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Blood_Axis
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008, 01:27 PM
Bump! :tree1:

Gather round, all you folkish gardeners, you... :P

Share information about your gardening projects, post pics, give advice, whatever you may!

I...personally dream of my own garden one day. So far I have been living in a small, sun-less appartment so I have been restricted to container gardening of whatever can survive in my home and small balcony.

As soon as I get home I will post you a pic of my blooming kalanchoe -which is my pride & joy! :D :bub


P.S. this thread made me realize how I miss Skara Brae. :~( She always had awsome gardening projects going -as well as her very own landvaettir (http://www.blutundboden.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1199)...

http://www.free-images.org.uk/garden/garden-elf.jpg

:D

Blood_Axis
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008, 06:49 PM
Here's my kalanchoe.

I brought it inside now because of the snow.

I had been neglecting it for months, and it was just suddenly that I realized one day that not only it's grown three times it's original size, but that it's also blooming!! :D

Edenkoben
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008, 10:10 PM
My sage has weathered even our harsh Wisconsin winter; the rabbits have abandoned eating the ornamental bushes in favor of it.

This summer I hope to grow some tomatoes, green peppers (capsicums) and carrots. This is a bit of a challenge for me because there are many, many deer and rabbits near my house and they'd much rather have me 'cook' for them than to forage for themselves.

As there is still half a meter of snow on the ground, I'll have to content myself with dreaming for a few more weeks. And then I hope to have some fotos later in the season.

Grimsteinr
Thursday, May 8th, 2008, 02:28 PM
The old spot was down beside the garage. i had turned over the sod to make a small garden. But i had to continually fight the grass that kept filling the rows.

So last Fall DSW Sharon wanted me to clean out the berry garden, up beside the side deck. It was all rasberries and black berries. But it had become overgrown with wild brambles that didnot bear anything.

So I cleaned it out. That left us a little 25' x 25' spot. I tilled it up with the
tiller, a month ago. Saturday and Sunday we planted it. It's just a small spot.

I first planted two big rhubarb plants, two Sage plants and 2 Rosemary plants.
We then planted 6 Roma tomato plants, 8 various sweet pepper plants, 9 kohlrabi plkants, a row of bush beans, 2 rows of sweet corn and two hills of cucumbers. And then........I ran out of room. So that's it for this year.
Just a few nice fresh vegetables, for the table.
Oh, in the last 24 hours we have had 1 1/2" of rain.
It has a good start.

Maccuswæl
Friday, May 9th, 2008, 08:33 PM
I've been trying to get this to thrive for about three years. This is it's first bloom, which happened and was over so quick I nearly didn't get to see it. A late (and hard) frost nearly killed it last year and I despaired it for gone, but it sprouted leaves this year, although no blooms. It's a "saucer magnolia", and it has these pinkish white flowers that are totally awesome, though they don't bloom for very long. It should be about thirty feet tall and round when it matures. I've got some boxwoods that I'm working on too, but they're not nearly as interesting. My Grandfather was said to be able to make anything grow, I wish I had his touch...

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j91/montismo/mytree.jpg

Gorm the Old
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008, 06:33 PM
I've got my fountain playing again, with a new and more powerful pump. I'm planning to replace my ailing rhododendrons with azaleas which really flourish around here. My red azaleas are in full bloom and look both healthy and lovely. The white azalea is just coming out and my orange azalea is in bud.

My day-lilies have spread so that I may have to transplant some of them before they invade the neighbors' parking area. The lies-of-the valley are invading the ground cover in areas where they've never grown before. I guess that our unusually wet Spring has been a real boon to them. The white Rosa multifloras are getting tangled up in the rail fence as usual.

I've bought four solar post lamps to set up along the rail fence which borders the driveway. I may have to omit one of them though, as I don't think that it'll get enough sunshine to charge the battery. [I'd been thinking of suspending an electric light over it to charge the battery during the day and turning it off at night. ;) ]

John McCormack recorded a song in the 1920's which I always recall when I look out over my garden from my front porch: "Thank God for a Garden" .

Papa Koos
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008, 08:15 PM
So far our "Victory Garden" has chard, kale, squash (yellow & zucinni), onions, shallots, garlic, bell peppers (red, yellow, and green), banana peppers, jalepeños, two types of poles beans, Roma tomatoes, and herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme [hey that's catchy:D ] and also cilantro and basil). We started too late to have potatoes, beets, and carrots.

My neighbour provides us with goats milk and yard eggs.

I can think of few deeper satisfactions than growing your own vetatables and knowing that zero chemicals taint them and nobodies grubby little hands have touched them other than ours.

Once I resume brewing ale, I'll not have to leave home ever again ~ except for frivolities ;)

Gorm the Old
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008, 03:08 AM
Hey, Grimsteinr, 25' X 25' is 625 square feet. That's not a bad size for a garden. From your description, it appears that you're making very efficient use of the space you have.

My flower garden is triangular and only about 500 square feet, but, small as it is, it's beautiful to behold when everything is in bloom. It used to be my front yard , where decades of effort never made any grass grow for more than 3 weeks.

I took everyone's advice and planted every recommended type of grass year after frustrating year. Well, grass won't grow there, but ground cover plants like Euonymus do and, once they were established, flowering bushes took hold and Voila ! I have a garden.

Good luck with your veggies. You can never buy anything half as tasty as fresh home-grown vegetables.

Adaleiz
Sunday, June 14th, 2009, 10:34 PM
I've been trying to get this to thrive for about three years. This is it's first bloom, which happened and was over so quick I nearly didn't get to see it. A late (and hard) frost nearly killed it last year and I despaired it for gone, but it sprouted leaves this year, although no blooms. It's a "saucer magnolia", and it has these pinkish white flowers that are totally awesome, though they don't bloom for very long. It should be about thirty feet tall and round when it matures. I've got some boxwoods that I'm working on too, but they're not nearly as interesting. My Grandfather was said to be able to make anything grow, I wish I had his touch...


You've got what we southerners call a 'Mary Jane Magnolia' !
Slow to root and start but give her a few years and a little tree fertilizer in the autumn and she'll grow in time. A beautiful tree if not crowded; you've chosen an excellent location.

theTasmanian
Sunday, May 16th, 2010, 07:22 AM
after having a dig around in "my"(really its a family garden) Garden i thought i would post some picture's and this seemed the best thread to put them in ;)

this is late after noon(3.45pm) so the sun's behind the house mostly
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g226/theMISSIONARY_257/IMG_0668.jpg

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g226/theMISSIONARY_257/IMG_0670.jpg

the Cabbage moths are giving me a head ache!
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g226/theMISSIONARY_257/IMG_0669.jpg

Carrots are ready but unless we need them right away i leave them in to stay freesh:D
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g226/theMISSIONARY_257/IMG_0672.jpg

I have Carrots ,Broccoli ,Brussel sprouts ,radish ,baby cauliflower and i planted Broad beans today

we were late planting Corn this years so it was all a loss but we had some beans in that really paid off :thumbup

my Wife hates plants but my mother(when she is able) and i are getting the kids into the Garden so that's a big plus IMHO

SpearBrave
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010, 12:09 PM
Tasmanian, that looks pretty good.

What do you do about the cabbage moths?
I have tried several things over the years with little success. Someone told me to make a tea with green tobacco leaves, I have not tried it yet but soon will when they get bad.

theTasmanian
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010, 02:26 PM
Been thinking of spraying the lot:| but to be honest i dont really like using chemicals much

I've been told that growing Garlic next to them will keep them away,but i have yet to try it and i don't use that much garlic

Grimsteinr
Thursday, May 20th, 2010, 07:39 PM
I've always heard that Marigolds helped to keep the bugs away from the good plants, and rabbits don't like them too.

In this year's Planting, I put in 25 Asparagus crowns, in a row & a half. We love Asparagus. It'll be the 3rd year before we can harvest it though.....
Long term project, planted. It's all up a bit.
We also have the 8 tomato plants again, Romas and Cherry tomatoes, a couple of green peppers. We added another rhubarb plant. 3 will give us a bit more for a good cobbler or pie or two. I put in a few potatoes, as well.
DSW Sharon bought 18 Roma lettuce plants, and I set them all.

Actually our little garden is surrounded with Flowers. There are 2 huge beds of bearded Irises, blue ones and purple & white bicolors, as well as bunches of several colors of peonies. At one corner is a variegated flowering Almond bush. At another corner, next to the path is a couple miniature rose bushes.
In a band along one side, we added a dozen different colored huge Irises, many are bicolors.
But, I think we have had about nine days in a row with measureable rain. And there'll be more tonight and all day Friday. The weeds are getting ahead of me already.;)

Grimsteinr
Thursday, May 20th, 2010, 07:48 PM
I'm sorry, that was supposed to be Romaine lettuce. We don't like iceberg lettuce.Romaine is crunchier than leaf lettuce. So we put out Romaine and endive.

prochronism
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010, 08:09 PM
We are moving into our first home sometime this week, hopefully. (The previous owner is having some issues about leaving, so it is taking forever!). Anyway, I am very excited about setting up my first garden. My mother is an amazing gardener, and I can learn a lot from her. She had a very large garden when I was a baby, and in fact, made her own baby food for me, so I would like to do the same for my future kids.

However, right now, I don't know anything about gardening, so I have a long way to go. Because of how late it is in the season already, I don't have much of a plan for doing anything this season, since we are moving in now, but I was wondering if I could get a few things going. I was trying to think of the most useful plants that I should start with, and see if it is too late to plant them.

Also, I have taken first-year chemistry, and am starting organic chemistry next semester, so I was hoping to find some threads on here that would show me how to get into going a bit further with plants, and doing extracts, etc. If anybody here makes their own medicines, etc, from plants, I'd love a few tips and hints on the basics.

I'd love to get self-sufficient, or as close to it as possible, and I'm hoping having some good plant knowledge, and basic chemistry skills, might help. But, that means I have a lot to learn!

SpearBrave
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010, 09:03 PM
There are lots of mid and late season veggies you can grow depending on where you live. I plant salad greens about every two weeks and in the fall I plant my second wave of peas,turnips,beets, and of course cabbage. Other root crops such as carrots have done well for me in a late season planting.

Now if you have time with moving and all. You can still plant green beans, corn, and tomatoes if you hurry.

Good luck:thumbup

Ediruc
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010, 12:17 AM
I have a small patch of soil in my backyard. I'm planning on planting tomatoes and peppers. I have the soil ready. Before I start planting, does anyone else have suggestions to what I should plant? I think after I get the tomatoes and peppers planted I'll have some space left for a few more plants.

SpearBrave
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010, 12:38 AM
cabbages, pounds per area cabbages produce the most food.;)

Here is my short list of things to grow you can add things you would like to grow in the future.

http://forums.skadi.net/showthread.php?t=133478

Thyriusz
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010, 01:11 AM
Oh, how i envy you all. :(
I would love to have my own garden with some fruits and vegetables.

However my Grandparents grew strawberries in their garden for some years, and even though these little redlings are not my favourite fruit - homegrown food is just the best.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/Erdbeeren-WJP-1.jpg

They also had a cherry and a plum tree, and still have a pear and an apple tree.
My Grandmother still makes Apfelmus.:)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cf/Pears.jpg
http://www.pflanzenschleuder.de/bilder/detail/b014936_Pflaume_The_Czar_1.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/15/Red_Apple.jpg
http://www.eis-dickhut.de/Grafiken/Kirsche3.jpg

Stefan
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010, 09:14 PM
I live in Hell (Arizona). It is over 100 F for at least 5 months a year. I hate the sun. So I am growing a forest for shade. My yard is 1.25 acres, and I have planted about 50 trees. About 30 in a wash, to take advantage of the water, when it flows.
I planted 4 types of oak, several cottonwoods, Ash, Eucalyptus, pine, elm, olive, and more. many struggle with the heat and alkali soil and hard water.
Those of you who live in cooler areas that get rain are lucky.
I also own several land in a cooler part of the state. I will build a rain water collection system, and get some Aspen, spruce and cottonwoods growing there.

Hersir
Saturday, July 16th, 2011, 09:17 PM
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Tomatoes, rucula, chives, chinese chives (taste like garlic), baby leaf salad, pepper mynt and wild strawberry (Markjordbær). Gonna plant some more on monday, hope they will get finished this year, since I am a bit late. The one in the drinking glass is a offshot from a house plant.

Sorry for bad picture quality, took it with my cellphone.

Godwinson
Saturday, July 16th, 2011, 10:56 PM
We're growing all of the following in our garden ...

Potatoes, Broccoli, Cauliflowers, Runner Beans, French Beans, Broad Beans, Leeks, Tomatoes, Courgettes, Beetroot, Purple Sprouting, Strawberries, Blackberries, Logan Berries and several types of herbs (Parsley, Chives, Rosemary, Thyme).

... and then there's a plum tree that has recently been planted but hasn't produced anything yet and a garlic plant that we just got earlier today. I reckon we'll be about done then because there isn't much space left and I can't think of much else we need.

Not a bad effort overall, seeing how we started from scratch just over 2 years ago :)

Hersir
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011, 12:11 PM
Just ate my first homegrown tomato, it was pretty small but the taste was really good:)

Schneider
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011, 12:21 PM
We are picking the last of the sweet corn today. Will will freeze most of it for this winter.

Hersir
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011, 02:39 PM
I made peppermint tea with the leaves of my plant. I left some leaves back, I hope it wont die so I can harvest more leaves. I didn't get that much tea from just one plant, so if it tastes good I'll plant more next year. Sorry for the bad image quality, I used my cellphone. I read that peppermint spreads out easily, maybe I can just place the plant in a much larger pot.

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raedwald
Thursday, November 24th, 2011, 06:52 PM
I love gardening, but my main interest is growing mistletoe, i now have it on many trees in my garden, and elsewhere, in Norfolk, East Anglia...

raedwald
Saturday, November 26th, 2011, 05:39 PM
Have increased my garden over the last few years, growing many herbs, poison plants, veg, and fruit trees....

SpearBrave
Saturday, November 26th, 2011, 10:17 PM
Have increased my garden over the last few years, growing many herbs, poison plants, veg, and fruit trees....

Why would you grow "poisen plants" I'm just curious, I usually just call those weeds?

Northumbria
Friday, January 6th, 2012, 03:34 PM
I love gardening, but my main interest is growing mistletoe, i now have it on many trees in my garden, and elsewhere, in Norfolk, East Anglia...

We don't seem to get as much of that here in west England, I think it prefers continental climates.
We get lots of Holly and Yew in the woods besides the rivers instead. I wouldn't mind replacing the Hawthorn hedge at the back of my property with holly. The old hedge has been there since I moved in a few years ago and hasn't been managed for about 40 years and so has tried to grow into trees. It's full of gaps and is slowly dying and overrun with ivy so I want to replace it with some nice, impenetrable holly.

In spring I'm going to put in a few more trees, mostly fruit trees. I already have a few cherry trees and some willows and a yew which was here before I was.

I put in some Rhubarb rhizomes a few days ago and my strawberry plants survived the winter OK. I have Garden Strawberries and Woodland Strawberry plants (the latter being the native British one) - the difference in growth is striking. The Wood strawberry plant is drastically smaller than the garden strawberry ones.

There's also a awkward patch of sand in the shade which I bravely tried to get crops to grow on - Turnips and Leeks to try and improve the soil. It's so bad the grass won't even grow there.
It's a failure so I'm going to get some topsoil from the good areas of my land and seed it with creeping red fescue and white clover. It can be grazing land.

I sold the chickens last year, they were to make money but then everyone started getting them and so I couldn't sell them to idiots in the suburbs for £7 per head any more. :P Eggs are cheaper for me to get from a farm shop, they're still free-range too, the price of corn rocketed.

I might plant some potatoes too, most of my property is a good loam. It just has a bad area of soil at the top and clay at a small piece near the bottom of the hill.

Hersir
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012, 03:57 PM
Garden cress (Lepidium sativum). Very easy to grow and grows really quick. Karse in Norwegian

Planted 8th of march
http://i.imgur.com/Ohk4wh.jpg

The other 3 pots have ruccola, also very easy to grow.

13th of march
http://i.imgur.com/lgVRbh.jpg

14th of march
http://i.imgur.com/LOMz0h.jpg



Pot marigold (calendula officinalis). "Ringblomst".
Edible flower.

http://i.imgur.com/ed4WZ.jpg

Should end up looking like this:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/35/A_Ringelblume_uf2.jpg/710px-A_Ringelblume_uf2.jpg

Ruccola (Eruca sativa). Easy to grow and I like it a lot.

http://i.imgur.com/uHill.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/1wexA.jpg


Trying to get a root on this one, but the prospects are dim. Not sure of plant name.

http://i.imgur.com/jnMyb.jpg


This is a Dutch yule tree my mom bought me, it came in a pot and is thriving very well. It seems it dies off in the care of most people, I guess they don't water enough. Trees need a lot. Not sure of what the latin name is.

http://i.imgur.com/ZTKRr.jpg

Garlic chives. (Allium tuberosum). "Kinesisk gressløk".
More frail than normal chives, but pretty easy to grow. I've had some trouble with fruit files on this one, but my apple vinegar trap helps to kill them off.

http://i.imgur.com/jhnhR.jpg


Not exactly sure about the name, but I think it is Alpine Strawberry. (Fragaria vesca) Called "trädgårdssmultron" in Swedish, markjordbær in Norwegian. Some annoying fruit flies here too, I hope they are not damaging to the plant.

http://i.imgur.com/Gp8lV.jpg


I managed to get a root on another plant I tried with. The mother plant is at my mothers, she had it for over 35 years. Anyone know the latin name?

http://i.imgur.com/fNomy.jpg


This mess is normal chives and ramsons (Allium ursinum). "Ramsløk".
If you walk the forest in spring and get a small garlic smell it will be ramsons you smell. I read it looks very similar to poison ivy, but you can tell the difference by the smell. It grows easy in the garden and it speads very fast...

http://i.imgur.com/1FeW7.jpg

Schneider
Friday, May 4th, 2012, 06:35 PM
Is anyone else growing their own food this year?


I have just come in from planting a few more pounds of potatoes. Those planted in March have just begun to sprout, I am luck they didn't mold in the ground. The Garlic planted last fall will be ready for harvest in June and the onions are doing well. I need to prepare the ground for Wheat.



Our goat herd is at @19 right now. We are presently milking 3 and two more will freshen this month. Most of the kids will be sold after the linear appraisal. The pastures are coming in well and the Billy goats are eating the Rape I planted last year as a cover crop after hogs.

So far after 4 years here we have milch, cheese, yogurt, vegetables, eggs, chevon, lamb, berries and pork. We have also traded for beef and produce.

Butter and Wheat will be added to the list this year. The fruit trees need another couple of years before producing.

Hersir
Monday, May 14th, 2012, 02:25 PM
One of my pot marigolds (calendula officinalis) flowered today

http://i.imgur.com/sdNpC.jpg

You can use them for tea or add them to meals with cheese, rice or egg. Can also use them in puddings or salad. It's a valuable plant in medicine, cosmetics and food.

Dill is growing in the background

Northumbria
Monday, May 14th, 2012, 11:15 PM
Garden cress (Lepidium sativum). Very easy to grow and grows really quick. Karse in Norwegian

Planted 8th of march
http://i.imgur.com/Ohk4wh.jpg

The other 3 pots have ruccola, also very easy to grow.

13th of march
http://i.imgur.com/lgVRbh.jpg

14th of march
http://i.imgur.com/LOMz0h.jpg

Yeah, that stuff sure can grow fast. I might spread a bit in the lawn and keep it wet to see if I can use it to patch up gaps.

Pot marigold (calendula officinalis). "Ringblomst".
Edible flower.

http://i.imgur.com/ed4WZ.jpg

Should end up looking like this:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/35/A_Ringelblume_uf2.jpg/710px-A_Ringelblume_uf2.jpg

I'd like to grow these too but all I can find is the fancy cultivated versions in shops. I may have to order seeds online, can you grow them in windows?

Not exactly sure about the name, but I think it is Alpine Strawberry. (Fragaria vesca) Called "trädgårdssmultron" in Swedish, markjordbær in Norwegian. Some annoying fruit flies here too, I hope they are not damaging to the plant.

http://i.imgur.com/Gp8lV.jpg

I've grown Alpine Strawberries before, it looks like them. There are a few other types of strawberry it could be though.
Alpines are natives of Europe, the garden ones grown commercially (which I'm cultivating now) are a cross between to Pan-Americas species.

This mess is normal chives and ramsons (Allium ursinum). "Ramsløk".
If you walk the forest in spring and get a small garlic smell it will be ramsons you smell. I read it looks very similar to poison ivy, but you can tell the difference by the smell. It grows easy in the garden and it speads very fast...

http://i.imgur.com/1FeW7.jpg
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I was out walking today and noticed Ramsons were starting to flower and it the area by the rivers was beginning to smell of garlic. Once summer arrives the woods around the rivers will stink of it. :D


Myself I'm growing Garden Strawberries indoors in a window box at the moment. I have two varieties - Cambridge Favourite and Red Gauntlet. The Red Gauntlet plants seem to be doing well - much bigger plants, lots of flowers (thus potential fruit) and they often crop twice.
I'd like to try growing more things in window boxes but I'm not sure what to plant.

I have some things that I'm going to plant in the garden too, amongst them are a lot of small onions which I want to grow.

Godwinson
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012, 12:49 AM
This is a bit of a shift away from growing food etc.. but in my back garden I've just managed to rig up a little 3-hole putting green so that I can practice my golf this year :)

SpearBrave
Sunday, June 24th, 2012, 03:34 AM
I am only growing a few basics this year due to getting a very late start, dry weather and we have enough food put by from previous years we need to go light this year. Besides I want to take some time off from growing our personal garden and focus on a few other things.

Gustaaf
Sunday, June 24th, 2012, 01:27 PM
I favor home grown produce, but I don't really have room to grow much. I have a few tomato plants and a herb garden. I just grow some basics, chives, thyme, rosemary. I don't grow enough tomatoes to garnish more than a couple of meals each year, but the herbs keep me going the year round.

Northumbria
Monday, June 25th, 2012, 11:15 PM
I favor home grown produce, but I don't really have room to grow much. I have a few tomato plants and a herb garden. I just grow some basics, chives, thyme, rosemary. I don't grow enough tomatoes to garnish more than a couple of meals each year, but the herbs keep me going the year round.

You could always try growing things up walls to save space. If you live in a place with warm summers then grapes might be good.
Strawberry plants in window boxes or hanging baskets are nice too.


I think I'm going to plant some Chives some time this week - I'll use them, but also they look quite nice when they're in flower and support the wildlife.
I have a neighbour that has them along the edge of a terraced vegetable patch and they look quite nice, I'm going to have them along a path.

Georgia
Monday, June 25th, 2012, 11:48 PM
No, not this year. The neighbors usually supply me with fresh veggies here and there. When I went out to the field to feed the horse I did notice that the Pecan trees are loaded with small and not so small green Pecans. If the weather cooperates Pecan season should be at least as plentiful as last season. The grapes are doing well and Blueberry season will soon be over. They were plentiful as well.