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Re: How about a gardening thread?

There were selling soil and flowers outside of the local COOP supermarket yesterday but today not.

One of the garden centres near Baden will let you pick up orders, as will Landi.
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Old 19.03.2020, 13:32
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Meier Gartencenter in Dürnten ZH will also take orders by email, delivery via the Post:
https://www.meier-ag.ch/cms/aktuelle...-vorbeugen.php


Apparently several garden/agricultural organizations have appealed to the Bund about relaxing the restrictions around selling things like veggie starts, seeds, etc. In Germany, for instance, these are classed as 'Lebensmittel/Notvorsorgungl' and can be sold. Here is Meier's statement:
https://www.meier-ag.ch/cms/aktuelle...trussaison.php

I like that they showed the 'Dig for Victory' posters. Who knows, it just might come to that.

Whether their appeal will have any impact on regulations, who can say. For now I'll be planting some of the seeds left over from last year and hoping they are still viable. Sadly, here on the Dark Side there isn't enough of a season to grow tomatoes from seed, we barely make it from starts.
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Old 19.03.2020, 14:30
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I thought I could at least dig through my europallet-sized planting bed these days .... as I probably find loads of cockchafer grubs.
I have a deal with the birds: I put these ugly things at the same place every season and the birds pick them up in now time.

Too bad it's too early to plant stuff, it would fit perfectly in the schedule (or rather replace any schedule) now.
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Are you sure they are cockchafer grubs? Do they have a small head and big bum, or t'other way round?

Cetonia grubs will turn into beautiful iridescent green beetles which do no harm at all, and are fantatic little helpers in your compost pile.

Another wonderful day in the garden - this 'Curate's garden' will be the best ever this year. Two years on the trot, I was out of service due to knee replacements- and last year was also complicated- so last few days I have been working like crazy and it feels good, for sure.
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Old 19.03.2020, 15:09
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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Are you sure they are cockchafer grubs? Do they have a small head and big bum, or t'other way round?

Cetonia grubs will turn into beautiful iridescent green beetles which do no harm at all, and are fantatic little helpers in your compost pile.

Another wonderful day in the garden - this 'Curate's garden' will be the best ever this year. Two years on the trot, I was out of service due to knee replacements- and last year was also complicated- so last few days I have been working like crazy and it feels good, for sure.
The ones I found last autumn, I was sure. The ones I will most likely find in the next days I haven't seen yet.

I don't have a compost pile.

I wouldn't at all mind finding the nice ones. What do I do with them, should that be the case? Burry them again and leave them in there?
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I found about 100+ when emptying one of my huge compost bins- so I left a corner of compost and threw them all in there as I found them- and transported some to the compost bins at the back, where I never found any. When the bin was empty and the rich compost scattered all over the borders- I covered with dried prunings from the autumn and put the lid back on.

If you have no compost bin, not sure. Those beetles are so beautiful- THAT colour
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

What is your favourite type of garden? Here, there is no other option, this old 16C Vicarage in the mountains just has to have a Curate's garden, Gertrude Jekyll would be proud of me, I believe. I am really not fond of very tidy gardens with annuals planted in rows... So here, roses and perrenial of all kinds, with all the cottage garden favourites.

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Old 19.03.2020, 19:18
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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What is your favourite type of garden? Here, there is no other option, this old 16C Vicarage in the mountains just has to have a Curate's garden, Gertrude Jekyll would be proud of me, I believe. I am really not fond of very tidy gardens with annuals planted in rows... So here, roses and perrenial of all kinds, with all the cottage garden favourites.
I like them luscious, loads of green, huge amounts of flowers blooming overwhelmingly. I wouldn't mind having the Seleger Moor in my back yard:

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Ah the things I plan for when I'm grown up .....
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Seleger Moor is our favourite local 'hang out'. With the annual abo which costs CHF40 each I think we visited something like 15 times last year. We are fortunate enough to be a 5 minute drive away so often have the place to ourselves early in the morning. Our furry friend loves it too!

Sadly they lost a few more trees in the storm this year Alas it's also shut until at least 19th Apr due to COVID-19 but we can't wait for it to reopen.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Where is that? Do you have a link- never heard of it (but I live in the Far West).
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Old 20.03.2020, 09:50
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Where is that? Do you have a link- never heard of it (but I live in the Far West).
https://www.selegermoor.ch

Well worth a visit.

(But not until after the emergency measures are lifted. Closed until at least 19 April.)
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Old 20.03.2020, 09:55
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Question for those who know celery:

Cleaning out the garden, I found a few celery plants (stalk, not root) that I had neglected to pull up last fall.

These are now putting out new growth from the sides of the old heart.

Have any of you ever treated celery as a multi-year plant? What should I expect if I leave these to grow? New stalks, just leafy growth, something else?

I'd be happy just to have leafy growth, as celery leaf is one of my favorite herbs for soups, caseroles, etc.
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Old 20.03.2020, 15:56
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Took the burlap cover off my blue potato bush. It looks utterly dead.
The plant next to it, that makes very small but lavish little flowers is all green already, looking like ready to bloom tomorrow.
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Old 20.03.2020, 16:14
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

My daughter's starting the chiles, okra, and tomatillos as we speak.

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Emptying a second compost bin tomorrow for the veggie plots- 4 X 2x3.50m and will sow as and when it stops freezing at night.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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Basically you phone through your order and they leave it outside the garden centre for you to pick up - no interaction with staff etc.

https://www.gartencenter-guggi.ch/al...-abholservice/

Maybe your local centre has something similar?! We’re using the time to build some no dig beds and plant a herb garden and some veggies...
That's a great idea!

My garden is ready for veggies and while it is too early to plant, I was still wondering how I'd source the plants when the time came.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

my Hyderange leaves look really bad after those cold says this week. Will it recover?
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Old 29.03.2020, 10:13
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my Hyderange leaves look really bad after those cold says this week. Will it recover?
Yep, it’s not uncommon for hydrangea to suffer like that if a cold snap follows a mild spell.
It will survive.
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Old 29.03.2020, 10:25
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That's a great idea!

My garden is ready for veggies and while it is too early to plant, I was still wondering how I'd source the plants when the time came.
Order seeds online?

I was thinking the other day that another industry going to be hit really hard by this are all the plant nurseries that provide plants for the garden centres.

I can't see a lot of them surviving.
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Old 29.03.2020, 10:36
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Our local Landi is still open and selling "essentials" only ..

They destroyed all of their plants because they were not allowed to sell them.. what a shame!
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