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shade? sun? what does it matter? [Jun. 9th, 2007|06:04 pm]
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littlepurple
turns out it matters...
oops.

When I went out and bought a bunch of plants three weeks ago I picked ones that were hardy and pretty. I forgot to consider the amount of sun and shade areas around the house get... oops.

I bought fuchsia's to make a hanging basket and some impatients for a cute and kitchy little grecian planter. The fuchsia's were in the front of the house getting sun at least half the day, and the impatients were put next to a bush but still getting half a day of sun. I knew these were shade plants.. but i dont think i really understood what that meant. I figured it meant they could deal without sunlight.. but i didnt think that meant they didn't like it. Well both plants have been looking like ass for the last two weeks... Today at the farmers market I confirmed that they were both indeed getting too much sun. I think the guy said "You are lucky your fuchsia's have not burst into flames by now." So well.. yes i've got that going for me. This morning (btw how is it already 6pm???) I spent some time repotting and moving things.

First the impatients:
Unhappy Impatients Hopefully Happier Impatients

They were in the little grecian planter (which my freinds made fun of, i'm looking at you corydoras), next to a shrub. They've done "okay". The greenery did well but not as many blooms as i expected. The main problem was that the planter had no drainage and the impatients were drowning with the non-stop rain we had this week. Sooo i moved them.. too a nice shady spot under an unidentified tree.

The Fuchsias:
Sad Fuchsia Hopefully Happy Fuchsia
I took a buttter knife, heated it up and added some drainage holes to the side of the grecian planter. The fuchsia's moved in and the planter moved next to some ferns on the north side of the house, snuggled right up against the house... it is literally the only other place that is mostly shade anywhere around the house. I was really excited about these fuchsia's since my mom had always grown them when I was little. I hope they do well in there new locale. And conveniently I can always just pick the planter up and move it to a new spot if need be.

New inhabitants of the hanging pot:
New Hanging Basket!

i was determined to have a hanging basket out infront of the house this year. I went back to the farmers market and bought some sun loving plants! I got a bright pink verbena and some orangey-yellow lantanas. I think they'll do well!

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I got a raised bed! [Jun. 9th, 2007|05:15 pm]
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littlepurple
[Current Music |walter meko]

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STOP! And Smell the Flowers [May. 25th, 2007|08:14 am]
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lookslikelori
I took this picture a few miles from my house the other day. A couple of things caught my eye ..

1 - I need to slow down and appreciate the season a little more
2 - There is no vine growing from the Honeysuckle to the ground.
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top soil vs. potting soil [May. 24th, 2007|03:12 pm]
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littlepurple
I bought some soil to move some seedlings into bigger pots as well as make a pretty hanging basket of fuscias. I realized the soil was a lot darker and denser than what I was used to.

Turns out I bought top soil instead of potting soil.
Is this bad? Should I repot everything?
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(no subject) [Jan. 25th, 2007|05:28 pm]
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rosaleen
Any one have any ideas as to what might be wrong with my eggplant? After looking disgustingly healthy the leaves are turning yellow and then brown and I rather suspect it might be dying. It's been really dry here so I've been watering it daily (same as everything else in the garden) ... I'm wondering if I've been underwatering, overwatering, or if it has some disease. I've grown them before with no probs, so I'm thinking it might be disease.

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Is there anything I can do to stop it from dying? I was looking forward to having some eggplants in a few weeks time :/

Oh, and I'm in the southern hemisphere (northern New Zealand) if that helps.

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harvesting herbs [Oct. 17th, 2006|12:01 pm]
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seanymike
Not sure where to post this... so it is in several communites and my blog.

I planted a few herbs a few weeks ago and now the rosemary and thyme are nice and ready to be used... so is the oregano.

do these have to be dried? do I just clip a sprig or two off and use it and let the rest grow? I guess I should have figured it out before planting.

Any help would be great.


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Garden Nattering [Aug. 24th, 2006|09:17 pm]
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gairid
[Current Mood |contentcontent]

I have an orb weaver residing in a pot of gaura that I have yet to plant. I noticed her there last week and she's already twice as large this week as she was when I first saw her. I took a picture earlier, but I'll have to try again because I got too close and it was blurred.

A couple of pictures behind the cut. Please note the Rude Tomato. (It's a Beefsteak variety, but with a little added--something.)

The weather's heating up again--it's very humid this evening and there's a thick mist hovering over the fields around the house (soybeans this year. Supposed to be in the 90's again tomorrow. I knew the temperate weather wouldn't last!

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Yellow! [Aug. 23rd, 2006|12:14 pm]
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jrstraus

I have a Fothergilla, a Magnolia, and a Fragrant Viburnum in my front yard here in zone 5.  It's a small yard, but none of them are adjacent to each other.  However, all of them are a bit chlorotic... especially the Fothergilla.  We haven't had too much rain, so it's unlikely to be that.  I suspect that the soil is too alkali - this tends to be a problem in our area - we have a lot of clay in Chicagoland.  I'll be doing a soil test eventually, but in the meantime, what do you think?  Are Fothergillas especially sensitive to pH?  And why are these three affected, but not the Hydrangea or the other Fragrant Viburnum that are in between?  The yews are fine too.

So, am I missing something here?  Is the soil too alkali, and we've got iron chlorosis?  If so... anybody know an organic additive for acidity?

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(no subject) [Aug. 11th, 2006|01:38 pm]
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gairid
[Current Mood |accomplished]

We've been harvesting zucchini for several weeks now as well as the sweet yellow banana peppers. Here and there we've had a Purple Beauty pepper and a Lavender Lady pepper as well as the grape tomatoes. This week, though, the garden is burgeoning. We've picked over a dozen ripe or nearly ripe Romas, several Brandywines and Mortgage Lifters (both are pink heirloom-type tomatoes) as well as a lot of the purple and lavender peppers.

The eggplants are coming along nicely, (purple ones and white ones) and the Cherokee Purple tomatoes look like they will be ready in a few days (they're gorgeous!). Next year one of the squash plants will be replaced by cucumbers; as much as we like zucchini, enough is enough!

Also, I let a pumpkin vine grow from seed near the patio (where it is rapidly trying to overtake the entire yard) and there are a few small pumpkins beginning to form. Also, there is another vine near the compost pile that might be a pumpkin or it might gourds, also with tiny fruit beginning to form. The leaves are smaller, so I think it might be a gourd vine.

Here's a pic of two days worth of harvest (and this is minus the 8 zucchinis and the bag of peppers and tomatoes I brought to work.)

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So, in order not to waste anything we've taken the tomatoes and peeled them. They're cooking away right now to make Coulis de Tomates (basically a marinara sauce). Debra has parboiled the peppers and is stuffing them to be frozen for meals later on. The banana peppers and a lot of fresh basil went into a meat sauce earlier this week (already consumed.) This is the largest vegetable garden I've had in a long time and I'm really pleased with the production so far; the challenge is to use the bounty before we lose it.

Anyone have any other suggestions for ways to freeze/can these veggies? We expect quite a bit more in the coming weeks.
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Garden Pics [Jun. 30th, 2006|05:38 pm]
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littlepurple
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