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    Senior Member Eileen's Avatar
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    Default How does your garden grow?

    Does anyone else garden? I finally have a place to do it, and I'm enjoying it a lot. My dad gardened when I was a kid, so I have some basic facility with it, though I'm no expert.

    Currently planted: 3 varieties of bell peppers, cayenne peppers, tabasco peppers (planted away from each other, though it's a community garden so people have planted whatever they want, so I might end up with crazy spicy bell peppers anyway). Three varieties of heirloom tomatoes, which are growing so. freaking. slowly. Sweet basil, thai basil, oregano, cilantro, sweet mint, rosemary, dill, and sage. Cucumbers. Catnip. Oh, and okra.

    Really, I'm just dying for my tomatoes to get going. I have one fruit on the vine. To save space, I tried those topsy-turvey planters, which I do not recommend (they're doing okay, but it's just a dumb gimmick).

    I spent some time fertilizing them on Sunday afternoon, and my pepper plants seem a little greener (they were kind of pale) after getting some fish emulsion and plant-tone. I need to spend time weeding (but also need to spend time writing lesson plans and doing work for this grant writing class, so I might see if I can trick the eight year-old across the parking lot into hanging out with me and pickin' weeds).

    What's happening in the dirt where you are?
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    My brother tried to start an herb garden but I think there was too much shade. Everything died. We got rid of all of our fruit trees, mostly the squirrels and our dogs would eat from them. Right now, I'm trying to grow privacy trees/hedges for a bald patch in our fence. If you have any experience with that, please share, my modesty demands it.

    Mostly the front and back yard look fine, my dad is an architect and he did the basic landscaping lay out but then I think things got haywire when we threw some money at a gardener to finish it up. Now there are smidgens of bushes and trees dotting the place and I'm not sure what they are supposed to look like full grown and what the actual vision was. We are also big fans of tanbark.

    The only greenthumb in my family is my mom, at least, she's the only one who shows any extended interest in the green stuff outside our house.
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    In answer to your thread title; photosynthesis.

    Also; reproduction like, seeds and stuff... J/k, I garden, for liesure, and to keep my house looking neat... I tend the gardens, I have 2, a front one and a back one. 'My front graden' 'My back garden'... The back garden's bigger.

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    Today I learned that I can pollinate my tomato plants with an electric toothbrush. Apparently the reason so many of my blooms have been drying out is that the bees haven't been all-up-ins the way nature prefers. Enter vibrating toothbrush solution. (Here's a link about it!)
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    This year my roommate is in on it with me. We have some herbs (chive, parsley, basil doing well) and also a couple tomatoes, a zucchini, and several bush beans.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eileen View Post
    Today I learned that I can pollinate my tomato plants with an electric toothbrush. Apparently the reason so many of my blooms have been drying out is that the bees haven't been all-up-ins the way nature prefers. Enter vibrating toothbrush solution. (Here's a link about it!)
    I have never heard of that! I like to mix in some flowers with my vegetable plants. I like to think that it attracts bees more. But also they are pretty.
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    My mom somehow got me involved in her garden plans. So now we have chives, basil, thyme, mint, tomatoes, kale, swiss chard, peppers, egg plants, mustard greens, broccoli, cauliflower. I think that's it. Ooh and beans.

    There's a cherry tree as well but we didn't get a lot of fruits this year because of the silly weather.

    I really really want strawberry "plants" but maybe next year. (Anticipatory )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eileen View Post
    What's happening in the dirt where you are?
    I have a few years' worth of extnesive photos from my various gardening/landscaping projects from when I lived in Florida.
    They are in my blog ("Halla74's Flipbook - Glimpses Into the Frenzy">

    Also, I will be moving into a new house on 8-17-2012, and must be rebuild the landscape from scratch, and will be doing some extensive planning and serial projects that will be photographed and shared here.

    One site I like right now is: http://online-garden-design.designof...-design-plans/

    These are my two faves from it, ATM...



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    My Mother's maiden name is "Marz" - which translated back to old German during the days of the Roman occupation in the Rheinland Pfalz region roughly translates to "Gardener."
    My Mom has always had a heavenly garden, all around the house, front yard, back yard, sides, everywhere - there is botanical beauty.
    I inherited this love of gardening from her, and it has been an immense source of joy and contentment in my life.



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    I tried, but i'm bad at remembering to water the garden so my mom's taken over. I need something that vocalizes and goes hey feed me! like I'm good at keeping my cat alive because he meows at me when he needs something.
    In no likes experiment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    I have a few years' worth of extnesive photos from my various gardening/landscaping projects from when I lived in Florida.
    They are in my blog ("Halla74's Flipbook - Glimpses Into the Frenzy">

    Also, I will be moving into a new house on 8-17-2012, and must be rebuild the landscape from scratch, and will be doing some extensive planning and serial projects that will be photographed and shared here.

    One site I like right now is: http://online-garden-design.designof...-design-plans/

    These are my two faves from it, ATM...



    AND...



    My Mother's maiden name is "Marz" - which translated back to old German during the days of the Roman occupation in the Rheinland Pfalz region roughly translates to "Gardener."
    My Mom has always had a heavenly garden, all around the house, front yard, back yard, sides, everywhere - there is botanical beauty.
    I inherited this love of gardening from her, and it has been an immense source of joy and contentment in my life.



    -Alex
    Halla I like those gardens that incorporate a patio. Exciting that you get to start afresh and build up something new at the new place (although sad about moving on from something you've invested in for years).
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