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Godless in the garden

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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 k.h. ky on March 24, 2017 at 7:18pm
Wonderful clip Joan. The really odd thing about this area is I can go from hard, red clay, to wonderful rich black soil in a twelve feet span. Almost every place in western Ky is like that. Makes it twice as hard to discover what to plant and where. I've found that many annuals, like salvia and marigolds, will be perennials if I just leave them alone in the fall. And watch for new growth around the bottoms to start. Then I prune off the dead tops. I kept eight salvia alive for four summers doing that.
Blue jays are here year round. The beautiful little eastern bluebirds migrated in in Feb and started nesting. I haven't seen them since the temps dropped sharply a couple weeks ago. They come back to the same house every year and raise several nest's of babies. They're beautifully and fun to watch.
Comment by k.h. ky on March 24, 2017 at 6:53pm
Thanks Joan. Milkweed is the only thing I'm planning on adding more of. The bright orange flower kind does well up here but the Joe Pye struggles. Not enough direct sun. Or just putting them in the wrong spot. The two I transplanted last year came from a ditch that was nothing but red clay. They came back but didn't thrive. No blooms at all.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2017 at 5:12pm

Kathy, I invite you to watch a video of a homesteading family I follow who are on the nationwide tour of permaculture gardens. I think you have the red clays of Georgia, but the principles apply to clay as well as the sand of the video I am sharing. 

Increasing Property Value 25% W/ Permaculture Design

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2017 at 5:05pm

Daniel, your spring photos make me feel so good. I think I will be able to recover from my lack of spring color with your beautiful scenes. I will put up a hummingbird feeder. 

The sparrows flock to the seed feeders, and I see no blue jays yet. I did see deer tracks around the feeder, yesterday. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 24, 2017 at 5:03pm

Daniel, you are correct about syringa, it grows wild in the forest. I want to bring more into to property around the house. There are no purple ones here. I will keep my eyes open when in town next month. It is still too early here. 

I started some daylilies here several years ago for my daughter and they do fine. So does Alchemilla mollis, commonly known as lady's mantle. It propagates easily.

Geranium sylvaticum (wood cranesbill, woodland geranium) spreads nicely and is easily controlled here. It is a pretty magenta color.

Laura doesn't want me to plant any deciduous trees in the clearing because of fire risks. 

I'm at that time now, that I was last year when I yearned for spring color. With the deer, rabbits, and other wild animals, we have to fence these specimens and she doesn't like the look of wire, net, or wood fencing. Neither do I, really. I am going to gather Kinnikinnick and other specimens from the forest.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 24, 2017 at 4:31pm

Hostas are sprouting here too. I love them; they're my favorite perennial. Gotta get slug bait on them or they'll be goners.

Comment by Daniel W on March 24, 2017 at 1:17pm

Kathy, it could be a Rufous hummingbird.  We have Anna's hummingbirds too, year round.  Rufous migrate.  Like other things, this one is early this year.

Peach trees are unusual in that they often have good peaches from seedling trees.  They usually start bearing in about 3 years.  They grow fast.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 24, 2017 at 1:07pm
Daniel, beautiful flowers. My host as are just starting to come through the ground. One variety grew three inches and was taken out by an unusually late freeze.
I've never seen a hummingbird that color. We get the ones with the bright red band around the neck. They are called Anna something. Seems I'm forgetting everything I used to know :)
Rain and storms coming in again today. Yuck. We haven't had more than two days of sunshine in a row all winter. I'm ready for summer. Provided we have sunshine instead of rain. But, we will get whatever we get.

Oh, I do have three new peach trees that I started from seed out of the compost bin last year. They are about 12/14 inches high already and have new green leaves on them :)
Comment by k.h. ky on March 24, 2017 at 12:56pm
Joan, we've been zone 7 for as long as I can remember. As for planting I've gone away from annuals and stay with perennials now. Even those are a lot of work with the weeding, thinning, pruning and mulching.
Almost everything blooms several weeks to early only to be bitten off by a sudden freeze.
We've had practically no winter this year. Our temps didn't drop to the upper teens until the first week of March. Then they went back to the mid forties for a low. We're having tornadoes in the dead of winter. And to much rain. We didn't have any snow this year. Last year we had 25" in a twelve hour span.
Our summer temps are getting in the upper 90/100 plus range.
With weather like this it's hard to plan on planting anything and getting a good outcome.
Comment by Daniel W on March 24, 2017 at 11:13am

These are just cellphone pics and not very good.  Gives an idea of our spring now.  The hummingbird pic is especially blurry, hard to catch them and it's through the kitchen window.


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