So ... how's it going?
― djh, Sunday, 24 March 2019 20:27 (three months ago) link
just moved to a new town and doing the yard clean up (or my partner is i should say). my brother bought us a lime tree and we will be planting it soon. we understand the climate is fairly optimal and we should getting a decent yield of limes going forward
― sknybrg, Sunday, 24 March 2019 20:37 (three months ago) link
I just finished climbing around on the roof with a pole saw, cleaning up a Japanese maple; tomorrow I'll probably try to rescue some pink dogwoods that are surrounded by brush.
For the last few years, I've spent a lot of time reclaiming different parts of our yard from the wilderness, and it's really changed the space around the house. Maybe this year I'll finally plant some new trees and shrubs.
― Brad C., Sunday, 24 March 2019 21:40 (three months ago) link
I only get to visit my garden occasionally since it's at my boyfriend's house. Raring to get started for the year on the kitchen garden and also on planting out some flower beds that get weed choked--I need to find more aggressive ornamental plants that can compete.
Things I want to plant/encourage this year: Purple basil, dusty miller, dill, tansy, alliums, lilacs, more decorative mints, nicotania. Ambitious, I know.
― There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Monday, 25 March 2019 14:04 (three months ago) link
What's still worth planting (in the UK)?
― djh, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 17:32 (one month ago) link
i just started a container garden last week. starting small: my son made a flower pot for my wife for mother's day, and we got some bush bean seeds that have sprouted the last few days. gonna add a little bit each month, especially once we get some nicer fall weather bc the summers here are so brutal.
― hollow your fart (m bison), Tuesday, 18 June 2019 17:38 (one month ago) link
The Sarah Raven website suggests:
Artichoke, Beetroot, Borlotti Beans, Carrots, Chard, Chicory, French Beans, Kale, Leeks, Mustard, Radish, Runner Beans, Spinach (Perpetual), Spring Onions and Agretti.
― djh, Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:40 (one month ago) link
Have enjoyed nasturtiums this year ... in slightly weird "i'm bored in my lunch half hour, I'll go and buy a packet of nasturtiums from the local Wilkos" sort-of-way and popping them where ever there is space. Wish I'd kept packets/labels because there are some fucking amazing ones (and an amazing difference between varieties).
― djh, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:55 (three weeks ago) link
nice. i plant them beneath fruit trees since they're a nitrogen fixer/make a good mulch when you pull them up post-seeding... also just discovered they're effective at discouraging codling moths for an extra bonus.
late in the season (nz-wise) but i've been planting a bunch of gooseberries & currents i'd propagated after clearing an area of aluminium plant (a garden escape scourge in the antipodes, if not europe).
― no lime tangier, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 05:44 (three weeks ago) link
Nasturtiums rampaging over garden (though many not yet flowering, possibly in too good soil), my best sunflowers (where best equals tallest), peas fighting for space (usually they don't survive this far), cucumbers bursting out, squash making a tentative appearance, lots of leaves (although some crops of rocket haven't liked the compost - New Horizon, I think). My annual attempts at artichokes are looking forlorn.
― djh, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 19:55 (one week ago) link
Despite planting a bit earlier than was wise and following up with complete and utter neglect (I have literally done NOTHING since sticking the seedlings in the ground--no pruning, watering, fertilizing, weeding, or attaching the cage extensions) ITS TOMATO SEASON OH YEAH.
Since a critter got to my first fully ripe fruit, I'm going with early harvesting--just as the color breaks--and ripening indoors. Not sharing my tomatoes with critters. Sorry critters.
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 22:03 (one week ago) link