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 Daniel W on April 25, 2017 at 11:30am

Spud, yes.  Thistles are one of the main weeds here.  They cone up everywhere and it seems like they are immortal.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 25, 2017 at 9:34am

Daniel, is that a thistle among your Ebony King Blackberries?

Comment by Plinius on April 22, 2017 at 3:16am

Looks like a wonderful place to live, Daniel! And I love the cherry tree!

Comment by Daniel W on April 21, 2017 at 1:48pm

In Japan, they say the cherry blossom represents both the beauty of life, and its transient fragility.  This tree must be the same age as my house, built in 1964.  Someone topped it a few years before I moved here, and those branches have gradually died and I cut them off.  New ones are growing to replace them.  I love the gnarled trunk and branches, with the delicate flowers.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2017 at 5:32pm

Kathy, I found a video of the deer crossing in 2015. There are several other sites that may show scenes of that event listed on that page. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 20, 2017 at 5:28pm

Police help herd of deer cross Highway 41


Mar. 10, 2015. 06:09 PM EST

Police help herd of deer cross Highway 41 WTVW Mar. 10, 2015. 06:09...

Comment by Randall Smith on April 20, 2017 at 7:06am
I did no pruning to my new trees. Four of them look good--leafing, even some fruit blossoms! The pecan tree, however looks like the stake you mentioned, Daniel. I water it every day checking for life. Nada. I'll worry while gone for two weeks.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 19, 2017 at 2:24pm

Thanks for all the information Daniel.  I learned a few new things, and it appears that pruning transplanted trees is not a good thing.  

Comment by Daniel W on April 19, 2017 at 10:37am
Comment by Daniel W on April 19, 2017 at 9:37am

Spud, I might regret not topping the tree, but I am following advice from the same source that recommended bare rooting it. Here is a link.  She concludes the loss of biomass is harmful, and that "There is no need to top-prune landscape plants if post-transplant irrigation is available (and all new landscapes need post-transplant irrigation!). • The only time transplanted materials should be pruned is to remove broken, dead, or diseased branches, or to make structural corrections to young trees." So that's what I did.

I was also thinking, if I did not plant the tree, it would be at the nursery continuing to grow in the container without top pruning, and if it survives there, it should survive in my yard where it gets as much care but the roots have more room to spread.

I might be wrong.

Most bare root fruit trees are mercilessly top pruned before shipping.  They look like garden stakes.  So was the largest of my new chestnut trees.  That is more for storage and shipping considerations, I think.

Last year I moved a ginkgo tree approx 12 feet tall.  I thought I got the vast majority of roots.  It did fine over the summer but I think it died last winter.  I don't know if not top-pruning it was a factor.  Some of the cold was very harsh, I think I also lost a couple of fig trees, the ones that are not as hardy.


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