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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Welcome to Eden!

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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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 Idaho Spud on February 28, 2017 at 9:03am

Randy, it sounds like your robins don't care for your grapes, but you have more of other animals that eat a lot of your food.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 28, 2017 at 8:18am
Spud, I have two varieties of grapes: white and Concord. To my knowledge robins or other birds don't eat them. However, something does--at least my white ones. I suspect either raccoons or possums. They also eat my persimmons. Both are climbers and will scale anything.
Comment by Idaho Spud on February 27, 2017 at 10:59am

Randy, just before reading your post, I was going to ask a question about Robins.  Do you have grapes, and do robins or other birds eat many of them?  Same question to everyone.  I know Daniel has grapes for one.

When I lived 30 miles south of here, I had some grapes, but there were also a lot of Robins, and they ate 100% of the grapes long before they were ripe enough for me to eat.  I moved before I got around to trying netting over them.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 27, 2017 at 7:04am

While I live about 200 miles north of Kathy, I, too, have a lot of green shoots popping up. It's nice having chives this early. I'm just afraid my fruit trees will blossom too early and be wiped out by a freeze--the last date being in May. We'll just have to wait and see.

I just love watching two male robins hopping on the lawn in tandem, eyeing each other, ready for battle. Where one goes, the other follows--hilarious!

Comment by Daniel W on February 26, 2017 at 2:19pm

If it's not raining tomorrow, I think I'll dig the potato bed and possible plant a couple of rows.  Or not.  Depends on my ambition :-)

Randy congrats on filling in your pond!  That was a lot of dirt to haul!  Hard job.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 26, 2017 at 1:59pm
Daniel, I'll google the sunset zones. Sounds interesting.
Comment by kathy: ky on February 26, 2017 at 1:57pm
Everything bloomed about two weeks early due to an unusual warm spell that lasted about four days. And we've had no sustained cold weather this winter. The buds have been setting on the star magnolias for several weeks.
Chris, that is odd about the different bloom times.
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.

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