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 Plinius on February 26, 2017 at 1:17pm

The other way around here, Kathy - the regular magnolias bloom in April/May and the star magnolias later.

Comment by Daniel W on February 26, 2017 at 11:54am

Kathy, that's amazing your daffodils are already blooming!

Ning likes lilacs, so about a decade ago we bought starts of different types at a garden show - purple, blue, lilac colored, white.  Those grew quite large, and last winter I moved them from the old place to the country place.  It's actually better soil.   I am hoping for some nice blooms this year.

We were rezoned from zone 7 to 8b.    USDA Hardiness Zones are just average coldest temperatures, so not indicating climate patterns such as warm / cold / warm / cold cycles in late winter or early spring.  Those cycles are what kill some fruit tree blossoms even though the trees survive far colder when dormant.  I tried to grow some things, such as a type of palm and eucalyptus, that survived some winters then died in a colder winter, so it's still a gamble.  The Sunset Climate Zones are much more detailed and take into account the ocean, mountains, rainfall patterns, lattitude, and elevation.   Unfortunately I can't get it to load, might be my popup blocker or ad blocker.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 26, 2017 at 11:36am
That should, of course, be like you I don't trust the zoning.
Comment by kathy: ky on February 26, 2017 at 11:33am
The part of ky I live in has been rezoned from a six to a seven but like Ruth I don't trust it. The yearly fluctuations are just to crazy.
Comment by kathy: ky on February 26, 2017 at 11:27am
Joan, lilacs are outstanding here. I have five on this property that I've started from one mother plant. And I've given away at least a dozen that I started. The daffodils are in bloom now and the crocuses. Tulips are also blooming. The lilacs will bloom when the weather gets a little warmer. Usually late March early June. But the humidity is unbearable in the summer. Our part of ky is considered sub tropical but it can turn on a dime. My Star Magnolia's have already bloomed but the regular magnolias won't bloom till early June.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 25, 2017 at 11:45pm

Randy, I like your idea of planting a tree in the former hole. Looking forward to learning what tree you find to fit that spot. Hopefully, you'll send along some photos. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 25, 2017 at 11:44pm

Spud, thanks for the information that plain water is better than sugar water for soaking seeds before planting. 

I look forward to learning how your garden grows this year. You have some special skills and I enjoy learning from you. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 25, 2017 at 11:41pm

Kathy, Spokane has been redesignated USDA Zone 6 from Zone 5. I don't believe it! If I were still in Spokane I would be looking for vegetable seeds that mature in 50-60 days. I don't even try to grow the more tender seeds because we always have late and early freezes. I feel sad going into my garden and seeing the ravages of late and early frosts.  Our growing season is too short. I should have moved south, except I like the lilacs, tulips, and daffodils that like cold weather. How do these plants do in your zone, Kathy? 

Comment by kathy: ky on February 25, 2017 at 5:16pm
Daniel, I don't know how much trust we can put in our zones anymore. The weather is crazy. There was a program on Vice on HBO that discussed it last night.
Comment by kathy: ky on February 25, 2017 at 5:13pm
Joan, I'm always surprised at how many old seed's will sprout. I had some that were fifteen years old do very well. It's just a little time and dirt so I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it. Over half of them came up :)

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