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 Joan Denoo on May 6, 2014 at 8:57pm

By the way, there are two way I have grown beets, carrots, radishes, etc. I make a furrow about 1/2" to 1" deep,  with a string for straight lines. Sow the seeds in the furrow, cover with soil and tap lightly to get a firm touch of seed to soil. Water gently so you do not wash out the seeds. Plant deeply enough so the birds don't eat them. Don't be surprised if cats come along and dig their little potty holes creating interesting crocked rows. It becomes a comedy feature of a garden. Besides, one doesn't want perfection in a garden. Perfectly imperfect is the goal. 

The other way is to select a patch of ground, no more than 4' across and sow seeds by scattering them in well prepared soil. Toss on a layer of soil on top, just enough to keep the birds from eating them, water gently, and as they grow, thin out and enjoy the very young ones in salads, and when vegetable gets bigger, there will be room for them to mature. Keep in mind the  diameter size of the mature plant when thinning. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 6, 2014 at 8:46pm

I am in Sunset gardening zone 2B 

I am in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Zone 6a : -10 to -5 (F)

To find Sunset plant zone map go to: 

http://plantfinder.sunset.com/plant-home.jsp

To find USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/ 

Go to maps, type in your zip code in the designated place and it will give you your hardiness zone. 

The difference between the two systems is Sunset takes in more factors in determining the hardiness zone. 

To find out what is recommended for doing now, go to Sunset Magazine online and select Garden, then go to month you desire. You don't need to subscribe. 

What to do in your garden in May

http://www.sunset.com/garden/garden-basics/what-to-do-garden-may-00...

I haven't put in seeds yet, ground needs to be warm enough and dry enough or the seeds will rot. I don't start outdoor seeds until mid-May and don't set out tender seedlings until after June 1. I have had killing frosts June 16. See Starting Spring Crops from Seed on this site. 

Comment by king on May 6, 2014 at 4:52pm
I was wondering if anybody has direct sowed any yet and if so are they up
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 6, 2014 at 4:43pm

What about "sow carrots"? Do you want to know how to do it? or When? or in what soil? or moisture needs? or sun needs? 

Comment by k.h. ky on May 6, 2014 at 2:54pm
King, you can't give the stuff away around here.
Well, youccan but people really don't like to tramp through anothers garden.
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 2:49pm

I'm a little concerned about thieves, but so far no problems.  I do have a fence around my property and keep the gate locked most of the time, so that probably helps.

Comment by king on May 6, 2014 at 2:38pm
The town where I grew up if ur garden could be seen u got robbed of any ripe crops
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 11:02am

Welcome Mandi R.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 10:55am

Too bad about your cold dry seeds Randall.  

My patience (combined with laziness), has me waiting to start my warm weather crops in containers until the end of the month, and will plant them in the garden mid June.

Several people pass by as I'm working in the garden and ask me about it.  One guy ask if I'd planted my watermelon yet.  Haha.  He must not know anything about growing watermelon.

One gal complimented me on my neat looking garden and asked me if those were herbs (pointing to my garlic and onion plants).  I told her what they were and she asked if I wanted more onions because she came into a huge amount of them.  More than she could use.  I said thanks, but I've got all I can use too.

I thought she also didn't know much if she couldn't recognize onion & garlic plants, but I could be wrong about her, because afterwards I realized there was a patch of fern-like asparagus plants among the garlic and onions.  That may be why she ask if they were herbs.

Last year, another woman complimented me on my sidewalk garden and ask what my flowering garlic plants were.  She was the one that told me about a community garden 3 blocks from me.

Anyway, I'm glad they like my garden and take an interest in it, even when they don't know much.  We all start ignorant after all.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2014 at 10:29am

I took all the junk off my rotor-tiller and pulled it out of the garage Sunday.  It's been about 20 years since I used it and I thought I remember leaving gas in it, so I figured the carburetor would be gunked-up solid and need cleaning &/or overhauling before it would work.  That's why I didn't try using it to loosen the soil I modified for watermelons last year.

But when I looked in the gas tank, it was empty, so I put some fresh gasoline in it, and Halleluja!  It started!

Today I called the natural gas company to have it's line marked before I started rotor-tilling near the gas meter.  They said call 881, a number I remember seeing before, but had forgotten.  When I called it, he said he would also notify the phone company, ISP, City, and Electric company.  They will come and mark the location of anything I could damage.  No charge.  Yea!

 

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