Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Randall Smith on April 26, 2016 at 6:37am

Gee Cenek, are you that much more ahead in growing weather than Indiana? Impressive.

Comment by Čenek Sekavec on April 26, 2016 at 12:07am

Ugh sorry that the photo doesn't show up nicely. Nearly warm enough to add straw mulch... 

Comment by Daniel W on April 23, 2016 at 6:46pm

Randy, please update us on those grape cuttings. I have two varieties rooting as well, in potting soil. They have not convinced me they will grow yet,but not all hope is lost. Some photos around the yard. - Compact lilac "Bloomerang" - a modern Korean type lilac.

Mountain ash flower, close up.

Another historic iris variety, Iris "florentina" - this variety has been grown for 600 years and is used in orris root.

Viburnum - the type my grandparents called a snowball bush. Nice nostalgic plant, and deer don't even touch it so it grows unprotected in the yard.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 23, 2016 at 7:18am

Daniel, why haven't I thought of that long ago?! I "root" cuttings all the time, but never tomatoes. In fact, I have two varieties of grape cuttings sitting in water logged sand/soil mix. I'm crossing my fingers they'll take.

Comment by Daniel W on April 22, 2016 at 12:47pm

For anyone who gives in to the temptation to buy tomato plants this early - kind of a risk because they may not thrive until weather is warmer.  But there they are in the store, tempting, tempting.  One way to hedge bets and increase the number of plants at no cost at all, is to cut off any branches that have formed and root them in water.  Lower branches are not wanted on tomato plants, anyway.

Tomatoes root very very easily in water.  This is a cutting I started from plants that I grew for rootstock, but any type is much easier.

All that I did was place the cuttings into a coffee cup in water, and sit in a window sill.  This is about one week.  Now I am potting them up in some seedling medium to use as rootstocks in a few days or a week.

Once they are established in seedling medium, they will be moved into regular potting soil to grow a little more, then into the vegetable garden.

Comment by Daniel W on April 21, 2016 at 7:42am
Joan there is some depression but I am trying to focus on the positive and things that I can do do thing about. I took all of my work clothes to Goodwill. I've pretty much emptied a bookcase and working on another, taking books to library for their book sale. I've emptied my home office of all of the papers, lots of shredding. Moving on...

In the yard and garden, Spring is so busy, or Ive made it so, it's difficult to keep up with myself! I was thinking about your move, and hope you were able to take some Iris or lilac starts to pass on. If not, I imagine others will treasure what you leave in Spokane.

Randy, I envy you for your apricots! Stone fruits are a big challenge here. I gave up on apricots. Peaches take effort but there are promises of a good crop this year. Cherries also look promising. Asian pears... there should be a few bowls of them, which is fine.

BB, the 80s weather got some flowers, but others are looking good. It was / is a good Spring for lilacs.

Next up - get tomato plants into the ground. They will need protection. Start cucurbits, squashes, pumpkin, melons seeds.

Lots of promise this year!
Comment by Randall Smith on April 21, 2016 at 7:09am
Except for a few things, my garden is pretty well planted. And it's raining today, a welcome site. Our average last frost date is April 30, so I have covers ready for tomatoes, just in case.
Beautiful photos of your iris, Daniel!
My apricot trees were the first fruits to blossom, and I now have small apricots! I've sprayed and will spray some more. Apples and pears are just now blooming. Persimmons come later. Best time of the year!
Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2016 at 12:25am

Daniel, I read your March 5, 2016, post, written the day after your last day at work. I am sorry I had not read it earlier. Learning of the surprise potluck party and the greetings people gave you brought tears to my eyes. 

Such a dramatic change, from the pace and intensity, demands and requirements of a busy profession, to a life of retirement, with no schedules, no deadlines, no administration putting pressure on you, no patients needing more than money allowes, raises feelings of depression for so many people sharing your experiences.  

It seems you have settled into a new normal. I notice you chat more, and share your many activities more, and seem to have a wider frame of reference than when you were working toward retirement. 

I read a lighter step, a cheerier demeanor, and a funny bone reveals that part of you more often. You sound happy! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2016 at 11:08pm

My life has been boxes this spring. Packing, unpacking, finding places to put my things in already overabundantly furnished homes. Laura inherited her Dad’s things, my mother's things, and her paternal grandparent's things. She doled furnishings out to each of the girls and when I walk in a room here or at Michelle’s or Laurie’s I recognize the belongings of the now deceased generations. When I walk in their gardens, I see plants that were passed down to me and now to my daughter, granddaughters, and their children. I am most content. The great-grandkids and their families, dogs, cats, the greenhouse, and chickens fill my days. I go to bed exhausted and wake up refreshed and eager to share the day with this menagerie.
Daniel, your raised bed of concrete blocks and capped with cobblestone pavers creates a nice warm bed early in the season. I agree, raised beds such as these do make a big difference in my gardening. I don’t get so tired tending the beds, soils warm up and dry out earlier than garden soils, and beds designed to protect from frosts, insects, deer, or rabbits work well. I like your experiment of testing temperatures of soil in the garden, the ground in wooden raised beds, and soil in concrete blocks and cobblestones raised beds. It gives the substantial information needed to evaluate options in planting styles.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 20, 2016 at 9:31pm

Beautiful, Daniel. Blooms seem to be more robust and lasting longer than usual this year.


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