Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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Welcome to Eden!

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

How to Store Nuts

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Feb 23. 3 Replies

Himalayan rhododendrons blooming 3 months early

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 22. 4 Replies

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on January 3, 2015 at 10:43am

I always check public library first - and yep, they have Lee Reich books.  Put them on hold and will pick up next week.

The weedless garden

Landscaping with fruit - a homeowner's guide

The pruning book

Growing fruits - nature's desserts

Thanks, Daniel.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 3, 2015 at 10:23am

Lee Reich has just been added to my Bookmarks.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on January 3, 2015 at 9:38am

adding Lee Reich to my list of 'gardening authors to read' >>

Comment by Daniel W on January 3, 2015 at 9:29am
Garden writer Lee Reich describes the various varieties if mulberries. There are many. from insipid to rich and delicious. Based on his recommendations, I planted the chance-hybrid "Illinois Everbrearing". I bought that about 5 years ago. It's an attractive tree. Started bearing a few the second year. Now From July to Sept I stop by the tree regularly to pick and eat berries. They are so delicious. This variety is seedless. I've been keeping it pruned to keep it compact but might let it get bigger now. One person's weed is another's delight.

By the way, I recommend about anything Reich writes. He's very knowlegeable on trees, fruits, pruning.
Comment by Barbara Livingston on January 3, 2015 at 9:02am

Randall, Hackberry and Mulberry very prolific here too and many call them 'trash trees'.  I like to think of it as a living plant that will provide lots of shade for my very hot back yard.  It's said "CPS and the birds plant them".  When local power company disturbs the dirt, the birds eat the worms, etc. and plant the seeds. My mulberry is exactly in the center of my fence line as if planted by a human. 

Daniel, due to heavy pesticide use in the U.S. and Mexico, I only eat fruit that is certified organic. I would pay extra for the bagged fruit.  Reading the article about how the Italians grow and market their bagged peaches it made me want to whip out my VISA and order some. 

Comment by Randall Smith on January 3, 2015 at 7:43am

Around these parts (IN), mulberry and hackberry trees are considered a nuisance. They're so prolific. However , they make good firewood!  I have one gigantic hackberry, but keep the Mulberries cut down (They come up under my pine trees).

Barbara, I like your car choice. Sounds like the ticket.

Comment by Daniel W on January 2, 2015 at 9:43pm

I think bagging just never caught on in the US.  Other places, use of pesticides changed the cost/benefit.  That ratio will depend on who is doing what.  In the Hawaii article, they go through the labor costs, the benefit of more salable fruit, the increased price for the better quality fruit from bags, and conclude it would be profitable to bag some of theirs.  Here, in most orchards, that would be way too expensive under current practices.  The expense is the labor.  But at one or two minutes a bag...  I don't know.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on January 2, 2015 at 9:23pm

Okay so 'bagging' has been around for a long time.  Do I dare ask who was the genius that suggested the practice should be discontinued.  If and when I have fruit on my trees, I'm going to bag it.

You are right about mulberry tree, birds cleaned mine within days. One morning as I was putting water in the bird bath I noticed them and thought 'oh good, i'll have berries when they ripen.'  The birds didn't wait and a couple days later not one berry on tree.

Comment by Daniel W on January 2, 2015 at 9:02pm


Here is more info on bagging fruits - this time peaches in Sicily.  They use parchment paper, and the resultant fruit is called "Pesca Settembrina".  Google translate#1  Google translate #2

I saw another article stating that some chinese farmers bag their peaches to create a pale yellow peach with no traces of red.  Apparently, they like that appearance.  Bagging them also lets them stay longer on the tree to become more fully ripe.

This is the nurse tree I know about.   That is because of my Oregon phase.    The hackberry trees make sense if they deter grasshoppers or attract grasshoppers away from the fruits.   Mulberries are intended to draw birds away from fruits, but I love eating the mulberries myself.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on January 2, 2015 at 11:06am

Daniel, have you heard of the term "nurse trees"?  A woman posted in a local FB page saying she plants hackberry trees to protect her fruit trees from grasshappers. 


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