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[personal profile] ketsudan

My name is Lupin and I am probably going to be spamming this page with questions sooner or later. I always seem to do that when things go wrong with my plants (I have a horrible black thumb and seem to be able to kill off cacti. Cacti.) and the garden in our backyard. Hopefully, I'll become a little more plant savvy like my dad and grandfather.

Anyways, my question is this:

I have a Senecio radicans (better known as String of Bananas) that is better off inside that outside as I discovered when I forgot to water it for a week and most of it became burnt from 90+ degree weather. It's since popped back up in the last few weeks and is doing well now that it's in my room which gets a nice amount of afternoon sun. I have been watering once a week, give or take a day depending upon work and if I remember.

However, in its pot, along the top of the soil, is a bunch of fuzzy patches of white mold.

I know a few techniques for getting rid of mold, but I've also been told you can leave it alone, and if you want to prevent it, don't water it so much.

What do you guys think I should do? With my black thumb, if I tend to leave plants alone, they do better :P


It has many burned/shriveled leaves on its branches, and a lot of healthy green ones. Should I pull the dead ones off or will they fall off on their own?
eien_herrison: Kate Gatewood, a sim from Cresdale, looking out across a street (kate gatewood)
[personal profile] eien_herrison
Hi everyone,

I've been relatively busy in my garden and have a lot of things planted up both inside and outside, and am starting to see the first shoots of various plants.

Description of problem + picture )

I would really like to know what this is, where it's come from (if possible as I suspect the bark might be the culprit), and how to get rid of them (ideally with as little harm to anything else, especially as my cat has taken to eating some of the plants we've got). Thanks for your help :)

Edit: I'm in SE England, just on the outskirts of London city.

Edit 2: They're thrips.
eien_herrison: Adam and Iris, two sims from Cresdale, dressed in hiking gear and kissing (Default)
[personal profile] eien_herrison
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 [ profile] gardening
iamshadow: Still from Iron Man of Tony Stark blacksmithing. (Hamlet Doctor)
[personal profile] iamshadow
Things I know
- it's early spring.
- the flowers start out midblue and fade over time to almost white
- it's probably a bulb or similar, since all my jonquils, snowdrops, daffodils and irises are coming out now too.

Speaking of irises, anyone able to pin down what one in particular I have? It is from a root that looks rather like ginger, not a bulb. The leaves are very flat, point straight up, and are shaped rather like knifeblades.

eien_herrison: Adam and Iris, two sims from Cresdale, dressed in hiking gear and kissing (alex strand)
[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 )
kake: The word "kake" written in white fixed-font on a black background. (Default)
[personal profile] kake

Further to my previous post, I have another batch of plants that I hope someone will be able to help me identify.

Description follows.
[IMAGE: A plant (no flowers) in a pot with long green leaves. Some of the leaves towards the top are a pale reddish colour, while others are yellowed and dead at the ends. There is moss growing on the stones that have been used to cover the soil in the pot.]

Bonus questions! Should I worry about the reddish leaves? Should I take the yellowing ones off? Are the reddish ones in fact on their way to becoming yellow ones? Should I get rid of the moss, or will the plant happily coexist with it?

More under the cut. )

Does anyone recognise any of these? As previously mentioned, I live in London, UK, if that helps. I would really appreciate any advice!

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[personal profile] kake

I bought a house, and it came with a (well-maintained) garden attached. I don't know what any of the plants are, so I took some photos and am hoping people can help me identify them. (They're all ornamental. I have never grown anything non-edible before, except a geranium which has yet to produce more than one flower.)

Description follows.
[IMAGE: Plant in glazed green ceramic pot with long non-serrated leaves and flowers mostly withered. There's one flower left, white and fuchsia, hiding just under the rim of the pot.]
Five more under the cut. )

Does anyone recognise any of these? I live in London, UK, if that helps.

amadi: A stylized photo of two calla lily flowers (Calla Lily)
[personal profile] amadi
Does anybody know anything about growing roses from bare starters? Costco is selling rose starters, which look like plain wood roots with nothing green, no blossoms, nothing, but apparently if you plant them, they take root and they grow. They're not high priced and are probably nothing special but the price is such that it's worth the risk to give it a try.

Has anyone ever done this or have basic info about what sorts of soil conditions, temperature concerns, feeding/fertilizing issues and whatnot I'd need to know before jumping into planting one of these starters and calling myself a rose grower?


Apr. 21st, 2011 07:59 pm
greenwitch: (Ivy)
[personal profile] greenwitch
Just got 3 EarthBoxes! Any advice?

My tomato seedlings failed (started them too early when we had a warm run back in February, followed by a dismal March and April), but I've got snap beans ready to go and might pick up some strawberries. I've seen rumors on the internets that pumpkins can be grown in EarthBoxes, but I've never grown them at all before so I don't know how they'd do (the ones I have are small, for cooking.)

ETA: Tag request for "container gardening" or "containers"?
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[personal profile] miss_s_b
I live in Yorkshire in the UK, and I have a tiny garden full of containers, window boxes and hanging baskets. I mostly like to grow food, and as such I wanted to ask a question. I have had a reasonable amount of success with strawberries this year - I bought Albion and they are still fruiting and have produced lots of runners, and I also have some tiny wild strawberries which my wife brought back from his dad's garden in Devon - and I love them so much I was thinking of getting some more. The thing is, space is at an extreme premium. So... I was considering these.

Anybody have any experience of this particular breed of strawb? Do they do what it says on the tin?
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[personal profile] fwuffydragon
Argh! My tomatoes have started to get blight!

I have pulled them all off, and will be chopping and freezing them so I can make green tomato chutney later (no time right now!).

The plants will be bagged up and taken to the tip.

What should I do with the soil? Can I add it to my garden (they were in buckets) as long as it's not in the potato bed, or should I junk that too?

Advice please!


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