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Gardening

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,028
Seed catalogs are now arriving! Let's talk about gardening here.

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  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Heck, we plant the garlic in November to winter over, and it's getting closer to the time to get the peas in by St Patrick's day. Ilike to get my potatoes in shortly after that.

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  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I've tried a number of times to grow herbs indoors. They always die, no matter what I do. :cry:

    My latest attempt was with the Chia set (yeah, yeah, yeah, but it came across well and has been reviewed well :blush: ), but now they're all dead after two months.

    I'm thinking of this next: The AeroGarden. Anyone tried this? It's a pretty big cash outlay, but it looks like it solves the main problems I seem to have (light and food - just the little things that these danged herbs seem to demand and I seem to have so much trouble providing :P ).

    It would probably take me very many years to recoup the investment if everything works advertised, but that would be okay with me if it would, um, work as advertised.
  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,028
    Interesting, but if it's in the house, I'd kill it. I have no difficulty with outdoor gardening, but every dang plant I've tried to keep indoors dies on me. :confuse:

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  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Yea... I don't even have luck with starting veggies inside. They get too spindly and the weather here makes the hardening up process a real guessing game. So I start seeds in outdoor trays and any of them that make it should be able to handle whatever the weather has in store!

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,916
    The pink banana seed that someone mailed us from Tennessee has sprouted. It was planted around last Christmas. We have about 40 seedlings coming up in the south facing window at the moment (mostly red yucca, other yuccas and agaves). There's lettuce started outside plus some rose cuttings that hopefully will root - last frost date is May 10, just around the corner. ;)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Ok, I usually till the soil and add some compost and peat moss, but should I try something different? I feel like I've been doing the same process for the past 8 years and I should try something new to improve the soil.

    Any suggestions?

    It's a 16' by 6' plot, partial sun, in the Mid Atlantic. I usually do 'maters, cuces, green beans, etc.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    16'x 6'... heh...that's roughly the size of one of the beds in my patch. Overall about 30'x 40' graded into three tiers with stone walls to keep the water evenly distributed on each level. (Did that after visiting Monticello and seeing Jefferson's gardens) Also have a double bin composter right next to the garden with side by side 4'x8' bins about 5' deep. Anything and everything that will breakdown goes into one side,then I turn one bin into the other, take the really good stuff out of the bottom and dump it into the beds that need it, then start dumping everything in the other bin.

    If you've been taking care of the soil for 8 years, it's probably a nice consistency now. Maybe work in a little fetilizer to boost nutrient levels?

    Might also want to take a sample to your cooperative extension office and have them do an analysis for you and see if you're lacking anything specific.

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    You have a lot of space, I'm envious!

    Yeah, I visited Monticello a couple of years ago and also checked out the gardens there. The green beans were in season. It was a HOT day in August, too hot!

    The top layer is good, but the soil is all clay underneath. You dig more than 4" and that's all you get.

    I've had great years but the last couple were only so-so. Of course we only got rain late, and then it was too much of it. :sick:

    -juice
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    I have that clay problem in my front yard, but fortunately not in the garden. I guess you could chip away at the clay a little bit each year to increase the depth of the good garden soil over time. Slow and steady wins the race!

    Maybe you could even use the clay underneath tocreate sort of an underground "pot" to help hold moisture in the bed. Sort of scoop out the clay deeper in the center and leave a "lip" around the edge to keep the water around the roots of your plants. I know that leveling out my tiers made a HUGE difference in runoff. The downhill plants were always better watered and larger than those uphill.

    I'll have to cogitate on that one some more :shades:

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I should try to level it. Right now the water pools on the back of one side.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,916
    after visiting Monticello and seeing Jefferson's gardens

    We have a short ha-ha in our front yard. Never get cows in the yard either (although the llama's across the street showed up once).
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    All sort of animals around me. Let's see:

    * whitetail deer
    * fox
    * coyote (!)
    * tons of squirrels
    * chip munks
    * rats :(

    That's just off the top of my head.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,916
    Fun bunch of critters. Except for the rats. :shades:

    We get a few mule deer browsing the rose bushes on their way to the neighbor's pond. But we have no big trees in our yard so we have few squirrels visiting and no chipmunks show up to eat my Subaru wiring (hopefully!).
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    We have rabbits up the wazzoo...

    But when you have rat snakes your rodent problems are minimized :P

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I see rabbits, too. Forgot to list them.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,916
    It was 75 here in Boise yesterday and looks to be the same again today, before cooling back to the more usual 60's for the rest of the week.

    So I planted a palm.

    It's actually our second outdoor palm - the other survived last winter ok and is looking good. This one will be more marginal but who knows. There are about a dozen around town that we know of, including two at one of the car dealers. :shades:

    Our microclime falls in zone 7.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Wow, it's April and we just got about an inch of snow...good things I hadn't planted yet as the seedlings could have been frosted.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Our last forst date here is like May 15th, and usually is later than that. We're not down with winter by a long shot here :surprise:

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  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,675
    Anyone know how to kill it for good? I had a bunch dug/pulled a few years ago, but some of it is coming back.

    Putting on weed killer, and even everything-killer, just makes somewhat brown and seems to anger it.

    Need help navigating? kirstie_h@edmunds.com - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Don't know but I do know is very stubborn and hard to control, much less get rid of it.

    Grows so fast, too, you gotta kick the shoots over else it'll take over the whole yard.
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