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#1 Auxin

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Posted 17 April 2020 - 05:46 PM

OK, so on a normal year its just a garden but this year we have a 'Pandemic' prefix on everything.

"I'll have a Hazelnut Pandemic Chai Latte, please"

 

So what have you got going so far?

Has lockdown changed your plans or expanded your garden?

 

So far I have red russian kale, tatsoi, tong hao (Chrysanthemum coronarium), and green onions growing.

Last years red russian kale and rutabaga greens that I overwintered are finally suffering too badly to continue.

Yesterday I planted pink belgium tomato seedlings and tomorrow I plant a variety of chili peppers that I admittedly started late.

 

I'm late getting the squash and zucchini areas ready for planting. They should have been planted today.

Its also time to bring out the cacti.


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Posted 17 April 2020 - 07:03 PM

Basil, Mint and lots and lots of succulents I picked up from the sidewalk


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Posted 18 April 2020 - 12:13 AM

I started 6 different tomatoes, Japanese eggplant, giant pumpkin, watermelon, leeks, green beans, banana squash, butternut squash, jalapeno, bell peppers, vinca, and lavender.

 

After skipping a garden for 3 years, I am diving in strong. Doing raised beds in the front yard and side of the house. Hopefully will get a few active plants going.


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Posted 18 April 2020 - 08:42 AM

FRIGGIN SNOW.......for now, but there's last seasons mulch and endomycorrhizae down below.....waiting on my new VICTORY GARDEN.

 

Beans of many different kinds, cucumbers and squashes, many different peppers, and herbs of all kinds too......mint, oregano, thyme, basil, garlic, and etc. etc....

 

I don't know if I'm putting tomatoes this year or not. There is a damned persistent blight and other fungal infections that have just about proved to me that I shouldn't mess with tomatoes.....

 

I do have a massive raspberry patch, my grapes, and several species of mushrooms tearing up logs via plug spawn......

 

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 01:57 PM

Deer.

 

But they're edible, fortunately.


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Posted 18 April 2020 - 02:09 PM

Deer.

 

But they're edible, fortunately.

YUMMY! I built a semi robotic scare hunter to keep them from eating all the pepper plants....I used the stimulus for a new crossbow....


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#7 Auxin

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 05:00 PM

Japanese eggplant

Asian eggplants are great (except the horrifying thai green ones). I never found any use for eggplant until I found asian ones.

My favorite is Ping Tung, a long lavender-purple non-bitter type.

I have to start the seeds insanely early to get good yield, though.

 

I'm doing an experiment with tomatoes this year. Normally I start tomato seeds at least 6 weeks before plant-out date and then have the difficulty of hardening them off in spring winds. Last year I noticed the volunteers that sprouted by themselves nearly caught up to the ones I transplanted before weeding them out.

This year, days before plant-out time, I soaked some seeds in a petri dish and when half had sprouted I planted them all to the permanent location in the garden.

If it works I'll have an easier life. If it doesnt I'll be buying lots of tomatoes when they should be free, lol.

 

I wish I had a raspberry patch. I practically live in a desert so I have limited space for things like that. I need to weed out some feral undomesticated goji bushes and replace them with something.

I keep getting tempted to do raspberries but it'll probably be domesticated goji. I know they'll grow.


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Posted 18 April 2020 - 05:17 PM

Deer.

 

But they're edible, fortunately.

 

 

 

Deer.

 

But they're edible, fortunately.

YUMMY! I built a semi robotic scare hunter to keep them from eating all the pepper plants....I used the stimulus for a new crossbow....

 

Goddamn deer. I've only ever had success with the motion sensor sprinkler and net fencing. I'm going with scent deterrent and the nets this year.

 

To be fair, humans have essentially wiped out or driven out the predators that would keep them in check.

 

That said, I'm growing:

 

  • tomatoes (3 heirlooms)
  • Chinese long beans
  • ~4-6 kinds of lettuce/greens
  • poppies
  • carrots
  • strawberries
  • blackberries
  • zucchini
  • cucumbers
  • yellow squash
  • lettuce basil (the best basil IMO)
  • watermellon
  • peppers
  • herbs

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Posted 18 April 2020 - 05:53 PM

I have snow as well!!

Planted my beets and radishes just to get them covered with white shit!!

They should survive, I hope.  LOL



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Posted 18 April 2020 - 10:45 PM

By far the most success battling deer with fencing.

 

Our garden is mostly the same. We have more of that same but the major difference is that we're spending more time making sure things are well. I've also taken the time to seriously love the fruit trees by removing the grass at the base around the canopy diameter, add compost and woodchip mulch.

 

Orchard:

3 pears

3 plums

4 apples

 

Perennial food/herb crops:

asparagus

strawberries

thornless blackberries

raspberries (summer and fall)

kitchen herbs

 

Annual crops in the ground now:

kale

chives

onions

parsnips

snap peas

runner beans

spuds

fava beans

beets

 

Flats in greenhouse on their way to the ground:

winter squash

summer squash

lettuce

spinach

pole beans

bush beans

chives

chard

broccoli

basil

leeks

kale

 

I'm definitely missing stuff...

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 18 April 2020 - 11:42 PM

Least attention to my gardening this year in many many years...but for a very good reason...mushroom management.  Growing out of control.

 

However, given how much I love outdoor gardening, and leveraging my previous efforts, I have the following (and fortunately no chance of snow):

 

Oh, and lots of horse manure added to the gardens I just happened to have this year.   :cool:  Looking forward to that impact.

 

Planted 2020 so far:

  • 3 tomato varieties (if you can get HM 1823 do it...determinate, but best tomato resistance, great size, texture and flavor!).  I typically have at least 10 distinct maters.
  • Orange Bell Pepper
  • Pickling Cucumber (neighborhood counts on my homemade pickles)
  • Basil
  • Coriander

Existing and growing:

  • Blueberry
  • Apricot
  • 2 Plum varieties
  • Tangerine
  • Pear
  • 3 Apple varieties
  • Butter lettuce
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Mint (unless I finally killed it naturally tbd - sorry, but this stuff should only every be grown in a pot).

Cheers


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#12 Uncle G

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Posted 19 April 2020 - 07:34 AM

Besides me and swim.  

 

I have,

 

Cabbage,

Tomatoes

Kale

Okra

beans,

onions

rosemary

potatoes

Brussels sprouts

celery

mustard greens

borcelli 

kohlrabi 

 

Trying to get the chickens in there.  Going to get a bigger chicken pin.   Planning on turnips.   


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#13 Arathu

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Posted 19 April 2020 - 09:26 AM

I am certainly glad to see that SWIM and FOAF are both on board with victory gardening......hahahahaha

 

They are a sneaky pair of acronyms but good with growing stuff.... 

 

So I've been told anyway..... back to da :smoking-hookah: ummmm....it's flavored tobacco and my eye's get red from allergies...sheesh...

 

Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket! Tuning up the tiller man, tuning up the tiller....

 

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Posted 20 April 2020 - 08:57 PM

I have yet to get to a garden center for my veggies this year. I do have a few freebies and ongoing grows getting off to a good start.

 

Five free tomato plants about a foot tall and wide now.

Orange peppers from last year.

Chives, green onions, lemon basil, Greek oregano, thyme, rosemary, spearmint and peppermint.

Strawberry's, black figs, pomegranates, satsuma plum, Meyers lemon, Old fashioned cling peach.

 

Cannabis and poppies................


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Posted 20 April 2020 - 10:27 PM

Hopefully this nonsense will be over soon enough for me to see your bounty Sky. It has really put a damper on socializing.


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Posted 20 April 2020 - 11:12 PM

I have yet to get to a garden center for my veggies this year. I do have a few freebies and ongoing grows getting off to a good start.

 

Five free tomato plants about a foot tall and wide now.

Orange peppers from last year.

Chives, green onions, lemon basil, Greek oregano, thyme, rosemary, spearmint and peppermint.

Strawberry's, black figs, pomegranates, satsuma plum, Meyers lemon, Old fashioned cling peach.

 

Cannabis and poppies................

 

How do I double like a specific portion of a post...i.e. last statement here.  lol


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#17 Shroomn

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Posted 20 April 2020 - 11:13 PM

Impressive year over year benefits, Sky!


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Posted 21 April 2020 - 08:22 AM

The various herbs are all constantly snipped for kitchen use. I planted a sweet bay tree in the back 25 years ago so I would always have bay leaves for cooking. I did not know at the time it would become an actual tree.............

 

I need more tomatoes, lettuce's, zuccini, onions, and basil.........


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Posted 21 April 2020 - 12:23 PM

Tomatoes, zucchini, beets, radishes, top set onions, hard neck squash. My tomatoes and cucumbers are still on the windowsill hoping tonight will be the last freeze .
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Posted 21 April 2020 - 02:14 PM

I've got many peppers ( thai, jolokia, pique, big Jim, cayenne, and Jalapeno)

Various oppuntia cacti

Tomatoes var 'black krim'

Catnip

Tobacco (N. Rustica 'hopi', N. Tobacum 'Virginia')

Damiana (T. Diffusa)




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