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08 November 2010 @ 02:19 pm
New?  Yes.  And I'm a little nervous because I'm very new also to gardening, though I'd wanted one for some years... I'm a writer who's only ever lived in apartments and rooming houses, so you can imagine I maybe had room for one little plant here and there over time.  But I was married a year ago, and we live in a larger apartment than I've ever had, and one day cutting up vegetables I thought I'd try to plant some of the ends I'd cut up, to see if I could finally grow a small garden. 

Fast forward some, and I got a little hydro-garden going, which for us is kind of the most economically-efficient method, if I can get it going.  I did some research online, learned about things to do with it, and now I've "planted" several potatos, a couple broccoli, and one carrot.  But I kind of am unsure about if I'm doing this correctly, so here I am.  

Oh yes, thank you for the little quiz, and here's my intro answers:

How did you find this comm? - I went on a search suggested by a friend of mine here on LJ

Age: - 32

Country: USA

Sex/gender: - female

Favourite flower: orchid (they're fascinating!  I love the symbiotic relationship they have)

Favourite fruit: lol tomatoes

Favourite tree: :) I can't love them all?

Favourite season: autumn

Best thing about gardening?: being able to see something I planted and nurtured grow and flourish

If you had AUS$50/US$25 to spend on plants, what would you buy?: a terrarium-enclosed indoor garden set, though honestly I like what I currently have

What do you hope to find here?: advice, ideas on how to tinker with my little setup

11 June 2010 @ 08:51 pm
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Hello! I'm very new to gardening, and I thought it might be a good idea to join up with some other gardeners to share information and possibly learn some new tricks. I decided to start small, so I planted a few beans and onions from seeds, and purchased two tomato plants. The beans and onions are doing well so far, but my tomatoes seem to be struggling with some sort of fungus. I believe it's something apparently called gray leaf spot, but I'm not sure. It's too dark to take a picture of the leaves today, but they do look very much like the examples I've found online.

(Just in case it comes up, the pencils in the onion pic were broken or otherwise useless, and I decided to "recycle" them as seed markers rather than just throwing them out.)

So far I've been able to keep aphids and other pests under control with a mixture of just barely soapy water and hands-on checking and disposal. I was hoping to keep the garden chemical free, but with the appearance of this fungus I'm worried I'll have to use some to save the tomatoes. Does anyone else have experience with this particular problem?
15 August 2009 @ 01:49 pm

How did you find this comm? Searched Plants

Age: 26

Country: USA

Sex/gender: M

Favourite flower: Four O' Clocks

Favourite fruit: Anjou Pears

Favourite tree: Pine

Favourite season: Fall

Best thing about gardening?: The smell of the earth when freshly dug and Basil

If you had AUS$50/US$25 to spend on plants, what would you buy?:  Some rare plant

What do you hope to find here?: Information
13 June 2009 @ 03:12 pm
I have an abundance of used coffee grounds, since I have my own espresso machine that I use daily. I know that I have read in the past about uses for them in the garden ,since they add nitrogen to the soil. Curious about what anybody has used them for and how did it work out?

Also, I have a hydrangea that is struggling. It used to get more sun but now the trees in my back yard have grown tall around it and it doesn't get that much sun. I also made the mistake of doing too much pruning on it and so it has had to regrow from the ground and doesn't have more that a couple limbs. Can it be saved by transplanting or should I just give up on it. Here is a pic of it, surrounded by a ground-coverish plant called allium (I think, they also call it yellow archangel).
Thanks :)

Current Mood: curiouscurious
19 April 2009 @ 08:05 am
We had a partly sunny day yesterday so I was able to do some garden work. It's not that I am adverse to doing stuff in the rain but some things are easier to do when it's dry - like mowing the front and back yard!:) The electric mower makes it so much easier - 20 minutes or so for both front and back and no hassles like I had with the old gas mower - just plug in and go.

I did some weeding,spread a little compost, and then did a major transplant operation. I discovered a couple weeks ago or so that there were several foxglove starts popping up in my back yard. They were in the gravel underneath my garden window by the kitchen. I get weeds there all the time, as well as little ferns, but this was the first time for foxglove. It has popped up other places in the back as a surprise - I only planted it out front - always a pleasure.

Well I have a space beside my dogwood by the front steps that has been a real pain to get anything to grow in, so I figured why not move the foxglove there? So I moved the whole gravel bunch (about 10-15 plants) out front and planted them in the dogwood patch. Because they grew in gravel which has little dirt in it they were very easy to get out, roots and all. And since they sprouted there (as well as past history with the plants)they would be tough enough to take the transplanting okay. Only time will tell.:)

Alas, I searched for my rhubarb which had been growing underneath a couple trees in back, but found no sight of it:( Maybe it just couldn't take being surrounded - or neglected, since I always seem to wait too long to cut stems for cooking and they end up drying out...
21 March 2009 @ 10:31 pm
Finally got some more work done in the garden. The rain held off today and I was able to redo part of the rock garden -clear out about half the grass that has invaded over time. I made the mistake of not completely killing it when I used turf squares to form the base of the rock garden space. I was creating a long planting bed along the sidewalk, removing the grass in squares and putting them upside down in another spot then covering with stones to form the rock garden. Over time the grass made its way up to the top and out among the stonecrop and other rock garden plants (portaluca, dragon's blood, creeping rosemary). I removed about half the rocks, dug out the grass and roots,and replaced it with a bag of compost-then covered back with rocks. Sometime later I will do the rest.
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09 June 2008 @ 08:35 pm
I harvested my wild, 2' tall nettles today, but they have holes in the leaves. Any suggestions? They were mixed in with tall grass.

I also pulled them right up. Will more come up from a root or should I have cut them off? I don't want to destroy my crop!
24 May 2008 @ 06:43 am
Saturday, May 24, 2008
6:41 AM

I know where to plant the Swiss chard seeds! I can plant them alongside the thyme rows in Everfar labyrinth! They’ll come back every year. That’s what I need. Seeds that make perennial food. I'm really not into work. Hoe hoe hoe. That’s for Santa!
Friday, May 23, 2008
4:30 am

I wore that hot neck brace all night and woke up with that darned searing pain in my left arm from shoulder to elbow, AGAIN!

So I lay there for awhile then around 5:30 gave up sleeping, got up, took my pills, said my prayers and headed out to enjoy the bug-free early morning and perhaps move some more flowers to the tipi in Sedge Meadow marsh.

I drove 10 minutes up the road to the wet ditch where the marsh marigolds grow, one of the very few places where I’ve ever seen those beautiful flowers. Cowslip, I just learned, is their name. I tried to find some near the road so I wouldn't have to be climbing down into the ditch and lugging heavy stuff around.

The water flowed into my holey shoes, the crocs, or something.

I dug around and lifted five large flowering plants into pails and plastic bags until I was too tired. I still need six more plants, but you can only do so much with a body in a compromised state of health.

I drove them to the tipi along the highway which I named Sedge Meadow Nature Observatory since it has woven walls that you can watch the pileated woodpeckers, minks, otters, beavers and squirrels through.

While I was down there, and there were no bugs (YIPPEE) I took the time to dig them into the wet ground, putting one at the base of each pole along the front of the tipi.

I have them along one side already, so they are now ring about 3/4 of the tipi.

I didn’t like the red flowers I had stuck into the ground down there. They were just a bit too bold for the marsh! So those artificial flowers are now inside the tipi, stuck in the wall to give me some colour near my hammock.

This tipi of mine is made of cedar trees which I cut down last fall. It's walls are now woven with alder branches. Two hammocks hang in the tipi. It's located in a marsh quite close to a trout stream. It's on my property at the far end of our 11 acres. It's my favorite place to go, except when the black flies are awake!

Here's what it looks like: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=372Xek7rtb8

17 May 2008 @ 02:00 pm

How did you find this comm? Searching for info on a weed/wildflower

Age: almost 60

Country: USA

Sex/gender: F

Favourite flower: iris

Favourite fruit:  pear

Favourite tree:  dogwood

Favourite season:  spring

Best thing about gardening?:  something is always growing and changing

If you had AUS$50/US$25 to spend on plants, what would you buy?:  a harry lauder walking stick

What do you hope to find here?:  other folks who enjoy growing things

Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
04 May 2008 @ 07:48 am
Sunday, May 4, 2008
7:34 AM

I thought some of you may like the idea of a labyrinth in your yard where you can walk in the thyme and relax. I made videos while I made the labyrinth so I could show my friends how to do it, but I guess one of you may be interested, too.

Here are some Nancy Today videos of how to plant a labyrinth (for lazy gardeners like me).

Planning a labyrinth

Smooth soil for a labyrinth

How to plant a thyme labyrinth

Thyme is planted in circles

Easy way to dig up sod

Watering Everfar Labyrinth
14 March 2008 @ 07:36 am
How did you find this comm?  I typed in 'gardening' in the interest search engine.

Age: 25

Country: US

Sex/gender: Female

Favourite flower: Plumeria and hibicus with orchids coming in at a close second

Favourite fruit: Mangoes

Favourite tree:  Maples

Favourite season: Fall

Best thing about gardening?: Watching things grow

If you had AUS$50/US$25 to spend on plants, what would you buy?: I would buy a bunch of bulbs!

What do you hope to find here?: A place to share ideas and thoughts that come across for gardeners.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
09 March 2008 @ 10:28 am
Spring is in the air and my garden is responding. Color is everywhere -except perhaps the back yard which still needs some work

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Now if I can just get the back yard spruced up, clear out the clippings that have lain there... and when the weather gets warmer, it's herb time!:)
Current Mood: chipperchipper
*hangs her head in shame*

How did you find this comm? through a lj interests search on "plants"


Country: USA

Sex/gender: F

Favourite flower: Tulip

Favourite fruit: Raspberries

Favourite tree: Magnolia

Favourite season: spring

Best thing about gardening?: I haven't figured that part out yet

If you had AUS$50/US$25 to spend on plants, what would you buy?: if they sold carrots that had already begun to sprout I would buy them because I have never successfully grown a carrot from seed.

What do you hope to find here?: the identity of my plant disease (photo under cut)

This is gross, I want it gone please.

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Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
24 January 2008 @ 08:01 am
Age: 21
Country: U.S.
Sex/gender: F

Favorite flower: Magnolias. I've also come to love the orchid quite a bit as well.

Favorite fruit: Bananas.

Favorite tree: Don't really have one.

Favorite season: Spring.

Best thing about gardening?: The smell of soil and the quiet calm that comes over me when working with my garden.

If you had AUS$50/US$25 to spend on plants, what would you buy?: That depends on the season, the inventory and whether or not I have space in my apartment.

What do you hope to find here?: Tips/trouble shooting for home (apartment) gardens. Maybe some info on vegetable gardening.
18 April 2007 @ 01:09 pm

Hi all, this morning I have pricked out some nicotiana seedlings and potted up a few of my pepper seedlings, it is another glorious sping day here and I am really cross that I can not make the most of it, due to having hurt my back on sunday sifting compost. Its a lot better now than it was but it is still tender and I can not take the risk of hurting it further.

16 April 2007 @ 07:49 pm
How did you find this comm?- Searched interests

Age: 49

Country: United Kingdom

Sex/gender: Female

Favourite flower: Lily

Favourite fruit: Banana

Favourite tree: Walnut

Favourite season: I love them all for different reasons

Best thing about gardening?: Watching seeds grow in to plants

If you had AUS$50/US$25 to spend on plants, what would you buy?: Lily bulbs

What do you hope to find here?: Advice, tips and friendship

Hi all, I live in the UK and have a large garden, but due to owning an ex racing greyhound who has no respect for my garden or lawn I tend to do most of my gardening in pots.
This year apart from my lily bulbs I am trying to grow runner beans, peppers, radish, lettuce, beetroot, and this year I am trying butternut sqaush and mouli raddish.
I look forward to learning a lot here and perhaps being able to help others out occasionally.

05 March 2007 @ 01:04 pm
hi everyone! Was hoping someone could give me a hand with my latest forage into gardening. I've decided to grow roses. Not such a big deal, you may say, but it is for me as I am allergic to the thorns so have always avoided anything to do with them. However, with the advice of my GP, I have built up an immunity by gradual exposure by scratching etc and now can handle them without effect!!! So happy!!! So, I rescued 4 little bedding roses from my local supermarket where they were dying and about to be thrown out. It's Autumn now so I know I shouldn't be feeding them but they looked so bad that I have decided to raise them inside for a while and gave them a feed and water, four days later and they are looking MUCH better. Now, I'd like to grow some more. Not just these little carpet ones (although I need about 7 more of them anyway but that will come), I'd like to grow a climbing rose to cover my fence. And I'd like to try and do it from cuttings. Now bear in mind I have never had anything to do with roses before. So how do I go about doing this? I have had so much conflicting information! so, here are my questions. How long should the shoot be? I know it should be cut above the 'eye', and that's about it. Should I dip the end in rooting powder or no? Some people swear by it, others despise it and have recommended vegimite of all things instead! What exactly do I put the cuttings into? Potting mix? Seedling raiser? Plain soil? Do I feed them anything? Do I cover them? How often should I water them? How much sun should they have???? I had  no idea when I first decided to grow roses I would encounter so many conflicting and passionate views, it's a bit daunting for a complete rose-novice. :-D Oh and anyone who can recommend a strongly scented deep red climbing rose that likes heavy-ish soil and Melbourne (Australia) conditions is more than welcome to tell me names etc. Likewise, amyone local to Melbourne who has a climber like that or knows where I may be allowed to take a couple of cuttings is more than encouraged to let me know details :-)
Current Mood: happyhappy
20 February 2007 @ 06:31 pm

Age:  28

Country:  US  

Sex/gender:  Female  

Favourite flower:  Tiger Lily

Favourite fruit:   So many! Raspberries, if I have to pick one.

Favourite tree:  Maple

Favourite season: Fall with all the beautiful colors.

Best thing about gardening?:  Gets you outside.

If you had AUS$50/US$25 to spend on plants, what would you buy?:  Vegetable plants...squash, peas, tomatoes, that kind of stuff

What do you hope to find here?: Definitely gardening tips...I'm kind of a newbie as far as that goes.

Hi all! This is my first post, and I hope to get to know everyone! Get eady for a lot of questions, because I'm sure that I'll have a ton. I'm kind of a newbie as far as gardening and planting, so I'm hoping to pick up some really great tips and such!

20 February 2007 @ 05:02 pm
I have a question for all you savvy plant folks out there.

There is a plant...a bush really...in my front yard, and I don't know what it is. We call it a "Devil Scratcher" or a "Devil's Thorn" bush, but does anyone know what the real name of it is?

Link to a picture of it. Sorry, it's not a great picture, but it's the only one I have of it in bloom. The thorns on the bush are about as long as from the tip of my finger to the first knuckle or so.

Thanks for any help!
Current Mood: curiouscurious