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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Discussion Forum

Feeling like a fish back in water.

Started by amer chohan. Last reply by Plinius 6 hours ago. 2 Replies

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Aug 18. 11 Replies

Soil: regenerative land management

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 10. 11 Replies

Compact Bed Geometry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 29. 0 Replies

Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 21. 3 Replies

Mullein

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Jul 18. 1 Reply

To cure your garlic

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Jul 16. 1 Reply

Harvesting vegetables

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 9. 4 Replies

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Comment by king on May 2, 2014 at 8:50pm
3 weeks of tilling between rain showers and the end is in sight
Comment by k.h. ky on May 1, 2014 at 10:48pm
King, last frost date is usually a general guide. We've been having such weather extremes I'd be unlikely to put much faith in it. But I'd feel safe enough to plant a few anyway. Staggering your tomato crop is a good way to make them last longer.
Comment by king on May 1, 2014 at 7:30pm
First tick of spring
Comment by king on May 1, 2014 at 6:14pm

i want to have standard furit trees

Comment by Daniel W on May 1, 2014 at 6:10pm
King it depends. Some dwarf. Some onto others for a multigraft. Some shrubs. Next thinking about grafting some Japanese maple onto native maple to make a faster growing more sturdy Japanese maple. It's just playing around.
Comment by king on May 1, 2014 at 5:47pm

i take it that you do all yours on dwarf rootstock

Comment by Daniel W on May 1, 2014 at 5:21pm

King,

This video is pretty good.  I took a Home Orchard Society class.  On the one hand, it's not difficult at all.  On the other hand, there are lots of tricks to it.  Also whip and tongue is a big cause for thumb and finger lacerations.  The knife should be very sharp so it slices the wood without binding in the cut then giving suddenly, slashing the grafter's hand.


This one is also good.


There are many ways to do it. It's a very rewarding feeling to see the graft take and new growth emerging.

Joan, having young plantes destroyed by a freeze is discouraging. I know I am taking a chance planting some outside now. With the peppers, I can cover them with a plastic tunnel, the framework is still up. I can also cover the potato plants. That's if I watch the temp and catch any predicted frost.
Comment by Joan Denoo on May 1, 2014 at 11:57am

May 15 is the average last frost date for Spokane, WA. However several years ago I set out Brandywine in early June and they froze out on June 16. I had raised them from seed looking forward to a lovely crop of delicious tomatoes. I scoured the city for replacements and one nursery owner sacrificed one or two of his plants for me, they grew beautifully, and were loaded with green tomatoes. We received frost warnings early in the season and I ended up with bushels of green tomatoes. That first frost was a killing frost. Light coverings don't protect plants from that hard frost that occasionally hits

Many times I have turned on my outside water only to awaken to a beautiful spray of water from broken brass faucet bibs. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 1, 2014 at 9:25am

Had a frost a few days ago at 5.5 degrees below freezing, but nothing appeared damaged.  There will probably be one or two more frosts this month, most likely not later than the 15th.

Warm weather is predicted for the foreseeable future, so I turned my outside water on and am watering my garden with about 3 inches.  

I'm still not sowing any seeds directly in the garden because there's a good chance whatever has been eating my seedlings in the past will still be here.  I may plant a few just as a test.

I've been lazy about starting my cold weather crops.  Finally planted quite a few peas and beets in containers a week ago.  They are one inch high now.  I put them outside in the sun and bring them in to a dark room at night.

Comment by king on May 1, 2014 at 9:23am
How do you do a tongue and whip graft
 

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