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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 Daniel W on January 20, 2015 at 9:03am

Kathy, those are great techniques.  It shows that gardeners learn from local practices and our families and predecessors! 

Joan, I have usually grown roses from cuttings.  Depends on the variety - some root easily and some are more challenging.  About half of my roses were started from cuttings.  I usually use dormant wood, such as now,  Pencil size or a bit larger, in diameter and length.  Stick into moist loose soil in  a protected place.  Many will grow very well, especially old fashioned varieties.  When I put in a retaining wall, I was lazy and threw a pile of rose trimmings into the ground before building up the soil.  Some grew through the soil and became bushes.  

Forsythias grow easily that way.  Buddleias are super easy.  So are figs.  I found one variety of plum that roots easily, but another did not at all.  I have not managed to get quince cuttings to grow, or lilacs, although there are methods.  Layering might be better.

What better way to have healthy, locally adapted plants that you already know you like, than to start them from a family member or neighbor?

Joan I really like what you have done with family heritage varieties.  They mean a lot. 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 20, 2015 at 6:45am
I also have a great deal of luck putting almost any small, pruned, twig straight into the ground. As long as the ground is damp. I started 13 wigelias that way.
Comment by k.h. ky on January 20, 2015 at 6:41am
Thanks Joan. I knew there wasa ddifferent name for it. In spring and fall it's very easy to do in this area. I only have to make sure the twig stays in contact with the dirt. No digging necessary. I've started several star magnolias this way. And to many other plants to mention.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:57pm

Kathy, oh, yes, that is called layering. It is very simple to use with berries, forsythia, honeysuckle, boxwood and more. The article to which I direct you tells of the different plants that can be layered. 

I have never layered roses; I think Daniel has.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:38pm

Kathy, the way I propagate berries is the old fashioned, easy way. I am not recommending it, I am just saying how I do it. 

I find a root that I want to propagate, dig it out with a hand trowel or a shovel. I don't even take any pains or effort to do a neat job. A snip with clean by-pass pruning shears, I put the cutting into a bucket of water and put the cutting into a pre-dug hole where I want the new growth. I pour the bucket of water in the hole as I replace the soil, making sure there are no air bubbles. I keep the soil moist but not wet until I begin to see new grow and then start training the cane up a pole or fence.  

I used this technique when I went to the old farms and garden sites of both my grandmothers, 50 or more years after they left their places.

Another way is to call or visit your land grant college extension agent and request literature for growing berries in your area.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:24pm

Daniel, I thought the same thing. I imagined all the different ways to get the nutrient-rich-water to the plants and boxes without having to lift anything. Maybe a raised platform for the swimming tank to sit upon and a spigot at the bottom. That way, the water would have gravity to pull the water out of the reservoir, and a hose attached to the valve could be moved to wherever you wanted it to drain. 

Another way would be to relocate the pond to different places in the garden and then siphon the water out. I think he said he changed the water every other day. 

That would be a lot of water carrying in a lifetime. I can't do that kind of lifting anymore. My skeleton isn't powerful enough.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:12pm

Kathy, if my daffodils were breaking dormancy now, that would mean my roses and magnolia are not far behind and we will surely have another hard freeze before winter is over. The good news is, I would have more room for vegetables. However, I do love my roses and magnolia. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2015 at 11:09pm

Randy, you vegetable soup sounds so good. I don't have them out of the garden this year, so I went to the greengrocer after reading your post and selected the ingredients for a late-winter soup. My mouth waters. A nice loaf of bread and we are set for supper! 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 19, 2015 at 9:55pm
They can be transplanted after the root system develops. Or left where you started them.
Comment by k.h. ky on January 19, 2015 at 9:53pm
Many of my plants get started that way.
 

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