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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

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Thursday. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 4, 2014 at 10:09pm

Daniel, this is the link to the tower:  http://blog.greenthumbsgalore.com/tag/growing-potatoes/  Given my new puppy's penchant for digging, I just know she would dig the crap out of it, if I just used the tomato cage and didn't protect it in some way.  

You are so right about the So TX heat heating up the stone rings. I was thinking of it as a protective measure, in addition to it looking nice in my backyard, but, you are correct that wood would be better.

Back to the drawing board :)  Surely I can make something out of untreated landscape timbers.  Your 'well' looks as if it is approximately 2' in diameter, correct?  All I would need to do is create a frame and use same process as link indicates. Maybe I can talk the guys at Lowe's into cutting them for me!

Everyone's comments about the fruit you have grown has really inspired me.  A quality nursery here in SA has Dwarf Fruit trees that only require a 4' x 4' growing space and in the next month I hope to be planting plum, nectarine, and peach trees!

Thanks Daniel, for your response and information. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 4, 2014 at 9:23pm
Barbara good question! I imagine your part of Texas gets really hot. Dark stones might absorb the heat and dry them out too fast.

I would look for a wooden container, which I think would insulate better, and paint it white to reflect heat. If you used the tree ring edging that I used, you could still paint it white. On the insided sude, a layer of bubble wrap might help too.

Just making this up. I dont know how the tomato tower is made. If it is black plastic, I would be concerned it will get too hot.

I used wooden planters in the past, sort of like half wine barrels but not as big. Those worked nicely.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on September 4, 2014 at 5:24pm

Daniel, a question about your potato wishing well.  I'm going to be working with a young woman who helps people with edible landscaping.  I found online instructions for a potato tower using a tomato cage instead of the stones you used.  Yours is much more appealing and I wonder if you had tried anything else before using the stones.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2014 at 7:19am

How much corn did you get, and how much did you eat fresh?

Comment by Randall Smith on September 3, 2014 at 7:08am
Sweet corn all harvested and stalks chopped down. Big bare spot in the garden, but it looks cleaner.
Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2014 at 9:15am

Better try it indoors, Daniel.

Comment by Daniel W on September 2, 2014 at 8:16am

Chris and Spud, I have been trying to grow ginger too.  It pokes along, not dying but minimal growth.  About 18 inches tall, several stems.  We have such cool nights here.  I don't think its happy.

Comment by Daniel W on September 2, 2014 at 8:14am

Joan, from what I've read Toka is a great pollinator for other plums, and doesn't need its own.  My little tree was covered with flowers but only had 3 or 4 plums.  That may have been the effect of rain when in bloom.  But also it's only a couple of years old.

 

My garden is evolving too.  I've learned some of the plants that deer and rabbits love and won't plant them - tulips, muscari, most fruits, except in their cages, nandina.  And planting more of the plants they don't eat, even if a bit invasive - hyacinthoides, narcissus, buddleia - sterile only - violets, maples.  That madrone I was enthusiastic about, dead.  Won't buy another.  IN it's place, maybe, a ginkgo grown from seed, or Japanese maple volunteer.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 2, 2014 at 6:32am

Chris, it sounds like fun, seeing what ginger will do.  I've been checking out more articles and videos on growing it, and I may have planted mine too deep.

Daniel, I've been adding sulfur to my garden the last 4 years, and it appears to help acidify it.  I'm also adding more organic matter. 

When I lived 30 miles south of here, I had alkaline soil, and just adding a lot of organic matter made it neutral, so I have hopes that I can do better than my county extension agent indicated.

Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2014 at 6:24am

Room temperature Spud, that was about 26°C. or 80°F. in August. I kept it rather damp - when I thought of it.

 

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