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Old 14.05.2012, 21:21
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I have my tomatoes and peppers still inside. On a sunny day, when it is warm enough, I put them outside.

they even spent three nights outside in a plastic greenhouse when there was around 15C at night, but otherwise they are still inside.

meloncollie, how long have your tomatoes and peppers been outside? have they already create new roots? In case there will be snow I would put them inside.
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I have my tomatoes and peppers still inside. On a sunny day, when it is warm enough, I put them outside.

they even spent three nights outside in a plastic greenhouse when there was around 15C at night, but otherwise they are still inside.

meloncollie, how long have your tomatoes and peppers been outside? have they already create new roots? In case there will be snow I would put them inside.
The tomatoes have been out about 2 weeks, the peppers a week. The tomatoes have almost doubled in size, so I assume they have indeed created new roots. The peppers have not grown much.

I'll try to cover them, and keep my thumbs pressed...

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Old 16.05.2012, 14:09
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Help!

I have about 20 baby plants that I need to get in the ground before I go on holiday. We live just outside of Baden, weather on Fri calling for 16'C, Sat and Sun will be 24'C, decent again on Mon but then down to 14'C on Tuesday. Weather app doesn't go past Tues - we want to plant tomorrow.

Will my little plantlings survive??
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Old 16.05.2012, 14:32
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Help!

I have about 20 baby plants that I need to get in the ground before I go on holiday. We live just outside of Baden, weather on Fri calling for 16'C, Sat and Sun will be 24'C, decent again on Mon but then down to 14'C on Tuesday. Weather app doesn't go past Tues - we want to plant tomorrow.

Will my little plantlings survive??
I think they should be ok. You may lose one or two but on the whole they'll be fine. Make sure you water them in well. They may dry out quickly if the temp gets up to 24.
They haven't really got much choice have they since you're not likely to postpone your holiday just to look after your plants.
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We have someone coming to live with our pets, so he'll water the garden for me. I'm just more scared of losing them because of the possible cold snap.
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Old 24.05.2012, 16:25
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

looks like everyone is very busy gardening.

I need advice.
my new dwarf cherry tree has been attacked by loads of black aphids...cheap disgusting creatures mutilating the baby leaves n the tree. I tried spraying soap n oil mixtures, spraying coffee, ant sprays...no success they just come back with vengence.
Could anyone reccommend me a good therapy against these****bugs.
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Old 24.05.2012, 16:28
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looks like everyone is very busy gardening.

I need advice.
my new dwarf cherry tree has been attacked by loads of black aphids...cheap disgusting creatures mutilating the baby leaves n the tree. I tried spraying soap n oil mixtures, spraying coffee, ant sprays...no success they just come back with vengence.
Could anyone reccommend me a good therapy against these****bugs.
Collect them with a soft brush and ship them off to Odile. Whatever you do, don't harm them!

Or get some ladybirds or bluetits in your garden.
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Old 24.05.2012, 16:35
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Oh don't be so b*****Y stupid Tom. All I am saying that we should try and use the most effective and least cruel way to dealing with pests. Cutting slugs in half or covering them with salts is just not necessary. At least drown them in beer!

Best go to a garden centre and ask advice for those aphids (take an infested leaf with you in a plastic bag so they can identity exactly what's what and the best spray.
And waste good beer (or do I drink it afterwards)?

Our idiot neighbour asked us to cut down one of our shrubs as it was covered in aphids and she didn't want them crawling on to her plants.

My wife told her that they'd probably fly there rather than walk as they were insects but the neighbour didn't believe that aphids could fly.
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Old 24.05.2012, 16:52
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I could use some help keeping (or getting) my basil to stay alive. They either have too much sun, too little sun, too much water, too little water and I can't figure it out.

Anyone have success keeping supermarket (or garden center) pots of these going? And what is your secret of success? Inside, outside, how much water? I have tried it all (I think) but haven't succeeded. Possibly time to break out the stat book and design an experiment to see what works, but due to the kiddos I am sure I would neglect it .

Also, trying to start tomatoes from seed and not having a lot of success. Used to be good at this, apparently not anymore...
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Old 24.05.2012, 17:13
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Just put my tomatoes and peppers in pots on the patio this week. Neighbors told me this was the week. Early days, but so far ok, need to stake them eventually.

I got the basil too. I tend to kill basil and rosemary, but do ok with thyme and lavender. Bought my basil at Hornbach in a crowded pot. Brought them home and spread them into 2 pots. Seem happy for the moment. Got the soil good for legumes and just repotted them. Rosemary on the the other hand is turning yellow leaves. Darn --- I try not to overwater, but have killed like 5 rosemary in the past.

On a good note, just dressed up the area around the fence. Lavender bush, carex grass (don't think it will survive), Euonymus japonicas (which I know won't survive the winter), coleus and impatiens and put my thyme in the ground. Mulched with pine. Looks good for now.

Also, got a dwarf citrus which I never had. The fruit is really tart like a lemon so thinking Sangria, chutney.....I don't expect it to survive long either.
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Old 24.05.2012, 17:26
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I could use some help keeping (or getting) my basil to stay alive. They either have too much sun, too little sun, too much water, too little water and I can't figure it out.

Anyone have success keeping supermarket (or garden center) pots of these going? And what is your secret of success? Inside, outside, how much water? I have tried it all (I think) but haven't succeeded. Possibly time to break out the stat book and design an experiment to see what works, but due to the kiddos I am sure I would neglect it .
I gave up and now grow mine from seeds. Keep sowing in pots every couple of weeks and if one lot fails then you'll always have another along the way.

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On a good note, just dressed up the area around the fence. Lavender bush, carex grass (don't think it will survive), Euonymus japonicas (which I know won't survive the winter), coleus and impatiens and put my thyme in the ground. Mulched with pine. Looks good for now.
Our Euonymus japonicas looked like they had all died last winter but new leaves came through at the base and they're all okay now.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Always give your plants time- after a move, any damage, cold weather. I always give them 3 chances, and sometimes more- and so often they have rewarded me by coming back ans strong and beautiful. Like my tree peony I had to cut back back to a small frame for the move 3 years ago. Nearly threw it out last year- but then thought- no wait another year- give it a break. It is now covered with huge crimson flowers - what a reward!

Many of my raspberries looked dead after the winter - but they have sprouted nicely - some from the base - so they will be late fruiting, but so what. Cut away all the dead bits a couple of days ago. Those raspberries are soooooo good.
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And waste good beer (or do I drink it afterwards)?

Our idiot neighbour asked us to cut down one of our shrubs as it was covered in aphids and she didn't want them crawling on to her plants.

My wife told her that they'd probably fly there rather than walk as they were insects but the neighbour didn't believe that aphids could fly.
Hmm....maybe in your area the aphids haven`t yet got their flying licenses.
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Old 25.05.2012, 08:40
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Always give your plants time- after a move, any damage, cold weather. I always give them 3 chances, and sometimes more- and so often they have rewarded me by coming back ans strong and beautiful. Like my tree peony I had to cut back back to a small frame for the move 3 years ago. Nearly threw it out last year- but then thought- no wait another year- give it a break. It is now covered with huge crimson flowers - what a reward!
I'm still hoping that one of our Japanese maples will spring back into life but I think that's just wishful thinking now it's got to late May.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Hello all....I am new to Switzerland 6 weeks and we are moving into our home this weekend. The garden is in rough shape and I am looking to plant vegetables ASAP....any advice on what I can plant in early June...
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I'm still hoping that one of our Japanese maples will spring back into life but I think that's just wishful thinking now it's got to late May.
Check that the roots are okay and treat for beetles whose larvae eat the roots. Mine usually sprout leaves again in April. I lost a few plants because of the cold winter and those darn beetles :-(
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Check that the roots are okay and treat for beetles whose larvae eat the roots. Mine usually sprout leaves again in April. I lost a few plants because of the cold winter and those darn beetles :-(
I think it was the winter this time.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Tomatoes definitely. If you get a bit of shade some red leaf lettuce might take off and it's the kind where as you harvest the leaves grow back so under the right conditions you might be able to enjoy it all summer. Peppers, if the weather holds warm. And herbs, basil, thyme, lavender...Since the garden is in bad shape you might have to work the soil and wait for next year. We just moved into a new place and I am doing everything in pots this year. I cleared a plot for a veg garden, adjusted the soil with appropriate additives it needed, now I'm going to wait until it overwinters to absorb and start next spring.


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Hello all....I am new to Switzerland 6 weeks and we are moving into our home this weekend. The garden is in rough shape and I am looking to plant vegetables ASAP....any advice on what I can plant in early June...
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I don't know if they do this here, but in the States I was able to buy praying mantis and let them lose in my garden. They helped humanely with all types of pests.

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looks like everyone is very busy gardening.

I need advice.
my new dwarf cherry tree has been attacked by loads of black aphids...cheap disgusting creatures mutilating the baby leaves n the tree. I tried spraying soap n oil mixtures, spraying coffee, ant sprays...no success they just come back with vengence.
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Old 25.05.2012, 11:52
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I don't know if they do this here, but in the States I was able to buy praying mantis and let them lose in my garden. They helped humanely with all types of pests.
Please don't let anything loose into your garden that isn't native to Switzerland.

The worst pests in my garden are those that have got to Switzerland from Asia recently as stowaways (or via another European country).
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