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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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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 Joan Denoo on May 26, 2017 at 2:19pm

Citronella, Pelargonium citronellum

(Anti-Mosquito Plant) False Claim 

I would include this pretty little plant in my garden because of its scent and blossoms. Research reveals it is not a valid repellant for mosquitos. 

~ Pelargonium Citrosum – marketed as “mosquito plant”

Testing shows that it does not repel mosquitoes. In fact, mosquitoes seem to enjoy sitting on the plant. For more details see Mosquito Plant, Pelargonium Citrosum – The Citrosa Plant.”

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2017 at 1:07pm

Spud, your Hass Avocado Tree purchase gives me goosebumps! I hope it produces abundantly for you! Do keep us informed!

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 26, 2017 at 12:53pm

I ordered a 2-3 foot $80 Hass Avocado tree today from fast-growing-trees.com  It should arrive in a week.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 26, 2017 at 6:45am

Perhaps I have an early maturing strawberry. In any case, they sure are good. I saw a monarch butterfly hovering around my milkweed. Always a good sign. Several plants come up in the same place every year. I just figured they are perennials, but I don't know. I usually remove the blossoms before the send seeds all over the garden. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 26, 2017 at 2:11am

Crazy weather, 80° one day and 50° the next, with an unexpected freeze thrown in for good measure. We had a freeze the other night and I lost my second batch of peppers, sweet & hot. I called Territorial Seeds and they are sold out. I'll have to check some other mail order places to get some pepper starts. We all like the sweet and the hot ones. 

Strawberries are in full bloom and spreading nicely over the terraces. I bought a different variety to put some variety in the gene pool. 

Daniel, your photos and narratives give me a big lift. The poppy is outstanding; I very much like the red and blue colors. Milkweed should grow well here, although I see none around in the gardens or on the roadside. There is a big patch of it in a ditch in a smal town near here. Is the white box in your meditation garden your bee hive? It looks pretty there. Hope they are friendly bees.   Your figs look perfect! You will have great treats soon. Are your Runner Ducks interested in those huge slugs? 

A bee nailed me yesterday and three today. I wonder if there is any medical benefit to bee stings? 

Comment by kathy: ky on May 25, 2017 at 10:44pm
My milkweed are about three feet tall already. And my orange butterfly weed are blooming.
Comment by kathy: ky on May 25, 2017 at 10:42pm
Randy, we're under another cold, wet, front too. There's been a lot of rain this winter and spring.
My milk weed came back after I thought it was dead too. And it's spreading. Hurray!
Comment by Daniel W on May 25, 2017 at 12:47pm

Our strawberries are blooming but berries will be a few weeks.  Slugs and birds usually take their tax before we get them, but who knows?  Might get somel

Spud, I am in the process of removing accumulated stuff.  It's the process of uncountable small decisions of "I might have use for this some day" or "this is potentially too good to throw away".  Now I want clean and neat, and clear out the clutter.  It's been ongoing since I retired, and I get frustrated, but when I look back, it's a big change..  I have a garage that is next. 

We need a photo of greenness, so here is a  milkweed plant that I started from seeds in 2015.  They bloomed in 2016.  I thought they were dead, but now they are shooting up rapidly.  I also moved 2 of the plants last fall.  I think those really are dead.  Apparently, milkweed doesn't tolerate moving.

Second photo is from last july.  They are really fragrant, and bees like them.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 25, 2017 at 11:22am

You're lucky, Randy. Strawberries are late here this year.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 25, 2017 at 8:13am

I finally turned-on my outside water yesterday & gave the garden a good soak.  The valve is in the basement, way back in a tunnel in the dirt, plus I have the tunnel littered with junk, so it's hard to get to.  Before I turn it off in the fall, I'm going to get rid of all the junk I've got stored in there.  It's mostly worthless anyway.  It's going in the garbage cart.

 

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