Godless in the garden


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!

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Comment by Daniel W on April 30, 2016 at 1:44pm
Chris, I dont think they would be unhealthy to eat, bu t might be tough or bitter. I would taste a piece to see what it is like.
Comment by Plinius on April 30, 2016 at 1:09pm

I found collard greens from roots that survived the winter - any reason why I shouldn't eat them?

Comment by Daniel W on April 30, 2016 at 12:49pm

BB those are beautiful!  Just amazing!

Cenek, yiour potatoes are a bit ahead of mine too.  I just hilled up the Burbank Russets, which seem to grow the fastest.  The Yukon Gold, which I planted a week earlier, are only half the size and not yet needing to be hilled up.

I havent been growing cabbages yet - with the need to protect from deer and rabbits, and in the case of cabbages from slugs and cabbage worms, I have not had the ambition yet in my climate.  I do have some collard greens that I started inside and planted the first ones outside this week.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 28, 2016 at 7:34pm

Rhodies are out.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 26, 2016 at 6:37am

Gee Cenek, are you that much more ahead in growing weather than Indiana? Impressive.

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on April 26, 2016 at 12:07am

Ugh sorry that the photo doesn't show up nicely. Nearly warm enough to add straw mulch... 

Comment by Daniel W on April 23, 2016 at 6:46pm

Randy, please update us on those grape cuttings. I have two varieties rooting as well, in potting soil. They have not convinced me they will grow yet,but not all hope is lost. Some photos around the yard. - Compact lilac "Bloomerang" - a modern Korean type lilac.

Mountain ash flower, close up.

Another historic iris variety, Iris "florentina" - this variety has been grown for 600 years and is used in orris root.

Viburnum - the type my grandparents called a snowball bush. Nice nostalgic plant, and deer don't even touch it so it grows unprotected in the yard.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 23, 2016 at 7:18am

Daniel, why haven't I thought of that long ago?! I "root" cuttings all the time, but never tomatoes. In fact, I have two varieties of grape cuttings sitting in water logged sand/soil mix. I'm crossing my fingers they'll take.

Comment by Daniel W on April 22, 2016 at 12:47pm

For anyone who gives in to the temptation to buy tomato plants this early - kind of a risk because they may not thrive until weather is warmer.  But there they are in the store, tempting, tempting.  One way to hedge bets and increase the number of plants at no cost at all, is to cut off any branches that have formed and root them in water.  Lower branches are not wanted on tomato plants, anyway.

Tomatoes root very very easily in water.  This is a cutting I started from plants that I grew for rootstock, but any type is much easier.

All that I did was place the cuttings into a coffee cup in water, and sit in a window sill.  This is about one week.  Now I am potting them up in some seedling medium to use as rootstocks in a few days or a week.

Once they are established in seedling medium, they will be moved into regular potting soil to grow a little more, then into the vegetable garden.

Comment by Daniel W on April 21, 2016 at 7:42am
Joan there is some depression but I am trying to focus on the positive and things that I can do do thing about. I took all of my work clothes to Goodwill. I've pretty much emptied a bookcase and working on another, taking books to library for their book sale. I've emptied my home office of all of the papers, lots of shredding. Moving on...

In the yard and garden, Spring is so busy, or Ive made it so, it's difficult to keep up with myself! I was thinking about your move, and hope you were able to take some Iris or lilac starts to pass on. If not, I imagine others will treasure what you leave in Spokane.

Randy, I envy you for your apricots! Stone fruits are a big challenge here. I gave up on apricots. Peaches take effort but there are promises of a good crop this year. Cherries also look promising. Asian pears... there should be a few bowls of them, which is fine.

BB, the 80s weather got some flowers, but others are looking good. It was / is a good Spring for lilacs.

Next up - get tomato plants into the ground. They will need protection. Start cucurbits, squashes, pumpkin, melons seeds.

Lots of promise this year!

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