Godless in the garden


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Comment by kathy: ky on October 28, 2017 at 5:18pm
The first tree I planted was a blue spruce. There's not much need to plant trees in ky.
Anyway, I didn't know anything about planting​ trees so I planted the spruce straight out of the container into the ground. It was completely gurgled with roots. Three years later it hadn't grown an inch so I dug it up to transplant to another spot. The roots looked exactly like they had when I had planted it the first time. It was on clearance for two bucks and had sat in the same gallon pot that it had came in all summer. When I saw the root system hadn't spread any I just threw it away. There are plenty of trees here and I didn't need it but for $2. I couldn't pass it up.
I've learned a LOT since then :)
Comment by kathy: ky on October 27, 2017 at 9:22pm
Thomas, if it smelled bad it may have been a sour mess that had all the good things ruined. I've only had one compost bin go sour on me because my spouse had thrown cooked green beans in it. The good stuff should have the wonderful earthy smell like good earth. I'll be interested in learning how it turns out.
Comment by Thomas Murray on October 27, 2017 at 1:59pm

 Last month I was doing final work of raking up some grass and put a large pile of it in the wheel barrow. I forgot about after a beer break. The wheel barrow sat outside in the rain and sun for about two weeks. When it came to getting the wheel barrow again there was awful smell and looking inside the bin the grass turned into swamp. The grass decomposed completely in the water and it was black gold. I dumped it in the flower garden and tilled it into the soil. I have not seen the results yet and have to wait until Spring.

  So it seems like a good idea to do this again and wondered if anyone had similar experience with this, mixing grass with water and let it sit for a couple of weeks.

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 25, 2017 at 1:42pm

....So that last apple tree that was save did not have the rounding roots I planted survived. I guess the tree and I were lucky to have met each other.  I do remember reading that it was advised not to put fertilizer around the roots so as to force the roots to grow outward in search of nutrients thus to anchor the tree solidly into the ground.

   Ok so, if the trees I buy has rounding roots, then I do what WA State Horticulturist recommends.

  I looked at your cool site and one picture showed the rounding roots. What are those white fuzzy spots?... are those molds or mildews?

Comment by Thomas Murray on October 24, 2017 at 10:15pm


Is it too late to transplant fruit trees from a pot to the ground? Some stores have half off on fruit trees.

Comment by Mel Quay on October 23, 2017 at 7:44pm
*pokes head in and waves*
Just wanted to say I like green things and I keep a flock of about a dozen chickens, a mallard duck hen, and a fantail pigeon.

Not an ace gardener by any measure, but I've managed to do okay with my succulents and herbs, and a few trees and ferns. :D
We have a shiitake mushroom patch too! Usually get a couple of harvests in the Autumn after a good rain. They dry so well and are a lovely addition to potatoes and soups!
Comment by Idaho Spud on October 23, 2017 at 2:09pm

Daniel, I would be interested in hearing what you learn from those books, especially "Understanding Toots" (Roots :)

Comment by kathy: ky on October 23, 2017 at 1:13pm
Daniel, it makes sense that people who read a lot would work at the book sales table. I know I would. And hopefully get the first look at the books available.
Comment by Thomas Murray on October 21, 2017 at 2:06pm

Four years ago, when we had chickens they were protected from red tailed hawk by this:

   I bought 3 kites at wally world and set one up on a wire above the chicken yard. It worked exceedingly well. Better when the breeze came through to make it alive. It works best when changed with two other different animal kites. Set it up in different locations around the chicken yard and only used one at a time. Often I see wild birds attacking the kite. Of course at first the chickens were wary of it but  they got used to it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2017 at 10:48am

I used shipping tape to attach wires that I hang from tree branches.  

Other people have said they have good results hanging them on wires over their strawberries, tomatoes, and ect.  Some have good results hanging them over balconies to keep poop off the balcony.  

They should be hung where wind can move them, making noise, and where sunlight can flash from the diamonds.

I read some mention of them scaring away other animals, but didn't read enough to determine if that was true or not.


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