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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!

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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

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Change the world one yard at a time

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Comment by Daniel W on April 13, 2015 at 2:16pm
Barbara, bearded irises are usually very tough and can take almost any kind of abuse and neglect, except overwatering or constant rain. My neglected ones are happy and healthy. I have some that I pampered, which are quite unhealthy. So now I decided to stop pampering them, and just see what happens. My constaint winter and spring rain, can be a problem for bearded irises. The experts say not to mulch them. My irises did not read that book, and the mulched ones did much better than the unmulched ones. My mulch is a truckload of chopped fir branches and fir needles from the arborist, dumped into my driveway for free.

We use that cardboard method too. It really works well! Much less labor than digging sod manually, and no chemicals. The cardboard eventually composts itself, leaving behind a nice mulched bed,

Kathy, I read that peaches can bear fruit in 3 or 4 years from seeds. I am hoping yours are quick and delicious. Peaches dont like the maritime northwest. I have one I dug out last fall, pruned back the top and roots, planted in container, kept sheltered for the winter, then moved to the deck. There are around 30 peaches set now - Im very pleased with that.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 13, 2015 at 2:15pm

Hope those peach trees give you good fruit Kathy.

I finally got myself outside today and pulled-up some of the black fabric & soaker hoses where the watermelons were last year.  Also, leveled the soil.  Some raspberries were sprouting under the black fabric, and some of the blackberries had rooted themselves through the fabric.

Comment by Plinius on April 13, 2015 at 12:53pm

And I enjoyed my first deepblue iris too - they were in an ´easterbasket´ someone gave me.

Collecting rainwater in a barrel isn't possible up here, Barbara, but the containers can save a lot of water - I made the drainage holes 10 cm. from the bottom.

Kathy, how exciting to find peach tree seedlings! Give us an update now and then?

Comment by Barbara Livingston on April 13, 2015 at 11:15am

Whoa Chris!  You have been busy, and your efforts will be super when they are all producing and in bloom.   Do you collect rainwater for your plants?  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on April 13, 2015 at 11:10am

Daniel, a friend of a friend gave me a plastic grocery bag full of Iris bulbs (?) or roots (?). Anyway I didn't know the color and wasn't sure where I wanted to plant them - and of course had never grown them. To simply get them in the ground,  I planted them in corrner next to A/C unit and figured I could dig them out and replant at a later day in appropriate place.  They grew!  They are blooming a beautiful purple color!  I agree, they don't need to be babied. 

My mode of doing away with grass has been to put down cardboard and cover with wood mulch from recycling center.  I did same with Iris - lots of cardboard to kill grass and weeds, lots of mulch, watered well and ignored. 

Kathy, good luck and happy growing your little peach trees. I'm thoroughly enjoying my nectarine.    

We have had more rain over the past three days - a real deluge late last evening.  It is breathtaking to see how green things are and how rapidly things are beginning to bloom.  I feel as if I've moved to a new state each time I hear the patter of rain on the windows. :) 

Comment by k.h. ky on April 12, 2015 at 11:22am
I transplanted two tiny peach tree seedlings from the compost heap. I'll be watching them closely.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 12, 2015 at 10:06am
Two days of sunshine! The bleeding hearts are blooming, bee's are feasting on the redbud trees. And the dogwood won't be far behind. One of these days I'll learn to post photos from this gadget!
Comment by Plinius on April 11, 2015 at 3:55am

Forests! - a luxury to be able to look at them every day! But I think the fires are scary. Many leafy trees here in town, and there are parks and some woods at the other side of the country.

Comment by Plinius on April 11, 2015 at 12:34am

I see we're at about the same degree of latitude, the only difference is your continental climate - less clouds and more extreme temperatures.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 10, 2015 at 11:30am

Nice roof garden Chris!

 

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