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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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!

Discussion Forum

Sequester water

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Daniel W on Saturday. 1 Reply

Tomato Growing Topics & Tips

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by k.h. ky Jun 20. 3 Replies

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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.

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 k.h. 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

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