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  2. Scrabblemaster

    Spring 2020 Gardens!

    I planted cucumbers in our garden this year and they are extraordinary ill-mannered. They really try to survive, but for now that is all the do. My first round of cucumber plants died, because I did put them on the balcony to get used to the outside-weather. The refused and just died right away. And now the second round of cucumber plants is staying alive but they look horrible. Last year my cucumber plants produced about 2 cucumbers. In total. Next year I should try zucchinis. The cucumber plants from my Mum died too. Maybe it is just not the year for cucumbers. On the plus side: The oni
  3. 47of74

    Spring 2020 Gardens!

    Yeah we got ours done early this year. We have stuff coming up already and before too long it'll be ready to start pulling out for delicious meals. In addition, as I mentioned earlier, my dad and uncle got their planting for the farm done early this year.
  4. Maggie Mae

    Spring 2020 Gardens!

    Because of a combination of climate change and covid-19, we managed to get our garden planted way ahead of schedule! And it turns out that my entire city is doing the same thing - all of the nurserys are having trouble keeping starters and seeds in stock for the most popular item (cold weather vegetables). This year we added a few new sections to our garden, tearing up the sod and removing a rhubarb plant (I hate the stuff). So far we've put in potatoes, corn (we grew a ton of corn last year, in our yard, 61degrees north. We also planted peas, beans, spinach, carrots (here's hoping this
  5. Coconut Flan

    Spring 2019 garden plans

    I added a new chile to the mix this year: Dragon Cayenne. This morning I picked the first one. It lives up to its name. It's supposed to be twice as hot as a regular cayenne and it is.
  6. Terrie

    Spring 2019 garden plans

    Late spring here, with a snowstorm in the middle of April. So I've just started on prepping. Got the raspberry canes thinned, with all the old one removed. Set up a new "fencing" around them, to try to keep them from flopping over. Wire lines, not string. We'll see how it holds up. I bought some seeds a couple weeks ago. Lost the seeds. I have no idea where they went. Will need to get more. Keeping it simple this year. Lettuce, carrots, beans. Big plant sale, will get some dill, basil, maybe some chili peppers and tomatoes. I have one flower bed that had raspberries that I ripped out (I g
  7. PumaLover

    Spring 2019 garden plans

    Aw, we have an Australorp too! We just love her. When she free ranges she'll come up and knock on the front door with her beak! We have a mix of Americaunas, a gray silkie/sizzle, a Columbian Wyandotte (one of my faves), a tiny banty Welsummer, three regular sized Welsummers, a Cornish... and a Muscovy duck. Only a few of the birds lay consistently but I couldn't see getting rid of them even after they stop laying (despite what my husband says!). We only got them last summer but I just love them so much. I work from home so on my breaks I go down there and hang out with them and take pics.
  8. catlady

    Spring 2019 garden plans

    On weed blocker: I have had mixed results. If I’m getting rid of a section of grass, the brown fabric type is good, but go for a wide roll, because grass will get between the panels unless you have a lot of overlap. If you have newspaper in large quantities, wet it down and it can go under mulch. Use 2 or 3 pages at a time layered together, and overlap. The drawback that i’ve had is that after a couple of seasons, new weeds grow in the mulch/dirt on top of the weed blocker. Especially the damn Queen Anne’s lace, which has very shallow roots. @PumaLover, what breeds of chicke
  9. PumaLover

    Spring 2019 garden plans

    Hi! I posted in the JRod thread that we aren't going to be able to do our whole garden this year like we had planned, but I'm hoping we may be able to get at least a couple raised beds going. Gophers are a huge problem and I'm learning from my mistakes at our last house. I had the most beautiful garden and the gophers literally pulled all my plants down into their holes and ate them, one by one! So I want to make sure to predator proof the bottoms of all the beds. We also have ground squirrels and I think they can climb, so I'm not sure what to do about them. I am also curious about any
  10. Hi everyone! Since JillRod’s fancy garden beds generated some thread drift, Coconut Flan reminded me that we have the garden club. So what are you planning on for this season? What grows well for your area and your skill level? What kind of fencing will keep deer away? And how high should it be? What are your other critter deterrents? I’m replenishing the soil on my vegetable garden this year. The last two seasons were pretty poor because the dirt has gotten depleted. I’m putting down compost and planting the whole thing in clover this year to let it rest.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Thanks. I have a ton of tomatoes so I will have a go at this. Mister may end up regretting life, but meh LOL.
  14. 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/recip
  15. I may try my hand at tomato sauce but that’s scary since I’m not much of a cook.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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 raspberrie
  25. 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.
  26. 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 bas
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