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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby johobbit » Aug 24, 2017 11:45 am

That bean pool is so cool, DiGs! Are you getting a good yield?

So, it is definitely a no-go for your root vegetables this year, fantasia? :P No recovery?
That broken pot/fairy look is adorable!

This summer has been so rainy that much is flourishing, but some plants do not like this much precipitation. It seems cucumbers fall into that category. The plants started out really well, but as the rain continued to fall, almost daily at times, they must have become oversaturated, so :(. Other folk in our area have had the same problem.

My carrots are still quite small, but so tasty. However, I'm not digging them up yet, as I'd like them a bit longer than 3". ;)) Boy, are they good, though! Really earthy and carrot-y. :ymsmug:

My tomatoes are taking their sweet time. I see the Brandywines are full and ripening, hurrah! My grape tomato plant became overgrown, amongst other issues. I don't think I'm going to get much from it. :( The Romas are tasty, but not plentiful.

I picked a very large bowl of yellow and green beans in the cool of last evening. Mmmm! They're a bit overripe, but it's been too wet and too mosquito-y to even venture out there lately.

This is our first year having the garden, so we're still experimenting as to where is best, and if we are leaving it where it is, we need to further clear out around it for more air movement and sunlight. We have a few ideas to implement next year, and will think on these more. :)
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby fantasia_kitty » Sep 05, 2017 10:46 am

I may have had a bad year with gardening this year, but my mother-in-law didn't. She had baskets (literally) of extra Juliet tomatoes. Yesterday my parents and I canned 7 quarts and 5 pints of tomatoes. It's great to have all of those taken care of and for use over the winter. :)

I still have a few additional tomatoes and peppers to deal with before the cold gets here.

It seems so weird to be talking about that in early September, but boy has Fall arrived early this year.
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Kalta79 » Nov 07, 2017 4:26 pm

This year was a bad year for gardening, it took so long for all the snow and rain to stop, and then it heated up fast and we had a bad fire season this year(terribly smoky air for weeks). Only good news is that our asparagus is still alive. I thought it was dead, but it isn't. And I got a pay raise this year, so the plants/seeds I've wanted for years I can finally buy for next spring. Can't wait! :D
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Grandmama » Jan 29, 2018 3:31 pm

January is a good month for looking through seed catalogs and planning the garden, which right now is covered with a blanket of snow. I used to try to plant something new each year, but I must confess my strategy now is how can I make gardening easier each year! My age is catching up with me. ;)
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby fantasia_kitty » Jan 30, 2018 2:03 pm

*waves hi to Grandmama* Gazer has mentioned in this thread what avid gardners your family is. I hope you continue to post here and share all Your tips. ;)

My seeds are arriving fast and furious. I'm sure I overdid it big time as I have the past several years, but the thought is that as I don't have any newborn babies this year (just a 9 month old right now), it should be easier to manage gardening....maybe. ;))

I don't plan to put much in my backyard in terms of vegetables this year. Last year, as I posted, I had a lot of trouble with my veggies, so I plan to do the vast majority of the gardening at my in-law's farm. I'll still have a couple tomatoes, onions, and a pepper here because that's what I use the most. Oh, and a green bean or two because my son wanted to plant that ;)) But everything else will be an hour away. I hope to head that way at least once a week and spend at least an hour or two pulling weeds and watering, and I think that will be good enough. I guess we'll see. ;))

I can't remember if I mentioned this here or not, and I'm too lazy to go back and look, but my sister sold me a landscaping plan for an unused area behind my house. Last year I put in two of the bushes, a Gulf Stream Nandina and a Rose Creek Abelia, and I expanded my strawberry patch.
This year I ordered 5 Bonfire Euphorbia, 3 Arkansas Bluestar, 3 All Gold Japanese Forest Grass, and 2 Honeyberry bushes.
The idea was to make this a Fairy Garden, and I plan to expand on it every year until the area is filled up. Of course, I can't afford everything she put in all at once unfortunately, but some of the plants are rather exotic and I really hope to finish it someday. :)
Part of the plan included hiding the ugly utility boxes. Originally I was going to put a couple bushes there, but that's not going to work because the lines run right underneath the ground so I can't plant anything there. I had the idea of putting in a large chunk of hedge tree and putting decorative birdhouses all over it. Maybe even including some stair steps? Definitely less cool than Lothlorien in LotR, but loosely inspired by that. ;))
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Re: The thread for people who have Green Thumbs (Gardening)

Postby Grandmama » Feb 03, 2018 11:03 am

*Waves back to Fantasia Kitty*
Do you start plants under lights in the house? I like to for tomatoes and peppers and, since I grow a lot of both, it does save money. Of course, you do have to have space and lights. My tomatoes always look more leggy than the ones from a nursery, but once they're out in the garden, it doesn't seem to matter. I have been scouring Pinterest for ways to get all the plants I start indoors outdoors sooner so that they are getting sunlight and so that they don't take so much space in the house.

I would love to see pictures of your Fairy Garden. I'm much more proficient at vegetable gardening than I am at landscaping.
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