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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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I just had an eye-watering quote for some loose-weave coconut burlap (jute) sheets/matting for using to stop soil erosion on a short, steep bank while the ground-covering plants get established. It bio-degrades into the soil after a year or two and even when newly laid, it's pretty invisible.

I can only seem to buy massive quantities.

The normal places have that sort of thing in the winter for wrapping plants but not this time of year. I've tried a few garden centres too.

So, has anyone seen any?

Thanks!

Curiosity led to Googling around; I found a German supplier priced at 1.09 Euro /m2, roll is 1.22x50m so not too eye watering... don't know if they will deliver to Switzerland, but perhaps worth an inquiry?

https://www.re-natur.de/shop/erdbau/...utegewebe.html
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Old 30.05.2017, 13:47
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Everything we planted has taken - even the 2 that we thought were killed off by the frost are now looking good - although I did have to cut off half of one.

I suspect planting with plenty of compost and food has helped.
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Old 30.05.2017, 17:43
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Have any of you also noticed a decline in the quality of bagged soil this year?
I bought a bag from Toom Baumarkt in Rheinfelden (DE) this spring. From the bag:

COMPO SANA
Qualitäts-Blumenerde
50% weniger Gewicht
100% Qualität und Ergiebigkeit

It is in a compact blue bag (40L) and is a very beautiful, fine, dark soil. I can't recall the price, but I am impressed with the quality!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Can anyone tell me what is happening to my citrus trees? I got them in fall, they were sitting nicely inside, sprouting new leaves. We fought off 1 red scale bug infestation and 1 gnat infestation. They were doing well after that. Last week we brought them out on the terrace and husband gave them some bio fertilizer too. And now the leaves are looking like this. One has this strange silvery streak and the other is looking mottled. The third tree is fine for now. I looked up leaf discoloration of citrus but can't be sure.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

The first 'proper' items to harvest from my balcony 'allotment'.

We were already using for many weeks all kinds of the herbs, picked a strawberry here and there when it had lusciously red cheeks, cut off a few kale leaves to use and so on and so forth.

Finally, the rest of the vegetables (fennel, kohlrabi) are getting to stages, where we can start to harvest and use them one by one and the others keep making new 'fruits' (peperoni, chillies, cucumbers, tomatoes) which also ensure a continued harvest. Only the carrots new Welsh Onions and beetroot are not yet in a harvestable stage
And as soon as one pot is empty, I'll sow summer spinach or salads in them, to ensure more food for us.

And not a moment too soon. This month we have to try and get by with a third of our usual expense for food and drink, in order to be able to pay the bills at the end of the month.

I just hope we won't turn into rabbits
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Its really nice to see this thread..
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Old 08.06.2017, 16:39
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Can anyone tell me what is happening to my citrus trees? I got them in fall, they were sitting nicely inside, sprouting new leaves. We fought off 1 red scale bug infestation and 1 gnat infestation. They were doing well after that. Last week we brought them out on the terrace and husband gave them some bio fertilizer too. And now the leaves are looking like this. One has this strange silvery streak and the other is looking mottled. The third tree is fine for now. I looked up leaf discoloration of citrus but can't be sure.
Looks like a bacterial or viral infection. Possibly something spread by the gnats or mites. Maybe you can check out here and see if you can find a precise symptom match.

http://idtools.org/id/citrus/diseases/gallery.php

Generally speaking, a healthy citrus is far less likley to be atacked by anything nasty than one that is already stressed. So do everything you can to keep your trees happy. Don't let them dry out, but don't overwater either. Make sure they get plenty of sunlight. Don't move them around more than necessary.
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Old 08.06.2017, 18:30
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I bought a bag from Toom Baumarkt in Rheinfelden (DE) this spring. From the bag:

COMPO SANA
Qualitäts-Blumenerde
50% weniger Gewicht
100% Qualität und Ergiebigkeit

It is in a compact blue bag (40L) and is a very beautiful, fine, dark soil. I can't recall the price, but I am impressed with the quality!
Quoting myself because I just saw this same package at Coop Bau & Hobby in Allschwil. Sorry but I forgot to check the price.
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Old 08.06.2017, 20:56
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Not really gardening - but ...

Wild flowers up here in the Jura are absolutely fabulous at the moment. In last few days I've found road banks full of wild 'pinks' (dianthus), blue sage, daisies, sainfoin, wild thyme, etc. And shaded areas covered with King Cups - the special internet flower 'trollius' and areas of limestone pavement covered with fragrant poet's narcissi, fluffy purple thalictrum, cranesbill geranium in several colours. Today in the valley between the Swiss border and Pontarlier- huge swaves of blue and white Jacob's ladders, dark pink campion, ragged robbin, mixed with 1000s of soft pink bistort- and many more- with red kites circling above everywhere.

Just magnificent- try and get up on Sunday when the weather will be gorgeous again.
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Old 12.06.2017, 21:38
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Any idea what these are? They are in a neighbor's garden and they intrigue me.



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Old 12.06.2017, 21:48
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

They're phlomis, commonly called Jerusalem sage.
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Old 12.06.2017, 22:24
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They're phlomis, commonly called Jerusalem sage.
Cool. Thank you!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Looking at some of the early leaves on a couple of watermelon vines, I'm thinking that a fungal infection may be in its beginning stages. I grow rhubarb in this area and had some trouble with several plants bolting early this spring. At the time, Id attributed it to heat stress and untreated insects, but now am thinking the same fungus could have been a factor there as well.

Has anyone had good results here using Armiecarb (potassium bicarbonate) as a contact treatment in similar situations?
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I was away for three days and went to the garden late last night to get some much-needed watering done. As I rolled up to my garden, my neighbor stopped me and proceeded to reprimand me for not watering my garden EVERY DAY DURING WEATHER LIKE THIS. He didn't know if I way away or when I'd be back, so he watered them for me.

I am torn between being glad that he watered them, and annoyed that he felt the need to school me about it
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Looking at some of the early leaves on a couple of watermelon vines, I'm thinking that a fungal infection may be in its beginning stages.
I am noticing this too, so will be on the lookout for the answer.
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I was away for three days and went to the garden late last night to get some much-needed watering done. As I rolled up to my garden, my neighbor stopped me and proceeded to reprimand me for not watering my garden EVERY DAY DURING WEATHER LIKE THIS. He didn't know if I way away or when I'd be back, so he watered them for me.
I am torn between being glad that he watered them, and annoyed that he felt the need to school me about it
see the trespassing thread... no, just joking. He means well. At least if you're stuck, you'll know who to call on. I am watering every day but I do so anyway when it gets hot.
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see the trespassing thread... no, just joking. He means well. At least if you're stuck, you'll know who to call on. I am watering every day but I do so anyway when it gets hot.
Oh, he's a good neighbor and has already been very helpful. I was just tired and grumpy when he caught me
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Why don't you bring your neighbour a bottle of wine and say thanks for his good will, even if he did it unasked, he seems to be a very caring guy.

I know it feels awful when you are kind of reprimanded as an adult by an adult.

I hope your allotment flourishes.

I already could harvest 3 cucumbers, 6 more are growing on the vine at the moment. Tonight, we'll have the first Carrots, Kohlrabi, Pepperoni and the last of the lettuce heads for dinner ........

I do so love to just step out on the balcony and harvest whatever I fancy and is ready for picking.
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weeds!!
You barstewards!!

I weed
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They're back again!

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