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[personal profile] amalnahurriyeh
With the semester over, and it no longer looking like there are going to be overnight freezes (living in upstate New York: gardening is hard), I just put in some plants today. Now, I had intended to put them in last week, but discovered, when trying to dig holes in the front flowerbed that my landlord put in, that our front garden is apparently solid clay. Like, not "gee, we have some clay-y soil." Like, "gee, I can roll the scoop of dirt I just pulled out of the ground into a ball, and then sculpt a pinch-pot with it." I decided it wasn't work digging out the whole thing and replacing with topsoil, so I went out and bought pots and dirt to put in them, and spent my early afternoon happily digging.

pictures of food plants (and some non-food) )

At the moment, I'm planning on keeping all the herbs on the back step, the tomatoes on the porch edge, and putting the peppers on the front steps. We get morning light in the front, strong mid-day light on the back step, but not for very many hours (it's shady in the morning, and gets shaded pretty fast in the afternoon). I'm not sure about the lettuce. Previous attempts have ended up with bitter, inedible lettuce in June, but I've moved to a cooler climate; should I position them to get less sun, or put them alongside the tomatoes up front? I'd rather get to eat them than not...
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 )
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[personal profile] genuphobia

Two of the four Earthboxes I got as a belated birthday gift. They took about an hour to put together -- not because they're hard to assemble, but because I'm incredibly weak and have to move the soil from the bag to the box in very tiny increments. The other two boxes will be assembled tomorrow.

Left = Cherokee Purple, Lucky Cross
Right = Sungold, Black Cherry (I'll have to correct the one that's drunkenly leaning off to one side).

Left to plant: Opalka, Nepal, Sudduth's Brandywine

Crossposted from


Apr. 21st, 2011 07:59 pm
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[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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