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What's Growing in Your Garden?
« on: June 24, 2020, 12:29:57 am »
Recently, I repotted majority of my houseplants, including:
  • the hardy fig tree (which I thought I killed, but turns out it drops its leaves when stressed and then will grow them all back in a flourish).
  • Lucky bamboo (I have three different varieties but I don't remember the names) - total of 11 stems I think
  • Pothos (so. much. pothos)
  • Aloe vera
  • Indian Rubber Plant
  • Begonia
I also had a friend send me some seed packets (!!!) a while back, and had sowed the basil seeds. They're growing now quite nicely, but I can't harvest them yet.

This all had me wondering: what are you growing in your garden, be it outside, inside, in containers, in the ground, in the air, or in water?
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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2020, 07:16:47 am »
what are you growing in your garden, be it outside, inside, in containers, in the ground, in the air, or in water?

TREES
Gray Birch (Betula populifolia)--the reigning queen of my garden, with whitish bark and leaves that flutter in the slightest breeze
Black Gum aka Sour Gum aka Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica)
Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium)
Dwarf Chinkapin Oak (Quercus prinoides)--an experiment I thought had failed when all the buds died just as they started to leaf out this spring...but in the last 2 weeks new leaves sprouted from new places
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis, white-flowering weeping form)--I bought this to replace the oak when I'd thought the oak had died; now I'm not sure where to put it!

SHRUBS
Inkberry Holly (Ilex glabra)
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii)

GRASS
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)--lots of it; I use it as a privacy screen, so it's a major component of the garden; drought resistant, zero maintenance, waves in the breeze, so it really brings life to the garden

VINES
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)--the other major component; makes things lush and gorgeous scarlet in the fall, but wants to take over the world
Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
Common Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)--survived the winter and finally bloomed this year! Drinking in the fragrance as I write this

WILDFLOWERS
Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria)--Not often found in gardens, but I saw it growing wild in the Catskills and fell in love! So I grew some from seed
Lance-leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Tall Coreopsis (Coreopsis tripteris)
Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)--the bees go apeshit when this blooms in late Aug/Sept
Dense Blazingstar (Liatris spicata)
Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Winecups (Callirhoe involucrata)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinals)
Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
Creeping Phlox (Phlox sublata)
Purple salvia (Salvia nemorosa)
Calibrachoa

FERN
Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina)

HERBS & VEGETABLES
Parsley--grown strictly as a host plant for swallowtail butterfly larva; you don't want to eat it here!
heirloom tomatoes


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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2020, 08:35:23 am »
This all had me wondering: what are you growing in your garden, be it outside, inside, in containers, in the ground, in the air, or in water?

Inside, there are several of the ubiquitous pothos, aloe, bamboo, African violets.

Because of COVID19, I haven't been to the greenhouses to buy anything new this year.  However, my container garden perennials are flourishing - garden sage, rosemary, thyme, catnip, lamb's ear, and yarrow. As are the plants that self-seeded last year:  lotus vines, petunias, moss roses, dill, and about four dozen yellow snapdragons.
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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2020, 10:27:43 am »
This all had me wondering: what are you growing in your garden, be it outside, inside, in containers, in the ground, in the air, or in water?

I have in two EarthBoxes outside (containers with a water reservoir):
- Two kinds of tomato
- Lavender
- Dill
- Rosemary
- Cilantro
- Peppermint
- Basil

The tomatoes (especially the earlier variety) keep shooting up and up, but no sign of blossoms yet. (Which is to be expected.) The dill and cilantro are really happy, as is the basil and mint, the others are growing more slowly, but still cheerful.

I did not have any luck with the garden last year (first year in this apartment, and the first year in 4 I'd been able to grow anything outside my apartment), but this year I moved the boxes from up against the house to the far edge of the patio (about 8 feet, but it gets a fair bit more sun) and that seems to be helping a lot. (Last year, we also had really weird weather in May and June, and this year has been somewhat less weird that way.)

The back yard is also basically a chaos of random stuff that decided to grow there, but had violets and lily-of-the-valley in May, which were gorgeous. (The rest of the yard is not mine to make decisions about.)

Inside, I have an aloe plant, and I have a plant hook in the living room. I'm contemplating getting an ivy for it, or perhaps a pothos. (I gladly take suggestions: I have a cat, so it needs to be something I can hook up over the window railing to keep away from the cat.)
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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2020, 06:54:55 pm »
This all had me wondering: what are you growing in your garden, be it outside, inside, in containers, in the ground, in the air, or in water?

I have all of one (1) window and no balcony, so I've gone to pot:

- A Golden Lime, which may need repotting and/or root pruning; it didn't flower much this year.
- 2 pots of aloe vera, which keeps multiplying on me
- a spiky succulent thingy. Not sure what it is.
- Jade plant that I wish was bushier
- a tiny orchid
- Lemon balm.

Since I've now kept the lemon balm alive for over a year, I may try another herb. I had another orchid which died, so I have a bit of free space. I might try a sage.

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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2020, 10:29:00 pm »
This all had me wondering: what are you growing in your garden, be it outside, inside, in containers, in the ground, in the air, or in water?

Once upon a time I rescued a lone, wretched aloe from the back patio of my university dorm. It was dry, dark, and being used as an ashtray. I illicitly smuggled it out under cover of a jacket on my last-ever day of schooling, took it home and, without the benefit of a green thumb, tried nurturing it back to health.

It lived long enough to propagate, and almost 20 years later, its descendants have stocked homes in four different USA states, including one particular descendant that was named "Crazy Alice" by a roomful of children because of its enormous size and personality. Meanwhile, to mark a major move, I got new herbs, all outside in the only pots I could find:

- Rosemary
- Sage (culinary)
- Lavender
- Thyme
- Catnip
- Parsley

As well as starting some marigolds from seeds. I also had basil but they didn't really make it. I love growing things.

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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2020, 12:13:14 am »
Altair has all the damn plants on his rooftop garden...

Honestly, I miss going over to your place and being among those plants!! It felt so right and even as I read the list, I can feel the sun shining on my skin, the wind gently blowing and causing the grasses and trees to flutter back and forth...
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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2020, 12:14:57 am »
Inside, there are several of the ubiquitous pothos, aloe, bamboo, African violets.

Because of COVID19, I haven't been to the greenhouses to buy anything new this year.  However, my container garden perennials are flourishing - garden sage, rosemary, thyme, catnip, lamb's ear, and yarrow. As are the plants that self-seeded last year:  lotus vines, petunias, moss roses, dill, and about four dozen yellow snapdragons.

Okay spill - what's your secret to the perennials in containers? I honest to Gods cannot keep them alive no matter what I try from year to year. Would love to know!!
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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2020, 12:00:55 am »
Okay spill - what's your secret to the perennials in containers? I honest to Gods cannot keep them alive no matter what I try from year to year. Would love to know!!

In addition to sheer luck, I've found that using pots that are on the large size for the plant seems to help (e.g. if a plant comes in a 4-inch nursery pot, I'll typically drop it into a 20 to 24-inch planter). The extra soil helps to establish a better root system, which in turn helps to keep the plants alive through the winter.  My space is limited, so I don't go much larger than 24-inch planters.  When plants really start to fill thier pots, I'll typically divide them if possible and only repot half of the original in the same planter (with fresh soil and fertilizer).  The other half either goes into a new pot or gets gifted to someone else. 

Fertilizing when replanting and at least once during growing season helps too.   So does moving them into more sheltered and sunnier spots over the winter. Watering bottles also help immensely - the kind that stick into the soil and provide a constant water supply. Depending on the plant, I may also trim them back in fall - catnip and other mints seem to do well with that kind of pruning as do most perennial flowers.  Rosemary, sage, and thyme typically do better for me with regular harvests through early fall and a more severe early spring pruning.

If none of that works, I say go with the Crowley method (Good Omens):
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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2020, 07:26:15 am »
Once upon a time I rescued a lone, wretched aloe from the back patio of my university dorm. It was dry, dark, and being used as an ashtray. I illicitly smuggled it out under cover of a jacket on my last-ever day of schooling, took it home and, without the benefit of a green thumb, tried nurturing it back to health.

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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2020, 07:29:09 am »
Honestly, I miss going over to your place and being among those plants!! It felt so right and even as I read the list, I can feel the sun shining on my skin, the wind gently blowing and causing the grasses and trees to flutter back and forth...

Dude, you're done with school for the year, and I'm here almost 24/7, now that COVID has us working from home. Social distancing is easy when you're outdoors...so get your ass over here!

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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2020, 09:17:36 am »

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I was thinking that when I saw the list, this is all in a roof garden - I think I've said before that I'm pretty jealous!   ;D
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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2020, 11:42:13 am »
This all had me wondering: what are you growing in your garden, be it outside, inside, in containers, in the ground, in the air, or in water?

We live in an apartment block with a communal front lawn - there are a couple of flower borders but the downstairs neighbour has a monopoly on those.  (I enjoyed the month of May whereby, due only to the lockdown, No Mow May happened meaning the grasses and wildflowers on the lawn were left to grow.  It's been cut back again now.)

As for my indoor 'garden' it comprises a windowsill full of spider plants (7 and counting), a peace lily, 2 little succulents of unknown type and 2 aloes (1 of which is doing okay but the other needs rescued before it's too late).  It's the only sill in the place which is safe from the kitcat who loves to eat anything green and growing (and has managed to have a go at the peace lily & a couple of the spider plants as it is).

I keep meaning to try and grow some herbs (I'd like to try rosemary and lavender - actually there's a few I'd like to try, but first I'd need to work out where they could safely be grown without being chomped).
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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2020, 01:27:14 pm »
...what are you growing in your garden, be it outside, inside, in containers, in the ground, in the air, or in water?

I started my garden really late.  As soon as the local garden center opened, I  decided to buy this year.  I won't be doing that again.  It's expensive, so I only have 3 herbs, and it's not as fulfilling as growing from seed.

I'm in an apartment building but at least have a balcony with about 6 hours of sunlight hitting one side of it.

I have Sage, Rosemary, and Parsley.  I've never tried vegetable gardening before, so have one Roma Tomato plant (so far it thrives... maybe beginners luck?)

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Re: What's Growing in Your Garden?
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2020, 10:22:44 pm »
Dude, you're done with school for the year, and I'm here almost 24/7, now that COVID has us working from home. Social distancing is easy when you're outdoors...so get your ass over here!

I will text you in the morning. I just got back from the Long Beach Island (NJ) and I'm burnt, despite the sunscreen I put on. Gonna need to wait for that all to heal up first!
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