Partially because everybody has been complaining about the same old threads being done over and over again, and also because I am interested in this topic I give you: Gardening. Any kind of growing plants is fine. Here's my story (bear with me, I hit the submit button early by accident):
I moved into a really nice house right on a lake in NJ after I got out of college. As last spring came, I decided I would try some gardening. The soil where I live is really rich, so I figured it wouldn't be too hard. I rototilled the soil and planted a bunch of things that I would use (herbs, lettuce, a couple watermelons for the hell of it, and some hot peppers). Everything grew great, until the animals found it.
So then I decided to erect (haha) a fence, which was about 3 feet high. This was a pretty feeble attempt, and it didn't really do anything. However, once fall came I still had two big pepper plants that I wanted to keep, so I transplanted them into pots and brought them inside. They lived through the winter, and one of them had a dried up pepper on it that had been there for months. I picked it the other day, and inside was about 50 dry pepper seeds. I planted them, and now I have new pepper plants coming up.
What are your experiences with gardening? Anybody got any tips?
I'm thinking about starting a rooftop garden this year, that way the groundhogs, deer, and rabbits can't eat all my vegetables. Except for the flying deer, but there's really nothing you can do about them.
Wait, that sounded all wrong.
the only plant that has survived really well on my balcony is the chilli plant. Which is just as well, because it's the most important one
Then we moved to Arizona where nothing grows.
Yeah, it probably takes more water than its worth. Are you even allowed to water your garden / plants in Arizona? I thought they had strict laws on that stuff due to water shortages.
Also, there is one good thing about being in a hot dry climate - you can grow citrus trees, like lemons and limes and stuff. As long as you water them enough (which might not be possible), they'll love it there. Plus, you can always use lemons and limes.
I'll occasionaly catch a fruit fly and feed one but they seem to do just fine on their own. Mainly they just need to be watered regularly because they need waterlogged soil to thrive and it's best to use distilled water as the minerals in tap or even regular bottled water can damage or kill them. I don't have room for a garden anywhere, I live in a studio so only what I can grow on my windowsill that faces west.
Plants at work is awesome.
Thats cool. You could probably get window planters that hang off the window and put in tomatoes or something like that.
Tomatoes wouldn't work with the limited exposure and relatively cool weather we get in Seattle. You can grow tomatoes here but it needs to be a plot that gets exposure to the sun throughout the day I would imagine.
This is a pretty awesome idea. I was thinking about getting some grape vines and letting them grow wild and making my own wine.
I wanted to do that but grapes won't grow very well in this part of Washington. If I was out east it'd be easy.
Also Druhim want to get Indian food today?
No monies. Next week?
t Wise_a: there are alot of repellants you can purchase to keep critters out of your garden, from sprays to shotguns. I'd say a plastic Coyote or a pet dog that won't dig your garden up would be enough to keep even the deer out.
i was thinking of making a little greenhouse to grow herbs like basil and thyme just for funit's the green in me that has the interest
"If you're going to play tiddly winks, play it with man hole covers."
- John McCallum
Not even 2 pages before someone did it.
I accidentally grew bells last year.
Was doing a mini-compost experiment in an old but very large planter in the backyard. Apparently, being the dunderfuck that I am, a bell pepper core got in the mix.
Bam! Bells all over the place.
I let them grow until they started to get an orange sheen, and good gawd, they were delicious. So this year I have two planters of bells and one of anaheims. My biggest hope is they'll cross-pollinate. If last year is any indication, you don't really have to do a goddamn thing to get good bells in the South. I poured water on them, and that's about it.
We also have grapes, tomatoes, peas and canteloupes growing. My biggest fear is the heat will destroy the peas at some point, so I dunno what to do there. The canteloupes are doing much better now that I found the giant fucking rogue snail who was eating the shoots and pitched his sorry ass over the fence. On top of all that, we have pumpkins and a new raspberry bush that my daughter and I just planted last weekend.
Did I mention my love for this thread? Because it rocks.
My yard is filled with glass shards and has less than an inch of topsoil.
I have a porch overlooking a busy street.
It's... uh, exciting.
Remove the glass, put the yoke on the oxen. Perchance you will till the soil and all will be well.
I WAS DOING WHAT I THOUGHT WAS BEST FOR US!
US??! It was always about your needs and your wang. Sinner.
To the washington guys - you could always grow pinot noir or gamay or something thats known to grow well in Washington. They are used to cooler climates, and as long as you don't have anything blocking the sun (when its actually out) they should do just fine. Washington is getting well known for its world class pinot noirs.
Just once, I would like to be the dom. I'd even let you choose the safe word.