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2021-11-08 5:59:14 PM  
Traveling for medical for the next couple days, but wanted to get posted before signal becomes an issue.  What's up, gardeners?  :)
 
2021-11-08 6:05:02 PM  
I need to cut everything back this weekend.
 
2021-11-08 6:15:13 PM  
We have too many habaneros and scotch bonnets. Pepper jelly here we come.
 
2021-11-08 6:20:53 PM  
I have a weird story that's probably explainable as dumbassery and confusion, but still...

I have a friend with a decent herb garden. Oregano, thyme, rosemary, mint. The mint is wild; it grows all over the place around here. It's very mild and fuzzy, and not very useful.

So I uprooted some real mint from my mom's garden. The kind you want in your tea. Very hardy. So we planted two stalks of it where there was no other mint. Let it do its thing.

A couple of months later, we checked its progress.

It had turned into the other, wild mint. Two stalks, clearly not the same kind we had planted, but still there was no other mint nearby. They were precisely where we planted my mom's mint. We agreed that it sure as Hell looks like the one mint turned into the other.

We're doing an experiment, to be continued next spring. I brought more mom mint, and we planted it in the same place. It didn't have much time to establish itself, so we'll have to wait and see if it turns into the wild mint again.
 
2021-11-08 6:27:49 PM  
Waiting Waiting for cherrystones to pop.
 
2021-11-08 6:35:23 PM  
Pulling up the dead squash vines and still finding squash that we missed hidden down in there.
 
2021-11-08 6:36:48 PM  

Non Sequitur Man: We have too many habaneros and scotch bonnets. Pepper jelly here we come.


If you lived near me I'd be begging on your doorstep right now.
 
2021-11-08 6:43:28 PM  
I have a bunch of loverly potted herbs that I brought in from the cold.  They're sort of in stasis - neither thriving nor dying back.

Next year's garden is looking promising tho.  It will involve culantro and epazote.  And red sorrel.
 
2021-11-08 7:20:11 PM  
Work is progressing steadily on the greenhouse frame!

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Got the clear decking for the roof today, that'll be fun. Now to debate doing the roof or the sides first. Leaning toward roofing as there is 100% less glass for me to break currently present.
 
2021-11-08 7:25:54 PM  
Everybody in the garage or kitchen now except the brussels and they will get whacked soon. Still more prep to do in the greenhouse for da cold. The water tub has snails and the tiny fish and a TADPOLE! LOL. I gotta get an aquarium for those kids, they must be getting cold out there.

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2021-11-08 8:12:22 PM  
The dahlias are taken in. The siberians stay.
 
2021-11-08 11:06:59 PM  
We had some hard frosts last week - the lettuce in the hoop houses was crunchy to the touch.  But I let it be and it came back ok.  Got a nice warm week coming up so hope to get at least one more harvest.

Clipped the last pepper plant and hung the stems upside down in the hopes that I get a few to ripen.

Loaded lots of leaves into my open compost bin.

Other than that, nothing shaking until January or February, when I'll start things in the hydroponic kit and starter pots.

Would like to hear recommendations on seed catalogs, especially eggplant.
 
2021-11-08 11:22:02 PM  

FrancoFile: We had some hard frosts last week - the lettuce in the hoop houses was crunchy to the touch.  But I let it be and it came back ok.  Got a nice warm week coming up so hope to get at least one more harvest.

Clipped the last pepper plant and hung the stems upside down in the hopes that I get a few to ripen.

Loaded lots of leaves into my open compost bin.

Other than that, nothing shaking until January or February, when I'll start things in the hydroponic kit and starter pots.

Would like to hear recommendations on seed catalogs, especially eggplant.


I'm a big fan of the long Asian varieties.  They're best for eggplant agebitashi.

https://www.justonecookbook.com/eggplant-agebitashi/
 
2021-11-09 12:16:36 AM  
Cutting back the Russian sage and the knockout roses. Fingers crossed I can finally stop mowing for the season.
 
2021-11-09 7:06:41 AM  
The flowerbeds is holding steady. Need to pick up one more edging brick to complete the layout. No weeds have sprung thru thus far.
 
2021-11-09 7:09:57 AM  
I planted Brussels early probably around March finally seeing little pea size sprouting after the first frost. Lots of bugs while I was away but definitely not a good harvest.
 
2021-11-09 7:31:49 AM  
Not garden per se, but I rented a sod cutter yesterday and cut a 16' circle for a new firepit. Going to put down a bunch of cardboard, then weed fabric over that, paver stones around the perimeter, then at least a couple of inches deep of pea gravel. I am going to try to make a smokeless pit following some examples of builds from YouTube. I hope to have it finished before Thanksgiving so we can (weather permitting) sit outside and enjoy a Thanksgiving fire. We're out in the country and I have a couple of mini bikes, a 2 seat go cart, a small trailer that we tow behind the lawn tractor for a hay ride type setup. The grandkids have a ball.
 
2021-11-09 7:32:14 AM  
I took the rest of mine out over the weekend.  The only thing still growing last week was peppers, but those stopped when we had a frost.
 
2021-11-09 7:32:52 AM  
I got some peonies and more alliums planted for spring and laid down some poppy seed in the same gardens to freeze over the winter and thrill me in the spring.
More snow and cold is ahead. I admitted I need help because this weather makes my hands and feet seize up and I'm in a lot of pain. I hired a friendly soul to come and remove mulch that went in three years and never has broken down.
Dreaming of shades of fuchsia and purple and white and orange. Stupid winter.
 
2021-11-09 7:48:03 AM  
The Brussels Sprouts and parsnips are doing fine.

I also have lots of ornamental cabbages (non-edible) to give some colour in the garden during winter.
 
2021-11-09 8:06:35 AM  
We are in a rental and the deer eat everything they can trot their little hooves over to. Since keeping them out is more than I would be inclined to spend,  we are indoors with most stuff. I keep herbs and lettuce at all times and shall to try grow tomatoes indoors next. I've couple of habanero seeds are just planted today since I don't have any trouble with those inside.

I've got 9 kinds of pothos and various other houseplants  that's not so much an edible thing.
 
2021-11-09 8:24:54 AM  
so we finally got our first frost here in NEPA last week, which is about a month later than usual. picked the last of the beets before the freeze - I put the seeds in I think in early August. next year I'll have to get them in a bit earlier.

last thing to pick today is the parsley. took the day off of work to burn off some PTO time in case I wanted to drink beer during the Steelers game last night (didn't and that was probably a good thing). going to throw a whole chicken on the smoker and make a nice chimichurri sauce for it. also I dug up a horseradish root and plan to grind that up today. it's a bit easier to do when the family isn't around so I don't have to hear them crying and screaming "I CAN'T BREATHE! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?"
 
2021-11-09 8:25:20 AM  
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Sunflowers are all gone, and looks like 3 hard frosts in a row took out my morning glory lattice in the center.

Of you squint, you can see geese in this one, leaves were pretty too.  Time to Rev up the mower again.
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2021-11-09 8:28:24 AM  
Technically landscaping and not gardening, but I'm just glad to have someplace to share this story of my idiocy.

Sunday afternoon we're finally, finally getting around to trimming the front bushes for the first time in ages. We actually started on them like a month ago, but had to quit just past halfway through because it was getting dark. That was like the second time we trimmed them in like 5 months of homeownership.

So I fire up the electric hedgetrimmer, an ancient corded thing that was a hand-me-down from my parents. I get the back half of the big bush finished and move to the front. It only comes unplugged once, and it does keep going on its own once or twice when I let go of the buttons, because it's old and they can stay stuck down. That's only a little unnerving.

I finish the back half and it looks good, except for a little bit of the top that can't be reached from the back that gives the whole bush a bit of a "cowlick" look.

I'm working on the front and Mrs. Fireproof, who is watching, gives out a yelp and the trimmer suddenly powers down. She says she saw a spark. For a second I think it's come unplugged again, but nope. Pretty soon I realize I've sawed through the farking extension cord.

Much discussion is had and Lowe's product pages are consulted, and it's decided to get a cordless hedge trimmer. The cowlick remains for an hour for the whole neighborhood to see while we're at Lowe's. We start up the new one and it works like a farking dream. Probably a lot sharper blades. It's like cutting with a lightsaber, and the longer blade makes short work of the cowlick. Pretty soon the whole farking set of bushes is done and I can go in and watch sports.

/I have no idea what to do with the old one.
 
2021-11-09 8:29:50 AM  

firsttiger: We are in a rental and the deer eat everything they can trot their little hooves over to. Since keeping them out is more than I would be inclined to spend,  we are indoors with most stuff. I keep herbs and lettuce at all times and shall to try grow tomatoes indoors next. I've couple of habanero seeds are just planted today since I don't have any trouble with those inside.

I've got 9 kinds of pothos and various other houseplants  that's not so much an edible thing.


I kind of want to know what would happen if the deer tried the eat the habaneros...
 
2021-11-09 8:31:11 AM  
Got my garlic planted for over wintering. Trying some leeks overwinter this year.

Rebuilding 2 of my garden bed. Not young anymore, moving the compost is a multi day chore lol.
 
2021-11-09 8:35:50 AM  
I tore out the garden this weekend, as frost last Friday finally killed everything. Now to rototill some bone meal into the whole thing and tarp for the winter.
 
2021-11-09 8:36:15 AM  

Fireproof: firsttiger: We are in a rental and the deer eat everything they can trot their little hooves over to. Since keeping them out is more than I would be inclined to spend,  we are indoors with most stuff. I keep herbs and lettuce at all times and shall to try grow tomatoes indoors next. I've couple of habanero seeds are just planted today since I don't have any trouble with those inside.

I've got 9 kinds of pothos and various other houseplants  that's not so much an edible thing.

I kind of want to know what would happen if the deer tried the eat the habaneros...


Had a chipmunk try the outdoor jalapeños last year...several times over and only one bite at a time. The tomatoes would flower, start and then be stolen even with tall fencing.

And urban deer will give just about anything a try including deer-resistant plants. My friend who lives out in the middle of nowhere has nothing close to the issues with animals I have living so close to a highway.
 
2021-11-09 8:39:05 AM  
Brought in the last round of jalapeños last week before the frost. Thyme and rosemary still seem happy on the deck but will bring at least the rosemary inside before too long.  If I have time this week after work and before dark, which is not likely, I need to take down the rabbit fence and put it away for next year.
 
2021-11-09 8:42:55 AM  
We had our first frost the other night I sorry that the passion fruit will never ripen. The guard spiders are ever vigilant.
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2021-11-09 8:44:05 AM  
Just cleaning up and planning the winter pruning.  My wife moved all of the frost-sensitive plants inside, so it's a bit crowded. She's re-thinking the greenhouse and growing stand.  I'm trying to sprout some hazelnuts, but they don't need any attention until December.  We have a mulberry, a Nikita's Gift persimmon and an Excel fig that need to go in the ground once they are dormant.  16 of the 17 fruit/nuts trees we planted this year are healthy. Won't know about the grapes until Spring.
 
2021-11-09 8:44:53 AM  

Fireproof: I'm working on the front and Mrs. Fireproof, who is watching, gives out a yelp and the trimmer suddenly powers down. She says she saw a spark. For a second I think it's come unplugged again, but nope. Pretty soon I realize I've sawed through the farking extension cord.


I've done that too. it's just one of the little joys of home ownership

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2021-11-09 8:53:02 AM  
It's near freezing here right now, so not much growing going on. But sometimes it's easier to get everyone outside in the cold if you've got something to do (I call it occupational therapy for the younger kids and me). So we've been pulling weeds, garnering oak leaves in the nearby forest (to improve our compost), and picking up pine branches to protect the roses from cold.
Also I plan on organising my seed "library", which right now still looks like this:
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And I got a new bird house, which most stupid birds haven't discovered yet. They're still finishing off the last sunflowers and grapes, and are not appreciative of our efforts at all. 
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2021-11-09 8:58:21 AM  
Took out two of my three remaining cucumbers on Sunday. Tilled in some compost and put in seeds for carrots, spinach, lettuce, and radishes.
 
2021-11-09 9:03:58 AM  
I really want to do some tall, ornamental grasses for my yard. We're zone 6 in North America, and I just want low maintenance stuff. I found the Karl Foerster grass, any thoughts/ experience with tall ornamental grasses for a greenhorn gardener?
 
2021-11-09 9:17:20 AM  

kozlo: I really want to do some tall, ornamental grasses for my yard. We're zone 6 in North America, and I just want low maintenance stuff. I found the Karl Foerster grass, any thoughts/ experience with tall ornamental grasses for a greenhorn gardener?


Yes! Karl Foerster is everywhere and boring, in my opinion. I loved this Frosted Explosion ornamental grass so much that I bought more for next year. Three little starts from inside this spring filled a 4-foot high
 
2021-11-09 9:22:56 AM  
testosteronephobe:

Good to know. I know it's boring, but we need boring and easy for our yard. The previous owner has this schizophrenic garden of hostas, ivys, and all kinds of other stuff, and it's kind of a lot for two working parents with a 2 year old, newborn and dog. Low maintenance is key at our house and yard.
 
2021-11-09 9:23:33 AM  

rosekolodny: FrancoFile: We had some hard frosts last week - the lettuce in the hoop houses was crunchy to the touch.  But I let it be and it came back ok.  Got a nice warm week coming up so hope to get at least one more harvest.

Clipped the last pepper plant and hung the stems upside down in the hopes that I get a few to ripen.

Loaded lots of leaves into my open compost bin.

Other than that, nothing shaking until January or February, when I'll start things in the hydroponic kit and starter pots.

Would like to hear recommendations on seed catalogs, especially eggplant.

I'm a big fan of the long Asian varieties.  They're best for eggplant agebitashi.

https://www.justonecookbook.com/eggplant-agebitashi/


I use Fedco for my seeds.  I normally just grow the purple galine eggplants and have had good luck with them.  The beetles decimate them in the spring, but they come back strong in the fall.
 
2021-11-09 9:24:38 AM  
Fireproof:

Give it away on Craigslist.  Someone will want to replace the cord.
 
2021-11-09 9:24:41 AM  

testosteronephobe: kozlo: I really want to do some tall, ornamental grasses for my yard. We're zone 6 in North America, and I just want low maintenance stuff. I found the Karl Foerster grass, any thoughts/ experience with tall ornamental grasses for a greenhorn gardener?

Yes! Karl Foerster is everywhere and boring, in my opinion. I loved this Frosted Explosion ornamental grass so much that I bought more for next year. Three little starts from inside this spring filled a 4-foot high


I got excited!
Those little starts filled big planters with this lovely, tall grass that looks like fireworks explosions at the tips. It dried well for a fall arrangement, too.
I'm in 5b and it was no-maintenance except for a drip line.
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Here's how it looked in my yard:
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2021-11-09 9:27:44 AM  
I planted my garlic last week, then went out of town for the weekend.  We had a few pretty hard freezes while we were gone, so I assume my potatoes are toast.  I'm heading down now to take a look.  I dug some last week, so I know there are potatoes there, but not a ton.  I should have a little spinach and kale to pick before I shut down for the winter.
 
2021-11-09 9:31:21 AM  
Zone 6.  Picked the last tomatoes two weekes ago.  Been freezing here steadily for a week, so toms and pepperss are dead.  But the petunias are still hanging on.
 
2021-11-09 9:46:59 AM  
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2021-11-09 9:52:00 AM  
testosteronephobe:

I like that! Would it work in a ground bed though? Or is that for planters only?

/like I said, total greenhorn gardener here.
//really enjoy these threads though
///yay yard stuff
 
2021-11-09 10:03:23 AM  
By the middle of October we've usually cut the roses down to winter height and have banked them up with mulch. It has been so warm, they still had buds last week.
 
2021-11-09 10:13:05 AM  

kozlo: testosteronephobe:

I like that! Would it work in a ground bed though? Or is that for planters only?

/like I said, total greenhorn gardener here.
//really enjoy these threads though
///yay yard stuff


It would certainly work in a ground bed. The seed packet describes it as non-fussy and that was my experience.
I love these threads, too. There is always something to learn or admire!
 
2021-11-09 10:19:49 AM  

poconojoe: Fireproof: I'm working on the front and Mrs. Fireproof, who is watching, gives out a yelp and the trimmer suddenly powers down. She says she saw a spark. For a second I think it's come unplugged again, but nope. Pretty soon I realize I've sawed through the farking extension cord.

I've done that too. it's just one of the little joys of home ownership

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Same here, and I try to be careful. I try and tuck a loop into a pocket, or drape the cord over my shoulder. I had a cordless trimmer dropped off last week. I am trying to think of someone to donate the old trimmer to, but everyone that I know is even more likely to chop an extension cord, annually.
 
2021-11-09 10:33:41 AM  
It is November, right? Our crocuses started coming through a few days ago, and my partner was able to harvest saffron today.
 
2021-11-09 10:44:58 AM  
My Bonsai Larch is glorious.  Soon a leave mulch bed will be readied for the winter nap along with 50 others.  The pumpkins have been split and our squirrels are gorging themselves with the seeds inside.  All in the compost pit which will have a good 2 cubic yards of compost ready by early spring.  The pines are laying a bed of yellow needles over the brick garden, softening the area and creating a good look. Intersting that these trees are only 20 feet tall but the cones are a foot long!  Massive.  This week my Red Blaze maple will frop everything, it is currently full color and awesome.  I could go around the yard e with a dialogue for every corner, but the point is there is a lot happening up north here in Illinois.
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2021-11-09 10:47:16 AM  

kozlo: I really want to do some tall, ornamental grasses for my yard. We're zone 6 in North America, and I just want low maintenance stuff. I found the Karl Foerster grass, any thoughts/ experience with tall ornamental grasses for a greenhorn gardener?


Look up world-renowned Dutch gardener Piet Oudolf. Even though I'd seen his work in New York and Chicago, I didn't know his name until a couple months ago. I am now OBSESSED. His grassy meadow landscapes are to die for, especially his "skeleton" late fall/early winter gardens. I'm currently in the middle of reinventing my entire side yard in the Oudolf style. Some of my favorite grasses I'll be mixing in are pink muhly and white cloud grass.
 
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