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Old 23.03.2018, 13:25
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I ordered 6 shrub plant supports from amazon.de and was notified that they would be delivered separately. The first arrived today. Packaging is crazy! I‘m afraid due to their shape the other five will have the same amount of wasteful wrapping.
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Old 23.03.2018, 13:39
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I ordered 6 shrub plant supports from amazon.de and was notified that they would be delivered separately. The first arrived today. Packaging is crazy! I‘m afraid due to their shape the other five will have the same amount of wasteful wrapping.
I often find Amazon packaging to be very wasteful
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Old 23.03.2018, 13:58
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I can‘t upload a picture from my phone (resizing issues) but words cannot describe the amount of carton and paper I have to dispose of!
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Old 25.03.2018, 19:45
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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It‘s wild garlic season again! If I remember correctly you liked collecting wild garlic to turn into pesto. We have tons of it (it‘s like a pest to be honest) and since you live closeby you are welcome to all of it! I would have pm‘d you but apparently can‘t. Maybe this is how we meet. 🙂
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Old 25.03.2018, 20:27
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Further up t'mountains- our wild garlic spot, by a river further up the mountains is not ready yet. It will be just in time with longer walks with new knee.

For those who love wild nettles- we allow them to grow in areas of our fields to support all the caterpillars in the year- Early nettles, as for any veg- are the most tender and the better tasting. We can guarantee no contact with any pesticides or herbicides whatsoever. You are welcome if you want some- as well as wild sorrel later in Summer and many other wild medicinal herbs, like meadowsweet.
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For those who love wild nettles- we allow them to grow in areas of our fields to support all the caterpillars in the year- Early nettles, as for any veg- are the most tender and the better tasting. We can guarantee no contact with any pesticides or herbicides whatsoever. You are welcome if you want some- as well as wild sorrel later in Summer and many other wild medicinal herbs, like meadowsweet.

Hi Odile, how would you prepare the nettles? I've just discovered quite the crop, growing out of the back wall of our garden.

And good luck with the new knee
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Old 26.03.2018, 09:14
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

A question for the green fingers experts among us...

I have a fairly ugly criss crossed wire fence in my back garden and would like to have a creeper which would nicely disguise it over the summer.

Any suggestions for what I should look for when I visit the Meiers garden center this coming weekend?
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Old 26.03.2018, 09:18
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A question for the green fingers experts among us...

I have a fairly ugly criss crossed wire fence in my back garden and would like to have a creeper which would nicely disguise it over the summer.

Any suggestions for what I should look for when I visit the Meiers garden center this coming weekend?
Do you want flowers or just greenery? Year round cover or just over the summer.

Honeysuckle or Clematis would work. The clematis Montana variety grows quickly and covers really well and has lovely flowers in late spring/early summer.
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Old 26.03.2018, 09:43
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Hi Odile, how would you prepare the nettles?
Risotto, frittata, etc.

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Old 26.03.2018, 09:44
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Tea, salads
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Old 26.03.2018, 09:47
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Risotto, frittata, etc.

Tom
in soups with potatoe, or just like spinach. There are virtually dozens of videos and recipes around t'internet.
Here is one from Minnesota - I would add pine nuts and parmesan perhaps- it would be better than 'not bad' ...
or mix a couple of eggs at the end for an omlet. Make quiches, pasta with garlic too.
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Old 26.03.2018, 10:29
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Do you want flowers or just greenery? Year round cover or just over the summer.

Honeysuckle or Clematis would work. The clematis Montana variety grows quickly and covers really well and has lovely flowers in late spring/early summer.
Thanks for the tips Belgianmum :-)

I'm curious.. What would be an option for just greenery? Probably just over the summer but I'm open to reconsider.
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Old 26.03.2018, 10:39
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Thanks for the tips Belgianmum :-)

I'm curious.. What would be an option for just greenery? Probably just over the summer but I'm open to reconsider.
Ivy is one obvious just greenery option but something like golden hops would also work.
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Old 26.03.2018, 10:49
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Ok. maybe ivy would work. I want something that covers the fence well, but isn't bushy because I don't want it to intrude into the garden, which is quite small.

I quite like the look of boston ivy. Do you happen to know if that is available here?
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Old 26.03.2018, 14:05
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I quite like the look of boston ivy. Do you happen to know if that is available here?
Yes it is. Look under the Latin name (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) if you want to find something here.

I think we've got some growing up one wall. Unlike more 'normal' ivy, it's deciduous.
It's also really vigorous so will require a fair bit of maintenance cutting.
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Old 26.03.2018, 22:24
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I would suggest looking into an evergreen clematis. The flowers are beautiful, and the leaves will stay green all year.

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Old 03.04.2018, 08:38
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Just to update, I went to Meiers and bought "Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii'" which is basically boston ivy that turns red in the autumn.

I bought two plants and planted them along my 5m long fence. According to the guy at Meiers, it should cover the whole fence by next year.

Thanks for the help!
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Just to update, I went to Meiers and bought "Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Veitchii'" which is basically boston ivy that turns red in the autumn.

I bought two plants and planted them along my 5m long fence. According to the guy at Meiers, it should cover the whole fence by next year.

Thanks for the help!
That's a good choice for your needs. They are gorgeous when they change colour in the autumn.
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@EastEnders
It‘s wild garlic season again! If I remember correctly you liked collecting wild garlic to turn into pesto. We have tons of it (it‘s like a pest to be honest) and since you live closeby you are welcome to all of it! I would have pm‘d you but apparently can‘t. Maybe this is how we meet. 🙂
In Virginia wild garlic is known as Ramps. Does wild garlic/ramps grow in Ticino?
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Old 03.04.2018, 14:02
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I bought two plants and planted them along my 5m long fence. According to the guy at Meiers, it should cover the whole fence by next year.
Don't worry if it doesn't grow too much this year. From experience, I've found that plants tend to grow their roots the first year they are planted out and the stems and leaves in the second year and years after that.
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