Since it is this time of the year, I gotta ask - what's up in the garden? My seedlings are coming along nicely. For tomatoes, I will grow San Marzano, Brandywine, Subarctic Plenty, Oxheart, Cherokee and Sweet Currant this year. Chilis, I got Serrano, Tabasco, Jalapeno, Habanero, Ancho, Bird's Eye and Scotch Bonnet. Show your works, folks!
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So... what are you growing this year?post #1 of 943/23/13 at 11:52pmThread Starter
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #2 of 943/29/13 at 2:28pm
I put in a brandywine plant last year, got nothing. What a shame, a favorite of mine. This year I'll probably do cour di bue ( oxheart ) sweet 100s, and maybe cherokee purple or green zebra.
I just volunteered to assist with the setup for the annual Wasatch Community Garden's plant sale. Still 6 weeks away, I usually get my plants there.
I want to walk outside and grab a tomato off the vine right now!
mjb.post #3 of 944/1/13 at 12:23amThread Starterpost #4 of 944/1/13 at 9:34am
Have a perfect place for some tomatoes, pepper, cukes, string beans, etc... BUT local critters (groundhogs, especially) would just be lined up to mow everything down.
Have a nice sized patch, right outside front door that I'm planning on converting into an herb garden. Have a bay laurel (that I thought I killed last year, but made a come back) that I plan to put IN the ground. In my area of NJ, odds are in its favor to survive winter, as long as not SEVERE and protected. Want to put in a few rosemary plants and other stuff. Want a few basil plants... or coking AND for the wonderful aroma that'll drift thru open windows... until it get too hot to do without AC. Have sad, but till kicking, clumps of chives and oregano that managed to make it thru the winter indoors. Also want some parsley, dill and cilantro.
If I don't do anything with this patch of ground, it'll be a weedy mess by mid-summer. Having a BIG (dangerous) maple tree taken down in next week or so. Was thinking about the mounds of chipped branches that will result... maybe mulch?? Then did a little googling and found out that's NOT a great idea?? NOT good near house... home for insects and cause of somethiing called "artillery fungus"??post #5 of 944/1/13 at 9:55amThread Starter
In my experience, mulching is good, but wood - and especially bark - mulches tend to acidify the soil a bit too much. I tend to mulch with straw. Perhaps don't chip the branches, but just leave the smaller ones intact and pile them up in a hidden corner? Hedgehogs and lizards love such piles and tend to eat insects and slugs which are after your vegetables.
As for the herbs - just cleared a couple of meters of space which has been used for useless stuff by the previous tenant - gonna replace it with a wee little herb garden. Sage and rosemary and parsley and chives and thyme and laurel and basil are already sitting in pots ready to go out, oregano and savory have wintered well, gonna plant some lovage, chervil, borage, mint, dill, too :Dpost #6 of 944/10/13 at 7:01pm
TC Lady...I've heard the same about pine bark mulching. People working where it's manufactured are required to wear masks and gloves, so there's got to be something in that. Also, if you read the fine print on most bags of mulch (here at least) you may notice instructions not to touch it with the hands. Perhaps this has got something to support what you say.
Personally, I ignore that part :) A large part of gardening is getting down and dirty (in a nice way!). I'm still alive and kicking, so it could depend on individuals reactions to it, don't know.
Summer just gone I had cherry tomatoes...so many! Grazing in the garden is good fun. I've got a big bush of sweet basil which is going absolutely nuts, and the smell of it fills the garden. Then there's baby sage and marjoram, just seeded some curly leaf parsley. It may be too late in the year, although there's some mild weather yet to come and it gets no way near as cold as northern climates.
Just for sun I seeded some zuccinis. Way to late for them, but they took, so we'll see what happens. Also sprinkled some flower seeds about the beds to brighten it up during the quiet season. I could plant winter veg but they take forever to yield.
I'm just a relaxed chuck it in and see what happens gardener, no stress and sometimes I get something worthwhile :)post #7 of 944/11/13 at 10:48am
Here in the middle of the desert, it has proven difficult to grow very much.
I met a gentleman recently who is also from Hawaii and we started to talk about just this. The types of plants that we would typically have in our yards back home must be planted in pots and brought in during the Fall/Winter seasons. I noticed that he had a pot of Tī on his patio and commented on it. A few days ago he brought he a cutting. We use, green never red, Tī in cooking, so I am quite excited to give this a whirl…post #8 of 944/20/13 at 1:00pm
I've got a lot going on this year. In the perennial beds I should be seeing the first fruiting year on my plum, hazelnut and almond trees. My blackcurrant and redcurrant bushes are coming on nicely, whitecurrant is looking sickly as hell for some reason. Wolf berry and honey berry probably need another season to fruit but fingers crossed. Going to get some cranberries and blueberries in pots as well.
As for perennial veg, jerusalem artichoke love my garden so I'll only put down half what I did last year, there's only so many we can use. Perennial kale has recovered from the slug mauling they received last year, hopefully they'll survive. Tree spinach, welsh onions, walking onions, wild garlic, skirret for root veg and walking stick cabbage because it looks awesome and tastes good enough.
I've got attris and bendigo peppers along with tomasa and moneymaker tomatoes coming on in the growhouse and spaghetti and twonga squash going waiting for the last frost to go out on the frame.
In the annual bed I've got a load of varieties of radish, lettuces, asian leaves, parsnips and a few herbs to sow as soon as the last frost date has passed. Then I've got about 8 varieties of brassica growing on the growhouse to put out as I harvest the early salads.
God this seems like a lot of veg when I write it all down, there's only 2 of us and eat more meat than anything elsepost #9 of 944/20/13 at 8:37pmThread Starter
Hehe, wurzel - I know the feeling. White and red radish, salad, spinach and carrots are coming along nicely in the cold frame now, Onions and garlic are peeking out. Put in some sunflower seeds last week. Soon it's time to sow some courgettes and aubergines indoor. Rest of the space is going to be borlotto beans, peas, two kinds of corn, butternut squash, assorted salads and fennel and some potatoes for the heck of it. Some more exotics for the raised herb bed arrived in the mail too yesterday - thai basil, vietnamese coriander, lemongras etc.
In the fruit department, I got old apple, cherry and pear trees in the garden and my girlfriend went nuts in the berry department - gooseberry, black and red currant, blueberry, each in at least two varieties...
Lots of veg and fruit for a determined carnivore indeedpost #10 of 944/21/13 at 3:32ampost #11 of 944/21/13 at 7:50am
Last year my garden produced zilch...nada....nothing. It was sad. I have a bed of asparagus that I'm hoping is still viable this year. Then I'll plant: beans, broccoli, cucumbers, melons, tomatoes (san marzano, if I can find them; cherokee purple....love these!; and don't know what others), okra, chard, carrots, peppers (both sweet and hot), and anything else I can think of! I have a really nice area that I can use and we built beds using railroad ties. It's awesome. Just have to perfect the watering issue. Chickens ate my rhubarb so gonna have to get another root from my mom.post #12 of 945/6/13 at 7:29pmpost #13 of 945/7/13 at 3:53ampost #14 of 945/7/13 at 10:28amThread Starter
Haha, well - I am a biochemist. During my studies, I have been professionally trained to make scientifically accurate determinations of plant and animal species. Think I could tell you what the heck grows in my beds?? No way. At least I the red and white radishes are big enough now so that I can actually discern them!post #15 of 945/8/13 at 10:06pmpost #16 of 945/9/13 at 9:41ampost #17 of 945/9/13 at 12:06pm
I'm not really sure what we want to grow this year, especially since this is our first year in our new home. :)
I did purchase two seed packets from Hudson Valley Seed Library.
Arugulapost #18 of 945/10/13 at 11:50am
Our garlic crop was already coming up through the snow in early April and should be a bumper crop this year--nothing beats the garlic we grow in our back yard--the supermarket stuff pales in comparison. We'll plant tomatoes of course, as well as basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, etc. and maybe some beans, but the herbs are the most important thing after the garlic.post #19 of 945/14/13 at 8:58pm
Today I planted two self-watering containers of salad bowl lettuces, Italian flat leaf parsley, sweet basil and oregano (I'm just plain tired of paying for these). We’ll see how they do on the screened in porch, away from all them critters here in the middle of the desert! My Ti is almost ready with shoots!!!post #20 of 945/18/13 at 7:33am
We are going towards winter, so it is time to start sowing coriander (it bolts within a week in summertime), basil, chives and garlic chives.
My chili's are going strong and I just harvested my first madam Jeanette, a beautiful fragrant and hot pepper.
My Marjoram and Oregano are still alive and so is my lemon grass and my djeruk purut.
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---Anonymus---post #21 of 946/15/13 at 9:06am
We've been pummeled with rain day after day, week after week. Our outdoor garden seems to be doing ok, although there are some items I'm afraid will not come up at all, like my arugula, because it began coming up fine, and then we had rain for days and days, and they stopped growing, and i believe even shrunk.
Our indoor garden however seems to be doing quite well..
Hard to see but there's some sprout.
scallions are doing the best.
Edited by Pollopicu - 6/15/13 at 9:26ampost #22 of 946/15/13 at 4:21pm
I had three Ti Plant cuttings, but only two have sprouted, one in the dirt and the other not quite ready yetpost #23 of 946/17/13 at 3:12pm
send some of that rain our way if you would. we are in a serious drought here even at 8500 ft...the squirrels and chipmunks are freaking and are eating everything down to the stubs...past the stubs if that's possible. they are sucking the moisture right out of the stems.....what they don't get, the deer finish off,so I am not planting anything.....it's a ridiculously short growing season at this altitude anyway.
I don't have a clue where these came from....I did not plant them.....I came back from being gone for 6 months this winter and they just started coming up one day..... I have never seen chives with these purple flowers....pretty and pungent...the other flowers are columbines which is Colorado's state flower......the columbines could be from wildflowers carried by birds, but where did the chives come from?.....a few years ago we had a whole section off our front deck just covered in daisies that I did not plant either...aah, Mother Nature.....amazing!
joeypost #24 of 946/17/13 at 3:16pmpost #25 of 946/17/13 at 3:38pm
I have never seen chives with purple flowers either!
eta: I looked it up and apparently they are called blooming chives.post #26 of 946/17/13 at 8:33pm
Interesting read about the blooming chive, I'd heard before, but wasn't sure if you could eat the flowers, I'll have to try that.post #27 of 946/18/13 at 6:30am
A few pics , this year won't be big.
The other day I was looking at an Iris, it was so beautiful, the kind of beautiful that takes your breath away
And when you open up her petals, nature shows you her secret beauty
This particular day (last week) , my father took me around the garden and picked various flowers, including the wild ones and little blossoms on bushes, some tiny buds and flowers that a person would not even give a second look to....just walk right by them as they hold their own in the bright shining sun.
We sat at the table with these flowers spread out and he asked me , "Caddie (pet name) what do you see ?" I answered him back, " Pappy, I see flowers and buds , some of them are small, what am I suppose to see ?"
He took out a loope from his pocket and gave me the smallest flower picked from a wild bush and asked me to look at it up close, and I did.
And as I stared intently at the delicate , marvelous details of this little flower through the loupe , tears ran down my face, I was humbled and enlightened all at the same time. I looked at all the other flowers in great detail. To this day I will never look at plant life the same way again. The microscopic beauty of the wonders around us are there but our eyes do not see it.
I am 47 and my father taught me a life lesson I will never forget, all because he had a loupe.
I just had to share , sorry if you think its stupid or childish, but it was one of the best moments of my life with my father, and how there so much more to life than what there appears to be.post #28 of 946/18/13 at 7:41amQuote:
oh my gosh petals, you have started my day out feeling so very blessed, thank you so much friend!post #29 of 946/18/13 at 4:13pmpost #30 of 946/18/13 at 4:19pm
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