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GREEN THUMB 2012 EDITION

I, for the first time since living on the farm back in 1997, have started planting things!

I have transplanted the radish seedlings and half my beetroot seedlings (thanks to Domitella for the seeds). I then ran out of dirt.

I have planted some cauliflower seeds.

When I get MOAWR DIRT I will:

-transplant the rest of the beetroot
-plant peas
-plant onions
-plant parsnips

What else should I grow? I have a tiny garden that is mostly
shady and ALL CONCRETE. So all you city planters, let me know your secrets.

(I am excited about my plants)


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flowers!



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Herbs? Fresh herbs are awesome, especially basil and cilantro. And dill if you like ranch type seasonings.


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What else should I grow? I have a tiny garden that is mostly
shady and ALL CONCRETE. So all you city planters, let me know your secrets.


In our tiny backyard garden, spinach and kale totally thrived in the shadow. I recommend! Definitely something worth repeating - so much freshness to eat.

I'm going for random flowers in the garden and herbs on the balcony this year. And we're seriously considering a couple of backyard chicken!


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flowers!


I can't eat flowers!

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I forgot that I have cilantro/coriander as well but duly noted

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oooo....i like both those things...


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flowers serve a purpose, though - they get insects into your garden which is good for Nature, and also if you're growing anything that likes being fertilized.



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i seggest chives sage and garlic for shady places, they are all growing well in my little pots. my most successful window plant has been the chillie plant (6 chillies!) I have seeds for chives and chillies if you want.


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The gardening thread has been bumped! It must be spring!!

Tried to grow some herbs at the aptment last year. didn't work. don't want to try this year incase we move. I shall read your posts and dream.


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oooo....i like both those things...


Oh, and chard grew like crazy in the shade as well. And it looks very pretty, with the red stalks and green leafs.

I don't usually know what I'm doing when I'm gardening, but I think leafy things in general stand a chance in shady places?

Although last year a pumpkin seed had somehow found its way into the compost heap in the darkest corner, and when we came back from our vacation, the vine had climbed onto the roof of our next door neighbour's garden shack, where it was happily basking in the sun, pushing flowers and gourds. I felt a whole new respect for the enterpreneurial spirit of the Nature.

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Certain kinds of strawberries too!
At least in theory.
What works on my balcony:
Russian taragon,
Lovage,
Parsley,
Celery,
chervil.
My laurel tree is doing pretty nicely too.
Pirateboy-garden-plan
Garden:
Lovage,
parsley,
taragon,
celery,
and if i can get it through congress an apple tree.
Deck:
strawberries (and they're thriving!)
Chili peppers,
cherry tomatoes,
Dill,
cilantro,
holy basil.

If you like i can write a blogpost on it....


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I planted tulips this year that are finally starting to pop up!

We're also going to try some snap peas and various herbs on the back porch.


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Ivy is taking over my yard like kudzu.


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Ivy is taking over my yard like kudzu.


Yours too? We call it the green monster, and we've been at war for years now just to contain it. I'm starting to hate the regenerating bugger with a vengeance. It probably uses up a huge amount of soil nutrients, too.


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I'm thinking of getting some rain gutters from the hardware store, nailing them to the fence, and filling them with dirt. Vertical planters!

Since container gardening is all contained, you might try growing mint in your garden - it'll take over the world when it's planted in the ground, but it'll thrive pretty much anywhere, including in pots. I think I'll have a rain gutter full of mint. And then you can make mojitos with it!

Strawberries are another good one, but we have a squirrel that comes and eats them. My rosemary is doing okay in the shade.

I'm stealing the spinach and kale idea.


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Ivy is taking over my yard like kudzu.


Kudzu is all over MY yard like ivy! I know it eventually kills what it covers and is invasive, etc.... but I kinda like the dappled light that comes in and how it just drips off the trees.

I am trying my hand at gardening this year! In the very lamest sense. A coworker gave me a young guava tree. If I can keep it alive over the summer, I'll let myself get something else next year. I am INVESTED in keeping this thing alive.

And my neighbor tossed some bulbs over the fence to me last week. I don't know if I buried them deep enough or positioned them right, but green things are coming out of the top. I honestly don't even know what they are. My neighbor says she thinks they're lilies of some sort. We'll see.


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(Neat! A whole page with kudzu-covered houses!)


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I'm not really into gardening (we had mandatory gardening lessons in school and I developed a fiery hatred of weeding and digging and stuff), but both my parents have gardens. Mom is more into flowers and herbs, Dad into fruit & veggies - this year he's planning on potatoes, spinach, beetroot (which were awesome last year!), different salad leaves, red and white currants, gooseberries, strawberries and some herbs. It is A LOT of work. But I'm glad he's keeping himself occupied.
 
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I'm thinking of getting some rain gutters from the hardware store, nailing them to the fence, and filling them with dirt. Vertical planters!

Since container gardening is all contained, you might try growing mint in your garden - it'll take over the world when it's planted in the ground, but it'll thrive pretty much anywhere, including in pots. I think I'll have a rain gutter full of mint. And then you can make mojitos with it!

Strawberries are another good one, but we have a squirrel that comes and eats them. My rosemary is doing okay in the shade.

I'm stealing the spinach and kale idea.


Update! Rain gutter full of mint and oregano is going strong. Rain gutter full of parsley and thyme seems to be doing good. Rain gutter full of basil has already been eaten up by the squirrels.

*Fist shaking at squirrels*


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And I got to use duct tape on them to close off the gutters!

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(Neat! A whole page with kudzu-covered houses!)


I think I recognize some of these kudzu patches.


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