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.

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Started by Dominic Florio. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 15. 15 Replies

Permaculture thinking and skills for youth

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Comment by Daniel W on April 28, 2017 at 9:48pm

Spud, I've never counted.  Also depends on whether we mean specimen trees / shade trees, vs. fruit trees which don't get so big.  Lets see...

European Linden = 3

American Linden = 1

Volunteer (Norway) Maple =  1

Crimson King Maple = 1

Red Maple = 1

Ginkgo grown from seeds = 2 for specimen trees

Plus 1 more ginkgo seedling + 2 that I grafted for 5 total

Chestnuts, new, = 3

Aspen = 1

Sourwood = 1

Dawn Redwood = 1

That's most of the shade trees I've planted, looks like 18 total.   Some are small size.  The aspen is about 20 foot tall now as are a couple of maples, and the tallest of the lindens about 15 foot.  Then of trees already there, there is also a Laburnum, a couple of mountain ash, and a couple of sumac, which are smaller size specimen trees.  Of trees that were there when we bought the place, there is a mature horse chestnut, a beautiful, huge, long needled pine, a nice blue spruce, a row of pines and various firs.  I haven't counted the ones in the woods, mostly hawthorn, big leaf maple, some firs and some hazelnuts.

It's two acres, which has room for quite a few trees if one is so inclined, which I am.

You are right about thistles.  They come up many times despite being pulled up and hoed.  About the only real cure is plant grass seed and keep mowing until they give up, or just keep pulling them up until they give up.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 26, 2017 at 12:51pm

Daniel, thistles are horrible.  I fought them for a while when I lived in a small community.  At the time I was a believer in Roundup, which killed almost everything with one spraying, but it took 2 or 3 to kill thistles.

Reading your latest Growing Greener...blog, I was amazed at how many  trees you have as well as others.  How many trees do you have in total?

Comment by Daniel W on April 25, 2017 at 11:30am

Spud, yes.  Thistles are one of the main weeds here.  They cone up everywhere and it seems like they are immortal.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 25, 2017 at 9:34am

Daniel, is that a thistle among your Ebony King Blackberries?

Comment by Plinius on April 22, 2017 at 3:16am

Looks like a wonderful place to live, Daniel! And I love the cherry tree!

Comment by Daniel W on April 21, 2017 at 1:48pm

In Japan, they say the cherry blossom represents both the beauty of life, and its transient fragility.  This tree must be the same age as my house, built in 1964.  Someone topped it a few years before I moved here, and those branches have gradually died and I cut them off.  New ones are growing to replace them.  I love the gnarled trunk and branches, with the delicate flowers.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2017 at 5:32pm

Kathy, I found a video of the deer crossing in 2015. There are several other sites that may show scenes of that event listed on that page. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2017 at 5:28pm

Police help herd of deer cross Highway 41


Mar. 10, 2015. 06:09 PM EST

Police help herd of deer cross Highway 41 WTVW Mar. 10, 2015. 06:09...

Comment by Randall Smith on April 20, 2017 at 7:06am
I did no pruning to my new trees. Four of them look good--leafing, even some fruit blossoms! The pecan tree, however looks like the stake you mentioned, Daniel. I water it every day checking for life. Nada. I'll worry while gone for two weeks.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 19, 2017 at 2:24pm

Thanks for all the information Daniel.  I learned a few new things, and it appears that pruning transplanted trees is not a good thing.  


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