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How about a gardening thread?

Still got quite a bit of snow here- but the borders by the house are springing into life.

Just wondering if anybody here would be interested in a perenial plant swap event mid April. I could offer the venue, and participants could bring food for a picnic. Large inside room and covered area available in case of bad weather.

Anybody?

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Old 11.03.2012, 15:35
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Yes please. I had said to Kristanez only last week that we used to do that back in Belgium. We used to swap veggie seedlings too so that we all had some variety in our vegetable plots. I got my seed trays out yesterday ready to start sowing.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Great- the more the merrier. And excellent idea to swap veg plantlets too.

I have 100s of varieties of perenials to swap. Some are natives from here but many came from our garden in the UK. We did 4 journeys over with a trailor full each time.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

so ncie to see one here in fact i have been thinking about starting a gardening thread all winter thru. thanks oldie.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Sadly, I'll be in Canada. How would you feel about trading some seedlings for some baking once I get back in early May?

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Old 15.03.2012, 15:41
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

just realised it is about those of you in the frenchswiss part of the country.
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so ncie to see one here in fact i have been thinking about starting a gardening thread all winter thru. thanks oldie.

OLDIE , you cheeky thing Actually you are right, lol, never mind.

Anybody welcome in the gardening thread even if you live with the 'Bourbines' Been in the garden tidying up this afternoon- I'll soon be able to get to those parsnips, if they are still there.

Kristin, come and see the garden when you get back. You'll have your lovely bike back for a nice ride.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Veg patch will still have to wait for a bit. I think we can zap Spring and we will soon jump straight into Summer. I went to buy lots of plants in my favourite garden centre yesterday as I had a 20% reduction voucher. They will have to stay on a cold window-sill until weather improves!
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Old 26.05.2013, 11:08
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Only today! Musa basjoo banana plant at half price.

(I have no connections with the store, only a happy customer.)

http://www.baldur-garten.ch/produkt/...ctionGrade=598

Yes, in Malaysia this might be considered a weed or a useless plant (the varieties of banana in my country of origin are much sweeter and more fruitful).

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Thanks for the link Argus - some interesting plants I haven't seen in other garden centers. (The Knobi-Kraut is intriquing...)

That is, I thank you, but OH won't when he sees the bill. Hey, if I can't get out into the garden in this weather, I might as well do a bit of retail therapy forward planning.

Oh how I wish I had more space - I'd be tempted to try that banana just for fun.
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Old 26.05.2013, 12:47
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Damn I broke the handle on my shovel but the good news is I replaced it with a longer new one so now its time to put some serious gardening together
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Thanks for the link Argus - some interesting plants I haven't seen in other garden centers. (The Knobi-Kraut is intriquing...)

That is, I thank you, but OH won't when he sees the bill. Hey, if I can't get out into the garden in this weather, I might as well do a bit of retail therapy forward planning.

Oh how I wish I had more space - I'd be tempted to try that banana just for fun.

Ours has been with us for almost 2 years - all grown up now in a big pot. So far this year it has been out in the balcony for only a few days. Indeed, our sunny indoor spots and windowsills are fully full!

Happy shopping! (I harvest a banana leaf for oven-roasting of fish once in a while.)
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Argus
thanks for the information.
Musa Bajsoo also produces fruit and is apparently sweet as well however it has multiple seeds which disrupts fruit quality(to me any fruit on an homegrown plant would be utter supreme)...so wait and see. Do you have it indoor? cause i was thinking of getting one since they claim it to be winter hardy.
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Ours has been with us for almost 2 years - all grown up now in a big pot. So far this year it has been out in the balcony for only a few days. Indeed, our sunny indoor spots and windowsills are fully full!

Happy shopping! (I harvest a banana leaf for oven-roasting of fish once in a while.)
---ooh, that sounds beautiful and delicious!!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Where have my Dahlias gone?!

I grew a lot of dahlias this year from tubers and planted the majority out mid May. About a week after I planted them, I did my usual walk around the garden to find 2 had completely disappeared leaving only a neat hole

I know the slugs had not eaten them as I had slug pellets around them. I'm guessing its some kind of animal (there are no signs of moles in the garden) but I'm curious as to why it only took 2 and not the others?! Maybe it didnt like the taste

Does anyone have any ideas - I would be gutted to lose anymore Dahlias or plants after months of growing them!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Thank you CwitchyCoo, I think I'll go ahead and keep them outside :-) Watching my lemon tree being happily pollinated by a honey bee right now!
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Where have my Dahlias gone?!

I grew a lot of dahlias this year from tubers and planted the majority out mid May. About a week after I planted them, I did my usual walk around the garden to find 2 had completely disappeared leaving only a neat hole

I know the slugs had not eaten them as I had slug pellets around them. I'm guessing its some kind of animal (there are no signs of moles in the garden) but I'm curious as to why it only took 2 and not the others?! Maybe it didnt like the taste

Does anyone have any ideas - I would be gutted to lose anymore Dahlias or plants after months of growing them!
Could you have mice?

We regularly lose fleshy-rooted plants or bulbs to mice and/or voles, this year even more so. I expect with the cold weather the mice are looking for additional food. If you are anywhere near an open field you can pretty much count on mice visiting.

I've given up on dahlias (between the mice and slugs I lose them at both ends - even planted in pots!) but my neighbor, a far more industrious gardner than I, swears by planting the tubers in a fine chicken wire 'Korbli'. She digs down about 2-3 times the depth of the tuber, lays a chicken wire formation, fills with dirt and then plants the tuber. Her dahlias are beautiful ... but definitely labor-intensive.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

What a brilliant idea! Another thing that was very popular back home was to sell plants for charity, for those who don't have much to swap! (We started our garden last year, but found out quickly that soil and climate were not what we had in Nottingham!! But bit by bit we are getting something that looks more like a garden and less like a green rectangle.
I agree with the idea of a thread just for gardening tips, events etc...

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Still got quite a bit of snow here- but the borders by the house are springing into life.

Just wondering if anybody here would be interested in a perenial plant swap event mid April. I could offer the venue, and participants could bring food for a picnic. Large inside room and covered area available in case of bad weather.

Anybody?
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

We lived very close to Nottingham, same climate- and yet most of the perrenials we brought over to here, at 950m in the Jura, have survived and done very well and many are now ready to split and be exchanged. Will organise a date sometime in April. Watch this space.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Would be interested too, my garden is only two years old so maybe I couldn't swap much but if I brought some yummy cakes could I come too
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