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!

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Comment by k.h. ky on January 20, 2015 at 11:17am
Barbara, busy day for you. Do you have a problem with mosquito larvae in the rain barrels? I haven't been able to prevent them. Any suggestions or ideas? Anyone?
Comment by Barbara Livingston on January 20, 2015 at 10:18am

Morning Everyone - I'm enjoying my morning coffee while reading all the many posts.  Just love the idea of starting new plants from cast-offs and 'found items'. You make it sound sooooo easy to start new things. 

Should be in the high 70's today ... I've busily planted a nectarine tree, three blackberry bushes, two raspberry, and have two goji bushes yet to be planted. A friend gave me a plum tree and fig cuttings. Have a $20 hole dug and plum should be in the ground by end of day! Tonight I begin starting seeds for transplanting on March 1st.

Daniel, thanks for the info on Lee Reich. I was able to get his book on pruning from library. I had conflict and pruning seminar I had planned to attend was a no go. Book is helping me prune new plantings and those I planted last year. :) 

I'm determined 2015 will be the year I live my life Green!  Gutter installation scheduled for today and I'm excited. After attending seminar on rain harvesting and making my own rain barrel, I decided to purchase remaining needed barrels from local source - 50 gallon barrels originally used to ship black olives. They are taller and so have a smaller footprint, have two-piece tops with screw on rim, which should make it easier to clean out. I'm going to remove solid piece and put a screen on it and then screw on rim. I can completely cover during long  periods of no rain. They are black, I'm going to scrub, sand, prime and then paint a color to match my house siding.  My plants will love instead of chlorinated water. I will slowly begin repair work of adding dirt around perimeter of house to repair the dips and holes created by runoff. 

I'm getting bunnies!  Bought a cute little hutch, put it together in 45F windy weather as I was excited.  Now to decide which ones to get.  I laughed and laughed at the video of the ducks. Made me want to get them too. :) Debated over chickens and finally decided bunny poop the best for me and my space. I can let bunnies out to play in yard, should be interesting to see how my little dog relates to them. Biggest issue will be keeping them cool during hot months. I just may wind up having bunnies in my laundry room on really hot days. I found some Coolaroo material on Amazon and am going to make a frame of pvc pipe to surround their hutch. It is suppose to reduce heat and UV rays by 90%. We'll see. 

I have two plants to move before the gutter people arrive, so must get busy.  Plant on!  Hang on my friends in colder areas, Spring is coming! 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 20, 2015 at 10:16am
I overdo the starts too. But giving away small starts is easy enough. Even in this small area. I start new lilacs every year. I just dig up a tiny piece from the shoots. I already have six on this place and have given away more than l remember.
It's just one of those things l really like to do!
Comment by Randall Smith on January 20, 2015 at 9:48am

The only good thing about forsythia is the bloom. I have two bushes, but don't like the way they look after the blooms fall off--51 weeks of scraggliness.

Yes, we've had several days in the forties with sun. The only thing active in the yard and garden are moles! Mercy.

Comment by Daniel W on January 20, 2015 at 9:19am

This forsythia was a start from trimmings someone in my neighborhood left lying in the street.  Their bush is no longer there.  I pick up a piece and stuck it into a flowerpot with other plants.  In 2013 I dug up the bush and moved it to the country place - so blooming last year was sparse.  I think this year it will be impressive.

Comment by Daniel W on January 20, 2015 at 9:15am

This makes me think, what else should I propagate now.   I tend to overdo it and wind up with too many starts.

Comment by Daniel W on January 20, 2015 at 9:03am

Kathy, those are great techniques.  It shows that gardeners learn from local practices and our families and predecessors! 

Joan, I have usually grown roses from cuttings.  Depends on the variety - some root easily and some are more challenging.  About half of my roses were started from cuttings.  I usually use dormant wood, such as now,  Pencil size or a bit larger, in diameter and length.  Stick into moist loose soil in  a protected place.  Many will grow very well, especially old fashioned varieties.  When I put in a retaining wall, I was lazy and threw a pile of rose trimmings into the ground before building up the soil.  Some grew through the soil and became bushes.  

Forsythias grow easily that way.  Buddleias are super easy.  So are figs.  I found one variety of plum that roots easily, but another did not at all.  I have not managed to get quince cuttings to grow, or lilacs, although there are methods.  Layering might be better.

What better way to have healthy, locally adapted plants that you already know you like, than to start them from a family member or neighbor?

Joan I really like what you have done with family heritage varieties.  They mean a lot. 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 20, 2015 at 6:45am
I also have a great deal of luck putting almost any small, pruned, twig straight into the ground. As long as the ground is damp. I started 13 wigelias that way.
Comment by k.h. ky on January 20, 2015 at 6:41am
Thanks Joan. I knew there wasa ddifferent name for it. In spring and fall it's very easy to do in this area. I only have to make sure the twig stays in contact with the dirt. No digging necessary. I've started several star magnolias this way. And to many other plants to mention.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:57pm

Kathy, oh, yes, that is called layering. It is very simple to use with berries, forsythia, honeysuckle, boxwood and more. The article to which I direct you tells of the different plants that can be layered. 

I have never layered roses; I think Daniel has.  


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