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Haven't been around much, I've been too busy with regular life to really post here, but I have been working on my garden.

Temperatures have skyrocketed here over the past couple of weeks; good news for my tomatoes and peppers, not so good news for my lettuces. We were still digging out last year's potatoes when they started growing again, so we lost a ton of seedlings due to needing to dig them up ( :( ).

However, what's been the real success has been our indoor pepper plants:

More info here & image under cut )
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My garden's slowly coming along, and the vegetable patch has been bordered out into a raised bed with some soil in it (the gardeners are using the soil from the garden as they've said it's very fertile, so I suspect our only issue with it was the stones. This does mean there's a load of grass in it, but also the possibility of weeds; I'm going to be keeping an eye on how many weeds grow and if there are too many get some weed control matting). I also got a gardening catalogue through and from the advice of other people I've started to look in to companion/cooperative growing methods.

Companion Growing Question )

Overwintering Crops and Seed Sharing )

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] gardening
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[personal profile] eien_herrison
Hi everyone, I've been nosing around this community for a few days and I thought it'd be good to introduce myself. I live in South-East England, hardiness zone 8 bordering on 9, AHS heat zone 2, and about 600mm of rain annually. I'm not that good a gardener as most of my problems come from forgetting to water plants, but I'm willing to give growing some of my own fruit and veg a go.

Currently my garden (in a house with my parents and fiancé) is in a state of, well, not disrepair but it's being completely redone with some nice decking and a ton of plants that I've never seen before. I've been allocated a section (3m by 3.5m) of the garden for a vegetable patch, and some space on the decking for some patio plants. I'm planning on growing tomatoes, lettuce, beetroot, peppers, carrots and potatoes in the veg patch; raddishes and hopefully some mixed salad leaves in containers in the kitchen; and blueberries, strawberries and raspberries on the decking.

I will say this about me: I'm interested in growing foods that not only taste nice, but look good and/or unusual )

Although I do have a couple of questions )
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[personal profile] teapot_rabbit
Hello all! Seeing other people's photos has made me even more impatient for my seeds to sprout and my seedlings to get big enough for transplant. The recent warm weather isn't helping either...

So, I'm in the California Bay Area; USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 9a/9b, Sunset Zone 15. The weather this year was really weird - dry over the winter and then several huge rainstorms just when I'd usually start planting (it was so wet my peas - sugar snap and snow - rotted in the ground. That has never happened to me before.) As a result, I feel like I'm behind in getting my garden started.

I mostly grow vegetables at the moment, and I have a rather cottage-garden sensibility when comes to landscaping and flowers. I love roses, but since I'm renting at the moment, I can't really indulge myself there.

Photos thisaway. )

Peppers!

Jul. 16th, 2010 10:59 am
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I have a stunted pepper plant. I think I may have done the damage by waiting too long to get it in the ground (I left on a 2 week vacation the same day I got the seedlings, which were about 4-5" high at that point, and then once I got back didn't get them in the ground for at least another week.) The plant is about 8" high at the moment, and doesn't seem to have grown in over a month, while it's sibling (about 1 1/2 ft away) is twice the size and already has a pepper on it. I also planted it in not-so-great ground, so about two weeks ago I dug it up, loosened the dirt underneath and added some store-bought garden soil, and replanted it. It's still alive, and looks perfectly fine (minus any actual peppers), but still not growing.

If I were to dig up the plant, and put it in a pot instead of the ground, with fresh potting soil (store-bought, sadly my compost dirt is full of bugs and nasties), think there's any chance it will grow, or is it just too late? Though I'm sure I don't have anything to lose if it isn't growing anyway...

My Garden!

Jun. 8th, 2010 07:12 pm
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[personal profile] amalnahurriyeh
I'm feeling particularly proud of my garden this week, and wanted to share pictures with the interwebs. ;)

I live in Brooklyn, New York, in a neighborhood with a little space; we have a first-floor apartment with a backyard, but our whole yard is paved, and lined with little evergreen trees in raised beds. We've also got good light only on one side of the yard, moreso now that our next door neighbors put up an eight-foot fence on their side. (I'm actually fine with this, since it keeps their pit bull out of my yard, which the previous fence did not.) So mostly I do container gardening, with a few plants in the raised beds where I can squeeze them in.

I'm also a food-gardener. Er, OK, I'm a foodie who gardens because that means I get easy fresh produce. I also compost because I'm a foodie and have enviro-fascist leanings. I have no inherent love of putting things in dirt and making them grow, but it's grown on me over time. And I don't reeeeealy do much research into my gardening; mostly I throw things at dirt and if they die, sulk and curse their departed spirits.

On to the photos.

pretty growing things, occasional asking of advice from wise fellow gardeners )

I'd feel very accomplished, if it weren't for the fact that a lot of the Bangladeshi immigrants in my neighborhood actually garden so hard-core that their front yards are full of carefully arranged furrows of okra and peppers and eggplants. I am a rank amateur compared to my neighbors.
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[personal profile] bluemeridian
Howdy! Gardening season is indeed upon us here in northwest Ohio (zone 5b, fyi) - if you're starting seeds it is anyway! This is my second year of 'serious' gardening and, like the first year, is still mostly about tripping along and trying things and being amazed when something actually grows. I've been chronicling my progress in my journal (tag: gardening) and I do have a separate gardening journal with the garden stuff cross-posted for the convenience of my very non-fandom, barely-computer-using relatives (Blues Garden).

As of right now, just over 4 weeks out from our final frost free date, I have growing in the living room tomatoes, beets, leeks, onions, peppers, basil, oregano, sage, impatiens, lettuce, and a couple of other flowers all started from seed (here's a list of all the cultivars I'm planting this year). The garden itself is still a muddy mess! I have my fingers crossed that it'll be ready to go in just over two weeks when it's time to plant the seed potatoes.

Some images from last year. )

You can find more pictures from last year at my 2009 photo album, and there's also a 2010 photo album that's just started to get underway.

(I've also been known to ramble on about canning, as that obviously ties into my gardening! Technically, it has its own separate tag - canning - and separate photo album. *g*)
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[personal profile] fatoudust
Hi, hi! It makes me happy to see this comm revving back up.

I live in the high desert in Arizona, about 6000 feet in elevation, so our climate is seriously whack. We generally get about 11" of precip a year, but this year has already been high, so perhaps we're breaking our drought? And because of our elevation, we get true winters (which this year has meant lots of snow) and our growing season is atrociously short. I'm not actually supposed to plant out until June.

So! Being a resourceful sort, we built our house to accommodate and I have a flourishing winter garden in our south-facing sunroom. Given the chance to do it again, I would expand this room significantly, add a tap and a drain, and reduce the overhangs to be more all-season for plants. As is, it's all seasons for humans (and thus cool and shady in the summer, warm and sunny in the winter) but only fall-spring-winter for the plants.

Garden pic and explanatory text. )

We cleared the backyard recently (well, had a friend knock down the construction piles of dirt with his bobcat) and planted grass seed, but I really don't need a lawn, just some sort of groundcover to prevent erosion in our hardcore winds. Something the dog can run over and that I can pull tumbleweeds out of.

Bulbs are coming up in our east side flowerbed, but the rabbits are the only ones happy about this, evidently, as it's really a bit too early for them. And we have an outdoor raised bed, but have not made plans yet for it. I also need to cut down last year's Russian sage growth so this year's can spring forth. I hope to do a butterfly garden on the southwest side, but am not sure if I can manage it or not.

Anyway, yay! Hello, gardeners!

intro

Jun. 3rd, 2009 08:35 am
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[personal profile] fatoudust
So, hi! I signed up for this group when I was still just a little lost openID, wandering in the aether without an icon to my name.

And then I forgot about it. So I remembered, and I'm back, and I'm excited to talk about the vagaries of gardening, because, lo, I need the help, y'all.

I'm in the high desert of Arizona. That puts me mostly in zone 6, because while we do get the hot weather, we're mountainous. I'm at about 6000 feet, and that's the lowest I've been in recent history. It was about 7000 when we were in NM. So we get very dramatic swings of day/night temperature. And of course, no water. We get about 17 inches average over the year, mostly concentrated in the monsoon months of late summer.

And we just built a new house. It's in a new development, piñon and juniper. Our lot was cleared for the septic tank, so we're fighting off tumbleweeds (which are nasty sharp when mature, I'm just tellin' ya.) and other seriously brutal weeds. There are natural grasses and wildflowers in the neighboring lots, but we're picking & choosing because of fire danger.

The house is passive solar, with a sunroom that has a solar floor (thicker than usual slab to serve as thermal mass) and is the most comfortable room in the house all year round. The large windows with overhangs mean we get winter but not summer sun. So the room works as a fabulous winter greenhouse, but the sun completely does not enter it during summer so we need to figure out something else for those plants then.

So! All that is to say, I have two interests. One is landscaping and the other is food gardening. We had a great winter salad garden in the sunroom, but our outdoor forays have been less successful due to various critters who deeply appreciate our provision of provisions for them. The greens are still growing in the sunroom with indirect light, though. They seem unkillable.

Outside we have the grapevine on its second year; looks like it's going to bear this year. And then there's plans for the raised bed: we intend to do tomatoes and potatoes and a Native American traditional Three Sisters garden, which is corn, beans & squash. We were told we couldn't start until June because of frost danger, so we've got an extremely short growing season. And we'll be gone for part of it.

As far as the decoratives go, we have two flowerbeds containing Russian sage and assorted bulbs. Oh, and we planted organic garlic in the flowerbeds. Hee. It's a bulb. They're doing great; rabbits ate the rest of the bulbs, pretty much.

And I've got a sack of wild bird trees from the Arbor Day Foundation that need to go in the ground.

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