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I remember my parents having 2 old blue wrapped 'pains de sucre' in the attic. Wonder what happened to them?
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Well I repotted my large Monstera Delicious yesterday. Undid the roots and repotted. Its looking good.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Today I cleaned up the garden a bit and found some renegade carrots. This one caught my eye - barely





The others I pulled up weren't much bigger - but they made a fine addition to my roasted root dinner tonight!

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I still have raspies growing AND ripening

Other than that all the winter veges are doing fine and have withstood the frost we went through earlier.

Don't forget, this is my first proper gardening year here. At my old place, after magpie like new neighbours, who raided the small plot (with veges such as cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkins,onions, radishes and a few red currant bushes and raspberry canes) intended for ALL neighbours....

I moved my garden upstairs and had my veges and edibles allotment on the balcony. I managed to grow quite a lot on that small space to help ease the food cost and make the tiny budget stretch farther.

During winter I only grew spinach and lambs salad.


I cannot put into words, how much it means to me, to have finally a proper garden I can tend to again and a big (high rise beds) allotment to give us food in abundance.

I am already sketching the rotation of beds/plants and what I want to grow next year
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Can one stress a plant. By too much attention if its not growing as well as one would like?
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Old 16.12.2019, 11:35
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Can one stress a plant. By too much attention if its not growing as well as one would like?
Yes.
And bad vibes are highly disliked by them too. (I'm actually serious here!).
So do get the message, please?
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Old 16.12.2019, 15:36
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And bad vibes are highly disliked by them too. (I'm actually serious here!).
So do get the message, please?
No I am not talking about bad vibes. I am talking about giving them too much attention( like stroking them etc),
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Old 30.12.2019, 16:01
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Today was the perfect day to spend a few hours in the garden


I did a good pruning of the grape and kiwi vines, cut back some of the dead stuff from summer, figured out where to move the blue berry bushes to later and did a hard prune on the ancient climbing rose bush...

The garden area was quiet, although I did see my neighbor for the first time in months
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Ordered on eBay a whole cacao pod and some vanilla live plants in small pots from Sri Lanka. Will try to grow a cocoa plant and a vanilla plant.
Do have a big balcony with lots of sun here in Locarno. Both plants will be in partial shade . Will have to take them inside in the winter. Also they grow in hot and humid places so it will be challenge to keep humidity at a high level in a corner of the balcony. After about 3 years if I am lucky they will bloom. Vanilla has to be hand pollinated and the cocoa is also not easy to grow fruit..
Back in the USA ( N.C. ) I had some success growing tropical plants with a heated outdoor greenhouse.
Will keep you'all posted.
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Old 30.12.2019, 17:51
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Is that legal? Legal to order. Illegal to import.
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Is that legal? Legal to order. Illegal to import.
Yeah, I thought that importing anything with soil was a big no-no
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Well I repotted my large Monstera Delicious yesterday. Undid the roots and repotted. Its looking good.
But did not survive. Seems it had root rot. Manage to save a bit of it with roots and put it in water. Lets see how it goes.
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The vanilla plant actually comes in a small pot with peat moss and stuff and not actual soil.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I have this Monstera that I am trying to cultivate. Its a stem from another Monstera which I have put in water and some roots are growing. But where will a new stem come from? From the new roots? From the stem which is there I dont see any chance of a new stem coming.

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I am looking for some comfrey. Anywhere know where I can buy some around Zurich?Or if you are planning on splitting any from your own garden this spring I would be happy to pay.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

When would be the best time to start planting new grass? Is April too early? ( in Zürich )
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Soil temperature is the critical thing; generally the soil needs to be above 10C. Now, that's not the air temp - the soil temp will be cooler than the air. IIRC 15-25 is the recommended air temp range - but you should check the seed package for directions. How much sunlight your property gets, warming the soil, will play a part in deciding when to seed.

That said, living on the dark deluge-ridden side where we are reduced to a muddy swamp most of the year spring, I seed (and re-seed) from April until the high summer, whenever I have a bag to hand. And then again in the autumn. Between the swamp and thundering herd o' mutts, my grass is always a disaster.
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I should imagine that you should be able to get seeds at a large gardening center with a 'herbal medicine plant' corner.

Look/ask for BEINWELL or WALLWURZ or BEINWURZ, those are the names the herb is commonly known in the Swiss German area
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I have this Monstera that I am trying to cultivate. Its a stem from another Monstera which I have put in water and some roots are growing. But where will a new stem come from? From the new roots? From the stem which is there I dont see any chance of a new stem coming.

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The new leaf will eventually come from *next* to the existing stem, so just above the root stock. On my monstera, it is hard to see where a new leave could possibly come from (and I have 12 leaves), but it does. I'll try to get a photo of mine, as it is currently putting out a new leaf

I drew a pink circle around the top of the leaf, although the new growth is from the bottom of the stem:

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