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2022-05-23 7:32:09 PM  
I drove to the local farm stand today and forgot to buy a big pot of Super-petunias that are pre-grown and stay flowering all summer.  I've lowered my standards for gardening, after trying it and finding a lot of work and knowledge are required.

/But I did get some really good smoked pepperoni for way too much per pound.
 
2022-05-23 7:36:09 PM  
*plants a bunch of catnip next to a bunch of mint*

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2022-05-23 7:45:07 PM  
Hardening my seedlings went rather poorly this year. I'm not screwing around next time. I'll introduce them to cigarettes while telling them their father never loved them.
 
2022-05-23 7:46:49 PM  
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I was standing in for another food bank shopper today and they had huge boxes of these perennials.   I took a ton of hostas and astilbe, elephant ear and others.  They'll go out with the food tomorrow for people to take home and plant.

(I'm keeping one elephant ear and one hosta.)
 
2022-05-23 7:48:19 PM  
Had some help in the flower bed this week, as some may have seen in another thread. Baby 'gogo did better this time with watering. No flowers have sprouted yet. Picky poppies. I think they dried out with the few hot days we had. It's been chilly here since, so sunflower planting was put off.

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2022-05-23 7:48:46 PM  

Ker_Thwap: I drove to the local farm stand today and forgot to buy a big pot of Super-petunias that are pre-grown and stay flowering all summer.  I've lowered my standards for gardening, after trying it and finding a lot of work and knowledge are required.

/But I did get some really good smoked pepperoni for way too much per pound.


Double petunias are really beautiful.

We might make garden boxes this weekend.  We will see.
 
2022-05-23 7:48:50 PM  
Sunday was repotting and running more water lines. I have lots of interesting volunteers this time around and they get moved into their own digs once they declare who they want to be. The basils were NOT happy in the repot soil though and I'll have to start again on them. The strawbs that overwintered seem very happy - I thought they hated me. Things can change in interesting ways.
 
2022-05-23 7:57:04 PM  
Well at least the gopher plants didn't die
 
2022-05-23 8:19:19 PM  
Oh! I've lived in this farking house for 8 years now? And just discovered we have some rando rose bush on the side of the house. It's starting to get blooms on it. I just have no idea why this was put here. It's in between houses and we don't bother with the shared patch of land.

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2022-05-23 8:37:06 PM  
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Circumstances have found me with a frog pond.

Used to be crystal-clear water with room for 6 or 8 koi that would grow large and get friendly just in time for racoons to cruz by for late-night take out. I swore no more after finding...well, it was gnarly, that last supper.

So, after a year of keeping the water less than perfect, circulating but a build-up of bottom detritus, viola! tad poles! (I was sure all the frogs were gone due to new neighbor's destruction).  Overjoyed I promptly killed them all with a too-rushed water change. (YOUUUUU gotdamned EEEYYDIOOOT!) Total bummer.

Apparently, we've got some committed frogs because there was a second - and possibly third - batch and, in gratitude, I've let the pond get downright funky. Filtered and aerated but zero skimming and if some huge elephant ear leaf fell in there days ago, well, didn't it make a perfect launching pad for teeny tiny frogletts?

I get ready for work at 11 p.m., sipping coffee in a darkened kitchen, window open, listening to more frogs than we've ever had. Tiptoe out with a flashlight to watch them surf and slide and hide.

and trip over that sushi-loving racoon who now eats dog kibble since the pond water is too murky to hunt in.

It's a nice balance so far.

The garden itself is in disarray. Too mfing hot now, too humid, too much jerk-o neighbor.

Too many frogs to watch turn from secret, silent water wigglies into bold, legged sex fiends.
 
2022-05-23 8:49:34 PM  

Wendigogo: Oh! I've lived in this farking house for 8 years now? And just discovered we have some rando rose bush on the side of the house. It's starting to get blooms on it. I just have no idea why this was put here. It's in between houses and we don't bother with the shared patch of land.

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Random roses are best roses.

Especially tea roses.

I'd bet $10 there's someone's long-buried pet under it.
 
2022-05-23 9:02:11 PM  

Wendigogo: Oh! I've lived in this farking house for 8 years now? And just discovered we have some rando rose bush on the side of the house. It's starting to get blooms on it. I just have no idea why this was put here. It's in between houses and we don't bother with the shared patch of land.

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D'aww :(  I hadn't even thought of that. I'm not planning on getting rid of it, I was just shocked to find it.

Carry on, little rose bush!
 
2022-05-23 9:25:50 PM  
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2022-05-23 9:32:48 PM  

parasol: Wendigogo: Oh! I've lived in this farking house for 8 years now? And just discovered we have some rando rose bush on the side of the house. It's starting to get blooms on it. I just have no idea why this was put here. It's in between houses and we don't bother with the shared patch of land.

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Random roses are best roses.

Especially tea roses.

I'd bet $10 there's someone's long-buried pet under it.


Weird. I meant to respond to your post and responded to mine instead.
 
2022-05-23 10:12:49 PM  
The garden is finally hitting it's stride. So are the rabbits, which chewed my purple sprouting broccoli down to the ground and ate all my pea shoots. Bastards. I've fenced off the stuff they like but I think I'll need a fence all around the garden.
The perennials are coming on strong, too. The daffodils are done, there's a few tulips left and now the casmassias and alliums are blooming.
There's a buzz in the garden and the magic is starting to happen.

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2022-05-24 12:00:17 AM  
Just out of curiosity, where do you live Subby?
 
2022-05-24 12:25:16 AM  
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2022-05-24 7:16:08 AM  
I got my shiat together and dug out and fenced a 15 by 25 patch for a garden.  I'm sore as hell, but it might have been what I needed mental health wise, since I feel better than I have in a while.

My wife promptly got about 30 by 25 worth of plants and seedlings and roots.
 
2022-05-24 7:31:13 AM  
All of the exterior wiring for my drip irrigation system is in place, and it's been wire-tied, terminated, and cleaned up.  I need to make a bunch of 2m cables with DuPont crimp connectors for connecting the moisture sensors to the permanent wiring.
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I got marjoram in the ground, which completes my herb bed.  I also planted the Armenian cucumbers, Cherokee purple tomatoes, and Ping Tung eggplants.  The other varieties of tomato and eggplant will go out this week.  Sweet bell peppers and yellow squash are just now sprouting under the grow lights.

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I'll start harvesting collards, chard, and mizuna this week.

I think this weekend I'll get another row of beans planted.
 
2022-05-24 7:39:03 AM  
Adventurers in weeding.

Last Saturday was weeding the garden, my least favorite thing about gardening next to pest control.  Nicked one of the pepper plants. It dies. The damn weeds re-rooted themselves with just a little bit of dirt. Did I mention I hate weeding.

I had volunteer watermelon plants come up. I just used the shovel to transplant them to a hill outside of where my onions would be. They didn't care.

Continue to hill the potato plants. Both for weed control and give productivity.
 
2022-05-24 7:48:16 AM  
Tomato and pepper plants growing well in the greenhouse. Strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries and blackberries starting to fruit. Potatoes and onions doing well. Cabbages and cauliflowers getting eaten, so bug sprayed them which helped and also started some new seeds off. Potted out kale, broccoli and sprouts. New pond added, waiting for the wildlife to arrive. Weeds - so many weeds though....ommmmm.
 
2022-05-24 8:03:58 AM  
I've got volunteer stuff that's doing as well as some of what I've planted. Guess I need to yank them out or hoe them down.
Some of my planted stuff does not look like what the seeds were labeled.
I've got tomatoes that are looking OK and I think I actually planted a decent number per space ratio. I usually plant too many too close together.
Got hops bines and muscadine vines climbing their respective trellises.

My bees seem happy, but I had a late (large) swarm and no where for them so as an experiment I dumped them together with a smaller earlier swarm and am going to see if they can bee friends.
 
2022-05-24 8:07:44 AM  
Harvested the first garlic scapes (flower stems). They've great anywhere scallions or green onion is called for.  Our free irises are blooming, all white.  Lots of strawberries forming. Most of the plants are in the greenhouse because of the squirrels. The Hollywood Plum has dozens of fruit on it, nothing on the other plums or the Asian pears (all first year). Last year's kale is going to seed, the birds love it.  Many babies birds were about yesterday. Raspberries and blueberries are blooming. The grape vines are putting out leaves, as is the Nikita's Gift persimmon.   These three are just twigs, so it will be years before we get anything.

Minuses: shiny geranium is all over the place.
 
2022-05-24 8:07:46 AM  
Oh, and elderberry flowers are coming on - may have to make some elderflower syrup, maybe some fritters.
 
2022-05-24 8:13:11 AM  
We had a low spot on the side of the house that was the possible cause of some wet spots in the basement.  The Mrs loves her blueberries and requested a few bushes.  The decision was made to extend the small skirt around the house and raise it up about a foot and put in a few bushes, a potted rosemary, the dahlias I was gifted and a few marigolds for color.  Took about two days and several trips for dirt but everything turned out great.  Even, tapered, edged, mulched and layered with weed barrier. I'd pay myself on the back but I can't move after shoveling 1.5 yards of dirt and another yard of mulch.

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2022-05-24 8:27:05 AM  
I've never posted in a gardening thread before, but I have questions about ferns. I was in New Orleans last month and pulled a small fern off a brick wall, brought it home to PGH, water rooted it, and planted it in a small pot. A week later I had growth, and it's definitely coming along. I have it on my front porch (direct sunlight from maybe 6:30am-9ish).

Is there anything I should be doing, or not doing, to keep this thing growing?

I sing it Mr. Rogers "You're Growing" every day, so I have that avenue covered.

Also, what the fark do they live on growing out of a wall like that? Mortar & air?

Thanks in advance, farkers.
 
2022-05-24 8:38:48 AM  

TheWriteGirl: I've never posted in a gardening thread before, but I have questions about ferns. I was in New Orleans last month and pulled a small fern off a brick wall, brought it home to PGH, water rooted it, and planted it in a small pot. A week later I had growth, and it's definitely coming along. I have it on my front porch (direct sunlight from maybe 6:30am-9ish).

Is there anything I should be doing, or not doing, to keep this thing growing?

I sing it Mr. Rogers "You're Growing" every day, so I have that avenue covered.

Also, what the fark do they live on growing out of a wall like that? Mortar & air?

Thanks in advance, farkers.


Given how well so much grows in your region/zone, wouldn't be surprised if there's a local fern growing club. I used to go to a monthly orchid club in Philly-great group.
Sometimes plants just sprout where they can, does not always mean that they'll thrive where they're growing. Yes, plants (orchids, Spanish moss etc) can and do grow off of precarious perches-not wanting to potted, thriving off of rain, miro-nutrients, is more common that people realize. In fact, the easiest way to kill any orchid (including the grocery store ones) is to over water it.
Seems like your fern is thriving, good luck!
 
2022-05-24 8:45:23 AM  
I still have around 50 tomato and pepper seedlings I was too lazy to repot a month ago. Not putting anything in the ground that I'll have to dig up at the end of the season. And I can move the pepper plants indoors for winter.

I've been accumulating Alocasia, Philodendron, palms, canna lilies, agave for the yard, getting way behind on planting.

This week I'm building a forest floor greenhouse for rare tropicals and next week I'll build a covered lean-to for my cactus collection.
 
2022-05-24 8:46:19 AM  
Planted a tomato plant and a cucumber vine back in late March (summer starts very early here). We had a little cool spell and some wind, which I thought had doomed the cukes, but at least my tomatoes were thriving. Then everything reversed. The cucumber vine, which had split and twisted at the base and was losing leaves, began to thrive and I got to try my first home grown cucumber last week (bitter and inedible, no surprise after how stressed the plant was; we'll see if future fruit improves). Meanwhile, it seems I accidentally overwatered my tomato plant with a leaky hose and killed it. My wife still wants her fried green tomatoes though, so I'll have to replace it.

Other than that, my two 5yo jalapeño plants (small trees, really) are already putting out more peppers than I can eat, along with the 5yo red  chili, which is too hot to eat much of anyway. Seeing how well they've done, I put in a bell pepper plant next to them. I'm hoping it goes perennial as well. Herbs-wise, my thyme has nearly finished choking out my oregano (which is fine since my wife doesn't like oregano). My mint is taking over its 5gal bucket nicely, and my dill and Persian basil seedlings just got repotted to 1gal containers.

Oh, and my lemon drop melon seedlings are doing nicely too.
 
2022-05-24 8:49:32 AM  
I was away for a week.  When I returned, my garden had exploded.  Nearly every seed I had planted had germinated and the starts were going crazy.  I pulled the last of the row cover off the cold weather stuff yesterday and discovered the largest kohlrabi I have ever seen - softball sized at least.  We had one last night and it was perfect.  I missed my asparagus this year because I was out of town, so I'll give it a year off.

Our goal this year is to not throw anything away.  We have a local food bank that will take extra produce, so we hope to go there almost every day to take something.  Today, is two large bags of swiss chard.

The big surprise when I came back from vacation was the strawberries.  Tons of red ripe ones.  I have picked two pails of them so far, so I see jam in my future.
 
2022-05-24 8:51:58 AM  
The lilacs, allium, and peonies are about to pop.
Tomatoes and peppers are inconsolable about spending another week inside when their friends have started migrating to the outdoors.
Everything goes out next weekend. No mercy.
Some stragglers preparing for life on the outside:

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2022-05-24 8:53:23 AM  
Good news, the squashes are all out and rapidly growing in the straw.

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I put two seeds in per spot and they all sprouted. I'm considering transplanting instead of thinning, since we eat so much of it.

I'm finally seeing others seedlings pop out; peas, beans, maybe a cantaloupe. Nothing from the lettuce and leeks, so I put a few more seeds into pods. The weather is supposed to be mild for a week or so, hopefully I can get these germinated and transplanted before the heat comes back.
 
2022-05-24 8:55:59 AM  
I gave up after the garden I planted 2 years ago was growing better than I had seen locally in years. Then the deer and ground moles moved in and destroyed it. The garden was in a fenced in area (old dog run made of chain link fencing but was only 3.5 feet high so the deer were able to reach over and top a bunch of the plants. I was kind of ok with it because I tend to top certain plants to increase growth of the base such as tomatoes and other type plants.

The moles however came in and ate the root systems off of all the plants and everything died. My squash and bell pepper plants were pretty lush and had produce coming in only to wither and die.

After that i just decided to hit the farmers market. Cheaper and a LOT less work.
 
2022-05-24 9:02:07 AM  

whatshisname: The garden is finally hitting it's stride. So are the rabbits, which chewed my purple sprouting broccoli down to the ground and ate all my pea shoots. Bastards. I've fenced off the stuff they like but I think I'll need a fence all around the garden.
The perennials are coming on strong, too. The daffodils are done, there's a few tulips left and now the casmassias and alliums are blooming.
There's a buzz in the garden and the magic is starting to happen.

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Wow! THAT is a garden. I like the raised beds. I may have to see about creating some mole proof ones if I decide to try again.
 
2022-05-24 9:03:48 AM  
Ferns are like weeds in the back of my yard bordering the woods.  Damp and dappled sunlight seems to make them happy.  But, I'm in New England, not New Orleans, so it would probably depend on what variety of fern they are.

amyldoanitrite: Planted a tomato plant and a cucumber vine back in late March (summer starts very early here). We had a little cool spell and some wind, which I thought had doomed the cukes, but at least my tomatoes were thriving. Then everything reversed. The cucumber vine, which had split and twisted at the base and was losing leaves, began to thrive and I got to try my first home grown cucumber last week (bitter and inedible, no surprise after how stressed the plant was; we'll see if future fruit improves). Meanwhile, it seems I accidentally overwatered my tomato plant with a leaky hose and killed it. My wife still wants her fried green tomatoes though, so I'll have to replace it.

Other than that, my two 5yo jalapeño plants (small trees, really) are already putting out more peppers than I can eat, along with the 5yo red  chili, which is too hot to eat much of anyway. Seeing how well they've done, I put in a bell pepper plant next to them. I'm hoping it goes perennial as well. Herbs-wise, my thyme has nearly finished choking out my oregano (which is fine since my wife doesn't like oregano). My mint is taking over its 5gal bucket nicely, and my dill and Persian basil seedlings just got repotted to 1gal containers.

Oh, and my lemon drop melon seedlings are doing nicely too.


I learned this on Fark.  Pepper plants can cross pollinate, so you'll end up with a few mystery spice level peppers.  I found it made cooking annoying, when I got a bunch of flavorless "hot" peppers.
 
2022-05-24 9:09:38 AM  

Ker_Thwap: Ferns are like weeds in the back of my yard bordering the woods.  Damp and dappled sunlight seems to make them happy.  But, I'm in New England, not New Orleans, so it would probably depend on what variety of fern they are.amyldoanitrite: Planted a tomato plant and a cucumber vine back in late March (summer starts very early here). We had a little cool spell and some wind, which I thought had doomed the cukes, but at least my tomatoes were thriving. Then everything reversed. The cucumber vine, which had split and twisted at the base and was losing leaves, began to thrive and I got to try my first home grown cucumber last week (bitter and inedible, no surprise after how stressed the plant was; we'll see if future fruit improves). Meanwhile, it seems I accidentally overwatered my tomato plant with a leaky hose and killed it. My wife still wants her fried green tomatoes though, so I'll have to replace it.

Other than that, my two 5yo jalapeño plants (small trees, really) are already putting out more peppers than I can eat, along with the 5yo red  chili, which is too hot to eat much of anyway. Seeing how well they've done, I put in a bell pepper plant next to them. I'm hoping it goes perennial as well. Herbs-wise, my thyme has nearly finished choking out my oregano (which is fine since my wife doesn't like oregano). My mint is taking over its 5gal bucket nicely, and my dill and Persian basil seedlings just got repotted to 1gal containers.

Oh, and my lemon drop melon seedlings are doing nicely too.

I learned this on Fark.  Pepper plants can cross pollinate, so you'll end up with a few mystery spice level peppers.  I found it made cooking annoying, when I got a bunch of flavorless "hot" peppers.


From what I understand, the cross-pollination (which I'd totally be cool with) only affects peppers grown from the cross-pollinated seeds, not fruit of the parents. Except by making the fruit look funky from time to time (I've experienced this). Since my peppers are perennial here, I don't save seed and replant, so I don't expect any issues.

Of course, I may be wrong, and end up with some spicy bells. Which I'd love.
 
2022-05-24 9:21:46 AM  
It's not even consistent from pepper to pepper on the same plant.  It's not the worst thing, you just have to taste test each pepper before cooking with it, to know what to expect.
 
2022-05-24 9:27:21 AM  

Ker_Thwap: It's not even consistent from pepper to pepper on the same plant.  It's not the worst thing, you just have to taste test each pepper before cooking with it, to know what to expect.


That's true. Watering schedule seems to be the main thing affecting the heat level of my jalapeños. Water stressed peppers are hotter. You can tell by the scar-like lines that form as the peppers plump back up after dehydrating a bit. Ever since I started using an automatic irrigation timer and having a set schedule, I haven't had as many issues with that.
 
2022-05-24 9:33:47 AM  
Due to lack of space,I really need to stop going to the local greenhouse
but I did find a spot for this tri-colored sage and very happy I did !
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2022-05-24 9:46:33 AM  
In Colorado we had a heavy, wet snow, so the weekend was taken up with covering all the little starts that had just gone into the ground after months of being carefully attended to indoors.
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I also managed to build platforms for my water barrels just in time for the storm to fill them up completely, but had to protect the valves from freezing. Fortunately they seem to have survived which is great because temps are expected to be in the mid 80s this week.
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Now, does anyone have a chainsaw I can borrow? Leafed out trees and spring snow just don't get along.
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2022-05-24 10:06:16 AM  

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I also managed to build platforms for my water barrels just in time for the storm to fill them up completely, but had to protect the valves from freezing. Fortunately they seem to have survived which is great because temps are expected to be in the mid 80s this week.
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Now, does anyone have a chainsaw I can borrow? Leafed out trees and spring snow just don't get along.
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How disheartening! I hope the rest of your season is uneventful.
 
2022-05-24 10:10:53 AM  
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2022-05-24 10:15:09 AM  
Here are some scenes from the Balcony Garden. The center raised bed is getting less light than the rest, haven't decided how to manage that. In it are a zucchini plant and a Fresno Pepper. The other one has the Husky Cherry tomato plant and two basils. Behind it is a Purple Cherokee. Then there is a Giant Marconi pepper and an Early Girl tomato that I probably overpruned, but it will eventually take off.

The petunia containers each have a zucchini, and two cosmos have come up, birds might have eaten the other seeds. The thyme and oregano are arranging themselves for their light needs; you can count on hardy herbs to just get on with things.
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2022-05-24 10:16:56 AM  
Chased a baby bunny from the yard to take this picture. The gaura is starting to bloom, and the Lychnis Maltese Cross is going. This is a small, 3 foot diameter bog with pitcher plants and cranberries.
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2022-05-24 10:17:50 AM  
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2022-05-24 10:25:51 AM  

testosteronephobe: How disheartening! I hope the rest of your season is uneventful.


Thanks! I'm confident at this point we're just five or six hailstorms and a couple of wildfires (and possibly a tornado) away from being able to grow anything at all. 🥶
 
2022-05-24 10:27:11 AM  
We have a couple squirrel nests in our trees. I walked outside this morning to find about half a dozen baby squirrels going absolutely bugfark nuts in the backyard. When I opened the door, they exploded in every direction like someone dropped a bunch of ping pong balls on linoleum. I was thinking WTF when a few minutes later I caught one hanging from the hummingbird feeder, sucking out the sugar water.

I'd like to apologize to their mothers. I moved it out of reach.
 
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