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Gardening

PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:43 am
by omgimacarrot
Post what you plan on planting/have planted for the spring/summer.

Personally, I plan on getting a bonsai once I return from college. Care for them seems tedious, so I want to make sure I get everything right. Going to try to clean up a neglected area of yard behind my parents house to plant some basil, arugula, oregano and peppers while I learn to cook (mostly pizzas).

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 1:16 am
by Stingray Sam
i plant peppers every year, unfortunately it's difficult to get them to grow very well in our climate.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 1:23 am
by purkinje
Tomatoes on tomatoes on tomatoes

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 1:43 am
by RycePooding
tomatoes cucumbers onions.

I just need olive trees and feta makers and I'll be $$$

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:20 pm
by rjbman
I got a bonsai for my birthday in August. I'll take a pic once I'm home.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:59 pm
by omgimacarrot
rjbman wrote:I got a bonsai for my birthday in August. I'll take a pic once I'm home.

What's the maintenance like? Would you recommend?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:16 pm
by rjbman
Don't know the species. Just water it every few days and have it sitting literally right next to my window. I know they're supposed to be outside sometimes so I'll probably keep it outside during the summer.

Also paging soundclip, he's all about that bonsai life.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:09 am
by ohnodeadchickens
Friend got me a bonsai at our late Christmas party yesterday. I spent all of today researching bonsai care still have so many questions. Does the ledge outside of my window count as outdoors? Or does the residual temperature difference from my room affect it?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:31 pm
by ohnodeadchickens
Jeez what happened to me last night. Dunno where the number three came from, I have more like a million questions.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:17 am
by omgimacarrot
ohnodeadchickens wrote:Jeez what happened to me last night. Dunno where the number three came from, I have more like a million questions.

That's why I'm waiting to get one. I was thinking about turning a jade plant into a psuedo-bonsai because they're a more resilient plant. Plus I'd get it for free with all of the jade in my college's Greenhouse that they're about to throw away.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:41 pm
by soundclip989
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Here is the greenhouse I built to protect my bonsai from the winter.The trees are going through a winter dormancy period and must remain outside. Some of them are pretty tall (azalea, Arctic blue willow, huge yew yamadori I dug out of the ground, and a white pine.), so I had to build it higher. I might keep it somewhere in the summer to super grow herbs and veggies.
But I'm going to build a bench on the outside of the cement for the trees come spring. Ill have my first garden. :3
I have to repot all of them and start giving them a styling. (Wiring, bending, growing, root trim)

Here are some of mine.

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Green tower boxwood. Trunk chopped but not yet styled or pruned.Image
Shimpaku juniper. Fun material I got at work and styled. The main trunk used to be straight. I recommend this kind, but I have to let that trunk thicken for a few years.Image
Awesome magnolia. Can't wait for it to flower.still needs to be wired.
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Upright white pine. I can't wait to wire this one. I chopped a large portion of the trunk off, so I'm holding off until spring, so I don't shock it too bad.
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My first. Just need to let this one grow because I pruned it a lot.

I have more though too.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:57 pm
by ohnodeadchickens
Soundclip, I actually can't figure out what species it is. The friend who gave it to me didn't remember what the person at the nursery told him and I haven't found pictures of a similar plant anywhere. Apologies for the potato-pics but this is what it looks like:
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Climate is southern california fairly close to the ocean, so my main concern is that it won't get cold enough for a dormant period. Also when I got it several leaves were dry and a couple fell off the first day, and since then I've read about how to water correctly and have been doing that, but so far (the past 4 days) there hasn't been any noticeable improvement.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:02 am
by rublev
There's not much happening outside here just now. My fave silver birch tree got blown over in the violent storms a few weeks ago :( Our greenhouse is a bit of an empty shell until spring kicks back in, but we usually have tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers....more things i can't remember. One of my fave times of last year (omg) was late autumn and picking all the berries in our garden and surrounding fields. So many blackberries! We would then buy cheap fruit that was nearly out of date in the supermarket and make our own jam (just in the microwave with sugar) and now i can't eat shop bought jam because nothing compares :((((

I'm in charge of inside plant watering. I'm sad to say i've lost a few this year with over watering (my fault). Something i feel i'm best suited to looking after cactus as you pretty much just leave them alone.

I actually bought this lil guy the weekend before Christmas and he's doing really well!!

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looks a bit like a bonsi but he ain't. I also got an aloe vera plant which has TAKEN OVER the corner of a room...it happened quickly

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:48 pm
by soundclip989
ohnodeadchickens wrote:Soundclip, I actually can't figure out what species it is. The friend who gave it to me didn't remember what the person at the nursery told him and I haven't found pictures of a similar plant anywhere.


Could possibly be a Fukien tea plant. Which is one of the few plants for bonsai that can grow inside.But I'm not 100% either way, just make sure to let the soil drain properly after watering before rewatering.
Jelly of your long Cali growing season. It's -5°f here in Mi.

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Here it my array of house house plants and my corn snake.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:21 pm
by omgimacarrot
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The person who keeps up the Greenhouse let me have this jade. Needs desperately to be put in a new pot and will hopefully be picking up some fertilizer for it. My college town has terrible water, which apparently causes the white residue on the leaves. He said spraying some RO water on the leaves would help, so I'm going to try that because right now I hate how the leaves don't have that "luster."

The Greenhouse at my college is pretty much dying out, so at the end of the semester I'll be taking a decent amount of cacti (if I had enough room I'd be taking the banana tree).

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:48 pm
by eli7
all of my staghorn ferns are doing fine except one, i'm hoping her leaves just hit their shelf life. and my christmas cactus didn't bloom.

help

at least most of my succulents are lookin good.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:37 pm
by prawnzee
this is my Zamioculcas. I got this thing as a housewarming party gift back in 2007 and it has been in my loving care ever since. very easy to take care of, as evidenced by the fact that it's still alive, although it could be healthier. I always forget to give her water, have never changed the mould and never used any kind of fertilizers. good thing it doesn't need much watering. she likes wine. I couldn't imagine living without her

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those cut off parts are dead I believe. tips on wut to do with them?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:49 pm
by soundclip989
prawnzee wrote:this is my Zamioculcas. I got this thing as a housewarming party gift back in 2007 and it has been in my loving care ever since. very easy to take care of, as evidenced by the fact that it's still alive, although it could be healthier. I always forget to give her water, have never changed the mould and never used any kind of fertilizers. good thing it doesn't need much watering. she likes wine. I couldn't imagine living without her

those cut off parts are dead I believe. tips on wut to do with them?



Repot it with fresh soil in springtime. It looks like new growth is already starting to emerge from those points. You can just cover them with a thin layer of soil.
I also recommend those small fertilizer spikes. They're pretty cheap. You just stick it in the soil and it's released as you water.
I guess you're also supposed to dust/ lightly wipe off the plant every once in a while?

Flower power

PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 3:34 pm
by sknss
What's growing in your garden?

Here's a little one attempting a looping
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 3:45 pm
by ramdomthought
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my new bedside friend

i hope i don't accidentally try to drink it

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 3:52 pm
by exprof
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my orchid friend :-)

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 4:01 pm
by oucho
together with my dad we planted about 25 trees in a couple of days a few weeks ago, I can't actually remember what any of them were but it felt GOOD

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 4:02 pm
by exprof
I love trees! Shagbark hickory is probably my favourite.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:11 pm
by vgtbls
So I've been taking care of my mom's garden and I'm finding it to be really fulfilling. Anyone who has me on snapchat gets a couple garden-related snaps a day.

Here's the planter beds (spoiler because wide picture):
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There's more than this but this is the interesting part. We've got cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkins, rhubarb, zucchini, and watermelon.

Here's what I've picked and not yet eaten:
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The round things are cucumbers too!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:29 am
by sknss
some nice tombs

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Re: Gardening

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:54 pm
by radicalbusiness
How are everyone's gardens (or indoor plant collections) doing!?

Re: Gardening

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:53 pm
by vgtbls
Relatively well! The lingering cold and heavy rain kind of stunted our tomatoes and cucumbers, but it seems they're picking up steam.

I successfully split my christmas cactus into three christmas cactuses, and I adopted my girlfriend's orchid. Nervous about the orchid, because I have no clue what I'm doing. I aggressively trimmed the spike and am hoping for the best. Seems to be starting a new leaf!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:29 pm
by bleeker
It's really hard to have a garden as a student because planting season is also the end of the school year. Preparing for finals and making sure everything is finished correctly leaves no time for much else. That being said, my mom is a busy lady but also a wonderful gardener in her spare time. I'm on break now and she's leaving on a trip so she showed me how to keep basil from blooming (it changes taste then) and perform other general maintenance on the tomatoes, flowers, and other herbs. I think this is a good oppurtunity to figure out what I'm doing in the garden so I'll know what to do when I start my own, which is always been something I've been wanting to do.

Also, Sassafras seems like a really cool japanese brand that focuses their designs on gardening.
Sort of like the green-fingered brother of OrSlow and Engineered Garments, Sassafras take classic designs like the trucker jacket and then ‘reconfigure’ them for garden-use.

My favorite piece is this pair of corduroy trousers that have massive wraparound pockets from front to back, which is an idea I really like.
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https://www.oipolloi.com/collections/sa ... rd#product

I just doubt anyone would do any actual gardening in clothes that expensive...

Re: Gardening

PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 6:26 am
by oucho
I don't have a garden either but I help my parents in their garden in France. I became interested in gardening when they got the place a few years ago so it's cool to have been helping in the garden since they got it, when it looked pretty crap apart from having an amazing meadow. I'll take some pics when I'm next down there, I don't really have any now, we've planted a lot of trees and hedging to separate the garden into a couple of different areas. I've also spent so much time planting yellow rattle plugs into the meadow with 0 results :'( .I dug over and raked an area of the meadow earlier this year and spread a pack of meadow seeds:
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A lot of is annual plants like poppies which they put into those seed mixes anyway but hopefully some perennials will come up and naturalise into the meadow too!

Re: Gardening

PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:12 pm
by kickingthefly
@oucho yep, gardens. more the hieronymous bosch/paul mccarthy variety- space of desire, porous boundary, miscegenation. but still i suppose i should apologise for disparaging comments i might have made in the past.