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 March 22, 2015 at 7:52am

Chris, I'm excited about your garden!  I hope it gives you peace and comfort!

Don, isn't it great to be out in the countryside, where you can take part in the seasonal rhythms?

Randy, in a short time you will face the opposite, with more to do than you can handle!

Joan, I wish we were neighbors, so I could stroll down the street and peek into your garden, with all of the comforts and history that you grow.

As for me, yesterday was grafting day.  I had bought scion from Fedco in Maine, which sells 8-inch sticks from heritage varieties of apples and plums - along with the regular nursery trees, seeds, and supplies.  The scion wood came this week, so Saturday I grafted 5 varieties of apple onto a young Jonathan (actually a redder Jonathan sport, Jonared), that I planted last year.  That will give lots of pollination choices within the same tree, a long period of bearing ripe fruit, something to putter and prune, and a chance to sample the different flavors.  I also added 3 heritage plum varieties to a plum I already multi-grafted last year.   The cultivars long predate modern ones, many of which are adapted to either the California climate (stone fruit) or to industrial agriculture (all fruit, especially apples), and are disease resistant, to avoid need for chemicals - I researched each variety.   Sort of a miniature agricultural research station, all in a few trees.  The new ones wont bloom this year of course, but sometimes I get to sample at least one taste the following year, and much more in 2 years. 

Not wanting to wait for bees, I also used an artist's paintbrush to transfer pollen among varieties of peach, and among varieties of plum, and ditto for Asian pears.  Some are beginning to bloom, and others almost done.  After these, apples buds are ready to open, then cherries and my first potential little crop of pawpaws. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 2:38pm

Don, each photo of that view is so different from the others. The only constant is change! What a marvel to behold!

Comment by Don on March 21, 2015 at 2:11pm

Glad to see so many gardening seasons already well underway.  Here in northern Vermont, I am only now starting my leeks, tomatoes, basil, and crucifers--indoors, of course. 

Here is my garden last May 18 and just two days ago, March 19.  See how deeply the blueberries 9on the left) ire still buried.  A lot can hapen in two months' time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2015 at 8:25pm

Chris, the beginning! What joy! 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 20, 2015 at 1:56pm

Garden looking good Chris.  I haven't started anything new yet, but purchased several kinds of peas that I'll plant tomorrow or the next day.

Comment by Plinius on March 20, 2015 at 8:57am

First day of spring and my garden is under construction...

Comment by Randall Smith on March 17, 2015 at 7:38am

Oh, I forgot. I've been spreading my last autumn's pile of horse manure on the garden. The pile is still frozen in the middle, even after several days in the 60's!  Too early to plant anything yet.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 17, 2015 at 7:36am

Regarding ash on the garden, I'm just the opposite. My garden is very alkaline. While I have plenty of wood ash, that's the last place I'll toss it. I take it out to the surrounding fields. After all, they put lime on every year.

Comment by Daniel W on March 16, 2015 at 10:50pm

I don't believe the whole video, but I do recycle wood ashes by spreading them very thinly in the vegetable garden, lawn, around trees, and orchard area.  My soil is acidic, so can handle a few ashes.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 16, 2015 at 3:09pm
Daniel, Lol. But I believe most of us would be far to soft hearted to harm one.
I found Joans drought map very interesting and she nailed where I am on it.
I'm going to read up on wood chips when I get a chance. Right now it's volleyball season for the girls and I'm busy with them four or five nights a week.

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