Gardening 2022

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Broad beans bursting through, outside. On the windowsill, some things making an appearance: cucumbers, the occasional squash, basil, chervil, one sunflower. It was a nice Gardener's World on Friday - seemed hopeful, somehow.

djh, Sunday, 20 March 2022 12:50 (two months ago) link

Nice. When did you plant those ? Do you worry about squirrels and such eating the vegetables

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 March 2022 05:30 (two months ago) link

The broad beans were in the ground in January.

Last year mice (I assume) dug up most of the squash and sunflower seeds that were potted up on a garage windowsill, hence growing them inside. Caterpillars will occasionally decimate greens but generally fine apart from that.

djh, Monday, 21 March 2022 13:57 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

I got some robust tomato seedlings in 4" pots on April 4th and have been hardening them mostly outside except for two nights last week that got down into the mid 30s. They looked perfectly happy this morning after a low of about 48 so into the ground they went. One Cherokee Purple and two Big Beefs. Also some curly parsley in a container. I haven't grown any tomatoes in years but really good ones are impossible to find anymore and I was craving tomato sandwiches really hard last summer.

Everybody Loves Ramen (WmC), Thursday, 14 April 2022 17:43 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

^^^ got fruit on all my maters now, pretty good result for early May

Jell! Do they fruit all summer or does the heat become a problem at some point? I can grow lettuces and peas right now but nothing else. Won't have tomatoes for MONTHS.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Friday, 6 May 2022 20:15 (two weeks ago) link

Theoretically they'll produce all summer and into the fall if I train and prune them right. This is the earliest I've ever had fruit set; I'll do some research to see how to maximize the yield or whether I should just start some more later. My usual problem is not being willing to go out into the sauna in July/Aug. I need to give them some food and calcium (nonfat dry milk) right now.

I'm presuming these are US replies!?

djh, Friday, 6 May 2022 21:19 (two weeks ago) link

oh yeah, deep SE US

If you were really hard core, you'd have thrown a full bottle (WmC), Saturday, 7 May 2022 03:35 (two weeks ago) link

This is the year I start gardening, I promise myself.

Start with removing every weed in my garden, getting rid of the trees/plants I inherited buying this place two years ago, and then what? try out a mini veggie patch? First things first I guess.

hrep (H.P), Monday, 9 May 2022 04:19 (one week ago) link

Do you need to get rid of everything?

I've got a 1 metre by 2 metre raised bed that I grow veg in. It's not nearly big enough and I also have stuff in pots ... but it brings me an incredible amount of joy ... even the few minutes I nip outside to see how things are coming along, when I'm working from home.

djh, Tuesday, 10 May 2022 20:30 (one week ago) link

I made a stupid amateur mistake and picked up some small tom and pepper plants a couple of and stuck them into grow bags. Duh, too early, even for California. They are alive but sulking. As is my parsley plant, but I've always found those fussy except for ones I grew from seed in situ. In positive news, the lemon tree continues to pump the fruits out like crazy, with zero input from me whatsoever!

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 20:35 (one week ago) link

Start with removing every weed in my garden, getting rid of the trees/plants I inherited buying this place two years ago, and then what?

i would start by just trying to conquer a manageable area that you'll be able to commit to maintaining on a regular basis. after you first clear weeds you will inevitably have further waves of them to deal with as they resprout from any roots you might've missed, and also as you clear the soil, you'll be bringing dormant weed seeds to the surface where they'll proceed to germinate. so unless you only have a fairly small space, i wouldn't try clearing everything at once because you'll have to keep having to weed it all just to stand still and it will probably be somewhat discouraging. what i would recommend doing is putting and inch or so of compost on the top of any areas you clear, and that will add nutrients and organic matter to your soil, and also help to suppress some of the next wave of weeds. while you're cultivating with one section though, you can just keep chopping down and pulling out any major weeds in other areas because that will weaken them and stop them spreading. better yet, you could cover those areas with e.g. thick layers of cardboard weighed down by bricks, and leave them like that for six months or so, and that would be a very easy way of killing off longterm weeds without very much effort.

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 21:52 (one week ago) link

I think the gambling on early planting is a fairly standard thing?!

(UK but) I transplant those "living herbs" pots of parsley that you get from supermarkets into the garden and they sometimes keep going but, yeah, often sulk.

djh, Tuesday, 10 May 2022 21:55 (one week ago) link


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