Godless in the garden

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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.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2014 at 10:55pm

Cary's video of our back garden May 5, 2014

Comment by king on June 8, 2014 at 7:43pm
Well I got some cutting from an uncle he's a bigger garden nut then me I not know what they are just apples peaches and cherries starting cutting tonight going to have a lot of them so cross my fingers and find out
Comment by Čenek Sekavec on June 8, 2014 at 4:00pm

That tree is very lovely

Comment by Sentient Biped on June 8, 2014 at 3:45pm

Randall, excellent news!  Rain just when you need it.

king, I don't know if this helps.  I have read a number of references stating that peaches from seed usually come out similar to their parents.  Peaches are not as hybridized as some fruits, so are not as unpredictable.  My grandfather grew his peaches from seeds, although that was a different era.  So maybe, you could find some you like and grow from seed.  The disadvantage is it takes quite a number of years before they start bearing.   I have some peach seedlings, volunteers.   I don't know if they will produce, but I like growing stuff.

Ning with tree in my front yard, Windmill Palm also known as Chusan Palm also known as Chinese Windmill Palm.  Trachycarpus fortunei.  This tree has survived winters below 10 F.  Last year it got down to 8 F.  Its one of the most cold hardy palms.  14 years old.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 8, 2014 at 7:23am

An inch of rain overnight will do wonders to my garden--including weeds! Everything's up and looking good, except parsnips. I finally got some sweet potatoes planted.

Comment by king on June 6, 2014 at 11:17am
I was just thinking if you did could I get the stick you remove
Comment by Randall Smith on June 6, 2014 at 7:28am

Thanks Joan. You got me--whites taste a far cry better!

King, I hate to admit it, except for my apricot tree pruning I did this winter, I seldom prune my fruit trees. Two reasons: they look awful and it just causes them to sprout more "suckers". Oh yes, plus I'm lazy and don't like ladders!

Comment by king on June 5, 2014 at 12:51pm
Randall do your peach trees but chance need some purning this summer
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 5, 2014 at 8:49am

Randall, I need a definition of your sentence:

"They taste a far cry from the yellow ones." Does that mean far cry better or worse than yellow ones? 

I very much enjoy following your gardening experiences. You have helpful information; lots of humor to lighten the day, as well. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 5, 2014 at 8:46am

King, I am very glad to learn of your experiences and training when you were so young. Having that background gives you a real advantage. Knowing about soils, the pH factor, sun exposure, and different watering needs gives you a head start now.

I had the pruner over Tuesday and he commented on how healthy my soil is. I have spent 40 years growing excellent soil, the plants are able to do their work and I get the benefits of beauty and the crops.  I have a worm farm and use the liquids that drain off of it to pour nutrition by the quart onto plants. I put well composted steer manure on my beds every year. I have soaker hoses and use no overhead watering. Lady bugs take care of the aphids. The wild birds take care of caterpillars. All the beds have a heavy layer of mulch to hold in the moisture and reduce weeds. My walkways are of two inch chunks of wood bark which does create problems with fungus, relatively easily controlled by not putting soaker hoses near the walkways and stirring up the wood chunks with a rake.

Fungi in Mulches and Composts. Especially difficult is Shotgun or artillery fungus (Sphaerobolus),which killed my weeping cherry tree. I now use the dead stump as a place to put ears of corn for the birds and squirrels. 

Well, King, I hope you find a really delicious white free-stone peach that will flourish in your garden. 

 

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