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Re: How about a gardening thread?

So my very... ahem... helpful... neighbor cut the tops off of all my spring onions, apparently thinking they were chives grown too big. (Said neighbor's 'helpfulness' is a whole 'nutha thread...)

There is about 5 cm of green stem left - Is there a chance that my spring onions can be saved, or are they now toast?
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oh my ... gggrrrrr- but I think they will regrow. see how it goes.

A farmer neighbour offered to strim the wild orchard at the bottom of our garden last year, and I told her exactly where to stop - but she doesn't now how ... to stop and shredded 2 new bushes I had bought 6 weeks previous, about 20 Euros each. Was hoping they would start up again this Spring- but no- dead as dodos. Haven't the heart to tell her as she truly wanted to help (due to OH's serious health issues - all good now, pheew- that is the main thing).
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Old 23.04.2020, 18:32
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I am carefully watching the weather forecast. Currently there is a (slight) chance of rain Saturday / Sunday / Monday and a better chance of rain on Tuesday. Therefore, the current plan is to plant my lovely seedlings on Saturday morning, water them in well, and see if Mother Nature follows through.

If not, then I guess I'll just wander over to the garden and do my own watering.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

The raised bed will be much easier

You might wish to consider this raised bed solution as an alternative. We have built 3 so far & super simple, cheap and less compost/wood needed. Additionally you can recycle your cardboard as a base for the bed rather than take it to the recycling centre.

https://charlesdowding.co.uk/start-here/
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Very interesting site, thanks!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Potential Success!

Today my husband came over to the garden with me, to make sure that the hammock still functions He eventually got bored so I put him to work. What I didn't expect was asking him to pull the tomato stakes out of storage would unleash a new Tomato Farmer!

He has completely taken ownership of this year's tomato crop - I just hope it lasts longer than the next week or two
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Have to give Hornbach a shout-out.
I ordered geraniums online for the first time - usually get them from a special nursery, where I would want to inspect and carefully choose every plant. (A nod to the Geraniumpolizei. )
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I know it isn't the fault of Hornbach, but the Swiss post's.......and maybe this should be posted in complaints corner, but since others might want to order the stuff they still need for their gardens, and not go stand in line at a garden center..... I put it here.

With that glowing recommendation, I ordered last tuesday the remaining seedlings for the veggie allotment (stuff I couldn't grow myself due to lack of seeds).

I could get everything I needed, but the red stemmed Swiss chard, and was really happy with the selection available on order! So HONRBACH really is recommendable.

After I paid and got the confirmation email of my order, my troubles started....grmmmpppf.

Swiss Post Logistics sent a confirmation, that my order from Hornbach is ready to be shipped and will be delivered on the next work day.....between 7am and 5pm, due to the covid-19 situation they couldn't offer any preferred times or dates, nor was the order trackable (as you usually can with parcels etc). Absolutely fine by me, we're home anyway, so no problems there.

So up I got at 6am the following days, saw to a rota that any time of the day one of us was home, and if up in the eaves of the house or down in the cellar carrying the pager for the doorbell was a must.

My seedlings did not materialise until the latest mentioned date on Friday, the additional two 300litre scuttlebutts, which we ordered together with the seedlings and had a delivery date of beginning of May...arrived last Friday already!

One can only get in touch via Email with that Swiss Post service , of course I sent one on Friday already and haven't heard anything since.
Hornbach customer service apologised and was really great, but they can't to anything from the moment the order is handed to Swiss Post.

There was a mention that they'd re-send my order should it still not materialise on my doorstep this week. And if it does we were advised to make photos of the state of the seedlings.

So long story short, perhaps it is better, where available to order/pay online BUT PICK UP the order YOURSELF.

To say that I am miffed, is putting it mildly!


In better news, two new bee- hotels went up, which I got for free, thanks to many lovely people sending me the seed packets one can get currently from Migros.
They're the most valuable valuable items in my garden, each of them worth 800.- chuffs

I also dedicated a corner to grow even more medicinal herbs, also mixed most of the flower seeds from those Migros packs together and strew them onto my big perennial flower bed and they're coming along nicely and I hope within some weeks I'll be blessed with a sea of colours when looking out the kitchen window !
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

How frustrating, EE.

If the plants arrive in poor condition, Hornbach is generally quite good at returns or replacements.

(My order came on a Hornbach delivery truck, probably due to the heavy soil and construction bits. Sounds like we got lucky, avoiding shipping via Parcel Post.)
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The raised bed will be much easier

You might wish to consider this raised bed solution as an alternative. We have built 3 so far & super simple, cheap and less compost/wood needed. Additionally you can recycle your cardboard as a base for the bed rather than take it to the recycling centre.

https://charlesdowding.co.uk/start-here/


If you're a certain age or like me, suffer from joint and back problems and can't move around easily anymore, those higher raised beds might be an option too. Since we built them 5 years ago, I've never looked back, I am almost pain-free now when gardening at lenght, compared to before!

This version of high rise beds is costly to set up, I admit. We were lucky that my Pirate could get the frames for free from his workplace and we only needed to buy the other required paraphernalia. Should we move house on day, we would need to buy everything to set up such a garden again,yet we'd do it in a shot!

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I also dedicated a corner to grow even more medicinal herbs, also mixed most of the flower seeds from those Migros packs together and strew them onto my big perennial flower bed and they're coming along nicely and I hope within some weeks I'll be blessed with a sea of colours when looking out the kitchen window !
I also want to grow medicinal herbs but I have no knowledge at all about the herbs that can be grown here. Please please tell me where can I start my research and gathering of supplies? We have a lot of regular herbs like rosemary, lavendar, thyme, organo etc. We also had a lot of schnittlauch till some one made a feast out of them.
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I also want to grow medicinal herbs but I have no knowledge at all about the herbs that can be grown here. Please please tell me where can I start my research and gathering of supplies? We have a lot of regular herbs like rosemary, lavendar, thyme, organo etc. We also had a lot of schnittlauch till some one made a feast out of them.
Can you list what you would like to grow??
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If you're a certain age or like me, suffer from joint and back problems and can't move around easily anymore, those higher raised beds might be an option too. Since we built them 5 years ago, I've never looked back, I am almost pain-free now when gardening at lenght, compared to before!
Amen to that!

Easier on the knees, easier on the back... and easier on the pest control. Which, in my area, is the most important thing. A raised bed (and/or planters) is the only chance I have against the slug army.

Love your set-up, EE!

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One thing I wish I had done when we built our raised bed would be to make it easier to use the composted under layers as well. Typically you put in large material in the bottom, then smaller compostable bits, then planting soil. The heat generated breaks down the middle layer quite well - and I need to better utilise that. In our next DIY raised bed, I will put in hinged panels so that I can more easily shovel out the newly composted material at the end of the season.

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Raised beds are a game-changer, especially in this challenging climate.
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I also want to grow medicinal herbs but I have no knowledge at all about the herbs that can be grown here. Please please tell me where can I start my research and gathering of supplies? We have a lot of regular herbs like rosemary, lavendar, thyme, organo etc. We also had a lot of schnittlauch till some one made a feast out of them.
Depends on your altitude, your exposure, and your space. I have dozens of medicinal plants here, some grow wild in the meadow. Some are weeds in my borders, like gout weed which we eat like spinach. Or filipendula which grows wild in 1000s around the meadow- the flowers being dried and used for tea, full of natural pain killers. Best for you to get a local book, study the plants and see which might suit your garden/location. And also understand that medicinal plants can be very toxic so you must learn how to use them safely. I have Digitalis - which is used in heart medicine, but are very dangerous in the wrong hands. Also got aconite/monkshood - very beautiful blue- but the most poisonous plant in Europe. Lots of nettles too, because I have the space- but most gardeners would not want them in their garden.

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Mods, any chance we could actually have a gardening category?

And separately to the gardeners, I've just been gifted with a whole lot of "cornula" plants - they kind of look like a pansy but on longer stalks with smaller flowers, which are white or yellow.

Anyone know what these are in English please? My googling hasn't been successful. Thanks in advance!
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..I've just been gifted with a whole lot of "cornula" plants - they kind of look like a pansy but on longer stalks with smaller flowers, which are white or yellow.

Anyone know what these are in English please? My googling hasn't been successful. Thanks in advance!

Getting to reply to myself in case useful to others. Distorted label should have read cornuta! So these are Viola cornuta - member of the pansy family indeed - lovely!
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Getting to reply to myself in case useful to others. Distorted label should have read cornuta! So these are Viola cornuta - member of the pansy family indeed - lovely!
My MIL always called them horned violets. Here I think they are also Hornveilchen.

Speaking of which, I planted a good dozen or so in my tomato planters at the end of the season, ca. October, after I pulled the tomato vines, simply because empty pots make me sad.

I think pansies/horned violets are biannuals in most places, but I've read that they actually can be perennials. Given our short season/lack of sun, though, I've always had to treat them as annuals.

To my surprise, these plants overwintered this year, have been blooming since early March and are still going strong. Now it's time to get the planters ready for the tomatoes. Which means pulling the pansies/horned violets up.

So to my question:

How long would you expect viola cornuta to keep blooming, given that they were planted in the fall? The plants have overwintered once. Will they likely do so again? If so, it would make sense to try to transplant them to another part of the garden.

Advice gratefully received.
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Good end to the Hornbach delivery saga

I am getting a 2nd delivery for free from them, they also couldn't get to the bottom of it what went wrong in the first place.

As soon as the missing seedlings arrive and can be planted in the beds and pots, i can declare my gardening year 2020 as opened

My list below may sound like quite a lot, but it actually isn't. Usually 6-8 plants per kind.

I am a dab hand at companion planting,this is the planting of different crops in proximity for many different reasons, including pest control, pollination, providing habitat for beneficial insects, maximizing use of space, and to otherwise increase crop productivity.
As soon as I can harvest the first crop, new plants suitable for that spot and soil,will be planted and so I can harvest in abundance all year long.



This year I will grow, note: some stuff's perennial!!

Sweet:
Straw-, rasp- and blueberries, Kiwi; rhubarb..... june berries, if I get to them before the blackbirds do!!

Veggies:
Fennel, cucumber, peas, broccoli, onion, spring onion, 2 kinds of beetroot, kohlrabi, romaine lettuce,
leeks, several diff. salads, daikon radish, red radish, NZ spinach, carrots, red and white swiss chard, yellow and green zucchini, 3 varieties of tomatoes, runner beans, celeriac, aubergine, sweet and hot chillies, butternut squash, melon.....and that is spring & summer.

Towards fall then cabbages(savoy), spinach, lambs salad etc

Herbs:
2 kind of parsley, chives, tarragon, majoram, 3 kinds of basil,coriander, 2 kind of thyme, verbena and lemon verbena, oregano, rosemary, chervil, dill, lovage, 2 kinds of mint, ysop, cumin, st.johns worth, sage, meadow clary, chamomille, lemon balm, savoury, scarlet monarda, helychrisum italicum, borrage, nasturtitum...

Flower theme for the windowboxes and pots this year is purple and rainbow

HAPPY GARDENING to all fellow gardeners, may your crop be abundant and may it all bring you joy!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I always suspected gardening was dangerous:
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How long would you expect viola cornuta to keep blooming, given that they were planted in the fall? The plants have overwintered once. Will they likely do so again? If so, it would make sense to try to transplant them to another part of the garden.
I would make the effort to transplant. My other pansy type plants keep popping up every year, in random places, and this has been happening since the first batch I planted 6 years ago....Just today I saw that my neighbours driveway has pretty little flowers, which are direct descendants of my plants!

We're 1100m high, give or take, and I've never "wintered" them despite the snow fall, and still they live on!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Any tips for using up rhubarb please. We're drowning in jam, compote, and I've just started my first ever batch of booze (vodka, grand marnier, rhubarb) which has to stew away for about a month....AND my neighbours have refused any further donations as they tired of eating pies and crumble!

Still have insane quantities of it ready for picking though - would like ideas that preserve it somehow, as we are not dessert eaters.

Deep freezer already overfilled with remnants of last years crop!
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