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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

Discussion Forum

DIY Green House and a Chicken Coop?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo 5 hours ago. 3 Replies

Cover crops: Gabe Brown

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 19. 0 Replies

Geodesic Dome Greenhouses

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 17. 1 Reply

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Comment by kathy: ky 16 hours ago
Joan, you're very welcome. Even though they are called annuals mine come back from the roots system every year. They seed heavily so you can collect seeds and save them. Some spots where the seeds drop will have hundreds of little flowers in the spring. In our area anyway. But they are easy to pull up and toss aside. Or use the vinegar/ water mix and spray them and kill them off.
Comment by Idaho Spud 21 hours ago

I don't care for the light blue mums, but do like the dark blue and purple ones.  I feel the same about most blue flowers.  I especially like fluorescent blue flowers.

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Kathy, thank you for the information about Moon Flowers. That led me to nigh blooming plants. A wonderful idea. I know just where I will sow those seeds. It is an annual this far north, but the literature stated it will grow and blossom in a season. 

Comment by kathy: ky yesterday
Daniel, there is a moon flower vine that's much like a morning glory but the flowers bloom at night and are small. The moon flower bush is far more beautiful and the flowers are huge. The bush is also easy to trim back and keep under control while the vine gets wild and puts out seeds that take years to get rid of. Very much like morning glory vines do in this area.
Comment by Daniel W yesterday

I have a blue hydrangea.  I cant think of other blue flowers in my garden right now.  In the Spring, hyacinthoides, muscari, camassia, and hyacinths.

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Oh~ my mistake, Daniel, I found this site from you and reposted. 

I have trouble finding blues for my gardens, and the one they show on the "Borrowed genes" article is not something I want. There is a photo deeper into the article that has some very pretty blues. I'll have to be careful when I order to make sure I get a color I want. 

Comment by Joan Denoo yesterday

Borrowed genes give mums the blues

Thanks to "Naonobu Noda, of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization in Tsukuba, Japan, and colleagues were surprised to find that inserting only two borrowed genes into chrysanthemums created blue flowers. One gene, from Canterbury bells, got the enzyme process started; the other, from butterfly peas, further tweaked the pigment molecules."
Borrowed genes give mums the blues"

Comment by Daniel W yesterday

Spud, I knew you would like potatoes!  Dug a few more mounds today, Red Norland.  Idaho Russets are starting to die down, probably ready in a few weeks.

Now we can have blue chrysanthemums, thanks to genetic engineering.  Science News

Im not that crazy about blue flowersm myself.
Comment by Idaho Spud yesterday

Home grown potatoes every day.   Makin' me jealous with those tasty tubers.

Comment by Daniel W yesterday

Kathy, I haven't raised moon flowers.  Are they like morning glorys, only maybe bigger, and white? I have raised morning glories.

Sweet corn has tassles and silks now.  Maybe there will be some after all.

We got more plums and mulberries this week.  It's strange, now that I'm getting more fruit, I seem to have less taste for sweet food.  Hasn't gone away completely, but not as much.

The onions, that I grew from seeds this winter, are huge.  I've never seen such big onions.  Interesting.

I eat potatoes every day.  Now all of them are home grown.  It's a nice feeling.

 

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