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Old 28.06.2012, 11:02
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Have you tried black plastic between rows? I still have a bag of bark from last year, but I'd need at least 2 more and that stuff isn't cheap!

I think plastic would be annoying as we're constantly moving stuff about and planting annuals etc.

The weeds don't seem too bad this year. Next year will be the test as the seeds from this year germinate.

I'm not an expert but I think the secret to weeding is a little and often.
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Old 28.06.2012, 11:10
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I think plastic would be annoying as we're constantly moving stuff about and planting annuals etc.

The weeds don't seem too bad this year. Next year will be the test as the seeds from this year germinate.

I'm not an expert but I think the secret to weeding is a little and often.
Thanks again!

I'm not as able bodied as I used to be - coming up on 7 months pregnant - so its getting tougher to weed. I'm going to do some more research and have a think about what to do.
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Have you tried black plastic between rows? I still have a bag of bark from last year, but I'd need at least 2 more and that stuff isn't cheap!
Prix Garantie Rindermulch from Coop B/H. Cheap as chips, as is their bagged soil.

No, it's not as pretty as the decorative mulch - the pieces are smaller, basically just branches through the shredder* - but does the job as well.

I don't mulch veggies, though, as I continually turn the soil - and I worry that mulch might promote slugs. I do mulch things like the blueberry patch - and of course the flower beds.

* One of my best investments was a shredder. The semi-annual garden tree trimming gives most of the mulch I need. I've paid for it many times over when one considers all the bags of commercial mulch I haven't needed to buy.

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Thanks again!

I'm not as able bodied as I used to be - coming up on 7 months pregnant - so its getting tougher to weed. I'm going to do some more research and have a think about what to do.
Long-handled weeders - the solution for gardening into my dotage - might be of help to pregnant gardeners as well. For instance:
http://www.amazon.com/Ames-Temper-19.../dp/B00004S1Z5

Hard to find around here, though. Oh how I regret not bringing my long-handled weeders with me when we moved. I never imagined that such a common tool would be hard to find.

Ultimately I had OH put a long handle onto a short-handled weeder (these made a brief appearance in B/H a few years ago, only to disappear again...) which allows my creaky joints to keep up with the garden work.

Good luck with the garden - and the baby.

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Thanks again!

I'm not as able bodied as I used to be - coming up on 7 months pregnant - so its getting tougher to weed. I'm going to do some more research and have a think about what to do.

With our first child, my wife was overdue by nearly two weeks. She spent the day on her knees weeding.

She went into labour that night.

(Probably best to lay of the weeding for a couple more months )
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Old 08.07.2012, 22:24
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Sil is over from UK and brought me a year's supply of RHS magazines (Royal Horticultural Society) - one of the features is about astrantia's, such rare plants - and it really made me smile. This week in Loèche we came across wild alpine meadows full to the brim with them , and now back home, ours are in their full glory in the borders. Also an article about spiked rampion being almost extinct in the UK- and there are 10000s all over the Jura and the Alps - and my garden! Blue, white and (punky) globe. Hurrah.

And out Martagon lilies are in full bloom - been trying to grow some for 30+ years and failed miserably in the UK. Wonderful
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Old 10.07.2012, 11:42
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Lucky girl Odile.
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Old 10.07.2012, 11:43
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I remember someone asking about sweet potato planting, If still interested i saw them at JUMBO., I think each plant for around 3SFr.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I brought home a mock orange from the local nursery, only to discover it had black aphids toward the center that I hadn't noticed while inspecting it. After doing a little research on this thread, I saw that I could douse the buggers in a dish soap and water mixture with a spray bottle. I didn't have a spare spray bottle, and only had a travel size bottle of hairspray, so I took a chance and covered the aphids in the hairspray. Lo and behold, a day later they were all dead and I was able to brush them off. Two weeks later, and my mock orange and all surrounding plants are still aphid free.

So my question is whether there is any drawback to using the hairspray in a pinch. Everything seems fine now, but I wonder if I am in for a disaster in the next few weeks.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I have never used an hairspray on plants..but am always open for easy new ideas. keep your eyes open and let us know in a couple of weeks how the mock organs are doing. if it was harmful to the plants i think you should be able to see yellowing of the leaves pretty soon.
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Lucky girl Odile.
Today had a great walk at Creux-du-Van. The flowers were amazing - lots of Martagon Lilies, astrantias, wild pinks (dianthus/carnations), gentians, and so many more. Plus fabulous birds and butterflies. It is one of my favourtie walks ever.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Help!!

My cuecumbers have moulding yellow leaves, although the fruit seems ok, and now I have found that my carrots have white aphids living on them......
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Help!!

My cuecumbers have moulding yellow leaves, although the fruit seems ok, and now I have found that my carrots have white aphids living on them......
Some of my cuke plants look like that as well but the ones still growing are ok.

My neighbor plants hers in big buckets with a trellis to climb - says it keeps the bugs away. Another plants his squash next to a mesh fence, looks a bit crazy to see squash all over it but it's holding. I plan to try that next year.

No help with the carrots though, I only managed to get zombie carrots last year and I couldn't take the rejection again....so I didn't plant.
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Old 19.07.2012, 19:33
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Not sure about your carrots. Here is an article on how to avoid the awful carrot fly:

Creamy-yellow larvae hatch from the white eggs of the carrot fly, Psila rosae, and tunnel into the roots of carrots and other related plants, such as parsnips and celery. The damage creates brown scarring on the exterior of the taproots. Damaged roots are then susceptible to secondary rots. Sometimes the foliage turns yellow and plants might even die. Solution
Tunnelling maggots feast on the carrot flesh, causing the outsides to be marked with brown rings. This is often followed by rotting.
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Sow carrots after late-spring to avoid the first generation of carrot fly larvae. Harvest the roots by late-August, before the second generation of larvae emerges. Carrot fly can detect the scent of carrots from a mile away; sow the seed thinly, as the process of thinning the seedlings releases the carrot's scent. Plant strong-smelling crops, such as garlic, onions, shallots and leeks adjacent to the carrots.
Follow a strict crop rotation plan, avoiding growing carrots on the same site in consecutive years, and place horticultural fleece over the seedlings, which will provide a physical barrier against the pest.
Some carrot varieties - 'Resistafly', 'Sytan' and 'Fly Away' - are less prone to attack.
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Some of my cuke plants look like that as well but the ones still growing are ok.

My neighbor plants hers in big buckets with a trellis to climb - says it keeps the bugs away. Another plants his squash next to a mesh fence, looks a bit crazy to see squash all over it but it's holding. I plan to try that next year.

No help with the carrots though, I only managed to get zombie carrots last year and I couldn't take the rejection again....so I didn't plant.
My cukes are in bukets with trellis' :-( No bugs this year including the dreaded slugs but mould is a big problem. I think its the humidity :-(

Carrots - I think I have to write them off :-( Can't risk consumption whilst pregnant. I actually wanted to cry when I saw the little critters.....pregnancy hormones for sure. Oh well until next year.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Hi. Does anyone know what gardeners' pay is in the Vaud?
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

it depends if they are 'official' or not.

BTW, I've offered before and there were no takers. But just in case - anybody wants some horse manure (pick yourself lol).
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it's good stuff - and nobody wants it! Ungrateful **********s, lol.

More for our composts then, and the exercise will do me good.
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I remember someone asking about sweet potato planting, If still interested i saw them at JUMBO., I think each plant for around 3SFr.
Aaaahhhh ..... serves me right for not checking this thread sooner!

I found some sweet potatoes in Migros - very expensive - too expensive to risk them going rotten in jars of water. So I cut off the ends and propped with toothpicks in glass jars of water. Out of the six .... I`ve got 2 "winners" - I hope. But very peculiar and I`m not quite sure what to do with them now!

One has lots of leaves sprouting out of the top, and lots of roots dangling in the water - problem is the roots have developed more roots that seem to be seeking AIR - they`re coming out over the top!

The other one seems to have been set upside down - because it has stacks of roots and no leaves (?) It also has new roots seeking air!

Should I try planting them in soil?
I read they like heat. I have them in the wintergarden where the temp is warm - and am guessing, if they actually survive, I`m going to have to keep them warm inside the house in winter. They are tropical vegetables that only thrive in warmth.
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Old 08.08.2012, 14:56
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Re: Sweetpotato

Sweet potatoes need to be sown in Spring, since they have a long growing season. I also have a few plants growing on the window sill, but I will have to repeat the process at Christmas. Use BIO potatoes to create the slips (young plants), since normal potatoes from the US have a chemical on them to stop them sprouting. Lots of info on you tube http://www.google.co.uk/#sclient=psy...w=1600&bih=698

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Aaaahhhh ..... serves me right for not checking this thread sooner!

I found some sweet potatoes in Migros - very expensive - too expensive to risk them going rotten in jars of water. So I cut off the ends and propped with toothpicks in glass jars of water. Out of the six .... I`ve got 2 "winners" - I hope. But very peculiar and I`m not quite sure what to do with them now!

One has lots of leaves sprouting out of the top, and lots of roots dangling in the water - problem is the roots have developed more roots that seem to be seeking AIR - they`re coming out over the top!

The other one seems to have been set upside down - because it has stacks of roots and no leaves (?) It also has new roots seeking air!

Should I try planting them in soil?
I read they like heat. I have them in the wintergarden where the temp is warm - and am guessing, if they actually survive, I`m going to have to keep them warm inside the house in winter. They are tropical vegetables that only thrive in warmth.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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we also made a potato growing box, following this idea

can't wait to see how big the harvest will be
hi,

for all of you who are interested in the results of my experiment with the potato box, here are two new pictures; one is showing our potato box in june and the other picture was taken today and shows what a great potato harvest we have! more than happy!
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