I've compiled a seed list and started planting seeds (Broad Beans, Cardoons, a Gooseberry) on windowsills. If I'm honest, I'm not sure this is totally based on any idea that things will grow (though I hope they do) but more to do with pottering and organising. It gives me an excuse to buy seeds/plants I "need", too.
I could probably do with getting all the seeds planted (or shared) as some are more than a year old.
― djh, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 20:58 (three months ago) Permalink
After a few years off, I'm ready to have a summer full of fresh tomatoes again. I've got 9 seed pots started with Boxcar Willie and 6 with Amish Paste, and seeds left over if anything bad happens to those.
― WilliamC, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 21:42 (three months ago) Permalink
Big news: I have bought some potatoes ("Kestrel") for growing in bags.
― djh, Monday, 2 April 2018 14:38 (one month ago) Permalink
I use growbags for potatoes and find potato-growing particularly satisfying. Also hard to fuck up.
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Monday, 2 April 2018 15:17 (one month ago) Permalink
Second year starting seeds, going better than last year but ask me again in like four weeks.
The seedlings I started from seed didn't do well at all, but I found a nearby nursery that had Boxcar Willie seedlings. I have 2 BWs in the ground and 2 in containers, one Mortgage Lifter* in the ground and one in a container, and one Roma in the ground. I have another Roma seedling but not sure if/where I'll plant it.
*supposedly makes 1.5- to 2-lb. fruit
― WilliamC, Wednesday, 2 May 2018 15:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink
My seed starting went much better this year than last; I’m hardening off this week and will plant out this week. Chickens are on weeding/tilling duty in the veggie bed.
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 2 May 2018 16:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink
I have to confess to being a bit *gutted* when I sat down, bottle of red and cheese-based snacks at the ready, to watch Gardeners World on Friday - it was off-air in place of snooker.
The raised beds are looking quite good from over wintered (mostly) leaves ... which I need to harvest before the cabbage whites appear. A few things have bolted, though.
I've been growing seeds on a particularly bright office window and have been amazed how far ahead the seedlings are compared to my darker home window sill. A colleague asked me if the plants were for planting out or if it was some kind of social experiment.
Got a few things growing in the garage - it has a big window but is still probably a bit dark: peas (look a bit sad), sunflowers, artichokes, purslane, French beans, beetroot (in those hydratable compost discs), runner beans, rocket and some flowers. Have had quite a few "non starters" from seed that has been left too long. Had planned to use absolutely every packet of seeds that isn't from this year even if this was growing to excess (and giving away) or lobbing in random bits of land.
― djh, Saturday, 5 May 2018 21:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink
My tomatoes thrived so well in pots while I waited for the last cold weather to pass that they all have blooms now, one week after planting.
― WilliamC, Sunday, 6 May 2018 01:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink
I thought I'd been really grown up with the raised beds and left plenty of space between plants but it is looking over full.
Need to have some cabbage-based meals.
A few of the things (broccoli, land cress) have bolted and it feels strangely brutal to be pulling them out to make way for other plants.
Planted some Sempervivum in a concrete tray (to be "on trend", obviously).
― djh, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:15 (one week ago) Permalink
My bf has a big veg garden in his back yard now! It's been a delight to direct sow with carrot, edamame, radishes, bok choy, and to plant starts of leeks, eggplant, herbs, and more. I hope the deer don't eat them all first.
The prior owner was an avid gardener so there's peonies, bleeding hearts, shasta daisies, wisteria, Russian sage, hydrangeas, grape hyacinths, double daffodils, a rose of sharon, and two flowering trees in his yard, AND I just sowed seeds a couple of weeks ago for poppies, echinacea, and sweet alyssum on the steep slope at the front of the house. It makes no sense to have grass planted on a slope so steep you can't walk on it. My goal is to rototill the entire front and replace with a slope perennial garden tbh.
― Conic section rebellion 44 (in orbit), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 19:00 (one week ago) Permalink
Pls google “no till gardening “ first! The current state of gardening is anti-till anti-double digging, thank god
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 19:19 (one week ago) Permalink
Esp on a slope, I would not till that soil! Mucho erosion potential!
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 19:20 (one week ago) Permalink
It's the beginning of fall where I am. In summary, my gardening for this year was a complete bust. All my vegetable plants never made it past the seedling phase, my roses got invaded by aphids, and now the last of my basil and sage just got invaded by aphids.
― Yerac, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 20:38 (one week ago) Permalink