How does your garden grow?

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by BLT, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    We have amazing sunflower fields nearby each year, but I don't think we'll make it out this year.
  2. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

  3. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    Killing it!
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  4. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    We discovered that the two large fence cover shrubs in our backyard are in fact lilac bushes! Very exciting. One of them has the start of blooms and the other is just buds still. This means that TG will need to get on a ladder to deadhead it after the season. Looks like the previous owners only did that up to where they could reach from the ground. Still exciting!
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  5. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    That is awesome. We have a lilac and it is so beautiful when it is blooming, and they look great in a squatty bud vase (and last 4-5 days). If I could blow glass right now, I would send you one like mine.
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  6. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    I have one lilac bush in my backyard and I sniff it every time I go outside.
  7. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Ugh I love lilacs but we don’t have any here. I planted one at the old house but it wasn’t big enough to flower before we moved. The backyard neighbors had a whole hedge though and I’d go sniff them whenever I let the dog out.
  8. yesmaster

    yesmaster North of the Boarder

    It's such a nice day here! Just transplanted some lillies that weren't super happy where they were and filled in the hole with my black eyed susan seeds. Then moved to the backyard and planted more of the same seeds plus sunflowers and begonias.

    Not sure if the sunflowers will take. I tried to germinate indoors but just wasn't having success. It's consistently warm and sunny now though so I may have some outside luck.

    I'm such a novice still. I wish I could have my Mom or Aunt over to walk me through this. Most of what I have planted over the last few months is thriving but I just don't know how big things will get or whether or not I've spaced my plants correctly. I may have to take good notes this year in case things need to be moved around next spring.
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  9. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Good luck with the sunflowers! In my experience they’re generally super easy to grow, but IDK how they do in colder climates.
  10. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    I got my seeds today and will plant tomorrow. Worst case scenario we’re out 3 bucks.
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  11. Pickles

    Pickles Chicken

    Someone please tell me there is a (herbicide free) solution to fucking morning glory.
    Year three of fighting this stuff is wearing me down, man.
  12. HBC

    HBC Chicken

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  13. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Just pull it forever. It’s the worst.
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  14. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    Counterpoint: goat yoga.
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  15. Has anyone managed to successfully rid their garden of ivy? We have a huge patch in the communal garden that is filled with all sorts of crap from years of neglect. I want to tackle it because E is drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It's such hard work and I'm trying to get all the roots out but some of them are for sure being missed.
  16. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I would go to chemical warfare personally. I know that’s not everyone’s choice, and if so same applies - you just gotta pull the shit out.
  17. Like what level of chemical warfare? Cover the whole patch in something, or put it out and spray the ground to hopefully get the leftover roots? Everything i read is basically telling me LOL, no, you'll have this forever. Or cover the ground completely in wet newspaper for a year. I think E might like that even more into that that the ivy patch. Complicated because it's not my own garden, there are other families using it, so I don't feel I can really have something no-one is allowed to touch for a while? I think I'm just going to have to keep pulling and then get obsessive over repulling any regrowth. My poor back and hands!
  18. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

  19. This is consistent with my own gardening experience. I think I'll give it a go :lol:
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  20. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    I know this isn't real gardening, but this is the first thing I have ever sprouted from a seed (except an Avocado as a kid), and I feel stupidly giddy and proud.

  21. RoryGilmore

    RoryGilmore Chicken

    You’re going to be quite happy with that basil.
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  22. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    We have not had the best luck with basil so I'm already impressed @Zombie Llama! We had a small basil plant that didn't survive more than a couple weeks, and we currently have two small Thai basil sprouts we are desperately hoping to be able to use one day if they survive long enough lol.
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  23. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    I planted it Monday afternoon so I knew it was silly to look today, but there was my genius baby.

    I "planted" thai and holy basil too. I am beyond excited to make chicken basil with the right kind again.
  24. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Ugh I need to start my basil. I’m so behind!

    I think I killed my avocado. I’m giving it some time but it doesn’t look good. The internet said cut it back to 3” when it got to 6” so I did. :no:
  25. Pickles

    Pickles Chicken

    Basil needs so much water.