Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2015 at 11:16am

Welcome back Barbara, I hope you are feeling better! Glad your dog and garden gave you some comfort and a reason to get moving. 

I'm watching the wind map and it looks like brisk winds from the south along the Washington state coast and over the mid west. Is that what you are experiencing? 

Pomegranates seem to be risky without a lot of extra work, Randy, and I miss the fine lemons and citrus from the south.

Daniel, sounds like a stroll through your orchard becomes a paradise on Earth at this time of year. Trying to imagine the aromas. 

We have forsythia and star magnolia in full bloom and a few crocus. The tulip leaves look healthy; I see no buds yet. Cary trimmed all the Pigs ears and they come quickly into full bloom. 

Chris, am I reading the wind map correctly, do you have high winds today? It looks like a weather front coming right at you. 

Comment by Barbara Livingston on March 29, 2015 at 10:23am

Hi folks, just spent time reading all the posts I've missed.  Thanks for wondering where I was - actually it was just a 'grayish, funk' that kept me from doing much more than walking dog and working in the garden. In addition, I damaged tendon in knee and that restricts movement and amount of time in garden. Nothing at all compared to what some of you are going through.

I'm in a "oh my gosh it lived', "yes!, it is blooming" and "I didn't know it looked like that at that stage" and all variations of exclamation as I watch my efforts come to life. I planted three strawberry plants and actually got to eat a fresh strawberry while standing in my yard. :) My little necatrine tree bloomed and I think I'll actually get a couple pieces of fruit. The plum tree hasn't bloomed, but is growing nicely, and three of the fig cuttings have leaves!  I randomly stuck acorn and butternut squash seeds in my hugelkultur - and wow! they are growing and I'll have to pull some out to ensure space for others to grow - and I haven't even put in sweet potato yet. In actual veggie garden, there are cucumbers sprouted, radishes are ho-hum, and carrots for my bunny girls look dismal.

I actually was successful in starting milkweed seeds from a plant that I put in last spring - and now I have new seedlings in my garden. Love the continuity of doing that.  I now understand how you must feel Daniel, when you take complete a cycle from cutting/graft to a healthy growing tree. 

I planted two Goji bushes - they bloomed purple (?). For some reason I thought they would be red. Randall, you have goji bushes don't you?  How tall are yours and do they bloom purple also, with red fruit? 

Joan, I'm like others I want to come live with you so I can enjoy your beautiful surroundings. :) 

The drought map was interesting - it sure has been a wet winter here in SA - enough to even delay some planting - and my rain barrels overflowed.

Weeds - I keep reading where ANY plant that is growing where you don't want it to grow can be considered a weed.  I created a "wildflower/wildlife" area at the back of my lot, edged it with tree branches, planted a variety of seeds and  salvia greggi for continual green, put a goodly amount of bunny poop on it - and decided if anything grows it can stay. What stayed was some weeds I methodically pull everywhere else - and they bloomed the most delicate little flowers of red and yellow!  I'm rethinking pulling them from my walkway now as I love the little blooms. I now understand the saying "one person's weed is another person's flower".  :)  

Comment by Daniel W on March 29, 2015 at 9:18am
Chris, I excited for you that you are getting your hands into the soul and back to growing your garden!

Yesterday my gardening was limited to mowing grass and saving the clippings to mulch around trees and bushes. Looks much neater today.

Plums are finished blooming. I cant tell if there is fruit set. Same for peaches. Pears near peak bloom. Apples just beginning, It's nice. Needed this time of year.
Comment by Randall Smith on March 29, 2015 at 7:31am

After doing some research and reading Joan's comment, it appears my climate zone is too cold for pomegranates. I have enough fruit trees and bushes as it is. I'll never have another cherry tree, however. I grew up with them--a favorite of my mother. Why, I don't know. Pitting them was the pits. Plus, they were too sour for my taste.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2015 at 3:58am

I've been watching that wind map and it seems as though there is a lot of activy of wind going through the English Channel. Are you have high winds now.

Your planter boxes sound wonderful! You do a great job to get everything all assembled with soils, boxes, drainage holes, etc. 

Comment by Plinius on March 29, 2015 at 3:08am

A little below average - about 9°C, and we have plenty of rain, so my garden gets a good first wetting. The containers are 30 cm. deep, and I made some drainage holes 7 cm. from the bottom, so every container has its own stock of rainwater. I'll make more pics when everything starts to look nice, and I'm getting there, very slowly because I can't do very much at a time. I salvaged plants from the broken containers; two hollyhocks, lepedeza burgeri, a lot of parsley and rosemary. Broccoli and radishes are above ground, and someone gave me a basket of narcis and grape hyacinth, so there is some colour to begin with.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 29, 2015 at 2:07am

My goodness, Chris. You do have high winds. How is the temp?

Comment by Plinius on March 29, 2015 at 2:01am

Nice map! I can see the high wind we have here.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2015 at 11:42pm

Earth Look at that front! I guess it has rough seas and weather. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2015 at 11:40pm

Earth Some of us are getting a nice warm flow from the south. 


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