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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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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!

Discussion Forum

Soils need nourishment to create healthy plants

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky on Tuesday. 1 Reply

Tomato Growing Topics & Tips

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky on Tuesday. 3 Replies

Change the world one yard at a time

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith on Tuesday. 3 Replies

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2015 at 12:18pm

The Harcot Apricot is self-fertile.

Wikipedia says "A dry climate is good for fruit maturation.".  That could be part of your problem.  It looks like you get 4 inches of rain per month in the spring and summer.  I get 1 inch in the spring and 0.7 inch in summer.  I had another apricot for several years that produced every year until it died, probably because I planted it too deep.

Your 30 year-old trees may also be at the end of their fruiting lives.  

Comment by Randall Smith on May 3, 2015 at 8:27am

Spud, you don't need two trees to cross pollinate? Not that it matters. I've had two apricot trees for 30 years, and they've produced fruits only once--and they were wormy!

Comment by Daniel W on May 2, 2015 at 11:43am
Spud, that's an impressive Apricot tree! I think it will grow just fine. I love apricots but they dont survive here. Not complaining - there are other choices for me. May you have a great crop and delicious fruit.
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 11:23am

It looked like the people that raised my Apricot did some pruning of the roots.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 11:21am

Joan, I didn't get too aggressive with the side roots because they didn't appear to be circling.  They went down.  I did loosen them, and cut a few.  Hopefully, I did enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2015 at 10:46am

Barbara, you appear to have learned in your first year what many never earn. I am so pleased to read of your activities. I grew up with a father and two grandmothers who raised all our vegetables, canned and dried, so we ate from the garden all year long. That was a fertile upbringing.

Spud, you did the right thing to cut off the mass of roots at the bottom. Cutting long slices down the sides would prevent the tree from "the circle of death" or become strangled as it develops. 

"Do the roots in your pots go round and round?"

Planting Rootbound Shrubs

I use FoxFarm potting soil that I get from a local feed, seed, and hay store; I am sure most good garden supply stores have this product. Right now, I am using their seed starter soil

FoxFarm FX14053 12-Quart Ocean Forest Organic Potting Soil 

who raised all our vegetables

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2015 at 10:12am

I agree with Spud. Either heavily mulched or grow a cover crop.

Plant a Fall Cover Crop to Improve Your Garden Soil

Daniel uses white clover, I think; correct me if I am wrong, Daniel. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on May 2, 2015 at 10:04am

Whoa Spud!  Did you use backhoe to dig hole?  :)

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 9:19am

I don't know how to turn this picture of my Apricot:

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 9:07am

I've finally got over my winter laziness.  I spent the last week preparing the soil in the area between the sidewalk and road and planting a Harcot Apricot tree.

I decided to buy the best looking one at the new nursery.  It cost $100.  Hope it's worth it.

It had a large matt of roots on the bottom, so I trimmed one-half inch off before planting.


 

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