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Join your fellow gardeners in the FJ Gardening club. Big or small, pots, indoor, outdoor, flowers it's all fine here.

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  2. Essie

    Indoor Plants

    Sounds like a plan @Destiny! I have honestly neglected mine pretty badly this summer as the vegetables have needed more attention, and it’s doing fine. @Alisamer I love your fairy garden, that is so cute.
  3. Alisamer

    Indoor Plants

    I'm crossing my fingers that the plants in my new fairy garden in my office do well! I think they get enough light but if they struggle I'll get a grow light for them. My main problem right now is that the fountain is losing water somehow and so the creek isn't running properly in front of the house. I think I'm going to have to pull out the whole front and re-do that bit, but it'll have to wait a month or so.
  4. Thanks. I have a ton of tomatoes so I will have a go at this. Mister may end up regretting life, but meh LOL.
  5. I have always thought the following recipes were really good (and easy) depending on how you like your tomato sauce. Just sub in boiled/peeled/seeded tomatoes. The one with carrots is a particular favorite. If you have an instant pot it can all be done in there (theoretically... I have one but have not used it yet). Otherwise you can start them on the stove and finish in a slow cooker if you don't want to babysit them. https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Rigatoni-Tomato-Sauce https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Spaghetti-All-Amatriciana https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/pasta-al-pomodoro
  6. I may try my hand at tomato sauce but that’s scary since I’m not much of a cook.
  7. I have about 18 basil plants in with my tomatoes, eggplants, and cowpeas and I'm looking forward to caprese salad, BLTs, and bruschetta. I have some Principe Borghese tomatoes that are supposed to be especially good for sun dried tomatoes that I planted especially for that purpose. I'll also be putting up a bunch of peeled, seeded tomatoes in the freezer and tons of sauce. You can never have too much tomato sauce, I say! And salsa, of course.
  8. Get some fresh mozzarella and a basil plant, and you have caprese salad every day. That makes life awesome! Seriously, I'm going to do some dehydrating of tomatoes for later. I love sun dried tomatoes anyway.
  9. Looks like tomato and basil to me! Almost all of my tomato plants have fruit and I am both eagerly and concernedly waiting for the ripening to start because I'm not at all confident in my ability to eat 100 tomatoes per day for the next several months.
  10. Destiny

    Indoor Plants

    I think I’m gonna try a fern. I’m historically not great with houseplants though, so I hope I don’t end up killing it.
  11. lol. I planted like 10 more pots worth after this post. I said I was going to hace just tomatoes and basil, but now I have this: My friends keep making fun of my pot addiction. I did try green beans and peas and so far it seems okay. We should have peas starting in the next week or two. I need to do more companion stuff though cos I’m running out of room on my deck!
  12. Essie

    Fruits and Veggies

    Black raspberries sound nice, @GuineaPigCourtship! My dad always said to grow what you like to eat and to prioritise things that are expensive or difficult to get hold of in the shops, so I hope your fruit trees produce for your husband. We don’t really have room for fruit trees, although I am trying to find space for some gooseberry bushes.
  13. GuineaPigCourtship

    Fruits and Veggies

    We have strawberries (I put in), black raspberries and blackberries that are fruiting this year - the latter two were planted the year before we moved in and this is the first year with any substantial crop. I also put in peach trees, a nectarine, apple trees, pear trees, and plum trees. Looks like we'll get peaches and nectarines but nothing else due to the awful gypsy moth caterpillars. I planted about 82 tomato plants, mostly in pots, as well as my raised beds. My husband really only likes fruit, not veggies, so I've been trying to add some things he'll eat to the garden. Needless to say, I am eagerly awaiting the end of July when most of it should start producing. At least all the plants love the hot weather we've been having. Even the lettuce is tolerating it surprisingly well.
  14. Essie

    Indoor Plants

    Aspidistra? I have a Boston fern (nephrolepsis) that seems bomb-proof as well, just needs to be kept moist and grows really nicely in a shady part of my dining room.
  15. Essie

    Fruits and Veggies

    Sounds good @GuineaPigCourtship! I like the sound of the eggplants. This is also our second summer in a new house and I have expanded what we are growing, also mainly in raised beds but also in large pots and bags of compost in strategic places around the lawn and play house. This year we have: Golden courgettes, white patty pan squash (Patisson Blanc), Trombocino squash, Pacific Giant pumpkins (taking over the garden!), runner beans, French beans, field beans, tomatoes (2 varieties), potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli, kale, beetroot, strawberries (finished now), summer raspberries, autumn raspberries, blueberries, and oca (new for this year). Oh and peas, but the pigeons have shredded the plants and we’ve had about a dozen pods.
  16. GuineaPigCourtship

    Fruits and Veggies

    Anyone want to share what they've got growing this summer? It's been a big garden year for us, as it's the second summer in our new house and the yard is slowly becoming one big garden. Tomatoes, peppers (hot and sweet), pole beans, runner beans, long beans, winter squash, thai and korean eggplants, carrots, beets, radishes, cowpeas, cucumbers, and lettuce are what's growing at our place. Almost everything is in raised beds and it's so much easier to weed, but requires more frequent watering.
  17. I need to figure out companion planting. This year I have a bunch of pole beans with winter squash growing at their feet to keep down the weeds. The vines aren't quite long enough yet to do their job, but I'm hopeful in a few weeks I'll see something useful out of them. Your post made me laugh because I have a serious gardening problem. I can't narrow down what to grow so I have to keep adding more beds every year. This year we've got 81 tomato plants (I had 82 but one died), about 40 peppers, 18 types of beans, radishes, beets, cucumbers, lettuce, eggplants, cowpeas, carrots, and basil. My poor husband, hauler of dirt and waterer when I work overnight shifts, does like any of it. Good thing I have coworkers who love veggies!
  18. GuineaPigCourtship

    Indoor Plants

    My mint was/is in a 7 gallon pot and it wound up coming back. It was on and off all winter although there were always SOME fresh leaves. Now it's back outside for the summer and couldn't be happier. I never did get around to making mojitos all winter after all that fuss, which is very like me. There is an excellent recipe I have for a blood orange mojito that can only be made in January/February when they're in season, so naturally I completely forgot about it.
  19. I haven't tried any of those things, but they make sense. Salad greens don't develop huge root balls, so they'd probably be fine with other plants.
  20. I have a sickness you guys. I have 4 pepper plants, what's going to end up 3 pots of peas, a watermelon, zucchini, eggplant, 2 lavender (maybe. They haven't sprouted yet), spinach (maybe. Also hasn't sprouted yet), 2 basil, and 2 tomato plants. I picked up four more pots today, and I'm going to transplant some of my peas into other pots instead of just thinning. I also got some crookneck squash I'm gonna plant. My questions are these: Is there a 12 step program? I can't stop planting! Lord Google tells me I can plant green beans and peas together and they play nicely. Has anyone done this? How did it work out? I'm planning for 5 gallon pots and I have supports that are almost as tall as I am. Lord Google tells me that I can plant salad greens in some of these pots to help keep weeds down. Has anyone tried this? Any suggestions on what of these options would lend itself to this idea, if so? Right now, the whole kit and caboodle is in my office on the floor because it fucking froze AGAIN last night. IT'S MEMORIAL WEEKEND FFS!
  21. DaisyD

    Indoor Plants

    Ferns and philadendrons (sp) do fine in low light.
  22. Maggie Mae

    Indoor Plants

    Have you tried repotting the mint? That might help. I have a couple of different bonsais for my office, but they require that I bring them home on the weekends and give them sun. How about a spider plant? Those are plants that thrive on neglect.
  23. Destiny

    Indoor Plants

    I need a good houseplant that doesn't want a lot of sun. My office is shady, and even in full sun, I don't get much in that window. Anyone have a brilliant idea for a house plant that hates sunshine?
  24. GuineaPigCourtship

    Indoor Plants

    I planted mint in the garden when I was a kid and the decade I spent weeding it out of everything else before I moved away has me convinced never to plant it in the ground again, or I totally would. I was dreaming of mojitos on demand this winter, but looks like I'll have to settle for something else. Maybe eggnog.
  25. DaisyD

    Indoor Plants

    I could barely even keep mint going in the aerogarden. FWIW it doesn't mind freezing in winter. May I suggest picking all of the green leaves and freezing them? It's probably the closest to fresh you can really get in winter... The good news is, if you give it an unused space next summer, it will take over in no time. It's actually fairly invasive if not kept in check.
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