hours below 45 degrees F, and can survive down to 12 degrees F.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 26, 2015 at 8:05am

Spud, I'm guessing you even dream about pomegranates! All I can say is good luck. You got me thinking about getting one.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 25, 2015 at 6:05pm

After reading all of the comments about the Dwarf Pomegranate Tree, it appears that it only produces small Pomegranate fruit, so it's probably not for me.  Seems like it's just for beauty, not for eating, although the main page says it has delicious fruit.

Hard to tell for sure because I didn't find any comments that were old enough to give information about it when mature, and most people just bought it for decoration.

It only costs $11 with shipping, but I don't want to waste a lot of time caring for it, to find-out it doesn't produce much food, so I now think I will look for a standard sized tree and built a greenhouse for it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 25, 2015 at 5:32pm

I'm planning on putting that Pomegranate Tree in a very large container that I can put outside in the spring when there is no more danger of the temperature getting below 12 degrees F, and bring in the house in the fall.

I'm also planning on building a small greenhouse with no floor that I can plant things in, like the Pomegranate Tree, so I don't have to bring them in the house in the winter.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 25, 2015 at 9:10am

I would appreciate any feedback on my plan to purchase this Dwarf Pomegranate Tree, Container/Patio/Bonsai size: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003EZ7UTW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?i...

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 23, 2015 at 10:17am

I've never tasted pawpaws fruit.  I enjoy most food, but apples I can take or leave, mostly leave.  I'll buy a Granny Smith once in a while, but don't care for the soft sweet ones.  In fact, I enjoy crab apples more than Granny Smith.

I don't think I've tasted Honeycrisp, but I purchased a jug of Honeycrisp juice, and was not impressed.

When I get some land, I'll probably plant only one apple, and it will be a crab.  Just like me. : )

Comment by Daniel W on March 23, 2015 at 8:47am
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Comment by Daniel W on March 23, 2015 at 8:46am
Josn, that's a beautiful raised bed garden. I see what you are saying about lawn. Ning doesnt like the kawn around mine, and Im giving in to him about that. We are outting down cardboard - ugly - which eill be covered with wood chips.

On pawpaws, KSU has a orogram to develop varieties, hobbiests in other places are working on them. One variety is as different from another as one tomato is from another, or one apple from another. I cant eat Granny Smith - hard and sour, to me - but like most people, I love Honeycrisp. the ones I ate - variety unknown, local, I liked.
 

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