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Any Gardeners Here?
« on: April 14, 2019, 06:38:15 AM »
We put in a courtyard a couple of years ago and I'm mainly focusing on ornamentals there, but I'll have a few raised beds for some veggies - love tomatoes just off the vine! And, I grow comfrey, black berries, a handful of herbs, but no cukes or squash this year. In the orchard, the peach trees are in full bloom, but the apple trees are not yet blooming.

What grow ye?


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Re: Any Gardeners Here?
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2019, 08:37:20 AM »
We have an apple tree which is blooming.
Last year I let the Japanese beetles get
out of control and had very few good apples.
Also, we have tomato plants on our sundeck
in plastic recycle bin containers. Crazy how
big they get in limited soil. Rhubarb is the last
thing we grow. I don't care for it but the wife
and in-laws love rhubarb pie.
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than life itself"......Alexis Carrel.

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Re: Any Gardeners Here?
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 10:55:39 AM »
We have an apple tree which is blooming.
Last year I let the Japanese beetles get
out of control and had very few good apples.
Also, we have tomato plants on our sundeck
in plastic recycle bin containers. Crazy how
big they get in limited soil. Rhubarb is the last
thing we grow. I don't care for it but the wife
and in-laws love rhubarb pie.

I need to spray our apple and peach trees too. I use neem oil, which is organic and it seems to help. So true about tomatoes getting big in containers - if I could only grow one thing, it would be a tomato plant.

I agree on rhubarb -- I don't cook it -- but I am growing three plants for their leaves. I planted them too late last summer and only got one decent leaf that wasn't torn up by the wind. I made this out of concrete. But, I need more leaves in order to make the water fountain I want to make, so hopefully this year the wind won't tear them up before I get a chance.






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Re: Any Gardeners Here?
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2019, 11:06:45 AM »
I need to spray our apple and peach trees too. I use neem oil, which is organic and it seems to help. So true about tomatoes getting big in containers - if I could only grow one thing, it would be a tomato plant.

I agree on rhubarb -- I don't cook it -- but I am growing three plants for their leaves. I planted them too late last summer and only got one decent leaf that wasn't torn up by the wind. I made this out of concrete. But, I need more leaves in order to make the water fountain I want to make, so hopefully this year the wind won't tear them up before I get a chance.





That's pretty cool PMF2!
very artistic and talented indeed.
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Re: Any Gardeners Here?
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2019, 11:12:37 AM »
I like gardening....to do it myself but I had a part time garden person who came in and did what I didn't have time to do.  Came to love her as a dear friend.....she was in her mid to late 40s when she started to work for me..  A couple years ago she came down with lung cancer and then died unexpectedly with a heart attack.    I miss her.   So what i'm getting at is that I've torn out a bed without her and now i'm trying to decide what to put back in it. I like some of your picture ideas...especially that big flat planter bottom with the rocks and low growing....what?  succulents??   I think I can incorporate that.

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Re: Any Gardeners Here?
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2019, 04:29:59 PM »
I like gardening....to do it myself but I had a part time garden person who came in and did what I didn't have time to do.  Came to love her as a dear friend.....she was in her mid to late 40s when she started to work for me..  A couple years ago she came down with lung cancer and then died unexpectedly with a heart attack.    I miss her.   So what i'm getting at is that I've torn out a bed without her and now i'm trying to decide what to put back in it. I like some of your picture ideas...especially that big flat planter bottom with the rocks and low growing....what?  succulents??   I think I can incorporate that.

Yes, those are succulents. They like sandy, gravely soil and they don't need a lot of water. Sorry to hear about your garden helper, it's tough doing it all alone.

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Re: Any Gardeners Here?
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2019, 09:29:15 AM »
I just pruned my 5 year old apple trees yesterday, they look very happy.   I planted 100 tulips and daffodils last fall which are coming up nicely.   
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Re: Any Gardeners Here?
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2019, 09:35:39 AM »
I just pruned my 5 year old apple trees yesterday, they look very happy.   I planted 100 tulips and daffodils last fall which are coming up nicely.

Nothing is more beautiful than a bed of tulips when they burst into bloom! I only have a handful, but one that never seems to die-off is a pretty red tulip my son brought (smuggled) to me from Amsterdam over a decade ago.

Pruning apple trees is a necessary evil, and they'll love you for it. You're probably growing semi-dwarf? I think ours might be just one year older than yours. We just thinned out buds on the peach trees, but the apples haven't bloomed yet.

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Re: Any Gardeners Here?
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2019, 12:36:35 PM »
coming soon to my yard.. a million.. I forgot the name of them.. they are all over the place around here



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Re: Any Gardeners Here?
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2019, 12:42:09 PM »
Phlox!
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Re: Any Gardeners Here?
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2019, 04:11:49 PM »
Yes! Creeping phlox!  When they bloom, they add such a bright burst of color to flowerbeds and rock gardens. I don't currently have any - but I love them!