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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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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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Comment by Idaho Spud on February 28, 2017 at 1:06pm

Thomas, I'm not sure, but I would use black plastic, although clear might produce enough heat to kill most weeds.

I would try black because I put a colored plastic tarp over part of my garden, and thought it would kill the weeds, but when I removed it months later, it had let enough light in, that there were some weeds growing under it.  Interestingly, there was some moss also.

Comment by Thomas Murray on February 28, 2017 at 1:02pm

....are hummingbird population in decline as well?

Comment by Thomas Murray on February 28, 2017 at 12:59pm

I think it was Daniel who mentioned this a several months ago about killing off weeds.

Is the safest way to do this is putting plastic over an area to till for vegetable garden or flower bed?  Is clear or black plastic used and for how long?

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 28, 2017 at 12:36pm

And peas?

Comment by Daniel W on February 28, 2017 at 12:34pm

Joan, that's cold!  I hope you are keeping warm.

I imagine that with a greenhouse, the issue is more daylength and intensity of light, than with cold.  Maybe spinach and other greens would grow there.  Lettuce, mesclun, and scallions. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2017 at 11:26am

It is 30°F at 9:17 AM and expect a high of 33° with seven days of snow predicted as of the last forecast. I am itching to start seeds in the laundry room. We had one and a half inches of fresh snow yesterday and all that dirty snow has a bright new top layer. The fir trees have a snifter of snow on their branches. A beautiful sight with the sun shining through mostly cloudy skies. 

Comment by Daniel W on February 28, 2017 at 11:08am

My robins and birds in general are feasting on earthworms now.  It's a veritable battlefield out there!  Hummingbirds are at the feeder.  They are known to eat insects too, so I encourage them. 

I have not had bird problems with underripe grapes.  When they are really ripe, possums climb up into them and eat whatever the birds leave, or vice versa.  My grape arbor is outside the bedroom, and my dog goes nuts at night when they are there.  Somehow he hears the possums.

Yesterday I turned over a couple of rows for planting the first of the onions.  The seedlings are not ready yet so I bought one box of sets even though I started a lot of seeds.  It was raining so I stopped then.  Need to get some rows ready for potato starts too.

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.

 

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