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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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 June 11, 2017 at 6:45pm

I am unable to send a photo showing the progress of the greenhouse. I would pull my hair out if it would help! Frustration! Guess I will go play in the greenhouse, take another photo, and see if I can send it. 

Daniel, I love your story of the Linden tree!  You deserve to be very proud. Tender, loving, caring, energies heal many things. 

Randy, replanting seems to be the new normal. I've planted and replanted, and still the cold weather leaves rotted corn and bean seeds. I can get both to grow in the greenhouse. 

Comment by Randall Smith on June 11, 2017 at 12:48pm

I was shocked to get an email from the Georgia nursery (TyTy) where I bought some trees saying they're going out of business! They're offering 75% off, so I ordered 13 nut trees for $60.44 (plus shipping), just barely over the $60 minimum purchase necessary. Wow! That more than makes up for my dead pecan tree (stick in the ground), plus two others that didn't make it (two years ago).

Even if some of the 13 don't survive, it's still worth it. I'll soon find out. I bought more pecans (2 varieties), a couple of English walnuts, and a filbert.

Either rabbits or high wind knocked over one of my nightly plant cover cans and ate another canteloupe. That makes 3. Aggravating. 

I'm planting more sweet corn today--my 4th attempt. I'm not sure why they're not germinating. I do know farmers have had to replant field corn this spring. Must be the crazy weather. We need rain!!

Comment by Daniel W on June 10, 2017 at 11:27pm

Randy, some of my bad luck with strawberries is, I let the bed go weedy and haven't watered or fertilized it in a year.

Still raining every day. 

Today I dug up a viburnum (snowball bush) offset that grew from a much larger snowball bush that I planted in summer 2012.  Even this start is bigger than the bush I started out with.  The new start was given a home along the property edge, and given plenty of water.

I cut down 2 dead and trees.  Not huge, about 1 foot diameter trunks and maybe 30 feet tall.  I cut them into firewood and stacked them.  They probably didn't have to be cut right now, but I was concerned they might fall down on their own, and damage the chestnut trees that I planted last winter.  Or injure someone.

With all of the rain, it was time for a slug hunt.  The ducks got about 20 big juicy slugs.

Here is a  European linden tree that I planted Sept 2012.  It was a close-out at Home Depot, dried out and rootbound.  I removed as much of the container soil as I could, untangled or cut off tangled roots, soaked in water and planted in the native soil.  With frequent watering that summer and fall, and minimal watering and fertilizer in subsequent years, it has grown into a nice specimen.   Amazing it can go from a stick in a pot, to a nice tree, in a few years.

Some of the tomato plants that I started from seeds in mid April.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 9, 2017 at 6:54am

Daniel, your bad luck with strawberries is like mine with blueberries. Two more plants have "bit the dust"--one died and the other eaten by rabbit(s). I have one left. Over the years I've probably planted more than 20. And I replaced two eaten cantaloupe plants. That's another fruit I seldom have luck with.

I, too, watered. But it didn't rain. My raspberries--red and black--are beginning to ripen. Blackberries are later. I'm ignoring Mulberries.

Comment by Daniel W on June 8, 2017 at 11:02am

Yesterday I went to a local nursery and bought another blackberry plant.  It's not the right season for planting them, but I thought maybe being in a container it would adjust OK.  The variety is called "Triple Crown".  I was reading ratings of blackberry varieties, and this one sounds very productive, upright canes, controllable size, big good tasting berries, disease resistant, and thornless.   Strawberries don't do so great for me, so maybe blackberries are a good option.  It will probably take at least a year to get a taste, and 2 or 3 years to get a good crop, but that's OK.  Actually, there are flower on the little plant.  So maybe there will be a taste this year.

Surprise!  It rained last night.  Naturally, I watered yesterday :-)

Comment by Daniel W on June 6, 2017 at 11:33am

Randy, I hooe you contact the nursery and ask for your money back.  Some will, some wont but nothing lost if you try.

My 3 chestnuts survived, one has a foot of growth, one with about 6 inches, and the tiny one with about 3 inches.  That tiny one was also way overpriced.

We are now completely in dry season.  My area flips from soggy to arid, seemingly overnight, about June 1.  I started watering yesterday.  Our water has a lot of iron sediment, and we go througn filters often.  For the vegetable garden, I bypass the filter.  I also have a 300 liter rain tank, which is about half gone now. 

Tomatoes, sweet corn, beans - all thirsty crops!

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 6, 2017 at 7:45am

Randy, too bad about your pecan tree.  

It's the dry time of year here.  We had a downburst a few day ago, but only got 0.09 inch.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 6, 2017 at 6:47am

Spud, trying something new is always adventurous. I watch my goji bush daily. And I've about given up on my $75 pecan tree I planted 2 months ago. Not a sign of life--just a stick in the ground.

I've had a "weather rock" for over 30 years, thanks to my mom. It hangs in my bathroom, however. Not too useful there!

I received only a quarter inch of rain in a downburst, but it helped. Made weeding a bit easier.

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.


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