How does your garden grow?

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

  1. user4290

    user4290 North of the Boarder

    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
     
  2. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    Really? I will have to look this up. I know absolutely nothing about most of this lol.
     
  3. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    All three types of basil have sprouted. And one of my Thai bird chili! Everything else is taking its sweet time.
     
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  4. user63

    user63 Chicken

    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!
     
  5. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    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.
     
  6. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    My first plant to outgrow its plastic cover.

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  7. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    That’s so cute. You’re going to have to pick a winner and think soon.
     
  8. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    So anybody knowledgeable about raccoons and gardens? Meet my new nemesis. He is the size of a corgi and has no fear.

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  9. user4290

    user4290 North of the Boarder

    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.
     
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  10. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    Is he messing with anything?
     
  11. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    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.
     
  12. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    Raccoons are pretty bold in general. You may need to get him trapped and relocated
     
  13. user63

    user63 Chicken

    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.
     
  14. Vespidae

    Vespidae Antagonist Staff Member

    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.

    :sad:

    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.
     
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  15. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    Good point about the bylaws
     
  16. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    Yeah, I think the overgrown plum tree next door is attracting it. This is the first time we have had a problem in the last 2.5 years we have lived here. We (and his tenants) have been on the landlord next door to trim the tree but he has not done it yet. If he doesn't get on it soon, it's going to cause serious damage to our building.
     
  17. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    Also, I have not seen the neighborhood Persian since this little rascal invaded our little enclave, so I am scared it hurt him.
     
  18. Vespidae

    Vespidae Antagonist Staff Member

    Unlikely, if that makes you feel any better. The cat is probably just avoiding it.
     
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  19. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    I hope so. The cat usually sits on my fence daily. I have not seen him in over a week.
     
  20. user63

    user63 Chicken

    Keeping my zucchini plant watered is practically a full time job right now. I always tell myself Im not going to plant them again, but then I always do. :wall: Putting it in a tomato cage was an A+ choice though.
     
  21. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    Our zucchini was killed by a shit ton of caterpillars a couple days ago :/
     
  22. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

    Apparently one of our neighbors moved and might have taken the Persian with them, which may also be why the raccoon has suddenly appeared (that Persian ruled his enclave of backyards).

    So I'm going with that.
     
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  23. user4290

    user4290 North of the Boarder

    I planted two peony bushes in a space in our front garden in May. One of them seemed fine but the other was limp and leaning the next day. I propped it up and it seemed to do a bit better but still was limp compared to the first one. They are right next to each other so the amount of light and shade they get is almost identical. TG pointed out that the healthy looking one might have more shade on the roots. Maybe that is the difference?

    I was going to move the sad looking one but then it bloomed. It bloomed first. Now that the bloom has wilted it seriously just looks like it is dying though. The stem is a red colour where the other peony has green stems.

    I think I need to move it this weekend but I can't figure out what is wrong with it.
     
  24. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I wouldn't move it yet because that could shock it. Trim it back when it's completely finished blooming to give more energy to its roots. See what happens next year.
     
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  25. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    They do that. Dead head it then cut it back when it’s all spent. If you’re worried about sun on their feet throw some mulch down.