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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I got a laugh on Sat when my Kordes kletterrosen "Aloha" and several tea roses arrived by DHL. In addition to the plants, inside the box was a big bag of straw. They must have known that here in Zone 5b, it's still Siberia.
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Old 23.05.2021, 19:41
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I bought a wasabi plant on Saturday, anyone got any pointers?

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Old 23.05.2021, 21:03
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I have not grown zucchini vertically but I think its best to buy a specific climbing variety like this.
https://www.saemereien.ch/zucchinisa...ito-pepo-samen
I was planning on doing it this year but have so many other seedlings growing I decided to leave it another year.
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Old 24.05.2021, 09:23
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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I bought a wasabi plant on Saturday, anyone got any pointers?
If you manage to pull this off, you are a better - or more patient - gardener than I am.

I bought a wasabi a few years ago.

Only then googled how to care for it - to find it is listed as one of the more difficult plants to grow out of it's natural habitat.

Apparently it grows on river beds/banks, and the roots need water running over them, but do not like to be stuck in standing water. So getting the watering right is key.

Also the sun/shade mix. It seemed very fussy, not liking too much direct sun, but unhappy in too much shade.

Wasabi is also pretty sensitive to soil pathogens, so be careful how you pot it.

Mine limped along for a few years, producing impressive leaf growth - but did not develop the root system you'd want. I think it takes years to grow harvestible roots.

Eventually mine got hit with a plague of aphids that despite treatment I couldn't seem to control - so I finally gave it up for a bad job. 5 Franc investment, and an interesting learning experience.


Oregon Coast Wasabi has a series of videos on growing Wasabi - here's the first:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMGoM86ajfs

I point this producer out because they have successfully grow Wasabi commercially in a non-native habitat, lots of good info for the home gardener.

Good luck!
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Old 24.05.2021, 10:00
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Have any of you tried to grow zucchini vertically?

I love my zucchini, but it takes up sooooo much space - and space is at a premium in my tiny garden.

I've stumbled across a few YouTube videos, most of the 'square foot gardening' variety, recommending vertical growing. Essentially, you stake the plant every few inches as it grows to train it upright.

An interesting idea, but it seems to me you are working against nature. If any of you have done this, I'd be keen to hear your experience.

Mny thanks.
I have grown them semi-vertically along a wire fence behind my veggie patch.
It worked really well but you do have to be fairly vigilant in making sure it is attached to the fence and growing along in the direction you want it to go.
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Old 24.05.2021, 10:01
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Ha! Mine died within the first year. Way too temperamental for me to want to deal with.
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Old 24.05.2021, 10:09
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If you manage to pull this off, you are a better - or more patient - gardener than I am.

I bought a wasabi a few years ago.

Only then googled how to care for it - to find it is listed as one of the more difficult plants to grow out of it's natural habitat.

Apparently it grows on river beds/banks, and the roots need water running over them, but do not like to be stuck in standing water. So getting the watering right is key.

Also the sun/shade mix. It seemed very fussy, not liking too much direct sun, but unhappy in too much shade.
At the moment it at the rustico near the fish pond, the lighting should be OK, perhaps need to work on the flowing water thing.

Thanks,

Tom

P.S. We were afraid that the fish had died over the winter or were eaten by the turtles, but saw at least a dozen on Saturday!
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Old 24.05.2021, 10:10
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perhaps need to work on the flowing water thing
Small fish tank recirculating pump?
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Old 24.05.2021, 11:02
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Any advice on leaf curl in peaches and nectarines?

This year seems to be particularly bad.
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Old 24.05.2021, 11:17
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Small fish tank recirculating pump?
Good idea.

Power is PV, but I have an inverter, or just need to buy a 12V pump (220V pumps I have).

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Old 24.05.2021, 11:58
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Any advice on leaf curl in peaches and nectarines
It's been particularly bad because of our little warm spell and then all this rain. Unfortunately, deformans can't be treated once you see it; the spores are hard to get to. It lurks in every nook and cranny. You'll have to wait and spray fungicide in the fall and then again in early spring. Wait for the leaves to fall and then spray with copper. Sorry...
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Can anyone recommend a bushy plant which is reasonably easy to maintain all year round? I'm looking for something for the ground floor balcony to provide a bit of privacy. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 27.05.2021, 13:26
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Rhododendron. Covered in gorgeous bracts of blooms right now, nice bushy shiny green the rest of the year. Only requires light pruning after flowers fade.
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Old 27.05.2021, 13:30
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Rhododendron. Covered in gorgeous bracts of blooms right now, nice bushy shiny green the rest of the year. Only requires light pruning after flowers fade.
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Just googled it, it looks amazing. I'm not very good with gardening, do you know if I would have to do anything special with it in the winter? eg. wrap it up or would it need to be moved inside?
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Old 27.05.2021, 13:36
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Vushka, I live in a very cold-winter valley (Zone 5b) with many rhodies around in my garden and all over the neighbourhood. I've never wrapped mine, nor has anyone else here. They are remarkably hardy and like acid soil. I simply feed them twice a year. I'll take a pic of ours when the (endless cold) rain stops
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Oh! It stopped just as I said that. Here's my pink one (with a closeup of the flowers); next to it is a red one that hasn't bloomed yet.

Also, if you don't need privacy in the winter, you could consider Hydrangea macrophylla. Here's one in a pot; we have lots of others in the ground.Name:  IMG_0114.JPG
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Just googled it, it looks amazing. I'm not very good with gardening, do you know if I would have to do anything special with it in the winter? eg. wrap it up or would it need to be moved inside?
Many come from the mountains of Nepal and India so you'll be fine in winter.

They do require an acid soil though and if you don't have that, you'll need to use ericaceous compost mixed into the soil

When young, the plants (the roots) can be destroyed by vine weevils which are difficult (but not impossible) to eradicate.
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Thanks for the photos & the advice

Hopefully i'll soon be able to post some of my own soon!
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.... I'll take a pic of ours when the (endless cold) rain stops
It's in your food pics

It's my favourite bush but I would have to have it in a pot and I'm not sure they would like that during winter.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I'm finally becoming satisfied with my little pond. Every year I do something different with the plants on the island. Some plants don't like it there and had to be moved, some plants just were too big and had to be moved as well... and now I am down to just the one plant (Hosta). I'm enjoying how its arching leaves make a cool and moist shade underneath while still giving the frogs room to move around.

The Red Hot Poker (not sure if it has another name here?) is coming in strong this year (its second year). It is a large and unruly plant. I hope that I don't have to move it, too!

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