Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by BLT, Mar 27, 2014.
My cilantro and dill are starting to look like cilantro and dill!!
Our cilantro promptly died
It knows its worth
Yeah, I could never keep cilantro or dill alive lol Maybe from seed would have been better
Maybe! I've never grown herbs from seed before, but also I never bothered having either of those as live plants, just buying packets of fresh leaves from the supermarket when needed.
Cilantro always bolts for me. I have to harvest it as soon as I see decent edible leaves or wait for coriander seeds.
yeah, the one time I had any success in transplanting it to my containers, it kept bolting before I could really use it. Usually it dies right away though lol Same for my dill. My chives, on the other hand, are a beast right now. Rosemary too, and spearmint. They all survived the winter in my pots outdoors with zero help from me. It was a pretty mild winter though.
My squash are pissing me the hell off
We have a tomato plant and three herbs now!
We have this one round zucchini plant that has grown SO well but just won’t produce any zucchini. Just flowers. Turns out it’s a pollination problem - we don’t really get bees very often so idk if this massive, healthy zucchini plant will ever give us anything.
You can hand pollinate!
I don't have luck with sunflowers. I bought a bunch of seeds and tried to germinate indoors but they just weren't having it. I got one that was starting to look pretty good and then in the middle of the night Webber ate it. So I decided that plan wasn't working and took the rest of my seeds outside to plant. I think I put 15-20 in the ground a few weeks ago and immediately watched a bird come and eat most of them.
To my surprise, I had two sprout up in that garden bed but one was lobbed off pretty quickly. We have a rabbit that likes to hang out in our back yard.
I still have one straggler though. She has survived some high winds and heavy rain but still stands. She is still really little though so I am not holding out much hope. If she reaches maturity it will look pretty funny to have just one random sunflower back there. Fingers crossed
Really? I will have to look this up. I know absolutely nothing about most of this lol.
All three types of basil have sprouted. And one of my Thai bird chili! Everything else is taking its sweet time.
The only thing not sprouting great are my spring onions. I planted them a bit too early though so they may be struggling. I planted a new row of seeds to see how it goes. Which will be the winner? My cherry tomato plant is taking off when I thought for sure it would die. It still has to get bigger, but it does have its first flowers!
I think both of our Thai basil plants are done for.
We are getting waves of torrential rain all week so ended up moving the tinkerbell peppers to the covered patio.
My first plant to outgrow its plastic cover.
That’s so cute. You’re going to have to pick a winner and think soon.
So anybody knowledgeable about raccoons and gardens? Meet my new nemesis. He is the size of a corgi and has no fear.
oooo hello there sir. We had a raccoon one night climb up onto the awning in our backyard and tap his little claw on our bedroom window at 3am. TG slept through it. I was so startled I thought someone was breaking in only to make awkward prolonged eye contact with a raccoon. He hasn't been back as far as I know but we do have something digging in our raised veggie garden bed and nibbling on my rose bushes. I assume those actions are of a rabbit though.
Is he messing with anything?
He's eating everything next door (that's my neighbor's yard). I don't have anything for him to eat yet. I am just anticipating.
He really has no fear. We were sitting at our outdoor table last night eating dinner and he came over the fence and dashed towards our table. Needless to say, we grabbed our food and fled upstairs and into the house. I don't need rabies.
Raccoons are pretty bold in general. You may need to get him trapped and relocated
We have a family of 5 in our backyard. They also have no fear, ESPECIALLY the babies (that aren't that tiny anymore). One of them was like 3 feet from our neighbor and wouldnt back up, even when he made noise and stomped at it. He had to get a broom and fling dirt in their direction. I tossed a ball out the window in their direction on day and they barely looked at it. Except for one who decided it was a new fun toy. The only thing that seemed to moderately help was banging a small kids drum. Seemed to make mom decide to leave (though she took her sweet time...) and the babies followed after.
Depends on the area and the by-laws there (and i admit I cannot at all remember where you are @Zombie Llama). Wildlife here, for example, can't be relocated - at my clinic we are required to put them back within 15k of where they were found. This is especially important for raccoons, because relocating one might mean bringing rabies into the new area and they are tightly controlled and monitored for that reason. Honestly if you report it, the most likely responses will be 1) literally nothing or 2) euthanasia.
My strategy is usually to ignore as much as possible. The ones I had here eventually went away, but my backyard doesn't get much use tbh, so probably they found trashier pastures elsewhere and just moved on.