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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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

DIY Green House and a Chicken Coop?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud 9 hours ago. 2 Replies

Cover crops: Gabe Brown

Started by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Geodesic Dome Greenhouses

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Monday. 1 Reply

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Comment by k.h. ky on January 23, 2015 at 7:42pm
Daniel, l read your blog on transplanting poppies. I have never been able to transplant poppy. From the blog I'm using the same method but I water them before attempting to move so the dirt will adhere to the roots. I wonder if I'm overwatering after l move it.
It took me fifteen years to get one started. It gets new babies every year now.
Comment by Daniel W on January 23, 2015 at 10:15am

Kathy, 2 peaches from a 3-year old seedling?  That's wonderful!

I have some seedlings from genetic dwarf peaches.  I wonder how long they will take.

I do find that peaches grow fast.  Here, only a few varieties can grow, due to leaf curl disease.  I have found 3 disease resistant varieties.  I want to cross them to see if the progeny would be more resistant, or just to play.

Comment by k.h. ky on January 23, 2015 at 9:04am
I took two ripe peaches off a tree last year that I transplanted out of the compost heap. It always surprises me when that happens. The tree was only three years old too!
Comment by k.h. ky on January 23, 2015 at 9:02am
Joan, most areas can be used for growing something. Holes can be enlarged and soil amended. I've found that putting the right plant in for the soil conditions is key. As it is true for every place. I often want a tree in a spot the will only support an ornamental grass so I adjust.
I planted a dwarf Japanese grass three years ago that has remained dwarf. It never gets taller than two feet. I like to experiment. I start a lot of plants. I trade and give away a lot too.
Comment by Daniel W on January 23, 2015 at 8:52am
I dont know the answer to planting in clay solis but I hace a few thoughts. If there are trees snd shrubs around, they must have done ok with the clay. I read that most clay is mineral rich, and good nutrition for plants if the drainage issue is solved.

Most garden experts now recommend, do not fill with amended soil or compost, just use the same soil that came from the hole, and mulch with leaves, straw, or similar.

If other trees are doing fine, that is a hopeful sign.
Comment by Randall Smith on January 23, 2015 at 8:22am

I'm still wondering why my avocado won't sprout. I'll google it. My radishes ARE sprouting, however!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 23, 2015 at 3:36am

Growing Food With Zero Heating In Massachusetts' Winter

This man is growing watercress and figs in Massachusetts even as the winter gets -7degrees F without heat in a hoop house using solar powered aquaponics and insulation. He thinks climate change is real and he may be growing avocados and citrus fruit. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 23, 2015 at 12:17am

I forgot to send the video. 

7 Food Forests in 7 Minutes with Geoff Lawton

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 23, 2015 at 12:15am

Barbara, in this video, Geoff demonstrates how to create a food forest. He starts with a hugelculure, planted with legumes first and then he goes through each year of what needs to happen. I think his last year is the seventh. 

By building on top of the clay, and starting with things that will create healthy soil and organisms, going through different phases and when he is done his hugelculture is not only rich soil, but the clay below it is transformed into good growing soil. 

I don't see any of his many demonstrations as applying to clay soils, he does specify how to build a desert degraded by over cultivating and goats eating the wrong things at the wrong times and damaging the soil. 

I have had experience with rabbits. I had a portable fence that I moved around my garden and they did a beautiful job of mowing the grass and fertilizing as they went. I put them in hutches at night. We had a problem with dogs jumping our fence and digging under it. They killed one of my rabbits. I had to keep an eye on what was happening in the garden, but at that time, I was a stay at home mom and it didn't matter. They are wonderful for so many reasons. They can be house trained as well. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2015 at 11:36pm

Kathy, were you ever able to get the clay into good growing soil? I know it takes breaking the clay up, manually, and adding lots of leaves or compost. I like the idea of permaculture of laying down cardboard, then a huge pile of leaves on top. Leave it for a year, and then till it. 

I've never done it that way, but it makes sense. If we can get the earthworms working, they do the job of penetrating the clay and breaking it up. It takes longer, but it makes sense. Especially if one plans to live on the site for many years. 


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