[Gardening], the activity of tending and cultivating a garden, especially as a pastime.

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  • tbloxhamtbloxham Registered User regular
    I've had resounding success with my first year growing sweet red onions here in California. Already removed 15 onions, totaling about 28 lbs from the garden with 10 more still growing. They're delicious and have been no trouble at all. I guess its another lesson that here on the coast I should stick to underground veggies. Great success with carrots and radishes (I pickle them), but those have always done well. I can get 20 lbs of carrots from a 10 by 2 bed any time of year around here, they just seem to really love it.

    Tomatoes have been OK this year, despite a heavy blight spreading from one plant to the others. Didn't clear the soil well enough and should have pulled the first plant which showed any susceptibility. Got enough tomatoes for three good sized batches of salsa so far, red onions have helped there, even though my peppers have failed as ever. Only like 3 padrons, and no jalapenos at all. Beets a big flop unfortunately. Green beans are doing well, some high hopes for a good crop later.

    Still, very excited about the onions. Should have been growing them for years.

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  • CalicaCalica Registered User regular
    Hello gardening thread! I need Opinions.

    My building was originally a single-family home and now has two units, the upper (mine) and lower floors. Collectively, we are responsible for the grounds. The front yard is small and is mostly taken up by a couple of flowering shrubs and some lilies and tulips than seem content to do their own thing. The back yard is mostly deck and driveway. However, there is a smallish patch of "yard" that's mostly weeds. The lower unit occupants and their friends have trampled a path through the jungle from the driveway to the shady part of the deck (access is otherwise blocked currently by a pile of garage rafters). Today I spent half an hour pulling the biggest weeds - mostly enormous horseweed and pigweed, plus some nightshade, a few small saplings, and some other stuff I don't recognize. (I started because there was a pigweed in my way and just kind of... kept going.) I left the dandelions, most of the grass (not lawn variety; foot-tall individual plants), and a lot of something with fan-shaped leaves that grows low to the ground. I also left a decently-sized patch of nightshade that wasn't in anyone's way, because the bumblebees love it.

    I'm thinking next year it would be good to be proactive and plant some intentional ground cover, but I'm not sure what. It's not a big enough area to bother with a lawn (or a mower). What sort of stuff could a person plant that would serve as low-maintenance ground cover and tolerate being walked on occasionally? Clover?

    This is in the Midwest, in zone 5. There are shade trees/shrubs to the north and the house to the east, but the patch in question gets plenty of sunlight from the south and west. I have sun-loving container plants on the deck, and they're thriving.

    I will of course check with my downstairs neighbors before planting anything, in case either of them has allergies, etc. They shovel the driveway (because they drive more often than I do and are active earlier in the day), so I don't mind dealing with the yard.

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  • MadpoetMadpoet Registered User regular
    I have a low maintenance clover/yarrow mix lawn that I really like. It was supposed to have fescue but I killed it off.
    The place I got the seed has lots of options, including no-mow and severe drought resistance: https://ptlawnseed.com/

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  • QuidQuid I don't... what... hnnng Registered User regular
    Half our plants have outright withered and died. Can’t tell if it’s from some blight or if it’s just too hot.

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  • AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    Anyone here in USDA hardiness zone 4 ever have any luck growing watermelons? I could use some tips.

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    They need lots of sun and water. Like minimum 8 hours full sun a day, 10 is probably better. As long as they have water they don’t seem to mind heat at all. Mine get sun from first light to roughly 4:30ish and it’s been 90F+ days here in southern Ohio for a couple weeks and if anything they seem to be growing faster.

    Mine should be getting at least 8 hours, but probably not quite 10. I could try watering more often, I give my garden 2-3 inches of water once per week. Maybe I'll bump that up to 2x per week.

    How early do you start your melons? Do you start them inside or outside?

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  • SoggybiscuitSoggybiscuit At the edge of spacetime lies a path with no end.Registered User regular
    Anyone here in USDA hardiness zone 4 ever have any luck growing watermelons? I could use some tips.

    AbsoluteZero

    They need lots of sun and water. Like minimum 8 hours full sun a day, 10 is probably better. As long as they have water they don’t seem to mind heat at all. Mine get sun from first light to roughly 4:30ish and it’s been 90F+ days here in southern Ohio for a couple weeks and if anything they seem to be growing faster.

    Mine should be getting at least 8 hours, but probably not quite 10. I could try watering more often, I give my garden 2-3 inches of water once per week. Maybe I'll bump that up to 2x per week.

    How early do you start your melons? Do you start them inside or outside?

    I started mine inside, about 4 weeks before they went out. They've been in the ground since around mid May. I have 11 plants, 5 sugar baby and 6 crimson sweet. 3 plants to a hill thats about 2 ft wide and 1 ft tall. Each hill is spaced by about ~6 ft. For watering, maybe try 1 inch at a time twice a week if they are drying out. How fertile is your soil? Maybe they need some fertilizer?

    They took a long time to establish once I transplanted them as I did not give them as much water as I should have. We got some heavy rain in early June, and that helped along with mulching each hill about 2" deep with fresh cut grass. Its only the last 2 weeks where they have really started growing like crazy, and they have nearly doubled in size since then along with starting some growth of melons as well.

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  • tbloxhamtbloxham Registered User regular
    Quid wrote: »
    Half our plants have outright withered and died. Can’t tell if it’s from some blight or if it’s just too hot.

    Is it lots of different types of plants that aren't either...

    1) Secretly all cabbages (Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage etc)
    2) Secretly all nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant etc)

    If its a lot of different plants, its likely either a watering/excess heat issue, OR some kind of cutworm or caterpillar munching on their stems. I think some underground animals like gophers can do a similar thing where they eat all the underground parts of a plant.

    If its all the same type of plant, then blights are definately on the table. Look around, do you have any isolated plants of the same type which are oddly just fine? Maybe a random tomato in a different border which is OK? Thats usually a good warning sign for blights.

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  • SoggybiscuitSoggybiscuit At the edge of spacetime lies a path with no end.Registered User regular
    All my corn is bored. By corn borers, that is. I've had a massive infestation of tobacco hornworms and I've killed over 30 now. They've all met an end under my size 13 shoe. To top that off, southern Ohio has been super dry for over a month now so any tomatoes that did form during that time have blossom end rot. The only things that haven't had problems have been my squash and watermelon. I've been trying to be as pesticide free as possible, and even had problems with aphids for a few days until the ladybugs figured a feast awaited them.

    I'm going to need to invest in some biological pest control next year. Maybe we have a decent winter instead of the literal wet fart of one we had this year and that helps with some pests. I'm going to release so many parasitic wasps they will blot out the sun.

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    edited July 24
    I was very excited to see that my dill seeds germinated (same paper towel method) since I didn't have much luck planting them directly.

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  • NosfNosf Registered User regular
    Man these tomatoes are comin' in nice...is what the squirrels probably thought as they ate them. You furry little rats! You're rats with furry tails, that's all you are!

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    I got some nice shishito, banana, and jalapeño pepps harvested already and a fuckton of cherry tomatoes ready soon

  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    Home Depot had Reaper plants...I'm not going to not get one for my pepper garden.

    I'm up to like 12 plants? Pruning is going to be an adventure come fall.

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  • KamiroKamiro Registered User regular
    My pumpkin vines are taking over. One has hopped the chicken wire fence and is just spreading out along the ground. I'm letting it go cause it looks fun. But I do have to trim the ones that start encroaching on my tomato plants. No pumpkins have started growing, though.

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  • redxredx I(x)=2(x)+1 whole numbersRegistered User regular
    Looking for advice.

    So just moved into a new place in Austin, and it's got a spot for a bit of a garden. Partial shade, it's rained twice in the last month, and it's hit about 100 degrees every day for the past month.

    And it's basically August.

    Um... anything worth trying to plant at this point?

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  • WinkyWinky rRegistered User regular
    Uh oh, they're starting to breach containment. I may need to set my lights higher and get more of them:
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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    I put all latest sprouts outside and now I'm pretty sure they are not getting enough water (browning on the edges of the leafs). Even though I drowned them when they were inside/in shade.

    Good thing seeds are cheap enough that I can just keep trying.

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  • AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    I have one corn stalk that's totally plastered in what looks like either eggs or teeny tiny little black mites. There's also a lot of flys attracted to it and tiny wasps I've never seen before. Haven't been able to find anything on Google just what the heck it could be. I'm gonna hose it down with some insecticide I guess. Just hope the plant hasn't been damaged too badly.

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    redx wrote: »
    Looking for advice.

    So just moved into a new place in Austin, and it's got a spot for a bit of a garden. Partial shade, it's rained twice in the last month, and it's hit about 100 degrees every day for the past month.

    And it's basically August.

    Um... anything worth trying to plant at this point?

    No one from your area has responded, but I'm going out of a limb and say you should wait for a better season and less smoldering heat.
    I have one corn stalk that's totally plastered in what looks like either eggs or teeny tiny little black mites. There's also a lot of flys attracted to it and tiny wasps I've never seen before. Haven't been able to find anything on Google just what the heck it could be. I'm gonna hose it down with some insecticide I guess. Just hope the plant hasn't been damaged too badly.

    Green aphids? https://www.almanac.com/pest/aphids

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  • lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    I need to get around to clearing up the puts from my failed attempt at a winter garden.

    Then get that soil out and sifted through and then figure out how I want to go about the new garden plot out back.

    I need to get the raised beds, figure out soil and compost, and figure out what I'm wanting to plant.

    I've got so much wedding to do.

    But the daffodils are coming up, and some hyacinths too

  • MayabirdMayabird Pecking at the keyboardRegistered User regular
    Yeah, wait until the temperatures cool off. You could maybe till up and mulch a spot now, prepare the soil a bit, but it's way too hot to plant. Plants need a lot of water after being transplanted (before they get established) and they also need a lot of water in hot weather. Spring and fall are the times to put in plants, absolutely not summer. Austin, you're talking September at the earliest, or maybe October depending on how the months go.

    That's where I'm at in my new garden patch. I put in some plants, but the slugs got them. I'm not going to use chemicals to deal with the slugs when there are plenty of garter snakes around to eat them, but the garter snakes won't come to the garden without a lot of cover, which the slugs ate. I need to put in more plants to shelter the snakes to eat the slugs off the rest, but it's too damn hot now. I'm waiting for temperatures to drop to more reasonable levels, and kinda hoping that I don't get randomly murdered by the police or something before I can get some more mint species in the garden.

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    I bought an eggplant sprout today, entirely because eggplants.have crazy thorns all over their leaves and I had no idea!

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    I am having over heating issues with my home depot bucket sub soil irrigation setup so I ordered some 10gallon bags because they are supposedly better at temp control, even if that means losing the sub-soil watering system.

    10 gallons is a lot of dirt, I need to start finding free dirt to mix with good soil.

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  • SoggybiscuitSoggybiscuit At the edge of spacetime lies a path with no end.Registered User regular
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    Grandfather Ashlock tomato. Beefsteak, very large, like 1lb.

    Also, probably the most delicious tomato I have ever had.

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    Grandfather Ashlock tomato. Beefsteak, very large, like 1lb.

    Also, probably the most delicious tomato I have ever had.

    Slap some of those bad boys in some BLTs. The ultimate sandwich for enjoying what a tomato has to offer.

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  • SoggybiscuitSoggybiscuit At the edge of spacetime lies a path with no end.Registered User regular
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    Grandfather Ashlock tomato. Beefsteak, very large, like 1lb.

    Also, probably the most delicious tomato I have ever had.

    Slap some of those bad boys in some BLTs. The ultimate sandwich for enjoying what a tomato has to offer.

    I've just been eating them raw, sprinkled with a hint of kosher salt. They are so good, and I still have like 6 I need to eat.

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  • lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    It's almost spring.

    We're still in the drought from summer. The dams are only about 51% full. Normally at this time, the should be in the mid 80's.

    So I guess it's really really time for me to start looking into getting a rain water system set up before trying to get a summer garden in.

    I was really hoping to have more rain this winter.

  • AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    Aldo wrote: »
    redx wrote: »
    Looking for advice.

    So just moved into a new place in Austin, and it's got a spot for a bit of a garden. Partial shade, it's rained twice in the last month, and it's hit about 100 degrees every day for the past month.

    And it's basically August.

    Um... anything worth trying to plant at this point?

    No one from your area has responded, but I'm going out of a limb and say you should wait for a better season and less smoldering heat.
    I have one corn stalk that's totally plastered in what looks like either eggs or teeny tiny little black mites. There's also a lot of flys attracted to it and tiny wasps I've never seen before. Haven't been able to find anything on Google just what the heck it could be. I'm gonna hose it down with some insecticide I guess. Just hope the plant hasn't been damaged too badly.

    Green aphids? https://www.almanac.com/pest/aphids

    I didn't realize aphids could be dark colors, so that's probably what they were. In any case they are gone now, the pesticide knocked them out right quick and in a hurry. The plant itself seems a bit stunted though, the ears of corn are quite small too. Hopefully it bounces back and those corn ears get good and plump.

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    My wasabi and my venus fly traps both sprouted last night. I was surprised because they both seem persnickety from what I've read.

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  • AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    It appears I may have a new nemesis. This little bastard just lounging in my garden like he goddamn owns the place.

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    My defenses have held thus far, though I've seen him pen testing the chicken wire around a couple beds. I suspect he may be eating some of my lower hanging raspberries that aren't fenced in though. His coloration and relaxed demeanor compared to other bunnies in the neighborhood are making me wonder if he might be an escaped pet, but he does run if you get close enough, and he doesn't have the floppy ears I see on most pet bunnies. The wife wants to catch him and make him a pet, though I don't know how wise that is. I mostly just want to keep him from eating my garden. How well does that bunny repellent powder at the big box stores work?

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  • CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    Anyone done anything interesting with broccoli leaves? We've got a freaking prehistoric jungle of them to deal with. Not much actual broccoli head, but the leaves are huge. Might try making broccoli chips.

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  • SimpsoniaSimpsonia Registered User regular
    Corvus wrote: »
    Anyone done anything interesting with broccoli leaves? We've got a freaking prehistoric jungle of them to deal with. Not much actual broccoli head, but the leaves are huge. Might try making broccoli chips.

    Maybe try making a pesto with them, or using them in the place of other greens like collard or kale (sauted, poached, stir fried etc).

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  • SoggybiscuitSoggybiscuit At the edge of spacetime lies a path with no end.Registered User regular
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    Grandfather Ashlock tomato. Beefsteak, very large, like 1lb.

    Also, probably the most delicious tomato I have ever had.

    Slap some of those bad boys in some BLTs. The ultimate sandwich for enjoying what a tomato has to offer.

    So I made BLTs for my wife and I yesterday, and they were amazing.

    Today, I took it up a level:

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    Bacon cheeseburgers with Grandfather Ashlock tomatoes with hydroponic lettuce. Just mayo, american cheese.

    Best damned hamburger I've ever had. It was sublime.

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  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    We did kind of a test plot this year, to see what would grow. About 18'x20'. We put in a couple kinds of cucumbers, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, lima beans, pumpkins, watermelon, strawberries, and corn.

    The answer is apparently "everything." This is about 3 days worth, we've been getting this much every 3 days for about a month now. The corn is close, there are 2 watermelons and 4 pumpkins thriving too.

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  • MayabirdMayabird Pecking at the keyboardRegistered User regular
    Step 2: pickles and canned tomatoes/salsa?

  • WinkyWinky rRegistered User regular
    I definitely vote for capturing that bunny and forcing him to love you.

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  • TheBlackWindTheBlackWind Registered User regular
    I built up a bunch of cheap raised beds at our new house, and had a lot of early success, but lately my poor plants have been beset by EVERYTHING.

    I wonder if using a bunch of bagged soil to fill them increased my risk of overwintered bugs, or if I should just expect a fight every year.

    Just in the bug department I’ve got:

    -squash bugs
    -cucumber beetles
    -squash borers
    -buffalo treehoppers
    -cabbageworms
    -tomato fruit worms

    Some of it was just being dumb, but I’m about to give up on Neem oil and go nuclear.

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  • SoggybiscuitSoggybiscuit At the edge of spacetime lies a path with no end.Registered User regular
    I built up a bunch of cheap raised beds at our new house, and had a lot of early success, but lately my poor plants have been beset by EVERYTHING.

    I wonder if using a bunch of bagged soil to fill them increased my risk of overwintered bugs, or if I should just expect a fight every year.

    Just in the bug department I’ve got:

    -squash bugs
    -cucumber beetles
    -squash borers
    -buffalo treehoppers
    -cabbageworms
    -tomato fruit worms

    Some of it was just being dumb, but I’m about to give up on Neem oil and go nuclear.

    Always expect a fight. My corn was ruined by borers, my beans were ruined because we tried to start them inside and they never thrived after that, and my tomatoes had massive infestation of tobacco hornworms.

    We’ve had a terrible drought this year in southern Ohio as well.

    I’m trying to avoid using pesticides because I like the beneficial stuff - I’ve had many different bee species pollinating my squash and melons. Next year Im releasing as many different possible species of parasitic wasps so they can do the dirty work for me.

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    edited August 12
    These mushrooms popped up in my garden this morning:
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    anyone know what they are and how doomed I am?

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  • AntoshkaAntoshka Miauen Oil Change LazarusRegistered User regular
    edited August 18
    Looking for some advice from someone who knows about Kaffir Lime ( or just Lime) trees:
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    This is my Kaffir Lime tree - it's currently Winter, heading to spring, and you may notice something about this tree - roughly one third of it consists of what I want from the tree (delicious, delicious leaves) and two thirds consists of it trying to kill everything in its vague area, via impalement. Anyone have any tips on how to convince the tree to change these ratios? I need to weed under it ( difficult, because it penetrates all gloves and sleeves I throw at it), but I'm not sure why it hates all other life with quite the intensity it does.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus premium Registered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    These mushrooms popped up in my garden this morning:
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    anyone know what they are and how doomed I am?

    You got slugs.

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