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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I want to plant out my garden so it's a teeming oasis of yummy goodness, with some sort of wonderfully nutritious fruit dripping off the vines and branches at every point throughout the growing season...

I have a big Schrebergarten plot, and am filling it with 'permaculture' plants (I hate that word) in hopes of making a 'forest garden' of sorts.

Problem is, the plants get expensive. I wanted to buy an Aronia plant (cultivar 'Viking') the other day but it was over CHF 50-....

Does anyone have experience growing some of the more exotic/lesser known edible perennials here in CH? If you are growing them now, would it be possible to trade with each other? (propagated by cuttings or layering). I'm looking for known cultivars(when possible) of:

Aronia (chokeberry)
Felsenbirne (serviceberry)
Cornelian Cherries
Chinaberry vine (5 flavor berry)
Chinese Date (Jujube)
Goumi
Nan-King Cherry
Mulberry
Indianer Banane (Pawpaw)
Asparagus
Strawberries
Fig
Maypop (purple passionflower, passiflora incarnata)

currently growing:

Cherries
Plums
Kiwis
Grapes
Raspberries
Blackberries
Maibeere
Jostabeere
Stachlebeere
Johannisbeere
Holunder
Gojiberry
Preiselbeere
Cassis
Sanddorn
andanbeere (balcony plant)
lemon tree (balcony plant)
tons of perennial herbs, etc.

Thanks if you can help, or let me know if your interested in having any of my plants and i'll propagate some for you in the coming season.

Hoping Spring comes earlier in 2014 than it did this year...

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Yes please. I love peonies.

I had a beautiful one in Belgium that my mum gave me from one of hers. Unfortunately I left it there when we moved as at the time I thought we would be going back.
Ooops we forgot about those- so will divide in Spring. Both tree and herbaceous peonies come from mountains of Tibet, I believe, and are very hardy. Ours get covered with snow and exposed to very colod temps, and always come up smiling in Spring.

Gardening is all over for me now, up' in t'mountains. Got caught short due to recent events- so last task will be to cover some plants with fleece and dig out and bring in to dry, all the dahlias. Then Winter can come. Lovely sunshine today, so should be out there doing those last few jobs, but visitors arriving for our first raclette of the year in a mo.

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Old 17.11.2013, 13:07
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Has your Gojiberry fruited yet? (Sorry, I have nothing to trade except snack chilli seeds, Little Elf chilli seeds and blue Kohlrabi seeds.) My goji is about 2 years old and has yet to fruit but it has bloomed quite a lot this past summer.


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I want to plant out my garden so it's a teeming oasis of yummy goodness, with some sort of wonderfully nutritious fruit dripping off the vines and branches at every point throughout the growing season...

I have a big Schrebergarten plot, and am filling it with 'permaculture' plants (I hate that word) in hopes of making a 'forest garden' of sorts.

Problem is, the plants get expensive. I wanted to buy an Aronia plant (cultivar 'Viking') the other day but it was over CHF 50-....

Does anyone have experience growing some of the more exotic/lesser known edible perennials here in CH? If you are growing them now, would it be possible to trade with each other? (propagated by cuttings or layering). I'm looking for known cultivars(when possible) of:

Aronia (chokeberry)
Felsenbirne (serviceberry)
Cornelian Cherries
Chinaberry vine (5 flavor berry)
Chinese Date (Jujube)
Goumi
Nan-King Cherry
Mulberry
Indianer Banane (Pawpaw)
Asparagus
Strawberries
Fig
Maypop (purple passionflower, passiflora incarnata)

currently growing:

Cherries
Plums
Kiwis
Grapes
Raspberries
Blackberries
Maibeere
Jostabeere
Stachlebeere
Johannisbeere
Holunder
Gojiberry
Preiselbeere
Cassis
Sanddorn
andanbeere (balcony plant)
lemon tree (balcony plant)
tons of perennial herbs, etc.

Thanks if you can help, or let me know if your interested in having any of my plants and i'll propagate some for you in the coming season.

Hoping Spring comes earlier in 2014 than it did this year...
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Old 18.11.2013, 18:35
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I want to plant out my garden so it's a teeming oasis of yummy goodness, with some sort of wonderfully nutritious fruit dripping off the vines and branches at every point throughout the growing season...

I have a big Schrebergarten plot, and am filling it with 'permaculture' plants (I hate that word) in hopes of making a 'forest garden' of sorts.

Problem is, the plants get expensive. I wanted to buy an Aronia plant (cultivar 'Viking') the other day but it was over CHF 50-....

Does anyone have experience growing some of the more exotic/lesser known edible perennials here in CH? If you are growing them now, would it be possible to trade with each other? (propagated by cuttings or layering). I'm looking for known cultivars(when possible) of:

Aronia (chokeberry)
Felsenbirne (serviceberry)
Cornelian Cherries
Chinaberry vine (5 flavor berry)
Chinese Date (Jujube)
Goumi
Nan-King Cherry
Mulberry
Indianer Banane (Pawpaw)
Asparagus
Strawberries
Fig
Maypop (purple passionflower, passiflora incarnata)

currently growing:

Cherries
Plums
Kiwis
Grapes
Raspberries
Blackberries
Maibeere
Jostabeere
Stachlebeere
Johannisbeere
Holunder
Gojiberry
Preiselbeere
Cassis
Sanddorn
andanbeere (balcony plant)
lemon tree (balcony plant)
tons of perennial herbs, etc.

Thanks if you can help, or let me know if your interested in having any of my plants and i'll propagate some for you in the coming season.

Hoping Spring comes earlier in 2014 than it did this year...
Hi pilatus1
mulberry is very hard to propagate, I have failed a couple of times but maybe i wasn't doing it right
figs are easily propagated thru cuttings, I can trade with you root cuttings of felsen brine: cultivar prince williams, and fig cuttings of osborne and red burgundy…but you will have to wait for spring or at least end winter.
pawpaws are damn expensive to buy…i wonder if it services and blooms here in our weather and altitude.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

So life got ahead of me this fall, and I never got around to fully putting the garden to bed before the first snowfall. Oops.

I have a bed of roses that I haven't yet pruned back. We have already had a few nights of hard frost, but the roses are still in bud or bloom. If the last few winters are any guide, we usually get a series of freeze-and-thaw cycles from December through March.

Would I be better off waiting until spring (or a mid-winter thaw) to prune the roses, or should I try to do so now?

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

When I visited Tschanz roses about Morges, who is a real rose specialist and agent for David Austen roses in CH- he told me not to worry about roses too much and not to over protect either- although we live at 950m. He also told me not to prune and wait until Spring.

Strangely enough the David Austin roses I brought over from our UK garden have adapted really well. The flowers are much smaller here- but I really do not mind.

www.rosiers.ch

BTW a visit to David Austin roses in Albrighton near Brimingham is a great experience late June if ever you are in the area.

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So life got ahead of me this fall, and I never got around to fully putting the garden to bed before the first snowfall. Oops.

I have a bed of roses that I haven't yet pruned back. We have already had a few nights of hard frost, but the roses are still in bud or bloom. If the last few winters are any guide, we usually get a series of freeze-and-thaw cycles from December through March.

Would I be better off waiting until spring (or a mid-winter thaw) to prune the roses, or should I try to do so now?

Many thanks.
Bush and hybrid tea roses should be pruned in spring anyway and it's not tool late to prune climbers which should be pruned late Autumn.

The only thing I do with the roses this time of year is to cut short any really tall stems as these can snap under the weight of snow or in the higher winter winds and leave a wound open for infection.
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Thanks Tom and Odile - much appreciated.

(And a good excuse to stay inside with a good book and cup of coffee. )
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

hi guys.
i have a 300 meters garden alottement with shed and nice built barbecue and i am willing to let someone to use it in exchange you would have to look after it.
the garden is near werdholzli.so if you live nearby and like gardening then you can use mine.please pm.
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Bumping up this thread!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Ok guys, today was a nice sunny day and i thought it was perfect time to do some good to the indoor plants. in those bright sundays i was shocked to see one of my plants showing up loads of spider mite and little webs…an INFESTATION…how horrible i carried the pot to my bath tub gave it a shower( yes before DH is home, the tub will be cleaned and all dead leaves disposed off)….don't know what one can do about these mites. i have now isolated this plant but …… google doesn't give much info..most of the sites say YOU ARE DOOMED!

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Just bumping this lovely thread, and see there`s been no action here lately - a confusing winter season?

Crocus are in bloom and bees are buzzing around and in them, looking very happy. Strange to see bees in February!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I'm debating whether it's time to start the spring garden clean-up and get a jump on the season, or to wait.

All the signs of spring are here - crocus getting ready to bloom, daffodils a good 10cm up, the lilac is leafing out, fruit trees are putting out buds. My green(isn) thumb is a-twitchin'.

But it's still February!

We've been hit with killing cold snaps as late as April, and a March winter storm seems to be becoming the norm. The 'false spring' we've had the last several years has hurt my garden badly.

So do I, or don't I? Oh for a crystal ball!

(Everywhere I look, from the Coop to the florist to the garden center, the stores are awash with bright cheerful primula for sale. Must. Resist. )
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Even up here at 950m in the Jura, it is warm and sunny- and snow metling fast. Hellebores and crocuses are in flower, and primroses getting ready. But I am leaving well alone for now

BelgianMum, as soon as the peonies look ready to separate and lift, come over for coffee. But it is unlikely they will flower in first year- and do not plant too deep. Got lots of irises too, to join the plants lifted last year.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

we inherited a large garden with our rental and for the life f me I cant tell the veg from the weeds....anyone in Basel area willing to lend a hand?
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We've been hit with killing cold snaps as late as April, and a March winter storm seems to be becoming the norm. The 'false spring' we've had the last several years has hurt my garden badly.

So do I, or don't I? Oh for a crystal ball!

(Everywhere I look, from the Coop to the florist to the garden center, the stores are awash with bright cheerful primula for sale. Must. Resist. )
Loads of people at my local garden centre today with their trollies laden with primulas etc.
I personally think it's still too early and won't be buying any just yet especially as the forecast is for colder weather next week.


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BelgianMum, as soon as the peonies look ready to separate and lift, come over for coffee. But it is unlikely they will flower in first year- and do not plant too deep. Got lots of irises too, to join the plants lifted last year.
Thanks Odile, that will be lovely. It took a couple of years for the one I got from mum to start flowering so I know that I need to be patient.

Any plants gratefully received, I still have all this area to fill up.
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Early Spring I always get a 20% off voucher for Villaverde in Pontarlier and go and buy a few more plants and 1 tree or 2. Will tell you when I do and you can benefit from the same- it's the one next to Decathlon near HyperU- and very good choice.

Brak a bit too far for me and I already look after 3 gardens (2 for local Museums). Good luck.
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Confession......

We are in process of moving into an apartment with a garden/yard, and yet I know absolutely nothing about gardening... or even how to simply plant a shrub. In fact, I don't even re-pot plants, because I'm too afraid that I'll kill them. Instead, I always leave them in the container they came in, and then just set that inside a nicer, bigger container.

There are a few areas in our new garden that I'd like to plant some flowering shrubs and a few small Japanese maples, etc. If anyone lives near Greifensee and cares to come by some day in April to give me some advice and show me how to properly plant things, I would be forever grateful (please send me a PM).

I think our new garden has a lot of potential, but the woman that lived there before us didn't do much with it. So it definitely needs some work. At some point, maybe I'll post some photos here to see if anyone can help me with ideas...
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Ok guys, today was a nice sunny day and i thought it was perfect time to do some good to the indoor plants. in those bright sundays i was shocked to see one of my plants showing up loads of spider mite and little webs…an INFESTATION…how horrible i carried the pot to my bath tub gave it a shower( yes before DH is home, the tub will be cleaned and all dead leaves disposed off)….don't know what one can do about these mites. i have now isolated this plant but …… google doesn't give much info..most of the sites say YOU ARE DOOMED!

ANY SOLUTIONS WILL BE SO MUCH APPRECIATED!!!
I've had a huge battle with spider mites last season and if you haven't already, I'd just get rid of that plant. Make sure everything is being watered properly. Spider mites love dry conditions. Since you already have webbing, your infestation is probably pretty bad. With the warmer temps, balcony/indoor plants and drying up faster than usual this time of year. And be on the alert for more on a regular basis, meaning at least a couple of times a week. I wouldn't bother with pesticide, as it will just keep away the bugs that eat mites. Good luck!
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