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Good to know - thanks for the offer, but it sounds like a good excuse for a road trip across the Rostigraben. Haven ventured out that way in years...
Actually the nicest ones I've seen were over the other side of the Rostigraben (just) so you wouldn't even need to cross it.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I was in the wyss garden center in volketswil a week ago. They also had geraniums. They're closing this location in August, so their stock may be depleted, but i bet the Wyss in aargau and Bern would have some.
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Old 07.06.2015, 18:39
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Different? In Schwyz?


I take it you don't live under the thumb of the Geraniumpolizei over there in free-wheeling Romandie.

Think the WI. With the power of life and death.
Well, we do have people who hang flower troughs on their balconies, but whether they get harranged or not if they're empty I couldn't say. The only thing that gets hung from my balcony railing are the birds' feed balls in the autumn through to spring. I have enough trouble keeping the grass cut and trying to grow some flowers in my little front garden. The other garden patch is still weeds, but so far the neighbours haven't complained. Need to get some weedkiller down on it again. Problem is I can't decide what to do with it. It was covered with weed surpressant material when we moved in, but that's gradually rotting away. It's an odd shape and slopes slightly so I can't make up my mind to have it as another flower/plant area or maybe try and grow some veggies in it. Gets the sun all day, but also any storms that come through.
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Old 12.06.2015, 11:06
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I read in a Swiss gardening newsletter that you can hang apples or over-ripe bananas from the roof of the tomato house, among the vines, to speed ripening. (Apples and bananas release ethylene.)

Now - I've done this with green tomatos picked at the end of the season (tomatoes and one apple in a brown paper bag or cardboard box) and it does indeed turn the green tomatoes red. However, the taste is nothing like a ripe tomato. Good enough for fruit that would otherwise be thrown away for use a sauce where spices will be added, but pretty 'meh' for eating raw.


So my question:

Have any of you done this with tomatoes still on the vine? If so, did you think the taste was affected?

Here on the Dark Side our season is very short, some years I still have half the harvest green when the first frost comes along. The idea of speeding ripening is intriguing... but not at the expense of taste.

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Old 12.06.2015, 14:41
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I've never tried that, but my initial thought after reading was wondering whether earlier in the season when temps can be quite warm, the over-ripe fruit would attract more fruit flies to swarm on the tomatoes. The air would definitely be pretty mank - the rotten banana found at the bottom of a school locker on the last day of term...
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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Re: green tomatoes- Have you ever tried fried green tomatoes? Wouldn't have to go to the hassle of hanging fruit and could enjoy the tomato in its green state.....
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Old 12.06.2015, 15:53
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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the over-ripe fruit would attract more fruit flies to swarm on the tomatoes.
I've never known fruit flies to go for tomatoes (other than the ones that are already rotting).

I think the skin is too tough or something like that.
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Re: green tomatoes- Have you ever tried fried green tomatoes? Wouldn't have to go to the hassle of hanging fruit and could enjoy the tomato in its green state.....
Fried green tomatoes? But of course - after all, I married a Hoosier.

Although it's a (rare) sunny June day today , in anticipation of another cool summer and early frost, here's a thread from a few years ago with some great suggestions for what to do with all the green tomatoes:

Green Tomatoes?

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I might try an experiment with one plant (in a pot under the eaves, using an apple) just to see what happens. But will probably wait until end of August...

Thanks for the comments, folks!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

The garden has been a succession of non-stop colour - one of my favourites now is the Thalictrum- a leaf a little like aqualegia (got 100s of those know, of every colour, from pale pink to the darkest almost black alpine form, both 'normal' and double 'bonnet') and large heads of little purple balls, which then open to fluffy little balls, a bit like mimosa flowers. Mine came from our UK garden, and yet they flower in the wild all along the bank at the side of the road near our village. I could not believe my eyes.

Between here and out nearest French town, there are currently 1000s and 1000s of blue and also white Jacob's ladder flowers- what a signt.

The standard Pierre de Ronsard rose I planted a couple of months ago is so beautiful in flower at the mo, pale pink with a darker pink edging. And the Pat Austin auburn orange rose we brought over from UK is just wonderful as it starts to flower. What a joy a garden is ...

BTW the street market in Pontarlier (50 mins from Lausanne or Neuchâtel approx) - has lots and lots of plant sellers at this time of year- great quality and locally grown (as well as fruit, veg and all the 'produits du terroir') is on Thursday and Saturday mornings.

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Here's an app for iphone and android users -
Likethatgarden.com

You take a picture of a flower or plant, pass it to the app and the app will come back with suggested identities of the flower/plant. It might not get the exact variety (which rose, for example), but it's pretty good, and it's free.

I'm still in the UK - i've been to Lea Gardens in Derbyshire and have seen amazing rhododendrons, and to the David Austin garden ctr in woverhampton - a bit early, but gorgeous plants.

We're in shropshire right now at a place with an amazing garden. Nearby is this incredible tree (i know they start as small plants tho). Has anyone seen a ceanothus in garden centers in the German speaking part of Switzerland?

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Has anyone seen a ceanothus in garden centers in the German speaking part of Switzerland?
I'm sure that I saw some at Meier in Dürnten. These were smaller woody plants/shrubs, a lighter blue - don't know if they are the variety that can grow into a tree.
http://www.meier-ag.ch/cms/gartencenter/index.php

(The German is Säckelblume.)


And a quick google shows that the Baldur Garten has the shrub variety.

(Have any of you ordered from Baldur? I've been tempted, but wonder about delivery - how well do the plants fare in transit?)

http://www.baldur-garten.ch/produkt/...nd/detail.html

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I've had mixed success from Baldur. One of the reasons their plants are so inexpensive is that they are small. But i bought a japanese maple that's done well and hydrangeas too. And scented geraniums that grew like crazy. On the other hand, my rose bush from them is sad...probably my fault though. If something is damaged in transit, they will replace it, no problem. Everything arrives looking healthy, but for the less talented/less patient among us - we might do better with a more mature plant.

I also saw the ceanothus at Hauenstein, so i might get it there when i get back. But i'll look around! Thanks for the info!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Will you have time to visit Austin's Roses in Albrighton near Birmingham if you are in this part of the world. It is the absolute best time to visit now, in mid June.

The shop and rose sales area + café are great- but they have an extensive rose garden wiht all their roses- and it's wonderful.
http://www.davidaustinroses.com/English/Advanced.asp

I have to say I am not keen on buying plants on line- nothing like getting to know a good nursery man well- who will personally guarantee plants and give excellent advice.
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The wild flowers at the moment all around the Jura mountains are just stunning. The marsh fields all along the road going to Pontarlier are a carpet of blue and white Jacob's ladder flowers- millions of them- what a sight.
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Will you have time to visit Austin's Roses in Albrighton near Birmingham if you are in this part of the world. It is the absolute best time to visit now, in mid June.

The shop and rose sales area + café are great- but they have an extensive rose garden wiht all their roses- and it's wonderful.
http://www.davidaustinroses.com/English/Advanced.asp

I have to say I am not keen on buying plants on line- nothing like getting to know a good nursery man well- who will personally guarantee plants and give excellent advice.

That's exactly where i was - albrighton, wolverhampton - all the same. It was lovely, but too early for the roses at their peak. Incredible though.

Baldur is ok - you can email them for advice and anything damaged is replaced/refunded. I think their larger plants are better than the smaller ones.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

ooops, read your post quickly and missed that bit. Shame I didn't know you were going, I could have lent you my National Trust cards for other wonderful gardens and country homes.
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ooops, read your post quickly and missed that bit. Shame I didn't know you were going, I could have lent you my National Trust cards for other wonderful gardens and country homes.

Thanks, but been there, done that. My friend is a member of the royal oak (nat trust for americans) and I belong to FAI, which is the italian version, and both have reciprocal benefits in the UK. It's a great value. And i get the over 60 concession at English heritage sites. ;-)
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Well down south it's back to the "new normal" african heatwave-coldfront-thunderstorms-cold rain pattern again.
This time around I've kept my tomatoes and eggplants covered with a tunnel (used electrical piping and plastic - will try to take some pics), so far so good...at least the leaves aren't attacked by the usual rust and I think that the greenhouse effect mitigates temperature drops - we'll see.

Slugs: weeeelll... that is another story - but let's say that this year I am not using those dark free ground cover tarps anymore, this takes away one of slimey's favorite breeding grounds and sleeping places. But I've also been doing the rounds each morning after it has rained to manually get rid of slugs and snails and it does make a big difference. This year we're able to eat our own salad again
One thing I've discovered is that chinese cabbage attracts slugs and snails like crazy, so I'm in the process of uprooting those plants as I had planted it in proximity to the salad and so I'm leading the surviving critters straight to their lunch :-/

BUT... maybe it's worth considering planting some brassica pekinensis in another side of the garden as a way to attract slugs and snails away from the main salad bar

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Slug control, a sisyphean struggle in my corner of Switzerland.

I've given up planting salads and veggies in the ground. The only chance I have is in pots or planters.

My personal best is 596 of the slimy fiends on one morning's round...
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The only luck I have had to avoid slugs is using pots and then placing the pots on a gravel area where there is no other vegetation. Have tried many times growing in dirt and they just get eaten up by the slugs.
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