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I went to a garden event recently and there were a few signs with some tips to create a garden for those with (mostly) visual impairments which I thought was fascinating. I wanted to share some of those tips:

-A level, firm surface provides good traction for walkers and wheelchairs. Strong changes in texture at the edges of a pathway help people with visual impairments detect that path's boundaries.

-Gardeners with some visual impairment can see plants with bright, contrasting colors and textures. Plantings of different heights encourage active looking - visitors will see details as well as carpets of color.

-Gardeners with visual impairments can stay on the path by following the sound of crunchy gravel. The sound of wind chimes placed at gates or entrances can also help orient gardeners.

-Soft, felted, or waxy leaves appeal to the sense of touch. Plants like soft lamb's ears and spiky twisted myrtle can be planted in the same garden to create interesting textural contrasts. Some herbs, like pineapple sage and lemon verbena, release their scents when touched. Textured surfaces like railings or brick corners on a path can guide visually impaired gardeners.
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[personal profile] norfolkian2017-07-16 02:20 pm

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Following on from my last garden update, here's a picture of my small front garden with more flowers:

I also have a small back garden with two raised beds which I use to grow vegetables. I'd had some terrible problems with slugs and birds eating stuff, early in the season, but I bought some netting which seems to have helped. To be honest, though, I feel like I've neglected my back garden a bit as I've been concentrating more on the front garden and have not had much time lately. So, it was a bit of a surprise when I thought I'd better go out there and start harvesting some stuff, and this was my haul!

July Garden update


The beans are slowing down, boo. We've gotten a gallon so far, and today, just a handful. There's still more still growing, so hopefully we'll get at least another quart before they fade completely.

More! )
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[personal profile] robby2017-06-20 05:59 pm

On Garden Pollinators

 Over the years, I've noticed that my garden has a range of different pollinators. Sure, the European honey bees do show up, but it's for the big events, like almond or lemon trees in blossom. Less glamorous pollinators, like native bumble bees and various flies do the everyday pollination of my squash, eggplant and plum trees. 

Here's a link to an article that describes the connection between the honey bee and modern agriculture, and points out that in a thriving diverse ecosystem (like our gardens) we still can rely on the more natural range of pollinators.


State of the Garden, June Edition

So much rain means lots of growth. Unfortunately, it also means things bloom, but no pollinators are around to fertilize them, because of the rain. Here's hoping at least a week of no rain every day will help in that case.


The Heirloom tomato Indigo Rose has at least a dozen tomatoes in various sizes now. The Omar's Lebanese has a few tiny ones started.

More! )
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[personal profile] tielan2017-06-08 09:09 am

heading for winter in Sydney

Winter planting got slightly derailed by my acquisition of a six-week job. And the late autumn plantings got disrupted by the new fence we’re putting in between our back neighbours and ourselves. As a result, all my seedlings are languishing in seedling pots too small for them, and I had to pull up the otherwise-growing-beautifully sweet potato.

pics of the garden )

I’ll probably need to do a separate post for the pumpkin harvest in the next couple of weeks… :)

Garden Check-In

How is your garden going so far? Is it looking great? Is the weather fighting you or working with you?
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[personal profile] tielan2017-05-15 08:05 am

last gasp harvest

Report from a late summer garden (in the southern hemisphere):

Harvest and planting for winter.

My area in Australia is mild enough that cool-weather leafy greens do pretty well over winter, so long as you protect them from frost.

I know most of you equatorially-north folks are just getting into planting times for your gardens - what do you plan to grow this year (and how's that coming along), and is there anything new you're going to try this growing season?

Speaking for myself, I'm trying to grow: cabbage, cauliflower, bok-choy, raab broccoli (I've never had luck with regular broccoli), rocket, brussel sprouts, onions (both the ones you use the leaf stalk and the ones you store the bulb), carrots, parsnips, sugarbeet, and the usual run of beetroot (which I have finally worked out how to cook: bake in individual wrappings of foil, and then after 40 mins, put a dob of butter on top and bake for another 40 mins).
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[personal profile] 3rdragon2017-04-26 08:15 pm

Keeping track

How do you track what you have planted where, and what you want to plant where, and what you planted there last season?

As a kid I just did popsicle sticks with the name written on, but nowadays I have ambitions for crop rotation and record-keeping, and little sticks just aren't cutting it. We have a map, and a Google spreadsheet with when we planted stuff and how long it took to germinate*, but neither is an easy way to know if I should plant lettuce in this particular spot, or if kale would be a better choice this year.

*I didn't make it -- a friend of mine gave me a copy of hers, and I just put stuff in boxes.
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Heirloom Gardening

Heirloom plants are those that haven't been standardized by scientists or commercial growers, but that come from small communities and are bred manually and naturally, so they may not be uniform. They're usually defined as plant varieties that existed before the 1940's when people began looking for more uniform produce that can be farmed for a bigger yield at the expense of taste (which is why I think any supermarket vegetable advertised as "GMO free" is a misnomer, but that's a subject for another time).

A lot of heirloom strains are dying out because in a lot of places it's illegal to sell the seeds (particularly in Europe), which is a shame because even though they tend to be more varied in output they're often much more flavorful than the commercial varieties.

Does anyone here focus on heirloom vegetables? Over the last couple of years I've taken an interest in it and this year I procured a number of seeds from one of the local mennonite families. The girl said that she's glad more people have taken interest in heirloom growing in recent years. They're only labeled like "carrot" or "cabbage" so I'm really looking forward to seeing what I end up with! If so, what do you grow?

Your plant nemesis

We all have at least one. It's that plant that you try to grow and grow, but for some reason or another, it just dies or doesn't bloom or doesn't grow any vegetables.

What plant do you consider your nemesis?
[personal profile] tellezara2017-04-19 08:48 am
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Garden plans!

Hi guys! I found this comm via [site community profile] dw_news and hope you might be able to advise me.

We moved house last October. The back garden is enclosed and doesn't get a huge amount of sun. It is mostly paved with some raised beds, so we've planted some shade loving greenery. In the centre is a very sad token patch of lawn (with bald patches) measuring about 2 x 1.5m. We want to dig this out and turn it into a Zen garden - I was going to put down weed mat with sleepers on the sides and fill with white gravel. But now my husband quite likes the idea of having a small tree in the centre of this. I'm a bit iffy about this due to the small space but I don't know enough about gardening to have a proper justification for my unease.

1) Are there any good tree types for a shaded garden, that don't grow large but don't require the daily upkeep of bonsai?

2) Is 2x1.5m enough space for tree roots without them going under and distorting the paving if I plant the tree in the ground??

3) How can I have a tree but still keep the weed mat down?

Thanks for any advice you can give!

It's spring somewhere!

How is everyone's garden doing? Or, if you haven't started planting yet, what do you plan on growing in your garden?
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[personal profile] cyprinella2017-01-09 02:48 pm
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What's in YOUR seed order?

I'm still going through the catalogs to figure out my veg order but I fell down the wildflower seed rabbithole. I ended up with a large bag of native wildflower seed mix from American Meadows with which to do some Concern Citizen Tired of Looking at Non-Native Weeds gardening over some finished road construction sites in my neighborhood. Anyone else have something cool on order?
[personal profile] katertot2017-01-03 11:20 am


Hiya! Several friends of mine have moved over from livejournal and I'm hoping the communities are a little more active here than there. Judging by the date on the previous post, I'm out of luck. But it can't hurt to try. :)

I'm in central Iowa, the weather is cold, and I've recently ordered a whole bunch of seeds from rareseeds.com thanks to them matching sales for charity a few days back. I've got several garden areas, mainly a vegetable garden plus a bunch of neglected flower beds. (Thanks kids!) I'm excited to revamp at least one of them this spring, something I've been saying I'll do for a few years now. I've got zinnias, cosmos, and tomato seeds on the way, including a couple of more interesting colored zinnias.

In the meantime, hopefully the owls and hawks around here do a good job on the voles this winter, they are becoming quite a nuisance!

What are you most looking forward to this spring?


Hi. I'm Bridget and I just found this comm. I've been looking at gardening things on Pinterest and recently bought a basil plant because I want to try out an edible indoor container garden and figured a basil plant would be a good test drive. I bought a starter plant from Home Depot and bought a plant light so it's sitting on a shelf in my room.

Does anyone have any experience with an edible indoor container garden, or some sort of variation on that?

State of the garden, July edition

Technically this covers the last week of June too, but who's counting...

Back in May, I bought a catnip plant. It was subsquently transplanted into a 10" pot and left alone for a few months. This was by the end of June, and after having multiple cuttings taken from it, as well as being rubbed against several times and munched on by Aries. It had quadrupled in size.

This is that same plant as of today. It is now in a 12" pot and it has doubled in size again. Yeah.

The driveway was regraded and recycled asphalt was put down. This neccesitated repairs to the strawberry bed and the iris bed on the side, as those bricks are not mortered together (yet). The front bed along the front of the driveway also has several cracks were the small bulldozer hit it. *sigh* When I pull the irises from it, to replace the dirt, I'll have to see about potentially repairing it.

I had to thoroughly wet the driveway down while watering the front gardens before I could go smooth out the ridges and such left from the tires. Once it all compacts down, it'll be a lot smoother and weeds won't grow in it, so that's a bonus, I guess. Although, they did leave about a foot wide stretch along the strawberry bed that's bare gravel and dirt. Hrm.

More... )
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[personal profile] katemonkey2013-09-07 07:39 pm

I'm showing off this potato everywhere.

Because when you grow Salad Blue potatoes, you expect something like maybe two-three inches long, something nice to mash up and enjoy.

You do not expect this: )

Gardening Progress

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 )