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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.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on June 6, 2017 at 6:01am

This avocado tree is pushing my ambition button, but I still don't have as much as Daniel.

I didn't plant it on the south side of the house as originally planned, because the soil was very hard, and it would have taken a lot of work to make it drain properly.  That was probably due to mixing a little sand into it a couple of years ago.  Since then I've read that a little sand will make soil harder.  When amending with sand, a huge amount is needed.

I planted the avocado tree in the backyard on top of the mound I made several years ago, with lots of tree limbs and organic matter under it.  The soil at the end of the mound where I grew sweet potatoes last year was soft and easy to work.

It will take a little more work to build a greenhouse around it this fall, but it's up high in soft soil, so it should drain better.  Avocados don't like wet feet, and like the soil to dry out between waterings.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 6, 2017 at 5:48am

Nice looking daylily Daniel.

Comment by Daniel W on June 5, 2017 at 9:31pm

Spud, very nice!

If you have some white latex paint, some people mix it 50:50 with water and paint tree trunks.  I don't know if that will help with preventing sunburn on your avocado trunk, but you could read up on that method.  Nice looking tree!  You are adventurous.

Here is the second flower on the daylily that I grew from seeds that I saved from flowers that I pollinated with pollen from different color daylily flower.  I'm pretty sure this was a yellow one with wide petals, pollinated with pollen from a pink one with narrow petals.  But I lost the label, so who knows!  the tepals (outer petals) this time opened fully, so it looks nicer than the first flower.  The petals are substantial in thickness, and a little ruffled.  It's a nice flower.  Since this is one random seedling out of the many that I started, who knows what the others will look like!

Today I cleared a garden bed - raised bed with fencing to protect from deer and rabbits - and planted the Chinese bean seeds that originate in Nings province in Northeastern China.  I'm really pleased that they started to germinate, using the wet paper towel in ziplock bag method, which is also how I started the last year.  Another batch of Ning's beans, and another batch of my sweet corn, and that's it for new seeds started in 2017.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 5, 2017 at 4:20pm

I planted my Avocado tree this morning.  Here's the start of an A-frame I constructed around it too shield it from the direct rays of the sun for quite a few days, giving it more light each day.

The nursery peeps said it has thin bark that will get a sunburn in the direct rays of the sun, and needs to be acclimatized slowly, building-up a tan, just like people.

The frame will also shield it from the wind.  It needs acclimated to that also.  The leaves will drop if subject to a cold draft.  It also needs shielded from high winds, which will dry the flowers and affect pollination.  

Comment by kathy: ky on June 4, 2017 at 11:55pm
Spud, I love that weather forecasting guide

Absolutely love it! Any idea where I can get one??
We had rain today and we needed it. Nothing is doing well here. It's been to hot/cold. Wet/dry. The sunflowers aren't even looking good any more.
Daniel, I'm getting the egg without a shell on a regular basis now. I don't know which hen is producing it and have no clue how to figure it out. Not that it matters. The chickens have became more like pets now. I'll search some more and see if I can find out what the problem is. According to the breeders I've spoken with and what I've found on the internet they are getting enough nutrients. Puzzling
Comment by Daniel W on June 4, 2017 at 10:31pm

Joan, you havd an ambitious growing project going!  Im looking forward to your updates!

Comment by Daniel W on June 4, 2017 at 10:30pm

Spud, nice avocado tree!  And we coud all use a good forecasting stone like that.  :-)

Yesterday I planted the 3rd batch of sweetcorn.  I plant every 2 or 3 weeks may and june.  The 1st batch germinated very poorly, only 6 plants.  I transplanted them into a group to clear up the bed for the next planting.  The 2nd batch had good germination.  I imagine this nect batch will also do well.  Also germinating some Chinese beans to grow for Ning.  I saved seeds from last years crop, that came from decade old seeds.

Rabbits are eating my Zinnias!  Four oclocks, marigolds, cosmos seedlings looking good.  But damn those rabbits!

Randy, when I ordered sweet potato starts, they arrived rotting too.  Must be a common problem. Your strawberries dwarf mine!  Mine are like marbles!  But very tasty.

Looks like there will be some horticultural blackberries this year.  Despite rabbits and deer.  Ebony King has a handful of developing berries.  I think it takes 2 years to get a taste and 3 years to get a decent crop.  There might be later blackberries from Prime Ark Freedom - thornless plants that bear on new canes.  There id one vigorous new cane, and one pokey one, from the 2 plants that survived the winter.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 4, 2017 at 8:19am

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 4, 2017 at 7:28am

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 4, 2017 at 7:28am

Talking about shipping plants, my Avocado tree arrived yesterday, after 5 days in transit (FedEx).  I was surprised that it still had leaves because they warned me that Avocado trees drop their leaves at the least sign of stress.  Of course, it still may drop them.  

In any case, next time I'll try to find a tree or plant source closer to me, so the plant is not in transit so long.  I should have thought to ask them if they could ship it air, which I would pay $30 extra for.

 

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