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.

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Discussion Forum

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Feb 23. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by k.h. ky on February 24, 2015 at 10:34am
Daniel, if I have any luck with the Joe Pye l may be able to send you a root start in the mail. If it's legal. It grows like weeds around here in summer. It's every place. The only place I don't see it is in heavy shade. I wait till after a rain when the ground is soft, spray bug spray all over my old clothes, wear heavy boots with the work pants tucked into the boot, and dig plants out. Have to watch for snakes and check for ticks afterwards. It's my idea of fun. Lol The difference between the wild ones I've transplanted and the tame ones I've bought is astonishing. The wild ones are much healthier and the color is so much brighter.
There's a lot of ifs in this plan but it's worth a try should it work. You could get some excellent starts for nothing but the time I'm going to be putting in trying to get some for myself.
Comment by Daniel W on February 24, 2015 at 8:02am
Kathy I've also been thinking about butterfly weed becsuse for the same reasons. In 2012 I grew some I bought as plants. Very nice. The related plant I eoukd like to try is milkweed, if I find some seeds. Perennials take a lot of patience from seed so I only start a few types a year. Last year's hollyhocks and columbines have strong growth now, and the oriental poppies I started from divisions of an old plant, look strong. So I feel like I'm up for a few more.
Comment by k.h. ky on February 24, 2015 at 12:50am
Daniel, joe pye is named after Jopi an Indian healer. Per wikipedia.
They stuff grows wild around here. I'm going to try to transplant some this spring. I've transplanted several bright orange butterfly weeds from the roadside. They've done extremely well and are self sowing like mad. Monarch butterfly caterpillar ate them to the ground last summer. I didn't know they needed additional milkweed if the host plant was stripped bare. I doubt any of them made a change to monarchs since it seemed, to my inexperinced eyes, that they ran out of food.
Live and learn.
Comment by Daniel W on February 23, 2015 at 1:46pm

Joan, those reviews of Joe Pye Weed are encouraging.  I just send an order for some seeds.  Being perennial, might not bloom until next year, but plants are so expensive.   For some reason, I don't like the name "Joe Pye Weed", don't know why.  I do like "Eutrochium".  They are on lists of best pollen and nectar sources for bees, other beneficial insects, and butterflies, so a good one for me.

Last week and weekend I planted seeds for a big patch or borage, another of Phacelia, and another of crimson clover.  Same issue.  I want my place to be a garden of Eden for honeybees, bumblebees, and other beneficial insects.

Kathy, I've never grown Elephant ears.  I bet they are very tropical looking.   Now before I grow anything, I check on whether deer or rabbits like it.   Apparently Bambi does not like elephant ears, so that's  good.  I do have a few cannas.

Patricia, maybe you need to mount a snow-blower or snow-plow to your scooter?  I say a web item about a man with a motorized toilet with a snowplow attached.  Multitasking.

Comment by k.h. ky on February 23, 2015 at 10:53am
Funny Spud. Funny isn't bad to me. They were beautiful ears too. Anyone else grow them?
Comment by Idaho Spud on February 23, 2015 at 8:33am

Patricia, glad to hear you can ride again, and Rick can work in the greenhouse.  

My weather the last few days has been seasonably cold again, but the 3 weeks before that, it was very much warmer than average.  However, I still have the winter lazies and didn't get anything done outside.

Kathy, when you said you were thinking about your elephant ears, a picture of your face with pachyderm ears popped into my head.  Isn't that bad? : )

Comment by k.h. ky on February 22, 2015 at 4:52pm
I went wandering through the aisles in the gardening department. It got me thinking about my elephant ears. I've left them in the ground the last four years and they have always survived. A couple of years l forgot they were there until I spotted new growth peeking out of the ground.
If the cold is going to get them this will be the time. It's surprising they have made it this long. The last bulb l lost was a large one that something had eaten the bottom half of. I've never found out what it was. Never will l suppose.
Comment by Plinius on February 22, 2015 at 1:10am

Have fun going out, Patricia!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 21, 2015 at 11:56pm

Patricia, I am happy to read that your sidewalks and roads are friendly to you and your scooter. I can just see you zipping around like a bird free of its cage. Singing a little song, maybe. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 21, 2015 at 11:41pm

Patricia, very good news about your scooter having power ... and off you will be going very soon. Is all your snow gone? Very unusual for our part of the world. I just read where Spokane's watershed has only 46% of its needed snow and moisture pack. 


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