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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Damn I broke the handle on my shovel but the good news is I replaced it with a longer new one so now its time to put some serious gardening together
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Old 26.05.2013, 12:50
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Thanks for the link Argus - some interesting plants I haven't seen in other garden centers. (The Knobi-Kraut is intriquing...)

That is, I thank you, but OH won't when he sees the bill. Hey, if I can't get out into the garden in this weather, I might as well do a bit of retail therapy forward planning.

Oh how I wish I had more space - I'd be tempted to try that banana just for fun.

Ours has been with us for almost 2 years - all grown up now in a big pot. So far this year it has been out in the balcony for only a few days. Indeed, our sunny indoor spots and windowsills are fully full!

Happy shopping! (I harvest a banana leaf for oven-roasting of fish once in a while.)
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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thanks for the information.
Musa Bajsoo also produces fruit and is apparently sweet as well however it has multiple seeds which disrupts fruit quality(to me any fruit on an homegrown plant would be utter supreme)...so wait and see. Do you have it indoor? cause i was thinking of getting one since they claim it to be winter hardy.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I had been to Landi yesterday and was tempted to buy some fruiting seedlings.I bought pepino(melon brine) and a dwarf tamarillo seedling each costing 3.00....don't know how the fruit is supposed to taste but will be happy to harvest something this year itself.
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Old 26.05.2013, 19:19
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thanks for the information.
Musa Bajsoo also produces fruit and is apparently sweet as well however it has multiple seeds which disrupts fruit quality(to me any fruit on an homegrown plant would be utter supreme)...so wait and see. Do you have it indoor? cause i was thinking of getting one since they claim it to be winter hardy.

Yes, I read conflicting reports about how edible the Musa basjoo fruit is - well, hope it fruits in a year or two. I have kept it indoors during the cold season. Last summer it was out in the balcony the whole time. Guess you're planning on planting it in your garden? That means you get a new re-growing plant every spring from the underground rhizome after the leaves and stem die down at the onset of winter, yes?

The offer is only for today, apparently.

When I have more space, I'll get those columnal fruit trees (plums, cherries, etc) called Säulen in German as they take up little space and can flourish in a big pot.
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yes I was planning planting them in the garden...but if it regrows then it is sad cause it will never reach maturity to produce fruit.
Last year I bought a dwarf vareity of peach and this year it put out lots of flowers which are now turning into little fruits though in a pot with diameter of just 35cm
I think the columnar types would still need to be int he ground....but i am no expert
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Hello all,

Got a question about lemon and miniature orange (kumquat) trees. Moved to Switzerland from the northern U.S. (Minnesota / Wisconsin) about 2 months ago, and about 2 weeks ago moved into our new place just a bit above Morges/ Lausanne. A friend of mine who also lives in the area has a lemon tree and miniature orange tree that she keeps in pots on her patio. (They're about knee to waist high.) While at the Hornbach the other day I saw a couple, and snapped them up right away - so I am now the new proud owner of a couple of citrus trees (again, knee to waist high) which I never could have done in the frozen tundra back home.

I had them inside at first because it was so cold, but a couple of days ago I put them outside on my patio where they'll get as much sun as possible. The landlord just happened by, and told me that they're indoor plants and can't be outside because it's too hot.

Has he lost his mind, or am I just clueless? I mean, citrus trees need warmth and I can't imagine that this part of Switzerland is too hot for plants that grow happily in Florida and around the Mediterranean. And besides that, the flowers need to be pollinated for the fruit to grow, right? I'm not keeping bees in the house...
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Old 05.06.2013, 21:36
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I had been to Landi yesterday and was tempted to buy some fruiting seedlings.I bought pepino(melon brine) and a dwarf tamarillo seedling each costing 3.00....don't know how the fruit is supposed to taste but will be happy to harvest something this year itself.
The space-saving little columnar fruit trees can be in pots in the balcony and terrace. It says here:
http://www.baldur-garten.ch/produkt/...er/detail.html
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I had a beautiful dwarf peach tree, bought in 2011. Flowered and created peaches like crazy. It froze last March, along with some other stuff i brought from Bern. Now I'm finally getting around to redoing my terrace plants.

I'm going to check out the Wyss - loved the one in Bern.

We're on our way back from the netherlands, and i was looking for a licorice plant. Place i looked was sold out. Anyone ever see one here?
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Hello all,

Got a question about lemon and miniature orange (kumquat) trees. Moved to Switzerland from the northern U.S. (Minnesota / Wisconsin) about 2 months ago, and about 2 weeks ago moved into our new place just a bit above Morges/ Lausanne. A friend of mine who also lives in the area has a lemon tree and miniature orange tree that she keeps in pots on her patio. (They're about knee to waist high.) While at the Hornbach the other day I saw a couple, and snapped them up right away - so I am now the new proud owner of a couple of citrus trees (again, knee to waist high) which I never could have done in the frozen tundra back home.

I had them inside at first because it was so cold, but a couple of days ago I put them outside on my patio where they'll get as much sun as possible. The landlord just happened by, and told me that they're indoor plants and can't be outside because it's too hot.

Has he lost his mind, or am I just clueless? I mean, citrus trees need warmth and I can't imagine that this part of Switzerland is too hot for plants that grow happily in Florida and around the Mediterranean. And besides that, the flowers need to be pollinated for the fruit to grow, right? I'm not keeping bees in the house...
I live in Zug and I keep my orange and lemon trees on the balcony in full sunlight and they love it! Put them out, keep an eye on them and if they start to shrivel and drop leaves you know they're not happy so just move them elsewhere! Mine are happiest outside its the winter when I bring them in that I tend to lose them
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Where have my Dahlias gone?!

I grew a lot of dahlias this year from tubers and planted the majority out mid May. About a week after I planted them, I did my usual walk around the garden to find 2 had completely disappeared leaving only a neat hole

I know the slugs had not eaten them as I had slug pellets around them. I'm guessing its some kind of animal (there are no signs of moles in the garden) but I'm curious as to why it only took 2 and not the others?! Maybe it didnt like the taste

Does anyone have any ideas - I would be gutted to lose anymore Dahlias or plants after months of growing them!
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Thank you CwitchyCoo, I think I'll go ahead and keep them outside :-) Watching my lemon tree being happily pollinated by a honey bee right now!
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i remember seeing licorice in wyss(volketswil) last year, don't know if they still have it.
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citruses need to be outside in summer, however be careful of suddenly shifting htem into the harsh sun if they have been indoors all the while.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Even my Musa Basjoo banana plant got a few top leaves slightly 'burnt' when I moved it outside for a few hours during one of the sunny, warm days in April. Now it stays by the glass sliding door, inside! Very green and the newer leaves are gigantic after a bout of fertilizing.
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Ours has been with us for almost 2 years - all grown up now in a big pot. So far this year it has been out in the balcony for only a few days. Indeed, our sunny indoor spots and windowsills are fully full!

Happy shopping! (I harvest a banana leaf for oven-roasting of fish once in a while.)
---ooh, that sounds beautiful and delicious!!
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Where have my Dahlias gone?!

I grew a lot of dahlias this year from tubers and planted the majority out mid May. About a week after I planted them, I did my usual walk around the garden to find 2 had completely disappeared leaving only a neat hole

I know the slugs had not eaten them as I had slug pellets around them. I'm guessing its some kind of animal (there are no signs of moles in the garden) but I'm curious as to why it only took 2 and not the others?! Maybe it didnt like the taste

Does anyone have any ideas - I would be gutted to lose anymore Dahlias or plants after months of growing them!
Could you have mice?

We regularly lose fleshy-rooted plants or bulbs to mice and/or voles, this year even more so. I expect with the cold weather the mice are looking for additional food. If you are anywhere near an open field you can pretty much count on mice visiting.

I've given up on dahlias (between the mice and slugs I lose them at both ends - even planted in pots!) but my neighbor, a far more industrious gardner than I, swears by planting the tubers in a fine chicken wire 'Korbli'. She digs down about 2-3 times the depth of the tuber, lays a chicken wire formation, fills with dirt and then plants the tuber. Her dahlias are beautiful ... but definitely labor-intensive.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Bux bushes. Those slow growing shrubs, so beloved by the Swiss, now being eaten by worms.

Anyone else noticed their bushes growing sparse from the inside out? Being eaten by gruesome green/black stiped worms?

Having heard how costly and time consuming, and ultimately useless, it is to spray the worms, we just cut down a 10m hedge of them, and bagged the lot, into tightly sealed black bin bags, 12x 110ltr bags of wormy bushes!

Now we have this gruesome collection stacked in back garden - some worms have escaped and formed pupas on the outside, (destroyed).

Can`t burn the bushes - too much smoke from greenery. Can`t transport to anywhere - too gruesome in auto.

Any ideas what to do with them? Other than just leaving it all to rot into a slime heap? The Gemeinde seems not concerned with the spreading of this foreign insect. It eats the Bux now, but may change it`s diet later .......... I imagine all those other hedge type plants being destroyed in the future!

Here`s a photo of the first batch of worms we found, before realising how vastly outnumbered we were!
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Could you have mice?

We regularly lose fleshy-rooted plants or bulbs to mice and/or voles, this year even more so. I expect with the cold weather the mice are looking for additional food. If you are anywhere near an open field you can pretty much count on mice visiting.

I've given up on dahlias (between the mice and slugs I lose them at both ends - even planted in pots!) but my neighbor, a far more industrious gardner than I, swears by planting the tubers in a fine chicken wire 'Korbli'. She digs down about 2-3 times the depth of the tuber, lays a chicken wire formation, fills with dirt and then plants the tuber. Her dahlias are beautiful ... but definitely labor-intensive.
Thanks for the reply. I expect it is mice as we are surrounded by fields but it's strange how it's only taken one dahlia from about 8! Anyway, next year I might try the chicken wire!
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Bux bushes. Those slow growing shrubs, so beloved by the Swiss, now being eaten by worms.

Anyone else noticed their bushes growing sparse from the inside out? Being eaten by gruesome green/black stiped worms?

Having heard how costly and time consuming, and ultimately useless, it is to spray the worms, we just cut down a 10m hedge of them, and bagged the lot, into tightly sealed black bin bags, 12x 110ltr bags of wormy bushes!

Now we have this gruesome collection stacked in back garden - some worms have escaped and formed pupas on the outside, (destroyed).

Can`t burn the bushes - too much smoke from greenery. Can`t transport to anywhere - too gruesome in auto.

Any ideas what to do with them? Other than just leaving it all to rot into a slime heap? The Gemeinde seems not concerned with the spreading of this foreign insect. It eats the Bux now, but may change it`s diet later .......... I imagine all those other hedge type plants being destroyed in the future!

Here`s a photo of the first batch of worms we found, before realising how vastly outnumbered we were!
They're not worms, they're caterpillars of the box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis).

They're really recent to Europe, coming from East Asia - basically in the last two or three years.

I lost some stuff last year but judging by the number of caterpillars you found, I guess you left it too late.

A combination of regular checking and removing by hand and treatment with a spray containing pyrethrum sees to be keeping them in check.
But we don't have as many of these plants as you did. Sorry that you lost them.

I'm never buying another box plant though.

And last week I heard of the most stupid, ignorant Swiss neighbour one could imagine who also had these caterpillars on her box bushes.
No wonder most Swiss leave their gardens to professional garden companies to manage.

Rather than pick them off and destroy them, she decided she didn't have the heart to kill them so she released them into a nearby wood - where they'll turn into moths and visit other people's gardens.

So, do what you want with them but make sure it involves killing them
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