Pondering what to grow this year, partly inspired by the plant porn that is the Sarah Raven catalogue (though I tend to buy elsewhere) and partly because I got round to compiling my annual inventory of seeds ...
― djh, Thursday, 4 February 2021 00:25 (three months ago) link
Any book recommendations?
I particularly like Jarman's "Modern Nature" and Leighton's "Four Hedges".
― djh, Saturday, 6 February 2021 15:09 (three months ago) link
Impatient, I have sunk a handful of broad beans into the ground and sprinkled some purslane. In truth, it feels too early still.
Could do with more windowsill space. I must admit the house already feels too "full", working from home.
― djh, Saturday, 13 March 2021 12:57 (one month ago) link
I'm trying some stuff from seed for the first time - also using windowsill and space in the porch. I've sort of gone in a bit blind and have a) overplanted and b) gone too early! I need to transfer to pots, which is a fiddlyarse job. I've got poppies, wallflowers, salvia, sunflowers, a couple of chilli plants and some foxgloves on the go. I need to dig a new bed out the front but will probably wait for the Easter holidays.
― Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 13 March 2021 13:51 (one month ago) link
Sounds a decent start and there's time to plant other things if they go wonky.
I've always enjoyed watching new plants appear but, cliche though it might be, that felt particularly pronounced in lock down/working from home last year.
― djh, Saturday, 13 March 2021 14:08 (one month ago) link
It's certainly been a lovely distraction.
I should thank you - it was your mention of Modern Nature that made me pick it up. What a beautiful and tragic book.
― Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 13 March 2021 16:31 (one month ago) link
So glad you enjoyed. It *is* a beautiful book.
Might be of interest:
― djh, Sunday, 14 March 2021 09:28 (one month ago) link
Two years ago a tenacious volunteer sunflower came up from a crack between two paving stones in my back yard and bloomed beautifully. I collected the seeds and last year had five or six nice big sunflowers. Now I have thousands of seeds and I have to resist this urge to plant every sunny inch of my property with sunflowers! The only thing stopping me is that I've read that they emit a chemical that inhibits the growth of other plants, and as much as I love the sunflowers, I don't want to kill every other plant I've got.
― Dan I., Sunday, 14 March 2021 20:22 (one month ago) link
Don’t fight the urge- one of the most lasting images I have of recent memory was taking a tractor ride through acres of sunflowers during sunset.
― Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 15 March 2021 03:53 (one month ago) link
didn't know that about sunflowers. My yard is shady and is full of ferns, baby tears, moss, and oxalis oregana growing under my redwood tree
― Dan S, Monday, 15 March 2021 04:18 (one month ago) link
I'd not heard of that sunflower/inhibit other plants thing and I know plenty of people who chuck a couple in their allotments.
UK-question. What would be a good bulb to plant in pots around now? Sort of ... for nice presents or to have and get fleeting moments of lock down joy?
― djh, Friday, 2 April 2021 14:11 (one month ago) link
Did you plant anything in the end, djh? Would rubra work? Dahlias?
I've just got myself a little 4-storey plastic greenhouse. Now I need to work out what I'm going to grow. I think I'll start some courgettes and tomatoes.
― Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 10 April 2021 15:14 (one month ago) link
I wonder if you need to treat yourself here:
― djh, Saturday, 10 April 2021 15:33 (one month ago) link
Here, I've planted loads of mostly obvious-ish veg (with some curious squash etc, for entertainment value). I love it when things start to appear. In "normal times", I plant stuff up on a glorious bay window at work and share out with colleagues.
I've got dahlias hidden away in the garage still and will enjoy them. I've been flicking through Sarah Raven and the like at "plants of containers", in the hope of being inspired but not really seen anything ... partly because I don't have much of a vision for the garden space.
― djh, Saturday, 10 April 2021 15:39 (one month ago) link
Just saw a rat in the compost.
― Computers I can live with, I even dried them in the oven (ledge), Saturday, 10 April 2021 17:11 (one month ago) link
x-post: "plants for containers", obvs.
― djh, Saturday, 10 April 2021 17:21 (one month ago) link
I seem to have, I think, mice in the raised beds - they're about 3 metres by 1 metre and 60cm-ish deep. A small hole kept appearing. Digging down a bit, there appear to be "caverns" but I've not actually seen a mouse or anything nest like. Undecided what to do. Dig the whole thing out?
― djh, Monday, 26 April 2021 10:42 (two weeks ago) link
Get a cat? Drop mothballs around the plot?
― Ima Gardener (in orbit), Monday, 26 April 2021 18:06 (two weeks ago) link
Yesterday I potted up almost 80 plants to give to a garden store and and will make a buck each from what sells...this is less about paying my rent than it is about using up the 300-odd EXTRA plants I seeded in trays, like an idiot.
Today I potted another 40-ish seedlings that were in too-small containers and now I'm out of potting soil! I need the mfing weather to warm up so I can plant things outside!!
― Ima Gardener (in orbit), Monday, 26 April 2021 18:08 (two weeks ago) link
We're in Philadelphia. Picking up the starts from our neighborhood plant group this coming Saturday, but the Siberian irises are already starting to wither after some glorious weeks, as are the hyacinths. Okame cherry tree gone to leaf two weeks ago after a few lovely weeks of delicate pink... Lavender trimmed and starting to shoot up again, and my god the ornamental strawberry is just wild right now.
I can't even remember everything we ordered from the plant group, but it's going to be a fun weekend of planning and planting. I think everyone on our block thinks of us as the two gay dudes with a crazy colorful garden. So be it!
― it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Monday, 26 April 2021 18:22 (two weeks ago) link
x-posts. I have a cat! He's not really earning his keep ...
― djh, Monday, 26 April 2021 18:45 (two weeks ago) link
After moving into my house 1.5 years ago I've finally started changing/improving my garden. It was fine but very pragmatic and boring with a bare wooden bower and a lawn. So today I planted some climbing plants near the corners of the bower: clematis and two different honeysuckles. And a passion flower against a fence. I'd love to eat fruit from my garden so I got a young apricot tree from my sister and some friends gave me a vine I put up against a southwest facing wall. Also planted two kinds of raspberries and a gooseberry. Let it blossom let it grow!
― willem, Sunday, 2 May 2021 12:09 (one week ago) link
Oh that's so lovely! My garden doesn't have any walls for climbing plants but my old bedroom in my apartment had a honeysuckle vine outside the window and it was glorious. Those sound like beautiful and smelly choices.
― Ima Gardener (in orbit), Sunday, 2 May 2021 13:53 (one week ago) link
Well thank you! :)As for smelly choices, the front garden will become next year's project, but I did remove a dull hedge and replaced it with lavender (some of which I got from cuttings from my mother), salvia, and seeded poppies between and around them to make for a livelier path to my front door. I never thought I'd love gardening but it is a lot of fun.
― willem, Monday, 3 May 2021 15:34 (one week ago) link
I went the poppy route this year too! Intermixed with existing liatris, nepeta/catmint, a couple of salvias, vervain, pentstemmon. And assorted other random cuttings. I'm in danger of planting an entire botanical garden on one small hillside and had to rein myself in. No new plants.
― Ima Gardener (in orbit), Monday, 3 May 2021 16:53 (one week ago) link
Has anyone done bamboo management? Would never choose to plant it myself, but previous owners did and now I am going to have to deal with it.
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Monday, 3 May 2021 17:05 (one week ago) link
No experience myself, but from what I've heard it would involve a chainsaw and plenty of elbow grease..
― willem, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 08:16 (one week ago) link
x-post to Ima Gardener - that sounds wonderful, I'm imagining a purple paradise
― willem, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 08:18 (one week ago) link
We've got bamboo in a box made from discarded decking. It's contained but is already bursting at the seams. I'm worried about it getting out and taking over. My advice: get a couple of pandas (or as willem said, get a chainsaw and get hacking).
― Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 08:38 (one week ago) link
the roots get under fences ime
― One Of The Bad Guys (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 08:48 (one week ago) link
Alas, pandas are back ordered at Pandas Plus die to pandemic panic panda purchases
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 13:36 (one week ago) link
― One Of The Bad Guys (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 13:47 (one week ago) link
Planted zinnias, dianthus, and some salvias this weekend...as well as some giant marigolds and a load of herbs. Saturday was a nice day full of dirt and sun.
― it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 17:40 (one week ago) link
I know! I even got a sunburn!!!
Threw some pickling cukes and watermelon radish seeds in the ground today. Both say 60 days to harvest. Boo.
Although, facebook reminded me that at this time TWO years ago, I was JUST starting the weeding/garden preparation process today! This year I'm like a month ahead of schedule so I shouldn't fuss.
― Ima Gardener (in orbit), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 17:42 (one week ago) link
I wish we could do more foodstuffs, but the squirrels in these parts are insane and eat everything unless you lock it up, essentially.
― it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 17:47 (one week ago) link
That's a bummer. Here, our biggest problem is the resident woodchucks, who will eat everything to the bone overnight. The neighbor has a humane trap but it doesn't stop them for long. I have chicken wire all around my garden which is a minor pain to step over but is the only way to have a garden.
What the squirrels do is bury black walnuts everywhere, which causes annoying surprise seedlings.
― Ima Gardener (in orbit), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 18:18 (one week ago) link
Herbs are so great though. Definitely the most reward for the least effort ime.
― Ima Gardener (in orbit), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 18:22 (one week ago) link
Squirrels will only really bury acorns here. They're known to eat bulbs and ripening fruit but nothing so far. Bastard oak seedlings everywhere, mind. I planted my dahlias out at the weekend and have potted on some courgettes.
I read a crazy fact about jays the other day and how they enable the expansion of oak woods. Oak trees can struggle to propagate and expand their territory but jays will bury acorns at the open edge of woodland where they can germinate in the light and sprout. They return for the new seedlings but inevitably miss some and so new trees grow.
― Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 19:08 (one week ago) link
Herbs and peppers are fine— kale works, too. But tomatoes and anything sweet has to be wrapped in thick, thick chicken wire, because they'll chew through the thinner stuff.
― it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 20:06 (one week ago) link
Tbh, watching squirrels carry whole peaches or slices of pizza in their mouths is kind of funny, but damn if I wish I could grow peaches like my granny used to.
― it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 20:07 (one week ago) link
hello ilxor gardeners!i am attempting gardening in 2021. :Dwell. is planting & raising ~a~ plant is considered gardening? i planted a pieris japonica “mountain flame” a couple of months ago. since then it survived eager overwatering (hi) and lately it got quite chomped by some very hungry caterpillars. but it’s still alive! hurrah. i am applying water/molasses/dishsoap once a week to try & deter the chomping.reminding myself that gardening is fun & relaxing lol
― terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 18:47 (six days ago) link
is planting & raising ~a~ plant is considered gardening?
― willem, Thursday, 6 May 2021 14:15 (five days ago) link
maybe you should companion plant whatever works well with your 'periris japonica - https://journeywithjill.net/gardening/2019/02/26/companion-planting-pest-control/
― Swanswans, Thursday, 6 May 2021 14:25 (five days ago) link
I’ve made a hobby of gingerly digging up the oak seedlings, potting them, and trying to grow them into bonsai oaks. I have amassed quite a collection at this point.
― epistantophus, Thursday, 6 May 2021 17:02 (five days ago) link
But then I get sad when the squirrels dig them up to get at the acorn!
― epistantophus, Thursday, 6 May 2021 17:03 (five days ago) link