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What doth in your Garden Grow - April 07

 12:06 am on Apr 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Autumn here, things are slowing down after the Spring/Summer frenzy.

Fruit & Veg
Pulled the last of the Tomato plants out the other day, time to make some Green Tomato Chutney with the final harvest.
Stripped the Apple Tree yesterday as the Possums were starting to take a little too much interest in the Fruit.
Put in some new HorseRadish plants which should be ready in a few years. ;)
Shallots are in and shooting, Garlic standing by awaiting more compost in their bed.
Potatos are also waiting to go in as soon as I spread some compost on their bed as well.
Haven't decided what other winter crop to grow as yet as water is such an issue here with the drought.

Flowers et al
The Naked Ladies have done their dash (no, these ones [en.wikipedia.org]) and are sending out their leaves for replenishment.
Nerines are almost all done bar a few late flowering varieties, as are the Lycoris.
The "smelly" plants are on their way, Arums, Amophophallus etc., as are the Paint Brush Lilies (Haemanthus) while the Blood Lillies (Scadoxus) have all retreated for the winter.
The spring bulbs (Daffs and Jonquils) are already poking their noses out, somewhat early this year, funny weather we are having, and the Irises are all putting on weight ready for a good show later in the year.
Plus a plethora of Crinum and Amarygia seedlings are coming along very nicely.
The succulent bed is doing well, kinda. One groundcover succulent decided to do just that, cover ALL the ground and had to be severley restrained as the other plants were complaining (albeit quietly).

So, what doth in your Garden Grow?

And what does this all have to do with technology? I'm still seeking a database application [webmasterworld.com] to help keep track of all this. If anyone has any ideas, let me know.




 12:27 am on Apr 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

I've got cherry tomatoes, and two larger varieties, cucumber, bell peppers, baby spinach, scallions, garlic chives and honeydew.

For herbs, spearmint, sage, thyme, and chamomille. Catnip for my two cats. My flowers are Dahlia, Convolvulus, and Columbine.


 12:38 am on Apr 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Was getting all excited over spring 3 weeks ago and popped into local garden center and the lady said hold off theres cold on its way, 1 week later 6 inches of snow even killed off my daffs ,

But this weekend with luck flowers for the deck and cherry tomatoes , and cucumbers . just have to hope late snow did not kill off the asparagus bed

joys of the midwest



 7:10 am on Apr 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

How does my garden grow?

" With blue bells
and cockle shells
and one G-d Damn onion."

Matt Probert

 3:30 pm on Apr 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Well,, last saturday night I looked out, and one of my neighbours and a friend of his were fighting in my flower bed! A pair of stranger looking flowers I ne'er have seen!

Other than that, the sunflowers are growing well, and the primulas just starting to finish.



 3:54 pm on Apr 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

I don't have space for a garden this year - bad apartment.


But I'm growing lettuces inside - never realized how easy that would be. And it's great to have fresh lettuce all the time and never have to worry about a store-bought head going rotten in three days.

I might do some Guerilla Gardening though for tubers, onions. I tried Guerilla Gardening some tomatoes last year when I ran out of space at my house but somebody found the plant and reaped my sew.


 5:42 pm on Apr 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

>>>Guerilla Gardening

Is that where you find some unused space in the middle of the city and plant flowers or veggies?


 6:18 pm on Apr 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

>>>Guerilla Gardening

Is that where you find some unused space in the middle of the city and plant flowers or veggies?

Yep. We have a lot of community parks in my city but you practically have to sleep with somebody to get a plot. I had bought a bunch of tomatoes but I only had so much dirt in my tiny backyard . . . so I planted a bunch in on the hill behind the grocery store. They grew because it got full sun but somebody picked the fruit. Cool with me if they take some but I wish they would have left one or two. Maybe they were rats though. ;)


 6:25 pm on Apr 20, 2007 (gmt 0)


What city are we talking about?


 4:59 am on Apr 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

>So, what doth in your Garden Grow?

We have a few acres in Florida.....right now all that is growing are weeds! The grass is still dormant (odd for this time of year)!


 5:48 am on Apr 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Aloe Vera, Basil, Mint. All three are grown to be consumed :) We make paratha with fresh mint.
[en.wikipedia.org ]. I would recommend it to anyone with yoghurt or pickle.


 3:23 am on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

What city are we talking about?

Baltimore, the city that bleeds.


 4:13 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

fresh mint

I agree that fresh mint is great, but if you do plant it, plant it in a pot, otherwise you might end up with an entire garden full of the stuff

what doth in your Garden Grow?

Mint, sage, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, and a lot of other unidentified plants!

Garlic standing by awaiting more compost in their bed

How do you grow garlic? I hear a lot of people talking about 'wild' garlic. How do grow that and what's the difference? I think you can eat the leaves?

I will get some small tomato plants to put outside but I reckoned it was still a bit early for that, despite the recent heat wave?


 5:23 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

How do you grow garlic?

It's kind of like growing tulips. Stuff some big cloves in the ground before first frost and wait a year.

I think you're supposed to crack the individual cloves before you plant but you might want to Google-check me on that.

I used to pick wild garlic out of my backyard. Not sure how it got there. When I was kid, there used to be garlic growing in our compost pile just because someone tossed it out there.


 5:28 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

>>>>Baltimore, the city that bleeds.

now that is funny .... yet tragic all at once


 8:16 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

You're right HelenDev and we do grow mint in pots, not in a garden. In the past we've grown Bitter Gourds and Green Lemons too. I'm not especially fond of Bitter Gourds but fresh ones just off the trees are really something. Green Lemons are excellent to make fresh lemonade with. Put a dash of fresh mint in and lots of ice. Nothing better on a hot sunny day. In Mumbai, India where I live, we have three months of really hot, humid weather in summer. Not everything grown is edible tho'. We've had ferns, roses, cactii, assorted plants and mini landscapes.


 9:12 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

What could you grow in a back garden in Glasgow, Scotland?


 9:22 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm currently growing Romaine lettuce, red cabbage, sweet onions, brocoli, spinach, rosemary, chives, oregano, basil, 2 tomato plants and a habanero pepper plant... will start sowing the sweet yellow corn this week:

Once the 'cool' variety plants are pulled, I'll be adding squash.

We also get Quackers and Quackette each Spring... [flickr.com...]


 10:58 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

>>How do you grow garlic?
>Stuff some big cloves in the ground

Bingo! Buy some Garlic Bulbs, either from the supermarket or a specialised grower, crack them into individual cloves and simply plant them in well composted/manured ground, about an inch deep and pointy end up. Water well, and keep the weeds under control.

Harvest when the leaves start to wither and turn yellow and store in a dry cool place until needed. If you want to go all the way you can plat the plants after they have dried off and hang them up.

Choose and keep your best bulb/s for replanting next year and that will be the last time you ever buy garlic. You could also branch out into different varieties of garlic for different tastes, or even try Elephant Garlic which is actually a bunching onion. This proceedure also works for shallots and bunching leeks. Most Onions and Leeks can only be grown from seeds.



 11:07 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

I've recently come across something called Egyptian Wandering onions. Stems have a very nice flavor, and the small bulbs are tasty too. Best of all, the bulbs fall each year on their own and start the next generation without human interference.


 12:34 am on Apr 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

What could you grow in a back garden in Glasgow, Scotland?


The wife is putting in a whole lot of heirloom veggies this year. Those are almost always a treat.

Still a few frosts left in this area, so the real garden won't go in for a couple of weeks yet.



 8:08 am on Apr 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

What could you grow in a back garden in Glasgow, Scotland?

Probably most things that are 'traditionally' grown in the UK, like winter veg, and hardy herbs like sage. For the more mediteranean stuff like basil, chillis etc, a sunny windowsill should do nicely.

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