Gardening 2021

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lol at tomato per hour unit price, I never think of gardening in a strict cost analysis, heavens!! let's just say, I've have accrued some losses from things I've tried, in the past. This year my disappointments have been limited to a couple of non germinating w3ed seeds and some very miserable melon attempts, I also managed this year to plant a ton of seeds in one day and, at the end, miss one set of seeds in a tray I had prepared, but ticked it off in my mind as 'done', I'm still watering that seedless tray, it's barren soil, mocking my paltry attempts of efficiency

Swanswans, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 19:54 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Monday evening mooch around the garden, too hot to bother with doing much. Raised beds so scrappy - some squash plants that are too big, dribs and drabs of herbs, some slightly pointless fennel, pulled up the cavolo nero before it gets devoured by creatures. Dahlias starting to appear - one of those plants that I'd have thought too "blousy" a few years ago. Some of the nasturtiums have taken a hammering this year but still enough alive to bring me some joy. The cat mint is flowering - the cat doesn't normally give it chance. Bought a pack of marigolds but bored of them.

djh, Monday, 19 July 2021 19:41 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

We recently did a bunch of work— ripped up a spurge that had been overwatered and killed by a friend (not talking to him right now), and I finally started trimming the lavender again. It's been coming up like gangbusters, can't understand how prolific it's gotten over just two years.

Our fig tree needs lots of tending so that it doesn't grow horizontally rather than vertically, but it's also just shooting up like crazy. And the wisteria had become unmanageable until my partner finally took to it with the shears— now it looks much better.

Hot peppers doing well, herbs doing well, much too much kale but okay, and so on.

Kind regards, Anus (the table is the table), Wednesday, 8 September 2021 20:42 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

Wondering if any ilxors have experience with growing bamboo, paricularly in the UK (or similar climate countries)?

A friend has started a business selling various products using bamboo, but currently has to source this from China. So we're going to experiment with growing our own Moso here in the uk. I've heard it can take months to germinate. any advice welcome.

Ste, Thursday, 25 November 2021 13:35 (two months ago) link

Not grown it from seed but I have had to remove large clumps of the stuff from people's gardens as it can be pretty invasive. It has running rhizomes that have a pretty hard and sharp tip on them so think very carefully about where you'll be planting it. Would suggest surrounding the planting area with metal panels or similar sunk about ten inches into the soil, or if not, make sure it has wide strip of lawn all the way round it because mowing can keep if from spreading too far.

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Thursday, 25 November 2021 17:39 (two months ago) link

yeah for sure keep it ~truly~ contained at like supermax levels because that shit will spread everywhere otherwise

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 25 November 2021 19:14 (two months ago) link

Thanks, yikes didn't realise they were that invasive. Seems we need to do a lot more research here.

Ste, Friday, 26 November 2021 08:32 (two months ago) link

afaik growing bamboo from seed is quite a specialised process. The seedlings will need to be kept in a greenhouse for a couple of years before planting out

You'd be much better off just buying some young potted plants. There are less invasive varieties out there but yeah, as noted above, tread carefully

Number None, Friday, 26 November 2021 10:58 (two months ago) link

I think she specifically requires Moso for the fabrics she uses. Her whole aim is producing ecologically beneficial products, but unfortunately it sounds like it would be better to just keep getting them from overseas.

Even if growing them were possible, and I'm sure it is with the effort she'd be more than willing to put in (her boyfriend is a park ranger and competent gardener too) there is still the process following that to extract/harvest whatever is needed for her materials. That is of course a different issue.

Ste, Friday, 26 November 2021 11:42 (two months ago) link

Do not— I repeat, DO NOT— grow bamboo. It is impossible to get rid of, spreads like crazy, and really shouldn't be grown outside of its native zones.

I'm a sovereign jizz citizen (the table is the table), Monday, 29 November 2021 17:26 (one month ago) link

^^^yes to all this... otherwise i'd suggest investing in a very sturdy mattock, but even then it can be backbreaking work just to clear small patches of it once it's established!

have recently put a couple of feijoas in the ground which will hopefully fruit some day & propagated some gooseberries for later planting out.

no lime tangier, Monday, 29 November 2021 21:26 (one month ago) link

bamboo is a good screening plant and very attractive - difficulty of removal less of a consideration if that's your use case. if you are going to grow running varieties, you need to make sure it's controlled properly (with a root barrier.) if you're going to grow clumping varieties, that's less of an issue. it can also be grown very successfully in containers.

Qamon (||||||||), Monday, 29 November 2021 21:30 (one month ago) link

Except from what I can tell from Ste's post, they're in the UK, where it isn't native, and root barriers are no guarantee against spread. "Use case" doesn't matter if one person's "use case" means allowing bamboo to take over their neighbors' gardens, too. Also, "use case" isn't a good way to think about gardening from an holistic, ecological perspective. Sorry!

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 18:10 (one month ago) link

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