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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Hi, recently started with some flowerpots, mint and a sunflower plant, all are doing very good on my balcony.seeing this small treasure on the balcony would like to continue it .... is anyone kind enough to guide me on what to grow next in the last days of the summer , which I can use in cooking ? Or any fruit...
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

How about growing the mixed coloured Swiss Chard - white, red and pink. It is easy to grow, looks pretty and you can cook the ribs in white sauce with cheese, and the leaves as spinach and they grow till very late in autumn- and possibly over winter too.

Or some globe artichokes- very tall yellow flowers, like small sunflowers- and the roots can be harvested right into winter. Mine are about 2 m tall! And of course other herbs, like rosemary and sage, and verbena for tea. I cut the tips of my verbena once a month, about 3 or 4 cm- and dry the leaves, and it stimulates new growth.

The little pears are probably 'poires à Botzi' a Fribourg speciality- can't eat them raw and are used for making pear wine. The ones falling now are the excess fruit due to the heat- the ones left on tree will grow a bit bigger before the autumn.
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Hi, recently started with some flowerpots, mint and a sunflower plant, all are doing very good on my balcony.seeing this small treasure on the balcony would like to continue it .... is anyone kind enough to guide me on what to grow next in the last days of the summer , which I can use in cooking ? Or any fruit...
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You can still plant different varieties of lettuce to harvest throughout the Autumn.
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Are too early for sloes- plenty around here, but we must wait for a good frost or two before picking- and with 30C in the shade this afternoon- we can wait a while.

Never made sloe jelly- but only sloe gin!

I do have my grandparents' jelly press though- makes great jelly with apples, etc- getting all the juice out but without any cloudyness.

Happy to take anyone sloe picking in 'my' spot- but come late October.


Thanks very very much meloncollie and Odile

Fear not Odile, I am not new to foraging, just new-ish to the sloe gin making lark.

By October or after the first night frost we don't have any sloes anymore on the shrubs here....so I am cheating nature by harvesting them a tad earlier (not right NOW!) and then freeze them before using them for sloe gin making, works really well.

When I first wanted to make it some 3-4 years ago, and patiently waited for the first frost..there were no more useable sloes to collect here.....so I went and searched for some ideas to solve this problem...and found many tips in regards to that from Germany, where apparently it is similar, some areas have sloe galore way into late fall, while others have none by end of September.
And there I found the tip about collecting early and freezing them....and it worked super well!

Currently amongst other stuff here it is blackberry and elderberry galore...gelee making, freezing, liqueur making and what not....

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You can still plant different varieties of lettuce to harvest throughout the Autumn.

Just did that on my balcony allotment and then one can also start with lambs salad (Nüssler) and in September sowing the winter spinach...a staple here, which I rotate between the various bigger plant pots, so I always have some to either use as salad or for cooking during wintertime.
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Hi, recently started with some flowerpots, mint and a sunflower plant, all are doing very good on my balcony.seeing this small treasure on the balcony would like to continue it .... is anyone kind enough to guide me on what to grow next in the last days of the summer , which I can use in cooking ? Or any fruit...
Thanks and have a gud start of the week.

You can't grow much more now, than leafy salads (e.g. stuff like lambs salad, spinach,rocket, radishes etc) and herbs, it is a bit too late for the rest, but sowed now you should get a good yield before it gets cold.

I am a very keen urban gardener and I grow quite a few veges,berries and herbs on my balcony for consumation.

What I would do, is to start planning what you'd like to have on the balcony NEXT year.

Here a few pointers, feel free to ask away if you want to know more.

How good is your green thumb? (this will decide what you'll grow )
How much space have you got and is your balcony protected from wind, rain and extreme sun?
How much sun do you get during day time or is it more shadey?
How much space do you want to give up for pots and the like?
Have you got a possibilty to fix hanging baskets as well?
WHAT would you like to grow?
Have you got a partner/neighbour/family member who can water the plants in your absence during a holiday?


As an example my balcony is roughly 7-8sqm and I grew this year alone:

2 each of Tomatoes, Peperoni, Peperoncini
large pot of strawberries, 6 kohlrabi, a few onions, 1 cucumber plant, 6 fennel, 5 beetroot, peas, baby carrots,radishes, salads and 16 different herbs ..also tried for the first time roman lettuce seedlings... they didn't grow well...got a better result with them in the boyfriends proper allotment.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

The curse of the elderberry...or some such thing....

I've been regularly checking my usual "hunting grounds" in the forest and on river- and lakeside to be ready when the berries are ripe.Well not as much checking as in controlling, just keeping an eye on them as I walk Lizzie there anyway.

Only problem is and I presume it is because of the somewhat draughtish conditions here, many of the bushes have already shed their leaves and the berries are totally wrinkled and dried out or have fallen off.

There are only a few bushes left, looking reasonably healthy of whom I hope I will be able to get enough berries for my projects.

Is this just here in my area or did you observe some such thing as well?
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I need to transplant some roses and hydrangeas, any tips on how and when is the best time?
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I need to transplant some roses and hydrangeas, any tips on how and when is the best time?
Roses: When they are dormant - Early spring is probably best.

Don't move them now - you'll kill them or they may survive but become spindly diseased, weak specimens.

No idea with regards to hydrangeas.
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I need to transplant some roses and hydrangeas, any tips on how and when is the best time?
Can't say anything about Hydrangeas. For roses, late winter/early spring. Early spring is best (dormant plant hasn't started budding). Take as much of a rootball as you can, move, water. Prepare the destination with compost etc. about 25-50% larger than the rootball. Prune 1 week/10 days after moving.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Agree with the others about the roses.

For hydrangea it's best done in Autumn once they have finished flowering and most of the leaves have dropped but before the first frosts.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Hi all, I have Jerusalem artichokes in the garden and every year since we moved in they end up with white fuzzy leaves and i am assuming they are diseased. All plants around them are fine.. and now i am wondering if this is how they should look? Any pictures online however suggest different.. Any suggestions on how to fix the problem? ..if it is a problem!
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Time to cover up your plants. Risk of frost tonight. Cold chill in the air. (Imagine even colder for those up higher).
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Hi,

I want to divide three shrubs in my front yard this afternoon because they have grown too large for my liking, namely a coneflower and two autumn asters. The asters still have some blossoms left but are almost gone.

How do I go about this? Do I simply chop off the, say, he top half, dig up the roots and divide?

And might there be any takers in the Biel area? Such a waste to just dump half the plants in the compost.
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A picture of the coneflower. All pictures that I upload from my iPad appear sideways. Don't know how to change that.
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Yes, for the asters- cut them down to about 10cm and divide.

I'd love a clump of the cone flowers if you have a pot you can put them in and keep aside as I will ne be able to collect for a while. Thanks.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Do any of you have the new (at least new to our backwater ) compact raspberry bushes?

I bought one this summer and have it planted in a pot. I expect I will need to repot into something larger next year.

So... if I have to repot anyway for next year, am I better off repotting now and letting the plant overwinter in the larger space, or should I wait until next spring to repot?

Or... have any of you planted these directly in the ground? If so, how did they overwinter?


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Do any of you have the new (at least new to our backwater ) compact raspberry bushes?

I bought one this summer and have it planted in a pot. I expect I will need to repot into something larger next year.

So... if I have to repot anyway for next year, am I better off repotting now and letting the plant overwinter in the larger space, or should I wait until next spring to repot?

Or... have any of you planted these directly in the ground? If so, how did they overwinter?


Any and all advice appreciated!
As far as I remember Raspberries preferably in the fall once the canes have dropped all their leaves, but before any frost. I've planted in the spring but they didn't do much the first year (but these were new plants with no growth). Leave enough cane on the plants when you replant so that there will still be some old growth in springtime.

Directly in the ground. Pots, unless they are huge and/or you wrap them will always carry the risk of freeze burning the roots.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

If you don't want your garden overgrown with brambly hedges DO NOT plant the raspberry shrubs direct in the ground. It ll grow like crazy, shoots coming up in places you didn't think of

I put mine into a really large rectangular tub and just cut them back every fall, they need some kind of climbing help too.

At first there were only 4 seedlings, now it has multiplied in this pot on its own and we get qwuite a little harvest....the raspies are on the far right on the pic I moved them from here to the Pirates allotment, where they grow even better.

Some other tip, whether in a pot or or planted into the ground. Raspberries don't like to be fiddled with too much during spring/summer, so don't weed too much and if you put a layer of cut grass around the stems , it'll help to keep weeds at bay as well we help keep the soil moist and the grass acts a bit like plant food too.
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If you don't want your garden overgrown with brambly hedges DO NOT plant the raspberry shrubs direct in the ground. It ll grow like crazy, shoots coming up in places you didn't think of

I put mine into a really large rectangular tub and just cut them back every fall, they need some kind of climbing help too.

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