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Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #550 on: May 26, 2021, 11:29:51 PM »
Ask them nicely if they can put the dirt where you want it. All they can say is no.

I will do that, but unfortunately there are not many places to put it  :icon_rolleyes:. They can't cart it off as it has to be put back quite promptly. I'm considering covering the plants with shade cloth so they can dump the soil on top. There are 144 cottages and lots of hills, roads, gardens, trees and footpaths. We also have two gazebos. It's an enormous job.

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Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #551 on: June 14, 2021, 04:55:00 AM »
The digging of trenches is in full swing. This is my little hedgehog garden outside my kitchen door. It's been like this for about two weeks  :icon_sad:.  Can't get along the path this way as it's been dug up. Have to turn left  :icon_rolleyes:. It's quite an adventure getting about, but they are actually working quite quickly. They have to partially refill some of the trenches so we can get out of our cottages. The ground is like concrete in some places as old houses were bought out and the new complex erected on some of the old roads. They are sometimes finding the foundations of the old houses. It will be worth it in the end as we were getting numerous water leaks.

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Maggie Ann

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #552 on: June 14, 2021, 06:18:43 AM »
Looks like they piled the dirt up to your door. Hope your garden doesn't suffer too much.
           
 

Vijaya

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #553 on: June 15, 2021, 03:34:12 AM »
What a pain, but worth it in the end.

I finally made a garden photopost: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2021/06/garden.html 


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Maggie Ann

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #554 on: June 15, 2021, 03:36:22 AM »
What a pain, but worth it in the end.

I finally made a garden photopost: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2021/06/garden.html

Lovely!

           
 

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Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #555 on: June 15, 2021, 04:48:12 AM »
What a pain, but worth it in the end.

I finally made a garden photopost: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2021/06/garden.html

They all look gorgeous  :)

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LilyBLily

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #556 on: June 15, 2021, 06:20:51 AM »
They look great. Very healthy.

My cottage garden is more like a field, with everything growing taller and taller in a desperate attempt to get some direct sunshine.
 

Vijaya

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #557 on: June 15, 2021, 11:50:43 AM »
Thank you. We don't use any pesticides and struggle with bugs and worms in the backyard, hence the hydroponic set up on the porch. I wish we could keep some chickens.


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Matthew

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #558 on: June 17, 2021, 01:21:49 AM »
I haven't read through all the thread yet, but I wonder if anyone else has my approach: plant it and forget it. I don't have the time to really be out in the yard all the time, and because I'm single there's no shortage of work to do in general. Still, I want my yard to look pleasant, if simple. If I had more money I'd love to hire someone to maintain it better. Or maybe I could get lucky and find a significant other who loves this sort of thing.

I did an almost complete revamp of my yard this year. I tried to buy perennials, to stay more hands off. I've put some annuals out front to keep some things fresh. Overall, I don't have a lot of space for planting.

What's surprised me so far is how well rose bushes are doing and how poorly azaleas are doing. I've also planted a hydrangea which seems to have the perfect amount of shade/sunlight and it's looking like it will thrive. I haven't seen any blooms on it yet but that's what I'm most excited for. Lillies are also pretty hardy. I've got some day lillies and an easter lily. I'm only a bit disappointed how short the blooms appear to last. I've got a few other bits and bobs planted. I think the summer heat is a challenge for many plants, even with regular watering.

Overall I don't plant anything consumable. I just want to have some nice flowers to look at. I am looking forward to the next year or two to see how the plants will grow in. I'm hoping most things will last through the winter to next spring.

I know I probably horrified most of you in this thread, but enjoy your hobby! I can appreciate the amount of work that goes into it.
 

LilyBLily

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #559 on: June 17, 2021, 02:41:26 PM »
I haven't read through all the thread yet, but I wonder if anyone else has my approach: plant it and forget it. I don't have the time to really be out in the yard all the time, and because I'm single there's no shortage of work to do in general. Still, I want my yard to look pleasant, if simple. If I had more money I'd love to hire someone to maintain it better. Or maybe I could get lucky and find a significant other who loves this sort of thing.

I did an almost complete revamp of my yard this year. I tried to buy perennials, to stay more hands off. I've put some annuals out front to keep some things fresh. Overall, I don't have a lot of space for planting.

What's surprised me so far is how well rose bushes are doing and how poorly azaleas are doing. I've also planted a hydrangea which seems to have the perfect amount of shade/sunlight and it's looking like it will thrive. I haven't seen any blooms on it yet but that's what I'm most excited for. Lillies are also pretty hardy. I've got some day lillies and an easter lily. I'm only a bit disappointed how short the blooms appear to last. I've got a few other bits and bobs planted. I think the summer heat is a challenge for many plants, even with regular watering.

Overall I don't plant anything consumable. I just want to have some nice flowers to look at. I am looking forward to the next year or two to see how the plants will grow in. I'm hoping most things will last through the winter to next spring.

I know I probably horrified most of you in this thread, but enjoy your hobby! I can appreciate the amount of work that goes into it.

My rule for many years has been that the plants are on their own once I plant them. I'll give them some water the first week, but after that they simply have to manage to live without my help. Wasting water on plants that are too fragile for this climate is a luxury I can't afford since we are on a well and could run it dry with too much watering. I do spray my garlic, egg, and water mixture every few weeks to keep the deer and the bunnies away. Otherwise, I don't even weed. Perennials tend to shade out weeds, anyway, and behave like weeds, too. If they don't drop dead, they're busy crowding other plants.
 

Vijaya

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #560 on: June 18, 2021, 01:45:29 AM »
Matthew, this year we're learning more about permaculture and transforming our backyard bit by bit--plant it and forget it. But we're all foodies so we're doing this with edibles. The biggest problem we have so far is the poison ivy. My husband is horribly allergic and we routinely have to go in and get it out.


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LilyBLily

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #561 on: June 18, 2021, 04:44:00 AM »
I’ve been fairly successful cutting poison ivy roots in midwinter and then brushing on triclopyr straight on the cut. Little pieces spring up every year in random spots but the big stuff is gone, thank goodness, since I am quite allergic. I try not to use chemicals otherwise.
 

Vijaya

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #562 on: June 18, 2021, 12:28:37 PM »
I'll have to try that, Lily. We don't use any pesticides or herbicides because we also keep bees.


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LilyBLily

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #563 on: June 18, 2021, 02:32:44 PM »
I'll have to try that, Lily. We don't use any pesticides or herbicides because we also keep bees.

Triclopyr is an herbicide, and I don't know if it moves through the ground but it has not bothered anything around here except the poison ivy. It's a broadleaf brush killer but I only use it on poison ivy and porcelain berry vines. I brush it neat (not diluted) directly on newly cut vines. I spray it half diluted on young poison ivy plants, sometimes holding a piece of cardboard between the poison ivy and any nearby plant I care about. I'm too allergic to dare to just rip up the poison ivy by hand.

I assume bees go for flowering plants. I never let the new poison ivy get big enough to flower. The older vines on my property I work on in winter. I like to think I've gotten them all, but we do have a wild section that we've barely ever even walked through (because of a thick stand of what I think is sumac that makes it impassible). There could be bigger poison ivy there.
 

idontknowyet

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #564 on: June 20, 2021, 10:38:02 AM »
I'll have to try that, Lily. We don't use any pesticides or herbicides because we also keep bees.
Salt at the root will kill it as well, but it also makes the soil around it virtually useless for a while. Depending how bad the poison ivy is it might or might not be worth it.

 

idontknowyet

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #565 on: June 20, 2021, 10:40:08 AM »
Most of my garden is reaching the end of its life cycle. We are still taking in lbs of tomatoes a day and have a good 20lbs of cherry tomatoes sitting on a table.

Planted corn a bit ago and its already popping up. The seeds for the next season need to go in this week.
Will be replanting everything again.

We harvested our very first successful watermelon. It was small but perfect.
 

LilyBLily

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #566 on: June 20, 2021, 11:56:35 AM »
I am green with envy. My tomato plants are doing nothing. They simply don't get enough sun. If I had put them in pots on the deck I'd see some action, but I didn't want to be tied to the tyranny of watering.

Right now I have a couple of patches of unidentified plants blooming, one of which I bought and another a friend gave me. Both are extremely prolific. One is purple and the other is white. The cultivated day lilies have started, and so have gallardia, coreopsis, and a handful of pinks that appear to be perennials instead of biennials. Liatris and echinacea will bloom shortly. The phlox takes a little longer but has a wonderful scent and lasts for months.

I naively bought one (1!) cultivated black-eyed susan years ago and that has become the worst invasive in my garden. I ripped a lot out last year and I'm just about to savage them again. They're crowding out more interesting plants. The wild black-eyed susan I dug up from the woods in another state is just as invasive but its leaves are narrower and it prefers edges of the garden, so it doesn't do the same damage.

The cicadas have done severe damage to small trees--not here, because we only seem to have huge trees, but at my relative's house. Their thing is to lay eggs and then gnaw off the branch so it drops to the ground and the larva (in tiny form) can enter the dirt. We were not amused to see how much damage they did to a very young tree. It's half dead.

So, as usual, gardening is a story of incessant battle with both winners and losers.
 
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Vijaya

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #567 on: June 21, 2021, 03:56:16 AM »
I'll have to try that, Lily. We don't use any pesticides or herbicides because we also keep bees.
Salt at the root will kill it as well, but it also makes the soil around it virtually useless for a while. Depending how bad the poison ivy is it might or might not be worth it.

Will definitely try it as well. Thank you.

So, as usual, gardening is a story of incessant battle with both winners and losers.

Truth.


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idontknowyet

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #568 on: June 24, 2021, 04:58:39 AM »
Pulled out one bed of tomatoes. They were being eaten alive by bugs. I killed dozens of worms that seem to like to take one bite out of each tomato.

Have 35-40lbs of unripe tomatoes going to see how many will ripen.

Also picked five personal sized watermelons and one big one.

 

LilyBLily

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #569 on: June 24, 2021, 10:08:15 AM »
I've been harvesting black raspberries for the last couple of weeks at a big wild patch on my property. Maybe a pint a day, which is enough to eat and share. I love them. I finally figured out to cut a glove into a mitt so I could pick without getting scratched. On the other hand I wear a heavy leather glove that no berry thorn has ever penetrated. Very necessary. 

Triteleia blooming here and there, and the first echinacea has opened. Pink. I have a few white coming, too. The canna roots I finally remembered to take out of storage in the garage and plant are coming up. They don't usually bloom but the foliage is striated and lovely. I may have one or two remaining calla lilies come up to bloom later. We have one big blue hydrangea looking great; with encouragement, it will have blooms all season. By encouragement, I mean spraying against the deer, who also apparently like hydrangeas. All the day lilies are ready to pop. Or to be deer lunch. We'll see.
 

idontknowyet

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #570 on: June 24, 2021, 10:59:44 AM »
one pint hardly seems shareable in this house. I keep trying to grow blackberries and raspberries they havent gone anywhere. Any tips?
 

Vijaya

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #571 on: June 24, 2021, 11:09:20 AM »
Lily, your flowers sound lovely. And yes, those deer like the hydrangeas too.

Here in SC, I've not had much luck with berries but in WA, they grew wild. So no tips, I'm afraid.

Green tomatoes will ripen indoors. I make salsa when we cannot consume all of them. We have problem with the crabs taking bites out of all the fruits (planted in the ground). The ones on our porch are safe from them. But squirrels will come to take bites out of them.

So great you got watermelons already! Ours are still small.


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Maggie Ann

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #572 on: June 24, 2021, 11:37:46 AM »
My curcumin is up and I have one bloom so far. Orchid Cactus is also blooming, but fruit instead of flowers. Don't know it it's edible.
           
 

LilyBLily

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #573 on: June 24, 2021, 02:01:44 PM »
Black raspberries seem perfectly happy in sun or partial shade. I can't claim they need good dirt or good drainage, either. I think they're pretty tough (although the deer love to eat them) but they have a relatively small and delicate fruit so they're seldom seen in markets.
 

idontknowyet

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #574 on: June 29, 2021, 09:05:54 AM »
100 seeds in cups to be planted in the middle or end of august for my fall season

Can't wait im going to try onions this winter! Going to put in an 3x18 bed of them.
 

JRTomlin

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #575 on: June 29, 2021, 11:44:27 AM »
Heat seems to have killed my hydrangea. Other plants seem to be surviving--barely.
 
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LilyBLily

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #576 on: June 29, 2021, 01:46:46 PM »
Heat seems to have killed my hydrangea. Other plants seem to be surviving--barely.

Hydrangeas do not like direct hot sun. Ours wilts every afternoon, but most of the day it's in shade, so it recovers and keeps getting bigger. It also doesn't like poor drainage. One of ours got killed that way. 
 

LilyBLily

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #577 on: June 29, 2021, 01:57:11 PM »
The day lilies have started: mustard with maroon centers, maroon with yellow centers, a cream much like a peace rose, a double orange, and a dark orange. The Stella d'oros are already gone; I don't know why ours don't last long but they seem healthy.

The first pink phlox bloomed today. Some of the echinaceas are up three feet high and opening. Desperate for sunlight.
 

JRTomlin

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #578 on: June 29, 2021, 02:04:10 PM »
it was in partial sun, but it simply could not seem to take temperatures of 115°. I did extra watering of course, but that was just too much for the poor thing. At least my peonies survived.
 

LilyBLily

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #579 on: June 29, 2021, 11:17:52 PM »
it was in partial sun, but it simply could not seem to take temperatures of 115°. I did extra watering of course, but that was just too much for the poor thing. At least my peonies survived.

That's a shame. During prolonged heat waves, plants that prefer milder summers die off (such as silver birches, which should stay in New England) and others mysteriously appear whose seeds have been in the ground all along.
 
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JRTomlin

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #580 on: June 29, 2021, 11:45:09 PM »
Prolonged heatwaves of that severity are rare in the Pacific NW or at least used to be. That hydrangea had been doing well and blossoming nicely. Oh well, these things happen.
 

Mark Gardner

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #581 on: July 05, 2021, 11:54:17 PM »
The monsoon started, so my corn is happy…
 

Maggie Ann

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #582 on: July 06, 2021, 12:42:57 AM »
The monsoon started, so my corn is happy…


I can just taste the butter and salt and sweet corn. The taste of summer.
           
 

LilyBLily

Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Reply #583 on: July 06, 2021, 01:41:41 AM »
Whoa! Just remembered I have corn in the fridge! (And that's as close as I will get to growing it. I don't have enough sunshine even for a marigold.)