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Re: How about a gardening thread?

To be honest, I've never made them. I've eaten some twice in restaurants- they take several leaves and wrap around fillling, dip in beaten egg and fry. Delish. I keep meaning to try, and I have comfrey in the garden (well not up as yet this Spring) but I do not have a fat fryer- but could make in normal pan. OK- I will try this year

I've got a smaller, ground covering form of comfrey too- lovely white and apricot flowers- that grows really well under trees- but quite invasive- must go and dig out some out of the flower border before it takes over. Daughter's old dachshund dug up a big clump yesterday and I think there was a mouse underneath- thanks Slinky for helping. Must also practise using fresh young nettles in cooking- plenty on the edge of the field- which I leave for butterflies.
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Old 31.03.2014, 17:13
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We also have a few bare patches in the lawn (from earlier renovation projects that destroyed the grass) and talking to a profi gardener, he said we should wait until May to sow grass seeds. Although the weather is good now, the seeds will only germinate from May. So we are waiting.
It may well depend on where you live. Our gardener said April was the best time to sow grass seeds so we'll be doing our bare patc in the next couple of weeks.
If you leave it later and the weather is very dry you often have to water it more and get more weeds growing. ( according to him )
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Old 31.03.2014, 22:49
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Need some creative ideas, fellow gardeners...

I have a spot with mature hostas. They make a wonderful show summer through fall, but I need a solution for spring. In previous years I had daffodil and tulip bulbs in with the hostas to give the spot some early color and foliage, but it seems the mice have eaten the bulbs - so now there is only a bare patch.

The spot is full shade.

Any ideas what I can plant in with the hostas to give me some spring color or foliage that won't fall victim to marauding rodents?

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I have been thinking of trying to get some nice patches of woodland-type anemones started in similar setting. The white star-shaped ones (hvitsippor in Swedish, everywhere this time of year) and with any luck the blue ones blċsippor, theme of a classic children's song by Alice Tégner. To the best of my amateurish horticultural knowledge they both spread by roots, so maybe less prone to feasts by local critters, like shady moist conditions, and some varities should be available at garden centers (excuse for Meloncollie to coincidentally be passing through Dürnten
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You can also make fritters with the large leaves, with a filling like goat's cheese, etc.

Fingerhut is digitalis in English or digitales in French- I just love them. Here we have a yellow form that grows wild all over the place in Summer.
If the yellow variety is the one I am thinking of, when it spreads wild it is very useful as a defense against equally large patches of stinging nettle.
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Old 01.04.2014, 00:41
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

We're giving up our flat in a couple of months to go travelling in a caravan for quite a long time, so we're selling our beloved perennials. Hope they enjoy good new homes and bring joy to you like they did us.

3 big pots of hostas, two of whom are Halcyon, the 3rd one with creamy-white borders. CHF10 each.
1 blueberry plant, almost 1m tall, profusely flowering now. CHF15
1 Endless Summer blue hydrangea (Hortensie), big pot. CHF20
1 Early Blue hydrangea, medium pot. CHF12
1 medium-pink hydrangea, big pot, CHF15
1 Goji berry plant, almost 1m tall. CHF12
(all self pick-up in Cham, canton Zug, please)
1 Euonymous japonica, 1.2m tall, big pot. CHF15
1 Weigelia (light pink), 1.2m tall, big pot. CHF15
1 Bartsblume (bluebeard) 1.2m tall, big pot. CHF15

Please send me a PM if you'd like to adopt one or more. Thanks.
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Old 03.04.2014, 00:32
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Need some creative ideas, fellow gardeners...

I have a spot with mature hostas. They make a wonderful show summer through fall, but I need a solution for spring. In previous years I had daffodil and tulip bulbs in with the hostas to give the spot some early color and foliage, but it seems the mice have eaten the bulbs - so now there is only a bare patch.

The spot is full shade.

Any ideas what I can plant in with the hostas to give me some spring color or foliage that won't fall victim....



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I keep thinking about this one - have you tried aconites? Somewhere I remember reading they don't smell nice to animal foragersand they always look so cheery being amongst the first plants to flower in very early spring.
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Old 04.04.2014, 18:23
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We're giving up our flat in a couple of months to go travelling in a caravan for quite a long time, so we're selling our beloved perennials. Hope they enjoy good new homes and bring joy to you like they did us.

3 big pots of hostas, two of whom are Halcyon, the 3rd one with creamy-white borders. CHF10 each.
1 blueberry plant, almost 1m tall, profusely flowering now. CHF15
1 Endless Summer blue hydrangea (Hortensie), big pot. CHF20
1 Early Blue hydrangea, medium pot. CHF12
1 medium-pink hydrangea, big pot, CHF15
1 Goji berry plant, almost 1m tall. CHF12
(all self pick-up in Cham, canton Zug, please)
1 Euonymous japonica, 1.2m tall, big pot. CHF15
1 Weigelia (light pink), 1.2m tall, big pot. CHF15
1 Bartsblume (bluebeard) 1.2m tall, big pot. CHF15

Please send me a PM if you'd like to adopt one or more. Thanks.
what a tempting list! unfortunately I do not have any space to adopt any more nor am i close by to where you live.do you know what variety of blueberry you have.?I have heard that blueberries are very picky about the soil and growing
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Old 09.04.2014, 23:37
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what a tempting list! unfortunately I do not have any space to adopt any more nor am i close by to where you live.do you know what variety of blueberry you have.?I have heard that blueberries are very picky about the soil and growing
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Thanks, Sups, for your kind words. I think the blueberry plant is the Reka Blue if I remember correctly:
http://www.baldur-garten.ch/produkt/...ue/detail.html

It has been giving us more fruit since the first year. Apparently you need to thin out the young fruit so the rest get bigger. We've only put in fishy-smelling organic fertiliser in spring a few times.

I'll give you 20 percent discount if you adopt three or more plants.
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Old 10.04.2014, 07:36
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Thanks, Sups, for your kind words. I think the blueberry plant is the Reka Blue if I remember correctly:
http://www.baldur-garten.ch/produkt/...ue/detail.html

It has been giving us more fruit since the first year. Apparently you need to thin out the young fruit so the rest get bigger. We've only put in fishy-smelling organic fertiliser in spring a few times.

I'll give you 20 percent discount if you adopt three or more plants.
I would love them all as I have a large amount of space in my new garden to fill but you're a bit far from me and I'd have to work out the logistics of coming to collect them.
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How about a gardening thread?

How big (and heavy) are your big pots. Do you have a lift? I bought some things last week, but couldn't get everything i wanted because it was too heavy for me to get into the car.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Newby to gardening in a four season climate so I have lots of basic questions:
  • I just planted some pansies - do they typically last through the summer or should I plan on replacing them about when?
  • Anyone know where I can buy kale seeds? I'd love to try growning it since it is so difficult to buy around here.
  • Where do you buy good quality annuals? I've tried Coop, Jumbo, and Hornbach and they are almost always rootbound. Also, the selections seem so limited - I never see many of the plants I see growing in my area.

Thanks!
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Old 10.04.2014, 16:10
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How big (and heavy) are your big pots. Do you have a lift? I bought some things last week, but couldn't get everything i wanted because it was too heavy for me to get into the car.
The four biggest pots are about 35-40cm across the top but they're made of plastic. So if I don't water them for 2 days they'd get quite light. Even wimpy me can lift most of them. My husband will help you load your car, of course.

Yay! I'm so happy my plants will find good homes.
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Full shade I planted "Fingerhut" last year. Nice tall flowers on stalks, and very large leaf base. The leaves stay green all thru winter, covering the soil.

Although the plant only lasts 2 years (flowers more abundantly in second year - it sheds so many seeds, and new seedlings keep coming up to replace the old plants.

Maybe an idea for your hedgehog area as well?
Or what about Comfrey? You can mistreat it, cut it down to nothing as often as you like -it just keeps coming up. WARNING: ONLY plant Comfrey where you know it will live for the rest of its life, which is forever!

Very handy stuff - the leaves are a compost activator, the bees love the flowers, makes a good herbal healing tea, and crushed new leaves ground into castor oil as a poultice relieves torn muscles/swellings/bone aches.
And leaves left to rot in water makes a good all-round fertilizer for garden.
Here's some more info about comfrey
Although there has been little quantitative research in this area, it is understood that comfrey can work as a 'dynamic accumulator' plant, helping to fertilize surrounding soil and plants (grown under fruit trees, for example) It grows a deep taproot that goes far beneath soil level (fruit tree root system - 3 to 4 feet deep. Comfrey - 8 to 10 feet deep), mining nutrients from below and drawing it up into the tissues of the entire plant. When you crop it for mulch, the nutrients are now left at soil level where they can percolate into the tree roots, or be mixed into your compost.

Comfrey can seed and spread like crazy, becoming an aggressive weed that is impossible to eradicate. The 'bocking 14' variety from russia is sterile, and will grow only from root cuttings. So you can plant it where you want it and as long as you wont ever disturb the roots by digging in that spot again (i.e under fruit trees), it can't propagate.

i just planted out this variety a few days ago...if you search for a while you can find it on ebay.uk for about 8 CHF with shipping ( 5 root cuttings), or support local business and pay 26 CHF from rufbio.ch, lol....

Or, ask me in a few months and i'll send you some cuttings if you pay the postage...

Now, get off the computer and enjoy this perfect gardening weather!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I bought a crapload of herbs at hauerstein - zurich schwamendingen, rafz and baar. The one in rafz is huge. I've bought some lovely stuff at Wyss, and sometimes good old landi has great stuff. Now i'm going outside to make some stacked pots.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

So not sure if I should post this here or start a new thread....
CAUTION: Novice (but enthusiastic) gardener questions ahead.....

I'm looking for ideas/advice for an edible balcony garden.

I started trying last year and had success with blackberries (have overwintered nicely so fingers crossed for another year, thornless), lettuces in window boxes, the usual herbs, strawberries, and spring onions. I also have a raspberry plant which has turned into a menace because of the spikes on it, and didn't really produce any fruit (just weird looking malformed things - perhaps due to insufficient pollination??)

Other than the blackberries, nothing has survived the winter. So I really want to try and establish a few more things that will last and won't need replacing every year! (We live on the third floor with no elevator, and don't have a car, so getting gardening supplies and plants is a bit of a military operation!). Perhaps it's easier to buy established plants? But these always seem ridiculously priced (when considering the prospect of them dying within a year and the amount of food I could get off them)!

- Does anyone have any ideas about hardy edible plants I could try (the balcony get LOADS of sun)?
- Any ideas about tomato varieties that are good producers in pots?
- Any internet shops for fruit/vege plants that are reasonably priced and deliver?

Lastly, I guess I need to relent on my "all-edible" vision and get some flowers to encourage pollination?? Any thoughts? I like the whole companion planting idea, but had better not get to far ahead of myself!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

kiwigeek.
you can plant almost anything on a balcony it just requires a bit of planning. fruiting plants of most trees come in dwarf sizes which can produce fruit even in pots( i know price can be a factor here.)- these are also winter hardy to our climate zones. I f yo are talking about annuals you would have a wider choice and cheaper too. to name a few potted eddies: tomatoes(cherry or tops-tomaten), squashes( small varieties like jack be little), beans, aubergines, chile and peppers, zucchini,peppino, melons, watermelons. and loads of herbs and the list goes on.
Adding perlite(Landi) and cocopeat can keep the pots(plastic) light and aerated also light to transport
some profuse flowering varieties could help attract pollinating insects or else you would need to hand pollinate.
check out baldur-garten.ch they have a great variety reliable and deliver to the doorstep.
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Thanks sups - baldur-garten.ch seems much cheaper than the other places I have seen. Is the delivery charge (CHF 7.95) per item? - I don't understand German and google translate only goes so far
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Plastic pots help too with the weight. They're very inexpensive at the Landi. I buy dirt in small bags so i can carry them.

Baldur's delivery charge is per order. I got a dwarf peach tree that's blooming this year, and they have all sorts of funky stuff. Some stuff lives, some dies.
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Newby to gardening in a four season climate so I have lots of basic questions:
  • I just planted some pansies - do they typically last through the summer or should I plan on replacing them about when?
  • Anyone know where I can buy kale seeds? I'd love to try growning it since it is so difficult to buy around here.
  • Where do you buy good quality annuals? I've tried Coop, Jumbo, and Hornbach and they are almost always rootbound. Also, the selections seem so limited - I never see many of the plants I see growing in my area.
Thanks!
My pansies have managed to last over the winter (mostly) so hoping they'll continue through the summer.

I got Kale seeds from Landi many years ago, but as it doesn't seem to be grown here for eating (shame really) I don't know if they still sell them. It's been around 3 years since I did any veg growing.

Try Aldi/Lidl for plants too as they're cheaper than places like Coop or Migros. That's where I got my pansies from last autumn and I've just planted up some fushias I got yesterday from Aldi. Box of 6 plants for CHF4.49.
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Does anyone have recommendation for garden/gardening stores in Basel?
Specifically
- relatively inexpensive soil
- healthy plants
- wide variety

I've tried Jumbo, Obi, Coop Bau/Hobby, etc - and non seem that great.
They all have soil, plants - but are, obviously, not focused garden stores.
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Have you tried Landi? Don't know where one is close to you but they are more garden than anything else.
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