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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Discussion Forum

Compact Bed Geometry

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Permaculture

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 21. 3 Replies

Mullein

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Jul 18. 1 Reply

To cure your garlic

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Randall Smith Jul 16. 1 Reply

Harvesting vegetables

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 9. 4 Replies

The Hen in Winter

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by k.h. ky Jul 4. 10 Replies

Fruit Pests: Apricot

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 28. 3 Replies

Sentient Biped's Garden Blog. Happy to add a different feed if there are suggestions.

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Comment by Don on May 4, 2015 at 8:17am

Here in Vermont, after a snowy winter, the gardening season is only just now getting underway.  Friday i fertilized the asparagus bed and the raspberries.  Yesterday I planted lettuces, beets, and radishes.  The garlic is up three inches, the rhubarb is vigorously pushing up through the mulch, and the daffodils have begun to bloom.  Sometime Saturday night a big black bear plodded through the tilled garden plot and turned over my big buckets of compost.  He had paid us a visit at dusk last weekend, looking for food; comestibles are scarce this time of the year.  Here he is, and here's the garden on Saturday, ready for action.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2015 at 7:53am

I thought about eating some of my asparagus in the best patch, but it's still rather on the thin side, so I decided leave it be, so it can gather strength.  It would only have made half a serving anyway.  None of the 4 patches in different parts of the garden are doing well at all.  

The strawberry plants all have flowers, and are looking healthy.  I'm going to prune back the raspberries and blackberries to give them more room.

I had hail yesterday, I worried, but it did almost no damage.  I loved hail when I was young and not worried about the damage it might do to my garden.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 4, 2015 at 7:28am

So far, only asparagus and chives have made it from the garden to my dinner plate. But many other "early birds" are taking shape. Yesterday, I planted corn, more onions, tomatoes (15 plants!), carrots and parsnips. I'm pretty sure we'll have no more frosts, although the last date is May 15. It sure is fun to finally be "playing in the dirt"!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2015 at 12:18pm

The Harcot Apricot is self-fertile.

Wikipedia says "A dry climate is good for fruit maturation.".  That could be part of your problem.  It looks like you get 4 inches of rain per month in the spring and summer.  I get 1 inch in the spring and 0.7 inch in summer.  I had another apricot for several years that produced every year until it died, probably because I planted it too deep.

Your 30 year-old trees may also be at the end of their fruiting lives.  

Comment by Randall Smith on May 3, 2015 at 8:27am

Spud, you don't need two trees to cross pollinate? Not that it matters. I've had two apricot trees for 30 years, and they've produced fruits only once--and they were wormy!

Comment by Daniel W on May 2, 2015 at 11:43am
Spud, that's an impressive Apricot tree! I think it will grow just fine. I love apricots but they dont survive here. Not complaining - there are other choices for me. May you have a great crop and delicious fruit.
Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 11:23am

It looked like the people that raised my Apricot did some pruning of the roots.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 11:21am

Joan, I didn't get too aggressive with the side roots because they didn't appear to be circling.  They went down.  I did loosen them, and cut a few.  Hopefully, I did enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2015 at 10:46am

Barbara, you appear to have learned in your first year what many never earn. I am so pleased to read of your activities. I grew up with a father and two grandmothers who raised all our vegetables, canned and dried, so we ate from the garden all year long. That was a fertile upbringing.

Spud, you did the right thing to cut off the mass of roots at the bottom. Cutting long slices down the sides would prevent the tree from "the circle of death" or become strangled as it develops. 

"Do the roots in your pots go round and round?"

Planting Rootbound Shrubs

I use FoxFarm potting soil that I get from a local feed, seed, and hay store; I am sure most good garden supply stores have this product. Right now, I am using their seed starter soil

FoxFarm FX14053 12-Quart Ocean Forest Organic Potting Soil 

who raised all our vegetables

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 2, 2015 at 10:12am

I agree with Spud. Either heavily mulched or grow a cover crop.

Plant a Fall Cover Crop to Improve Your Garden Soil

Daniel uses white clover, I think; correct me if I am wrong, Daniel. 

 

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