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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Insectary

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Annie Thomas 8 hours ago. 2 Replies

Bunga Bakawali or Tan Hua (Epiphyllum oxypetallum)

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 13 Replies

Backyard Organic Garden

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 21. 7 Replies

Compost

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 20. 4 Replies

"Healthy Soil Microbes / Healthy People"

Started by Sentient Biped. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 20. 26 Replies

Permaculture Transformation In 90 Days

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 27. 2 Replies

Sugar Baby

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 11 Replies

Evans Bali cherry

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 24. 4 Replies

Asparagus

Started by Čenek Sekavec. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 23. 4 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 3:00pm

Yes, Spokane is noted for its urban forest. They were planted early in the building of the city, from the late 1880s on. Sadly those giant trees lined streets built for horse and buggy. When the paved streets were put in, many trees were taken out, or allowed to remain with the result that sidewalks and streets get dislodged by growing roots. The telephone lines run through the trees and so the power company keeps the tops cut out in anticipation of snow and ice causing power failures.

There is a project going on now to replace those old trees with new ones that are far enough away from concrete and asphalt to cause no problems, or choosing species that do not interfere. 

This photo is of Grand Blvd, 1/2 block from my home. It used to be the main dirt road to the south of downtown. Many gorgeous mansions lined the blvd; most are gone now. This Manito Park was designed by the famed Olmsted Brothers in 1913. They designed Central Park in NYC. 

The basalt outcropping on the near left is common for my street. Many such exposures occur and are used as part of landscape designs. The Ponderosa pines are part of the ancient forest that covered the city. The maples were planted by the early wealthy miners and loggers who built their mansions, thus the south hill became known as the wealthy part of town. Halfway up the sharp incline is a cement water trough put there in 1907 for the horses to drink and rest. It is interesting to see the little bungalows and cottages built between the mansions as the wealth dried up. 

There is some grumbling in the autumn because of all the falling maple leaves and the plugged sewers. Homeowners are supposed to clear their yard waste, but many try to rake leaves into the street where the big machinery gathers them. Much growling goes on with the city scolding the homeowners, and homeowners claiming it is the city's responsibility. City ordinances name the owners. 

This is a Google Earth photo and probably taken in late summer. 

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 16, 2014 at 8:48am

Joan, thanks for posting on pruning the ancient ginkgo.  It's amazing.  Here in the US, by necessity we think of ancient trees as having been planted by nature.  Apparently that tree was planted by a person.  Amazing.

Around here, and I think in most of the US, there is little reverence for trees.  Most people seek excuses to cut them down.

We are getting some Spring here.  I needed it so bad.  Hope Spring comes your way soon as well.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2014 at 12:10pm
Comment by Plinius on March 14, 2014 at 1:40am

Stiil far too busy, but spring is still here; the garlic grew on as if there was no winter at all - and there wasn't any winter, just some night frost and some extra rain. Grape hyacinths, rosemary and some other low shrubs (forgot the name) in flower. Sowed some allysum and tagetes inside. The vegetables will have to wait.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 13, 2014 at 10:55pm

Patches of snow at the south end of the garden where there is deep shade. Boo, too. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 13, 2014 at 7:55am

I've got several "pre-garden" things going (growing) indoors. Cilantro, radishes, and soybean sprouts. Never have tried the latter. Think I'll use them in a spinach salad. Snow cover still on the garden. Boo.

Comment by Plinius on March 9, 2014 at 1:11am

I feel the same; each of us is defending a small island.

Comment by Sentient Biped on March 8, 2014 at 1:02pm

This may have been posted before.  It's an ad, but as ads go, very muted.

 

Reflects how I sometimes feel.

 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 5, 2014 at 8:00am

Spud: I do and will. I can tell straight out morels are the best. But I find and eat "elephant ears", "hen-in-the-woods", puffballs, and a couple I don't know the names of! I just know they're not poisonous. Comes with 70 years of experience--well, 60 of actual hunting.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 3, 2014 at 9:28am
Randall, do you know much about which mushrooms are safe to eat? Could you tell if I posted some pictures?
 

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